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Elnora Winterstein


Elnora Winterstein

Elnora Margaret Freer Winterstein passed away in peace and comfort on December 13, 2014 at "Cottage in the Meadow" Yakima, Washington.

Elnora was born March 4, 1921 in Goldendale, Washington to Harry and Esther Freer.

Elnora's grandfather, John Freer was born in Butler County, Pennsylvania. John left Pennsylvania when he was 14 and lived for a time in Iowa. Moving on to Washington he met and married Leatha Chown, Elnora's grandmother. John and Leatha had four children, one being Harry G. Freer, Elnora's father.

Harry, moving along with his parents found himself living and growing up in Klickitat County in the Crofton Prairie area.

Elnora's mother, Esther Smith was born in Pleasant Iowa, moved to Klickitat County, returned to Iowa and then again returned to Klickitat County. Esther also lived and grew up in the Crofton Prairie area.

Elnora met Arthur Earl Winterstein, her husband to be, at a Blockhouse community dance. From the time Elnora and Arthur danced the last dance at Blockhouse until they were married they found themselves many times working at the same Goldendale farms, Arthur working in the fields and Elnora cooking and caring for the farmer's children. Arthur continued his courtship of Elnora and they were married on October 11, 1940 in Goldendale WA.

Elnora and Arthur were not ones to sit around doing nothing or wasting time as they made their way in their early married life. Elnora cleaning others homes, cooking for field hands, cared for children and Arthur worked as a field hand, employment in the box factory and other work as could be found. They both spent time working on the farm of Arthur's parents, that farm which one day would be their farm.

Elnora never drifted far from the farming community she loved. Both Elnora and Arthur's parents and their parents were farmer as well, so to toil the land was in Elnora and Arthur's future. Arthur was a good farmer and Elnora was his right hand helper. Elnora and Arthur were share croppers on the farm of Arthur's parents, then part owners and then owned the land 100%, at the same time Elnora and Arthur bought a few small farms and land in the area to add to their holdings. It seems natural that for over the 73 years they were married they worked the land together, like they worked all other elements of their lives together.

Elnora's life was not all farming. As she and Arthur expanded their farm holding they were busy raising their two girls. The girls were to benefit by the skill and craftiness of Elnora in her sewing abilities. Elnora was able to keep the girls in up to date dresses for all occasions. Fun times were had at the ranch as Elnora and the girls completed school and 4-H projects in the farm kitchen. Elnora and Arthur made the 14 mile round trip to town to allow the girls to be active in school and 4-H projects and the girls were able to spend time in town at their grandparent's home.

Across from their farm, or the ranch as they called their home, was the cemetery which Elnora and Arthur took care of along with others of the community. Because they lived across the road it was much their habit to frequently cross the road to ensure the grounds were in proper order and this gave much joy to Elnora to be able to do so.

Elnora was an active member of the Goldendale Grange #49 for over 62 years and the Leah Rebekah Lodge #22, I.O.O.F. for over 50 years. Elnora was a member of the ladies auxiliary of the VFW as well as active in the Goldendale community. Among many achievements she received the Badge of Chivalry from the Leah Rebekah Lodge and was a Past Noble Grand of the lodge.

Elnora and Arthur had a camping van that was a home away from home and when the labors of the farm were light and time allowed, they traveled to other Grange and Oddfellow actives to participate.

Elnora was quick to respond to a request to bake a cake or pie and would bake 3 or 4 or whatever the need might be. Many the times she gave a helping hand and no one was the wiser.

Yard sales were of great joy to Elnora, not only to buy some forgotten item but to help some group who were raising funds or just trying to clean out their homes. Yard sales were a chance to exchange thoughts with neighbors, meet people and keep abreast of the community happening.

Gifted with a needle and thread, Elnora enjoyed seamstress challenges as well as other crafts and floral arrangement that offered her a chance to create. Elnora's garden both at the farm house and latter in town showed the gift she had with plants and flowers.

Elnora was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Arthur Winterstein, Elnora's parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Family remaining and rejoicing in the joy of knowing Elnora are Joyce (John) Alexander, daughter, of Ravensdale, Washington; Judy (Danny) Skinner, daughter, of Selah, Washington; Lee Freer, brother, of Goldendale, Washington; 4 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren

Our mother received the call of our Lord on December 13, 2014, to come to Him and be reunited with her husband, never to be apart again. Our mom was laid to rest in the Spring Creek Cemetery, beside our father, near the old home place on December 20, 2014.

There will be celebration of life for Elnora Winterstein, at 12 noon on Saturday March 21, 2015, at the Goldendale Grange Hall located at 228-East Darland Street, Goldendale WA.


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