Elaine Marlene Varnadore, the daughter of Evert and Evelyn (Gungtum) Wahlstrom was born July 26, 1945 in Mitchell, SD. Her childhood years were spent in Mitchell, SD, Cherokee, IA, and Newell, IA where she graduated high school in 1963.
Elaine enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963, where she met the love of her life, Joe. She served until her Honorable Discharge. She and Joe Varnadore were united in marriage on February 1, 1964 in Indianapolis, IN. They lived in several places while in the military, but returned to Newell, IA in 1966 and finally Spencer, IA in 1968.
Elaine enjoyed sewing, ceramics, collecting dolls and angels. She enjoyed listening to Elvis, watching the Minnesota Vikings, Soap Operas, cooking, dancing, gambling, board games, watching her grandchildren’s sporting events, and especially spending time with family.
Elaine passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at her home in Spencer. She was preceded in death by her parents; son Jesse; and brother, Eugene Wahlstrom.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Joe of Spencer, IA; 3 daughters, Tammy Varnadore of Greensboro, NC, Tri Dodge of Milford, IA, and Molly (Jason) Campbell of Escanaba, MI; 3 grandchildren, Jake Dodge, Ben Campbell, and Sean Campbell; 2 brothers, Evert Jr. (Donna) Wahlstrom of Loveland, CO and Errol (Linda) Wahlstrom of Wilbur, NE; one sister, Betty (Keith) Movall of Newell, IA; multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many close friends.In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Elaine's name.
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