Elaine Louise (Vitense) Frohling passed awayFebruary 13, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society, Oakes, N.D.
Her funeral will be Wednesday, February 17th at 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 120 9th St. So., Oakes, N.D., with lunch & fellowship to follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hecla, S.D. Masks are preferred. Elaine’s service will be live streamed on the Dahlstrom Funeral Home website www.dahlstromfuneralhome.com on her obituary page. Burial will be at Hecla Cemetery at a later date.
Elaine was born to Rudy J. and Lois (McCormick) Vitense on July 28, 1930, in Columbia, S.D. Elaine graduated from Columbia High School and attended Northern State Teacher’s College in Aberdeen, S.D. After earning her teaching certificate, she taught rural school in Greenfield Township near Hecla, S.D.
Elaine was united in marriage to Ernest “Bud” Frohling on May 22, 1949, at the Vitense home near Columbia. The couple farmed with Bud’s brother, Walter, near Hecla. They moved to town in 1981. Bud and Elaine bought the B & E Cafe in Houghton in 1986; Elaine operated the café until retiring in 1993. Bud passed away on July 27, 2015.
Elaine enjoyed sewing and especially quilt making. Her children, grandchildren and many friends cherish the quilts she gifted to them over the years. While on the farm, Elaine loved to spend time riding horse and moving cattle. She and Bud also went on many trail rides with family and friends. After retirement she enjoyed summers at their cabin on Clear Lake, where they made many wonderful memories and lifelong friends. Elaine’s faith was very important to her and she was a member of Peace Lutheran Church.
Elaine is survived by four children: Larry (Shirlee) Frohling, Groton; Gayle (Robert) Lloyd, Hecla; Joel Frohling, Groton; and Ken (Diane) Frohling, Columbia. She is survived by two brothers: Forrest Vitense, Sioux Falls, and Neil (Nan) Vitense, Yellville, Arkansas; four sisters: Shirley Dayton, Aberdeen; Mavis Leif, Sioux Falls; Wanda Stange, Sioux Falls and Murriel (Bob) Oles, Loomis, California; one half-sister: Ione Schelbitzki, Geneva, Neb.; and a sister-inlaw, Kathie Vitense. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
Elaine was preceded in death by her husband Ernest; a brother, Bob Vitense; two half-sisters, Myrtle Sieber and Myitis Daly; several brothersand sisters-in law; a daughter, Denise Krueger; and a great-granddaughter, Shelby Thayer.