Elaine Zelinski

elaine zelinski

Elaine Zelinski, 84, died peacefully December 9, 2013 in St. Cloud, MN with her son, Tim, by her side. Elaine was born to John and Anna Beckman, September 10, 1929 in Tintah, MN. Elaine married William (Bill) Zelinski on June 22, 1955 in Fargo, N.D. where they raised their family. Elaine lost Bill to leukemia in 1989.

Elaine is survived by her three loving children, Mark (Elizabeth - Appleton, WI), Tim (Sharon - Sartell, MN) and Cindy Morse (Rob - Bismarck, ND). She is also survived by six wonderful and loving grandchildren: Nathan (Laura - Marshfield, WI), Jared (Appleton, WI), Tyler (Sartell, MN) and Christina Zelinski (Steven, MN), Shelby and Logan Morse (Bismarck, ND), and her great granddaughter, Ava Zelinski (Marshfield, WI). She is also survived by her sisters Phyllis Beckman (Detroit Lakes, MN) and Shirley Myron (Casper, WY) plus many nieces and nephews.

Elaine was a full time homemaker for 23 years before working full time at North Dakota State University for over two decades. Elaine and Bill enjoyed watching their kid’s, and later their grandchildren’s, sporting events and activities. Elaine also loved spending time at "the lakes" with her family, spending time with her sisters, and going to the casino every now and then.

This is a very close family and although often separated by geography, we always find time to get together, we always get along, and we always enjoy each other's company. Elaine built a great family and had many friends over the years. She will be greatly missed by all.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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  1. Park Rapids MN
    Betsy and Mark,

    We are so sorry for your loss and will keep your mom and all your family in our prayers.

    If you are ever in this area during the
    summer, give us a call and we can have
    a ‘mini’ Smith family reunion.

    Liz and Phil Smith

  2. Moorhead MN
    Mark, Tim, Cindy and families,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Memories last a lifetime and we sure have a lot of memories from 24th Ave N don’t we!!!!!

    It was wonderful knowing Elaine and her family, what fun times we had with them at Strawberry lake. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend.

  4. Shakopee MN
    Cindy and family,
    So many memories of 24th Avenue and our families growing up together. Alice and your mom having coffee together and chatting. They are probably having morning coffee in heaven. 🙂 Prayers and thoughts are with you and your families.

  5. Riverside WashingtonGod Bless her and all the Uncle Bill Z s…we will offer our Mass and Communion for her and all my cousins…and all of the Z s

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