Elsbeth Sailer

elsbeth sailer

Elsbeth “Elsie” Hazel Sailer, 79, passed away at home under the care of hospice on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Fargo, North Dakota

Elsie was born December 15, 1933 in Litchville, North Dakota, the daughter of Emil and Adelia (Kolb) Alber. She grew up on the family farm until she married Lawrence Sailer on May 28, 1953.

Shortly after their marriage, Lawrence left for Korea to serve in the Army for 24 months.  Elsie worked and lived in Litchville and Fargo until he returned. Then they lived in Valley City where they raised their 7 children and moved to Fessenden for a few years until their last child graduated from high school.  Elsie and Lawrence both decided to move to Billings, MT to attend Barber College for a year and then moved to Fargo to finish barber school and graduate from Moler Barber College. They opened Towne Barber Shop in Fargo in 1990 where Lawrence still continues to barber. Elsie barbered until last year.

Elsie was called “Mom” by many and was known for her great “caramel rolls.” She loved to bake and cook and sold Avon for almost 35 years.

She leaves behind her husband of 59 years, Lawrence; children, Barbara (Brian) Kunda, Olympia, WA, Diane (Dale) Rosenberg,  New Rockford, ND, Kathy Hovland, Fargo, ND, Kevin (Karen) Sailer, Huson, MT, Larry (Danette) Sailer, Clovis, CA, Scott (Carmen) Sailer, Modesto, CA and Jeff Sailer, Fargo, ND, brothers; LeRoy (Darlene) Alber,, LaMoure, ND, Larry (Deb) Alber, Marion, ND, Dennis (Karla) Alber, Bismarck, ND, Darryl Alber, Denver, CO, sisters; Doris Daniels, Bismarck, ND, and Dorothy (Lyle) Rodin, Marion, ND, 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Emil and Adelia Alber and sister, Eileen Sailer.

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  1. huson mta loving mother you were too me, you took me under your wing when i was a teenager. now 32 years later you are still watching over me, keeping me under your wings, i can feel you all around. fly high mom. until we meet again. I LOVE YOU!!

  2. Fargo ND
    Larry and family—My thoughts are with you on this day. Sorry I cannot be with you but I left Fargo the day before Elsbeth passed away. My thoughts are with you all now as Elsbeth is in a better place GOD Bless you ALL. Marcy

  3. Spokane WaOur family has lost an amazingly, courageous woman! Grandma your strength, compassion, laughter and love will live on in your children, their children and generations to come. Your constant faith and advice has helped shape me into the woman I am today! Soar high among the angels my sweet grandma! Love always your granddaughter Krissy!!!

  4. Modesto CaliforniaAs a granddaughter, it is hard to know that you are gone Grandma. But even though it hurts that you can no longer be with us anymore, I know that you will always be there within our heart. I love you Grandma and we will meet again someday. Love your granddaughter Lydia.

  5. Valley City ND
    Your mom was such a special person…always there to help.

    Gayron and Judy Peterson
    Kirk and Laura Peterson

  6. Modesto CaliforniaMom you were a lovely person & I will miss you more than words can say. Sending my love and prayers to dad Sailer and all the family. It was an honor to be your daughter for 23years……. TCkQh

  7. Fargo ND
    WE became acquainted with Elsie and Larry when they were students at Moler Barber College. We appreciated our acquaintance with them. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Larry and the family in this time of deep loss. May God give them strength through this valley.

  8. Mom, I miss you and will always charish every moment we have had together. I love you with all of my heart. Love always.

  9. Clovis CAMother in law was not appropriate because I was always made to feel like a daughter by her. She never missed a birthday or anniversary. She also was the first to call and see how I was if I was sick or had surgery. I love you mom and know you are in a better place, however you’ll be missed.

  10. valley city So sorry to hear of Elsie’s passing.
    She was such a great lady while growing up and a great “second mom”.

  11. Lake Crystal Mn.So sorry to hear about Elsie. We have just moved and are not able to come, but will be there in spirit. Love, Pearl and George Johnson.

  12. Litchville ND
    akOur prayers are with all the family at this time. We would love to be there, but getting a driver is so difficult. We will send a card later. Love, Harold(buster) and Leone.

  13. Osage Minn.From your cousin Hazel to the sailer family.My thoughts are with you at this time. Love to all the family,Hazel

  14. Fargo ND
    Larry my thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time. It is very hard to loose a loved one. You were married a lot longer then I was to my wife before she passed but I know just how hard this loss can be. You did everything you could have done for her and now it is time we just have to let our loved ones go. I will still keep you in my prayers and also Elsbeth.

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