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 Thief River Falls - Elaine Idso, 80, died on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.
  Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 30 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with Pastor Jay Borchert officiating. Casket bearers included Bradley Storbakken, Kylie Idso, Maren Idso, Ingrid Idso, Virgil Burger and  Jerry Walker. Honorary casket bearers included Jean Hellie, Emma Mehrkens, Adeline Parnow, Robert Johnson, Mary Lou Johnson; All of the people Elaine has touched with her music over the years; and The Sewing Club. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
 Elaine June Bessler was born June 14, 1924 in Thief River Falls, the daughter of Otto Henry and Elsie Bertha (Furstneau) Bessler. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. John Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, where she remained a lifelong member. Elaine attended school in Thief River Falls and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1942.
 Elaine worked at Union State Bank for many years. On May 30, 1954, she was united in marriage to Sherman T. Idso. They resided in Thief River Falls and raised three children. After Sherman’s death in 1975, Elaine went to work at the Fountain of Jewels, retiring in 1989. She also taught piano lessons from her home.
 At a very early age, Elaine began piano instruction with the Catholic nuns. By age 12, she was an organist at her church where she continued to play for over sixty years. In addition, she assisted as organist at United Methodist Church. Elaine shared her gift of music with the church as organist, soloist, pianist, choir director and hand bell choir director. 
 She played and sang for countless weddings, funerals and special occasions throughout the region.
 Elaine enjoyed cooking, entertaining, flower gardening, traveling and shopping. She cherished spending time with her family. She had a great appreciation for animals, especially her granddogs. 
  She is survived by her children, Sheldon (Becky) Idso of Clive, Iowa, Shari (Bradley) Storbakken of Grand Forks, N.D.; Dr. Sherwood B. (Carolyn) Idso of Tempe, Ariz.; nine grandchildren;  her sisters-in-law, Eva Scott of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Jessie Bessler of Badger; two nieces and two nephews.
 She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman; her brother, Earl H. Bessler; her sister, Ruth Jensen and her parents.