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Elmer Adolph Fresonke passed away on Nov. 21 at Prairie View Assisted Living in Perham. A memorial service was held on Nov. 25 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Perham with Pastor Carl Noble officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Elmer was born Dec. 31, 1928 to William and Helena (Diederichs) Fresonke at St. James Hospital in Perham. He attended school at District 164. He did some carpenter work before entering the Army in 1951. He served stateside and in Germany during the Korean War until his honorable discharge in March of 1953. Elmer was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 4020.

On April 22, 1953 Elmer married Darlene Ardis Illg of Frazee, Minn. They lived in Dent where Elmer worked for Keith Garber until 1956 when he went to work for Land O' Lakes Drying Plant in Perham. They then moved to Perham where Darlene still lives today. He also worked for the railroad in the summer when he was laid off from Land O' Lakes. He retired from Land O' Lakes in 1991 after 35 years of service.

Elmer spent his retirement gardening, making crafts, and having a used shop in the summer. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, fishing, traveling, collecting toy horses and tractors, watching baseball and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Darlene; three sons, Richard (Sue), Robert and Paul (Kathy); his three grand-children, Mark, Patty (Zach) and Timothy (Maggie); brother, Alfred (Georgene) Fresonke; sisters-in-law, Avis Fresonke, Betty Olson, Helen (Ben) Nelson and Joyce (Richard) Severson; step-grandchildren, Mark, Lisa, Brent, Greg and Chad; 11 step-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Preceding Elmer in death were his mother and father, William and Helena; infant brother, Henry; brother, Ervin; sister, Johanna; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Henry Rethwisch; brothers-in-law, LuVerne (Tiny) Illg, Robert (Sonny) Illg, Denny Olson and Eddy Stephenson; and nephew, Perry Olson.

Elmer will be deeply missed by his loving wife, children and grandchildren. A special thank you to his caregivers and extended family at Prairie View Assistant Living.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home - Perham, handled the arrangements. For online condolences, visit