Elsie was born May 27, 1918 on the Pole Road to Lars and Ellen (Hanson) Tobiassen. She was the last remaining classmate of the Meridian High School class of 1936. She loved the many years she spent at the Registrar’s Office at Western Washington University. Elsie spoke Norwegian at home with her family until she was in the 1st grade and was very proud of her heritage. An experienced traveler, Elsie made many trips to Michigan to visit family, as well as visiting every other state in the US. She also had the honor of traveling to her father’s homeland, Norway.
Elsie was very musically talented, playing the violin in high school as well as the organ and piano throughout her life. Another of her beloved pastimes was clam digging, hunting, and fishing at the cabin on Toroda Creek.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Lars and Ellen Tobiassen; husband, whom she married on January 13, 1937, Marion Burgraff; sisters, Nellie Prouty and Hilda Ursin; brother, Toby Tobiassen; son, Marvin Burgraff, and son-in-law Vernon Annette.
She is survived by her children Diane Annette, Lorraine (Dennis) Sorenson, and daughter-in-law RaeLynn Burgraff; grandchildren Kat McAllister, Tami Peake, Marion (Challane) Burgraff, Calvin Burgraff, Anthony Burgraff, Dana (Randy) Simrell, Debi Simpson, Colleen (Andy) Rosas, Lyle Sorenson, Marcia Mallahan, Dale Annette, and Darryl (Tammy) Annette; 19 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
A very heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Silverado for their loving care of Elsie. They truly enriched her life during her time there, and for that we are so thankful.
A celebration of Elsie’s life will take place on Saturday January 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Moles Farewell Tributes (2465 Lakeway Dr. Bellingham).