Longtime Alaska resident Elsie Mae Ogren died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007, at Heritage Place. She was 92.
Mrs. Ogren was born Sept. 3, 1915, in Aniwa, Wis., to Otto and Lottie Cole. The family moved from Wisconsin to a farm in Bruce Crossing, Mich.
"She was quite proud of the apples the Cole family grew on their farm. As a farm girl she learned to sew, quilt, knit and crochet. Growing up in a rural community, her family made their own entertainment, which included playing musical instruments," her family said.
She married Theodore Rudolph "Rudy" Ogren on May 9, 1940. He went to Alaska to seek his fortune working for the Alaska Railroad in 1946. Elsie and their first-born son, Dennis, followed in 1947. Soon after, Allen, was born in Anchorage.
The family homesteaded on Deep Creek Road in Ninilchik in 1952, Mrs. Ogren Elsie worked alongside the men raising acres of certified seed potatoes. The family attended St. Peter the Fisherman United Methodist in Ninilchik. She shared her talents with the Ninilchik Homemakers Club.
"In the early 1960s she took a painting class and discovered that she also had quite an artistic talent. Roses were her favorite subject to paint," her family said.
In the late 1960s the couple sold the homestead and moved back to Anchorage to be near their children and grandchildren. Mrs. Ogren had a greenhouse and backyard garden of vegetables and flowers.
After her husband died, She and Allen continued to live in Anchorage until 2004.
"At that time she was failing from dementia and needed complete 24-hour care and moved to Ninilchik to be with Dennis and Martha Ogren," her family said.
In November 2005 she moved into Ebb Tide Inn Assisted Living in Kenai. Then in November of 2006 she moved to Heritage Place.
"She was quite happy with her new home and enjoyed entertaining the residents by playing her harmonica. She played a new one she received on her 92nd birthday, Sept. 3," her family said.
Mrs. Orgen was preceded in death by her husband; siblings, Walt Cole, Amy Hansen, George Cole, Don Cole and Buddy Cole.
She is survived by her sons, Allen G. Ogren of Anchorage and Dennis K. Ogren and his wife, Martha, of Ninilchik; grandchildren Eric Dean and his wife, Casey Ogren, Jeanie C. and her husband, Robert A. Simpson, Chadde N. Ogren and his wife, Valerie Palmer, and Alica Mae Ogren and her husband, Rohit Butail; great-grandchildren, Erica (Ogren) and her husband, Eric Ellis, Phillip Ogren, Molly Ogren, Marta Simpson, Javan Simpson, Alana Simpson, Olivia Ogren-Butail and Cole Ogren-Butail.
"Elsie was loved dearly by them all," her family said.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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