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Private services for LaDonna R. Elson, 87

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LaDonna R. Elson, age 87 of Chesterton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, in Valparaiso with her sons at her bedside. She was born in Chicago, IL, on September 24, 1927, to Martin John and Nellie-Fulmer-Thue, both of whom preceded her in death. In 1955 in Mt. Prospect, IL she married Ross J. Elson Jr., who passed away in February of 1995.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Art Education, as well as a Master of Science in Applied Art from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. LaDonna taught art at Whiting High School from 1950 until 1957, and then taught elementary art at Bailley Elementary School in Chesterton from 1961 until 1987.

She is survived by her two sons, Craig (Frances) Elson of Lisle, IL, and Lance (Amelia) Elson of Bowie, MD; her grandchildren Andrew, Alexander, Nicholas, Sean and Mia; and her great-grandchildren, Maggie and Charlie.

She is also preceded in death by her sister, Mooneeyn Skallerup.

LaDonna enjoyed gardening, art and sketching. She was an avid reader. She loved cats, especially her two beloved pets, Emily and Charlotte.

Services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.


Posted 2/4/2015




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