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Elsie M. (Anderson) Bowen

March 24, 1925 ~ December 10, 2017 (age 92)
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Born:  03/24/1925 in Richardson, IL

Died:  12/10/2017 in Joliet, IL

Elsie M. Bowen (nee Anderson), age 92, of Joliet, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

Elsie was born March 24, 1925, in Richardson, Illinois, to Annie and Axel Anderson. She grew up on the family farm with her sister Ellen and brothers Sven (Irving) and Eric. She attended South Burlington Elementary School, a one-room schoolhouse, for eight years with the same teacher.

Elsie graduated from Sycamore High School in 1942, where she met and married Scott in January, 1947.

She is preceded in death by her son, Randy (2016), husband Scott (2009), her parents and siblings.

She is survived by her sons Curt (the late Karen) of Camp Hill, PA, Tom (Susan) of Plainfield and Chris of Joliet. Also, 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She has numerous relatives throughout Sweden that she has kept in touch with and enjoyed hearing from over the years.

Elsie and her dear friend, Kay Mertz, worked together catering many weddings and events in the late ‘60s and ‘70s, then ran a coffee shop for the employees at ComEd in downtown Joliet for many years.

Elsie and Scott were faithful members of Faith Lutheran Church since moving to Joliet in 1957.

Her love of cooking and baking was second only to her love of raising her four sons with her husband. A devoted mother and wife, she reveled in the daily routine of raising her children and cooking them a homemade meal.

Visitation Thursday December 14, 2017, 9:30 a.m. until time of services at 10:30 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church, 353 N. Midland Ave., Joliet. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.


 Service Information

December 14, 2017

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Faith Lutheran Church
353 N. Midland Ave
Joliet, IL 60435

Funeral Service
December 14, 2017

10:30 AM
Faith Lutheran Church
353 N. Midland Ave
Joliet, IL 60435

December 14, 2017

12:30 PM
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 W. Hoff Road
Elwood, IL 60421

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