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In Memory of Elsie Sandquist


4-7 PM - Thursday, October 22, 2015 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson, and one hour prior to Mass at church

Funeral Services

11 AM - Friday, October 23, 2015 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson

Elsie “Ellie” Marie Sandquist, age 74 of Hudson, died peacefully Saturday, October 17th, 2015 at the American Heritage Care Center In Hammond, following an illness with Parkinson’s Disease. Ellie was born on July 10, 1941 in Montgomery, Minnesota; the daughter of John and Gladys (Hermel) Ploncinsky. She attended St. Theresa Parochial School before graduating from Monroe High School in St. Paul. She would further her education by attending the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. On June 23, 1962, she was united in marriage to her best friend and soul mate John “Jack” Sandquist at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in St. Paul. This union would be further blessed with children Jennifer, Dennis, Joan, David, Judy, and Daniel. Although she was a dedicated homemaker, she worked earlier in life at 3M as a cost accountant. More recently, she worked for Chartwells Dining Service at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

Ellie was through and through a devoted Catholic Christian. She frequently prayed the Rosary and for countless years was the organist for the parish Hope Choir.  She loved to spend time with Jack, ballroom and polka dancing.  She got the greatest pleasure watching him harness race his horses. 

Ellie is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jack; children:   Jennifer (Rafael) Conde of River Falls, Dennis (Mireya) Sandquist of Illinois, Joan Schoenoff of Burkhardt, David (Laurie) Sandquist of Hudson, Judy (Paul) Marcello of Virginia, and Daniel (Courtney) Sandquist of New Richmond; 16 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; siblings, Nancy (Joe) Minahan, Midge Flanaghan, and John Ploncinsky; brother-in-law, Les Steiner; and many nieces and nephews. Ellie is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Gladys Gorton and Francis Steiner; brother-in-laws, Bernard Flanaghan and Gary Gorton; and grandson, Carter Sandquist. A special thank you to Dr. Paul McGinnis for his relentless care to provide her quality of life. 

Mass of Christian Burial for Ellie will be 11AM Friday, October 23rd at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm with a prayer service at 7pm ALSO at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, as well as one hour prior to Mass on Friday. Burial will be in the Warren Cemetery in Roberts. Active casketbearers will be:  Ryan Sandquist, Jake Sandquist, Michael Conde, Mitch Schoenoff, Katja Sandquist, and Blake Conde. Memorials are preferred and will be used to help fight Parkinson’s Disease. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. 


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    • We are so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Below is a poem that we hope brings some comfort in this time of sorrow.
      Love the DuBois

      The mother poem

      Your Mother is always with you.
      She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.
      She’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore.
      She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well.
      She’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day.
      She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow.
      She is Christmas morning.
      Your Mother lives inside your laughter.
      She’s crystallized in every teardrop.
      A mother shows every emotion ………. happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow… and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.
      She’s the place you came from, your first home, and she’s the map you follow with every step you take.
      She’s your first love; your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space…not even death.

    • Those we love do not go away.
      They walk beside us everyday.
      Unseen, unheard but are always near,
      And will live on in our memories…
      Still loved..still missed and very dear

      Our sympathies are with you and your family during this trying time.

    • My mom dedicated her life to her husband and us children. She never asked for anything in return. I remember her having a note to herself: “its better to want what you have, than to have what you want.” Even as she suffered with Parkinson’s she never complained. She will be forever in our hearts. May she rest in peace.