Elaine “Lannie” Barsness
Elaine “Lannie” Barsness, 95, Iowa Falls, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 at Scenic Manor., Iowa Falls Memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at St. Mark Catholic Church, Iowa Falls. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church. She will be laid to rest with a graveside service at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at Salem Memorial Cemetery, Lake Mills, Iowa. Woodley Funeral Home, Iowa Falls is caring for Lannie and her family.
Lannie was born April 19, 1924 on a farm near Kiester, Minn., to Ferdinand and Helen (Yezek) Hebel. She was the second youngest of ten children. Lannie graduated from high school at Holy Family School, Mason City. She went on to attend and graduate from Hamilton School of Commerce, Mason City.
On July 2, 1949 Lannie was united in marriage to Norman Barsness in Manly.
Following moves from Mason City to Fremont, Neb., and Waterloo, Lannie, Norm and family found their way to Lake Mills. After a few years of being a “stay at home mom” Lannie went back to work as a legal secretary at the Sarno Law Firm, Lake Mills. She remained at the law firm until her retirement in 1986.
After retirement, Lannie enjoyed quilting, crocheting and making pillowcase dolls from a pattern she designed herself. She was active at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Lake Mills. She served as a lecturer and communion minister as well as on various church committees. Lannie enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends. She loved having them at her home or meeting them at Rice Lake Country Club, Lake Mills. In addition to Bridge, Lannie’s noon hour gin rummy games with Norm were epic and often ended with Norm on the losing end, although he never liked to admit it. She lived in Lake Mills for 45 years and loved her time there.
In 2008, Lannie moved to Scenic Living Communities, Iowa Falls, where she enjoyed many more years of happiness with new friends and family.
Elaine Barsness is survived by her son, Jim (Kathy) Barsness, Iowa Falls; her daughter, Mary Jo (Marty) Purdham, Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren: Lindsay (Nick) Pingel, Erin (Brent) Gangestad, Scott (Amy) Barsness, Megan (Jason) Feiferluck and Gale (Jared) Deskin; great-grandchildren: Ella, Brody, Heidi, Michael, Liam and Henry.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers: Clement Hebel and Francis Hebel; sisters: Genevieve Johnson, Gladys Woldum, Gertrude Jennish, Isabelle Scurlock, Rosalie Cornelius, Geradine Grant and Delores Mathahs.