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Frieda "Arlene" Elmshaeuser

January 17, 1925 ~ September 23, 2021 (age 96)

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Frieda "Arlene" Elmshaeuser 96 of Ogallala, passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at the Perkins County Hospital in Grant, NE.  
Arlene was born on January 17, 1925 in Brule, Ne, to Howard and Lena (Harms) Dressler.  
She received her education in Brule and lived on the family farm east of Brule..  

After graduating high school, she worked for the Superintendent of Schools at the Keith County Courthouse in Ogallala for a few years.  
She then worked as a secretary at Saunders Lumber Company, in Ogallala, where she met her husband.

She married Ralph Elmshaeuser on September 3, 1950 and moved to their farm southeast of Ogallala.  
There they raised four children and later in life, two grandsons.  She was a devoted farm wife and skilled homemaker.  

After Ralph’s passing in 2002, she lived at the farm for one more year before purchasing a home in Ogallala. 
In 2018, she moved to Grant Ne where she made her home at Park Ridge Assisted Living.  

Arlene loved baking, gardening, canning, making butter and cheese, sewing, tending to flowers, bible studies, reading devotions, 
and playing cards/marbles with her family and friends. She was infamous for her coconut cream pie. Her unbounded faith provided hope and comfort to many. 

Arlene is survived by four children, Randy (Adela) Elmshaeuser of Ogallala, Kent (Sue) Elmshaeuser of North Platte, Hal (Mary) Elmshaeuser of North Platte 
and Jo Elmshaeuser of Lincoln; ten grandchildren, Jake (Teri) Elmshaeuser , Jenifer (Lynn) Fischer, Lance (Barbie) Elmshaeuser, Rianna Elmshaeuser, 
Aaron (Elisa) Elmshaeuser, Ben (Whitney) Elmshaeuser, Amy (Chad) Helgeson, Dustin (Lisa) Jorgensen, Rafael (Gale) Weisheit, Zachary Giles; 
seventeen great grandchildren; brother-in-laws, Roy Elmshaeuser and Lawrence Smith; sister-in-law, Lorna Carey.    

She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, three sisters, Alice Russell, Irl Cole, and Karen Smith. 

Arlene’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Perkins County Community Hospital and Park Ridge Assisted Living for the care she received.  

Memorials in Arlene’s honor may be dropped off or mailed to: Draucker Funeral Home (700 N Spruce St, Ogallala, NE 69153).  

Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 10:00am from St Paul's Lutheran Church with the Rev Albert Bader of St John's Lutheran Church 
and Rev Michael Heckmann of Zion Lutheran Church of Grant  officiating.

Interment will be at the Ogallala Cemetery following the service.

Online condolences may be made by going to and clicking the "Share a Memory" button.

Services will be live streamed at and then posted to the website following the service
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala has been entrusted with arrangements. 

To send flowers to Frieda's family, please visit our floral store.


Funeral Service
October 2, 2021

10:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church of Grant (Ogallala)

October 2, 2021

2:46 PM
Graveside Service (Ogallala Cemetery, Ogallala)

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