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Elsie Virginia Whitsell

July 5, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Elsie Virginia Whitsell, 98, of Chelsea, IA passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Brooklyn Community Estates, Brooklyn, IA.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2019 at Hrabak-Neuhaus Funeral Service, Belle Plaine with Pastor Charles Johnson officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Rector Cemetery, Chelsea. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Elsie was born February 17, 1921 to Charles and Emma (Zamistil) Bistline. She graduated from Van Horne, IA. Following school, she worked on the family farm and cleaned homes. On June 6, 1942, Elsie married Wesley Whitsell in Cedar Rapids, IA. Together the couple lived in rural Chelsea until buying their farm south of Chelsea in 1947. Alongside her husband, Elsie worked the farm and raised their two sons, while taking care of their home.

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Elsie Virginia Whitsell

Elsie enjoyed quilting, flower gardening, feeding the birds, mowing the yard and visiting with family and friends. She was a member of Chelsea United Methodist Church and the Golden Girls.

She is survived by her sons, Gary (Kathy) Whitsell of Chelsea and Harold Whitsell of Grundy Center; grandchildren, Kristine (Derek) Weis, Susan (Philip) Harberts, Brian (Cindy) Jack, Kristy (Shaun) Baarda and Stephanie (Floyd) Campbell; 8 greatgrandchildren and one great-great grandchild on the way; sister, Jean Reid of Corpus Christi, TX.

Elsie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wesley Whitsell (2003); brothers, Don and Harley Bistline; sisters, Lucille Meyer, Verna Rushton, Joyce Staab; daughter-in-law, Connie Whitsell and granddaughter, Diane Whitsell.

Hrabak-Neuhaus Funeral Service is assisting the family.



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