Note: Salem Special, Salem, SD, Thursday, Apr. 27, 1995 ** Funeral services for Elaine M. Larson were held Wednesday, April 26, 1995 in the Salem Evangelical Covenant Church, rural Salem. Rev. Bill Waggoner officiated. Burial was in the Eric Olson Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Stanga, Vernon Stanga, Timothy Stanga, Rick Kolbeck, Darryl Feterl and Ron Kolbeck. Honorary pallbearers were Betty Barber, Eirleen Foss, Verna Hagar, Phyllis Knudson, Marlys Mlady and Bonnie Peterson. Elaine M. Larson, daughter of Carl B. and Ethel S. (Larson) Larson, was born Feb. 5, 1929, near Montrose, SD. She grew up in the Salem area and graduated from Salem High School. On Aug. 3, 1947 she married Ted L. Stanga in Salem. She was employed by the State of South Dakota as Deputy Clerk of Courts for the Fourth Judicial Circuit for 16 years. She was a 4-H volunteer as a dog obedience instructor and judge for 18 years. She was also the Center News Correspondent for the Salem Special newspaper for many years. She was a member of the Salem Evangelical Covenant Church where she was Sunday School Superintendent and a Sunday school teacher. She was also a member of the church choir. Elaine died on Saturday, April 22, 1995, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. She had reached the age of 66 years, 2 months, and 7 days. Survivors include: seven children; Steven Stanga and wife Ruth of Brookings, SD; Karen Stanga of Bridgewater, SD; Vernon Stanga and wife Sandy of Mitchell, SD; Jennifer Kolbeck and husband Rick of Mitchell, SD; Timothy Stanga of Salem, SD; Mary Feterl and husband Darryl of Eagan, Minnesota; and Julianne Kolbeck and husband Ron of Aberdeen, SD; 17 grandchildren; 4 great- grandchildren; and one sister, Amy Behrendt and husband John of Salem, SD. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two sisters, and one granddaughter.
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