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Elna Bernice Torkko

May 17, 1922 - February 23, 2014

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Elna B. Torkko, age 91, of Ashland, WI passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Country Terrace in Hayward, WI.

Elna Bernice Giese was born May 17, 1922 in Glidden, WI the daughter of Emil and Martha (Holt) Giese. Elna was raised in Ashland and graduated from high school there. She was joined in marriage to Donald Smith and raised her four sons. Donald passed away in 1968. Elna worked at Northern State Bank in Ashland from 1966 until her retirement in 1987. Over her years at Northern State Bank she worked as...

Elna B. Torkko, age 91, of Ashland, WI passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Country Terrace in Hayward, WI.

Elna Bernice Giese was born May 17, 1922 in Glidden, WI the daughter of Emil and Martha (Holt) Giese. Elna was raised in Ashland and graduated from high school there. She was joined in marriage to Donald Smith and raised her four sons. Donald passed away in 1968. Elna worked at Northern State Bank in Ashland from 1966 until her retirement in 1987. Over her years at Northern State Bank she worked as a bookkeeper and retired as the head bookkeeper for the bank. On June 25, 1972, Elna was joined in marriage to Edward Torkko in Ashland, WI. Elna enjoyed all kinds of music, watching sports (especially the Vikings), bowling, and golfing with her husband, Ed. Elna even had a hole in one at the Mellen Golf Course. Elna and Ed also enjoyed their trips to Green Valley, AZ where they wintered for nearly twenty years.

Elna is survived by her sons, Gary (Ethel) Smith of Minneapolis, MN, Doug (Lori) Smith of Hayward, WI, Steve (Sandra) Smith of Indianapolis, IN, as well as by Dennis (Patti) Torkko of Cedarburg, WI, David (Lori) Torkko of Wausau, WI, Terry (Kim) Torkko of Ashland, WI; thirteen grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; one brother, Lyle (Louise) Giese of Burbank, CA; one sister, Ruth Staumbaugh of West Virginia; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ed; one son, Donald Smith; three brothers, Holten, Ardath and Earlen Giese; five sisters, Irene Watkins, Verna Johnson, Fern Bourgo, Norma Giese and Jane Thompson.

A funeral service for Elna will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Anderson-Nathan-Koerpel Funeral Home in Hayward with Pastor Mark Wilson officiating. A time of visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Ashland, WI.

Casket bearers will be Graham Smith, Mark Smith, Taylor Smith, Tim Smith, David Torkko, Dennis Torkko and Terry Torkko.