VisitationHaut Funeral Home - Jamestown
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401
Elsie Julia Goldsmith, 76, Streeter, ND died Sunday morning, February 18, 2018 at her home in Streeter, ND.
Elsie Wagenknetch, later Elsie Wagner, was born August 5, 1941 in Wareham, MA to Oswald Herman Wegner and Julia Anna (Weigand). She moved at an early age with her parents to St. Petersburg, FL. After the death of her mother in 1952 and her father in 1953 she was adopted by Paul & Pearl Vonn. She attended grade school in MA, completing it in FL graduating from Bronson High School in Bronson, FL in 1959. Elsie completed one year of junior college, before entering the LPN program at Gainesville, FL becoming a surgical scrub nurse.
She and Harold Goldsmith, Jr. met while he was stationed at Mayport Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL. They were married November 4, 1961 in Nahunta, GA. They had 2 children, David and Debbie. They lived in Jacksonville until Harold was transferred to Miramar Naval Ari Station in Miramar, CA in 1962. Elsie was a stay at home mom raising their children. They lived in Poway, CA until Harold retired from the USN and they moved to Streeter, ND in Jan. 1978 where they have resided.
Elsie was an active member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Streeter, ND, serving as the church council secretary for 12 years; at the time of her death she was secretary/treasurer for St. Luke WELCA. She was a RoYaL member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was vice president and VA & R committee chairman in the Streeter unit; she served at district 4 president 2002-2004 and 2012 until the time of her death. She was also a member of the Dept ALA Finance Board for 5 years and a life member of the VFW.
She is survived by her husband, 2 children, David H. (Letha) Goldsmith, Porter, TX; Debbie (Troy) Zillmer, Gackle, ND; 2 grandchildren, Jason (Jackie) Zillmer, New Brighton, MN; Jamie (Tyler) Lagodinski, Edgeley, ND; Jordan (Erica) Zillmer, Gackle, ND; 5 great-grandchildren, Alex, Allie & Austin Lagodinski, Hudson & Viviana Zillmer; 2 step grandchildren, Mica (Matt) Bibb, Fort Worth, TX;Austin Hall, Houston, TX; 2 step great grandchildren, Grant Bibb and Nolan Bibb; and 3 step-sisters, Clara Mae Marcotte, Sequin, TX; Martha von Cotzhausen, Copperas Cove, TX; and Ruth (Larry) Staton, Terlingua, TX.
She was preceded in death by her parents, adoptive parents and 2 grandchildren, Samantha (Infancy) and Samuel H. Goldsmith (7 years old).
Interment will be at St. Luke Lutheran Cemetery- Streeter, ND