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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

Elsie M. Waterman, 88, of Wausau, Wisconsin passed away under the care of North Central Health Care (Lake View) on Friday, April 27, 2018.

Elsie was born in Ishpeming, Michigan on July 24, 1929 to Eino and Naima Koski. Elsie grew up in the Finnish immigrant communities of the upper peninsula of Michigan. She graduated from Rock High School and then obtained a bachelor’s degree in business education from Northern Michigan University. In later years, she received a master’s degree in business education from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

In 1952, Elsie married Donald Waterman. They moved to Wausau in 1956 and raised a family of three children. They enjoyed a long and happy marriage until his death in 1989. Elsie worked as a business education teacher at North Central Technical College and at Wausau East High School. Later, she was employed as an accountant by Northern Valley Workshop until her retirement in 1993.

On October 27, 2012, Elsie married her high school sweetheart, Jarl Roine. They reconnected at a class reunion in September of 2011. Together, they enjoyed being members of the Central Wisconsin Finnish American Club.

Elsie loved her church, and was very active in United Methodist Women. In 1994, she was awarded a “Love in Action” award for coordinating a flood relief mission project of United Methodist Women. During the 1970s, she started a religious drama group called Agape Theater. She sang in the church choir when her husband, Don, was the director.

Elsie also loved the Wausau community. She was on the original board of directors for The Neighbor’s Place. She and her husband, Don, were involved with the local Community Theater. Elsie was an active member of League of Women Voters. In 1995, she attended the United Nations Women’s Conference in Beijing, China, representing Older Women’s League. In 2003, she was honored as a Woman of Vision by the YWCA of Wausau.

Survivors include her husband, Jarl Roine of Wausau; brother Ronald (Jeanette) Koski of Madison; children, Vicki (Robert) Arkens of Clintonville, Robert (Julie) Waterman of Wausau, and James (Leslie) Waterman of Wausau; grandchildren, Caitlin (Dan) Grussing of Parthenon, AR, Landon (Emily) Arkens of Madison, and Alice (Christopher) Wood of De Pere; step-grandchildren, Melanie (Ryan) Kennedy of Wausau, Melanie Consolver of Wausau, and Hannah Consolver of Wausau; great-grandchildren, Huckleberry Wood, Leopold Wood, and Margaret Arkens; step-great-grandchildren Cole Kennedy and Olivia Kennedy. Other survivors include Jarl’s four daughters and their families.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Waterman and also her parents, Eino and Naima Koski.

Memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church, 903 3rd Street, Wausau. Rev. Jayneann McIntosh will be officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am until the time of service at the church.

A special thank you to the staff of Lake View, NCHC, for their care and concern for Elsie during the last year and a half of her life.

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  1. Carolyn Michalski

    04/29/2018 at 11:32 am

    Elsie contributed so much to so many people. She was a very special friend to many. I am sad that I could not be with you to celebrate her beautiful life today. May all your good memories bring you peace and joy in her life well lived.

  2. Thomas M. Szarkowitz

    04/29/2018 at 11:32 am


    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother and, we send our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sorrowful time.

    God Bless and God Speed.

    ⸺The Thomas M. Szarkowitz Family
    Mesa AZ

  3. Judy Schoch

    04/29/2018 at 11:32 am

    We of the Central Wisconsin Finnish American Club offer you, Elsie’s loved ones, our condolences. We are thankful that she and two others who left us long ago, had the foresight to start up this club which has brought us so much joy, as it did her. She also reached out to Finnish Americans in the Brantwood/Tripoli area and in the Owen/Greenwood area and started a newsletter to keep us all connected. We will miss her. God bless you and keep you all.

  4. Connie Sexauer

    04/29/2018 at 11:32 am

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Elsie as a neighbor at Eastridge Condos. She was a fun, loving woman who always had a cheerful attitude and made others feel special. I am grateful for knowing such a special person. May fond memories sustain her family at this time of loss. 🙏

  5. Kris Carlson

    04/29/2018 at 11:32 am

    I got to know Elsie when she worked at the Aging & Disability Resource Center. She was a delightful lady. My sympathy to her family and those who hold her dear.

  6. Rick and Judy Wolfe

    04/29/2018 at 11:32 am

    Bob and Jim, so sorry to hear of your Mom passing. She was a great lady. Always was nice when we were at your house. She’ll be missed. God Bless. Rick and Judy Wolfe

  7. Georgia Lang

    04/29/2018 at 11:32 am

    Dear Vicki,

    I just found this obit of your Mom’s, and, oh Vicki, I’m so sorry. Knowing her as your Mother when we were young, and later when we had dinner together as young adults at your family home brought rich texture and love to every encounter I had with over the years. Your memories must be over the top bounty and will keep your Mom so alive in your head and heart. I talk to my Mom often! Keeps me grounded in love.

    Looks like you have a rich and large extended family. Lucky you!

    With love,

    Georgia (Grimm) Lang

  8. Marcella Braski

    04/29/2018 at 11:32 am

    Jarl and Elsie’s family: It is with heavy heart that I received the news of Elsie”s passing. Needless to say she and I spent many happy days together. First was the Reunion of Sisters to Finland. We seemed to bond immediately. She was a joyful spirit and bright person. I really loved her and sorry that you have lost her. However, I am sure you have good memories.
    Marcella Braski

  9. Robin W Jones

    04/29/2018 at 11:32 am

    There are no words; please know that your mom was a very kind lady and thoughtful to new folks at !st United Methodst~ prayers!