Elda Glaser, age 86, of Sidney, Montana formerly of Glendive, Montana passed away peacefully on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Sidney Health Center Extended Care in Sidney. Visitation was held from 10 a.m.. until to 5 a.m. and from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. A Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glendive with Father Ned Shinnick officiating. Rite of Committal will follow in the Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
To coin a catch phrase that she used often, “Well Good E-nough,” the life of Elda Glaser was more than “Good E-nough!” It was great! She loved and was loved. She enjoyed life.
Elda Lydia Hagen Glaser was born on December 18, 1927 to Fred and Charlotta Entzel in Stanton, North Dakota. She was the tenth of thirteen children. All of her siblings have passed away – she was the last remaining in her family and was the oldest of any of them at her passing. Her siblings were Carolina Standley, Hilda Herman, Hertha Beyl Karst, Emma Smith, Erma Peterson, Frieda Blum, Elsie Ewalt, Irene Dobson, Herbert Entzel, Eugene Entzel, Norman Entzel, and Reuben Entzel. She lost her first granddaughter, Golden Marie Dashner, in 1972.
Elda was raised on farms in North Dakota, Fairview and in Glendive. Her dad purchased a sugar beet farm in Glendive in 1941 and she worked hoeing and harvesting beets for several years. Elda married Stanley Hagen in July of 1946. Two children were born from this marriage, Gloria Hagen Brost of Sidney and Kenneth Hagen of Billings. Stan passed away in 1973. In 1974 Elda married her love, Ed Glaser. She became a stepmother to Judy Pfliger of Mandan and Linda Patton of Bismarck, Ed’s daughters. Ed and Elda owned and operated the SouthSide Tavern in Glendive for many years. After they sold the bar, they both retired and spent many months in the summer at their cabin at Rock Creek on the Fort Peck Reservoir. They both loved fishing. Even after they sold their cabin, they camped and fished with Gloria and Ken Brost at VanHook Reservoir in New Town, North Dakota. Ed died in Glendive in 2002. Elda then moved to Sidney in 2006 to be closer to Gloria and lived at the Crestwood until she moved to the Sidney Health Center in the fall of 2011.
Elda had many jobs in her lifetime including working for many years at Reynolds in Glendive, at motels, and at the SouthSide Tavern. She was very crafty and made thousands of scrubbies, crocheted kitchen towels, embroidered dish towels, and knitted dish rags. She loved to watch movies, play board games – especially Rumikub – and card games. Pinochle was her favorite. Her grandson, Chad Woodward, was always her partner of choice! Elda was a very fun-loving, happy lady who loved to visit with family and friends. Elda had been very active her whole life until arthritis attacked her joints and congestive heart failure slowed her down.
She is survived by her daughter, Gloria (Ken) Brost of Sidney; her son, Kenneth (Cheri) Hagen of Billings; stepdaughter, Judy (Dale) Pfliger of Mandan; stepdaughter, Linda (Ron) Patton of Bismarck; grandchildren, Jeff (Christy) Dashner, Jennifer (Chad) Woodward, Scott Hagen, Amy (Kirk) Farris, Kristin (Chris) Nichols, Thad (Melinda) Ellsworth, Lacie (Brian) Boettger, Mathias (Kelly) Pfliger, and Aaron (Michele) Pfliger; step grandkids, Randi (Scott) Larson, Kevin (Carrie) Brost, and Krist Brost; thirteen great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren. She is affectionately called “GG” for “great-grandma” by all her grandkids, great-grands and even her kids!
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