Elsie Delores Lantto, age 93, of Robbinsdale, formerly of French Lake, died Monday evening, Sept. 10, 2018, at North Ridge Health & Rehabilitation in New Hope.
A memorial luncheon will take place in honor of Elsie’s life Sunday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, French Lake, and all who knew and loved Elsie are encouraged to attend.
Elsie was born Nov. 4, 1924, in French Lake Township, Wright County, to Alex and Hilda (Salmi) Lantto.
One of twelve siblings, as a youngster, Elsie attended Gunnary School and was known among her classmates for her athletic abilities. Her interest in sports carried over into her adult life and she was a long-time enthusiastic fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.
An avid fisherwoman, both summer fishing and ice fishing, she noted recently that she had lost her fishing partner, her nephew, Larry, when he passed away at the age of 64, but stated, with her keen sense of humor, that she wanted to “catch another big one before I go.” Other hobbies included woodworking, furniture refinishing, and photography.
Until recently, Elsie was a regular at the gym, working out on weights and strength training five days a week, then heading to Wuollet’s Bakery afterward for good Finnish coffee and a bakery item.
Elsie lived all of her adult life in the Minneapolis area, and was employed with the McGarvey-Atwood Coffee Company until her retirement. She was known among all family members and friends for her kindness, generosity, and quiet presence.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers and sisters: Elmer, Emma Ollanketo, George, Harry, Ben, Robert, Mabel Forare, Mary Sandell, and Anna Josephson.
Elsie will be sadly missed by those who survive her; brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Shirley Lantto of Annandale; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Graveside services took place Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in French Lake, with the Rev. Delroy Johnson of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, French Lake, officiating.
Pallbearers included nephews Daniel Sandell of Minneapolis, Thomas Lantto of Buffalo, Peter Forare, Gary Lantto, both of Annandale, Tim Mannie of Monticello, and William Josephson of Cokato. Music was provided by Jack Vigoren.