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Elaine Flaten

Elaine R. Flaten, 76 of Hatton, ND passed away Saturday, August 25, 2012, at her home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at the St. John Lutheran Church, Hatton. Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 28th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at Hatton Prairie Village, Hatton. Burial in the Goose River Cemetery, Hatton. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hatton Prairie Village.
Elaine was born May 29, 1936, in Northwood, ND to Sverre and Margaret Olson. She grew up in Northwood, graduated from Northwood High School and was a confirmed member of Ebenezer Lutheran in Northwood.
In August of 1955, she married Gordon Pladson at Goose River Lutheran Church. She worked at Grand Forks Social Services, Red River High School, Developmental Center in Grafton, ND, and Hatton Prairie Village. On March 10, 1990, she married Ernie Flaten at Little Forks Lutheran Church; he died on January 31, 2006.
Her love of music was evident as she played the organ and sang at Hatton Prairie Village and several local churches. She also enjoyed rosemaling, china painting, and visiting at the nursing home. Elaine loved her grandchildren and followed them in all of their activities.
She is survived by her children: Vicky (Ron) Buchwitz, Hoople, ND, Cathy Markel and Gary Pladson, both of Hatton; grandchildren: Tanya (Jeremy) Hultin; David and Joseph Markel; Stephanie and Jessica Pladson; two great grandchildren Cameron and Kylie Hultin and several half brothers and sisters
Preceding Elaine in death were her parents, husbands, and grandson Joshua Buchwitz.

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We were sorry to read about Elaine's death. She was a special person to us. Pastor Harvey especially appreciated and was blessed by her willingness to fill in for our organist at Zoar while we were there and also play for him at the Nursing Home! She was a great musician and it was always special to hear her sing! We thank the Lord that our paths crossed and we will always have fond memories of our times with her. Our prayers are now with you her family...may God bless each one of you! Love in Christ Pastor Harvey and Shirley

Pastor Harvey and Shirley Jackson Aug 29 2012 12:00 AM

My sympathy to all of the family. What a good, kind, caring person Elaine was. I`m proud to be related to her!! When my oldest brother was ill, Elaine came to the Vet`s hospital and sang to him!! She has a heart of GOLD!! I cannot be there today, but will be thinking about all of you. Alice

Alice Rice Aug 29 2012 12:00 AM