Elaine Evelyn Hotzler Sigstad — Owatonna

Elaine E. Sigstad, 83, of Owatonna, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.

Mass of Christian Burial is set for Saturday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Owatonna. Burial will follow at Owatonna Memorial Garden. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the funeral liturgy.

Brick-Meger Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Born March 12, 1931, in rural Morton County, the daughter of Arthur and Grace (Baldwin) Hotzler. At the age of two, the family moved to Mountain Lake. She graduated from Mountain Lake High School with honors in 1949. Elaine then attended St. Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, graduating in 1952. Upon graduation, she worked at Saint Marys Hospital. In 1954, she transferred to Rochester Methodist Hospital, working there for 19 years in the surgery center.Elaine married John "Jack" French in 1963; they were later divorced. She married Donald Sigstad in 1970. The family moved to Owatonna in 1972. She worked at Cedar View Nursing Home for seven years and the Owatonna Care Center for almost 12 years.

In 2002, Elaine became a member of the Sacred Heart Church and was active in the church's Covenant of Catholic Women. Elaine was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was past president of Unit 92 in Rochester, as well as a member of the Elks Lodge 13.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Grace Hotzler, husband, Donald and daughter, Elizabeth Sigstad Grenier.

She is survived by sisters, Ilene Richman (Ray), Kay Giese (Earl) and Janie Friesen (Steve); stepchildren, Anne Sigstad Carpenter (Alan), Kevin Sigstad (Lisa), Scott Sigstad (Jody) and Karen Sigstad Schwendeman (David); grandchildren, Nicole Sigstad Snow, Cody Carpenter, Whittney Sigstad Walker, Austin Sigstad, Jyllian Schwendeman, Justin Sigstad, Noah Schwendeman, Cienna Sigstad and Joseph Grenier; great-grandchildren, Drake Walker and Emery Walker; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Elaine requests donations to be made to the building campaign at Sacred Heart Church.

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