Elaine A. Bidne, 94
Kiester Elaine Alice Bidne, age 94, of Kiester, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea. A funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Kiester, Pr. Bob Stover officiated. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Elaine Alice was born Aug. 5, 1925 to Arthur and Ethel (Sydow) Sahr in rural Brush Creek Township. On Nov. 26, 1925 she was baptized and later confirmed at Rice Lake Evangelical Church April 17, 1938. Elaine attended rural school in District #78 and attended 9-12 at Bricelyn High School, graduating in 1942. Elaine went to Teacher’s Training for a year in Blue Earth. She taught in rural schools for four years. On Dec. 20, 1946 she was united in marriage to Calmer Bidne at the Brush Creek Evangelical Church. Elaine was a devoted wife and mother. She was a member of the E.L.C.A. women’s group and circles, where she held offices in each. Elaine was a member of the Kiester P.T. A. and Trinity Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Calmer Bidne; granddaughter, Jennifer Bidne; brothers, Keith and Wayne Sahr; sisters, Verle Knapton and Milda Steckelberg.
Elaine is survived by her children, Sharon (James) Springborg, of Rochester, Rev. Allen (Alice) Bidne, of Waverly, Iowa, Loren (Joan) Bidne, of Kiester, Steven Bidne, of Kiester, Kevin (Cindy) Bidne, of Fertile, Iowa; grandchildren, Laura (Bill) Unverzagt, Sara Schwie, Janelle (Kevin) Van Sloun, Rev. Dr. Jeanette (Rev. Dan Foster) Bidne, Matthew (Sarah) Bidne, Michael (Laura) Bidne and Mark (Erin) Bidne; 11 great-grandchildren: Ean, Allison and Emily Unverzagt, Conner and Allen Bidne, Thomas and Julia Bidne, Brielle and Bailey Bidne, Gavin and Trajen Bautista; many nieces, nephews and their families.