Elsa (Thohoff) Horn


June 18, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Elsa Katherina Thohoff Horn was born on March 25, 1907, in LaHarpe. She was the fifth child of Claus and Emma Thohoff. She grew up on farms in the Iola area, graduating from a country school and, after working several years, graduated from Iola High School. She taught country school for two years. Later she moved to St. Joseph, Mo., where she worked as a seamstress in an overall factory. In 1935 she moved to Los Angeles, Calif., to find better work. There she met and on Jan. 25, 1941, married John Marshall Horn. In October 1942 they had a daughter, Barbara Ann. They returned to the Iola area in 1944, but went back to Los Angeles in 1946.
Elsa was an accomplished needlewoman and seamstress, making everything from wedding gowns to lingerie while maintaining a warm home life. She actively participated in PTA and other school activities. In 1966 Elsa and John returned to Kansas where they lived for the next 13 years. When in Kansas, she sewed at the Miller Dress Factory, participated in farm community craft and Bible study groups and the Carlyle Presbyterian Church.
In 1977, John suffered a stroke. Elsa and John moved out to their daughter’s home in Fremont, Calif. Elsa took care of John for 70 years until he passed in 1985. She became an active member in White Cross at church, Bible Study Fellowship and Precept Bible Studies when attending Newark Community Church.
In 2007, after her 100th birthday, Elsa moved to Aegis of Fremont. With their considerate care, she lived until June 13, 2015 after celebrating her 108th birthday. She is survived by her brother, George Thohoff of Iola, Kansas, her sister Dorothea Gard of Burbank, Calif., her daughter, Barbara Ann Horn of Fremont, Calif., and many nieces and nephews who currently live throughout the U.S.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola. Burial will follow in the LaHarpe Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Elsa would appreciate donations to your favorite charity in her name. Memorial gifts may be left with Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements. To sign the guestbook online or leave a condolence, go to www.iolafuneral.com.

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