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Elaine D. (Schlei) Henderson

July 8, 1929 ~ September 11, 2021 (age 92)


Elaine Doris Henderson, 92, of Green Bay, succumbed to Alzheimer’s, on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Marla Vista.

Elaine was born on July 8, 1929 in Wausau to the late Elmo W. and Adeline (Fraedrich) Schlei. She was a 1947 graduate of Green Bay East High School. On March 17, 1951 she married Milton Henderson, at Makalapa Chapel, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Elaine was a dedicated wife and mother.

Elaine was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. She spent numerous years volunteering with the PTA, Scouts, Bellin Auxiliary, Art Street, VFW Auxiliary, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church making pasties, and was an Election Inspector. Elaine was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, and she enjoyed music, dancing, golfing, bowling, playing cards and board games, and baking, especially Christmas cookies with the family. She also enjoyed traveling around the United States, making it to every state except Delaware and New Jersey, throughout Canada, and taking several trips to Alaska and crossing the Arctic Circle.

Elaine is survived by her husband of 70 years, Milton; three children: William Henderson, Mark (Dawn) Henderson, and Nancy Thompson; three grandchildren: Matt (Ashley) Thompson, Jill (Fred) York, and Ian (Elizabeth) Henderson; four great-grandchildren, whom she doted on: Kaylee Thompson and Sandra Thompson, and Gwendolynne and Penelope York; and one sister: Betty Reckelberg. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and sisters-in-law: Elmo G. (Florence) Schlei and Donald (Donna) Schlei; brother-in-law: Herman Reckelberg; and one sister-in-law: Verna (Lester) Wippich.

A private family service will be held to celebrate Elaine’s life. She will be laid to rest at Nicolet Memorial Gardens.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Bellin Health, 2nd floor Cardiac Unit, Marla Vista Assisted Living, and Moments Hospice for all of the care and comfort that they provided in her last weeks of life.

The Lyndahl Funeral Home of Green Bay is assisting the family with arrangements.

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