Elsie A. Parent
MARQUETTE, MI – Elsie A. Parent, age 97, of Marquette, entered eternal life Friday morning, December 28, 2018, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming.
Born July 6, 1921, in Negaunee Township, a daughter of Mervin and Ann (Yonkosky) Struthers, Elsie was raised on a farm in Eagle Mills, Negaunee Township. The family moved to Marquette in the mid-thirties where her father built their house on 612 S. Fourth Street, completed in 1938. Elsie attended John D. Pierce, then Bishop Baraga Grade School and High School, graduating in June of 1940. While in high school, she worked at the Piggly Wiggly Store on Third Street. From 1940 until 1944, Elsie relocated to Detroit where, like so many other young women of her day, she contributed to the war effort by working as a Rosie the Riveter on the B-52 Bombers during World War II. On November 18, 1944 she married the love of her life, Loreo A. Parent. Around 1946 they both went into business with the Tower Motor Court for over twenty years and then it was sold to the ShopKo Corporation in the mid-sixties.
From this point Elsie worked at various business establishments, such as, the Bancroft Dairy as a bookkeeper, then Sears Catalog Department and Getz’s Department Store. She was employed with Getz’s for forty years as a sales clerk but had multiple responsibilities that went along with it, marking, pricing, doing beautiful window displays and was head of the jewelry department for several years. She was also known as the Carhart lady and often people would hear her managing large boxes of Carhart on the third floor of Getz’s, which sounded like a major thunderstorm, but there was Elsie managing big boxes and enjoying every minute of it. Because of her, the Carhart Corporation had their merchandise pre-ticketed to save on time in checking in their items and distributing the merchandise. Elsie retired from Getz’s on June 20, 2006, at eighty-four years of age.
Even through Elsie worked a great deal of her life, she also had a party side. She could dance the night away and loved polkas, being of Polish, German, Irish, and Scot descent. She knew how to kick up her heels, and that she did, as often as possible. She would often approach the band, give them a wink and say “polka time” and they knew to keep the polkas coming. Elsie was also known for her driving skills and that could be summed up in one word “speed”. Everyone who knew her often commented on how she could have competed in the Indy 500, and would probably not do badly. For several years, Elsie was a member of the cribbage league sponsored by Remillard’s Bar, and won several awards for her efforts. She also enjoyed bowling, ice skating (in earlier years), reading mysteries, embroidery work, planting and caring for her flower and vegetable gardens. Elsie was a member of St. Peter Cathedral and its altar society, the American Legion Post 44 Ladies Auxiliary, and former member of the Acocks Medical Facility Auxiliary where she served for many years as secretary and chairman of the Acocks Auxiliary Hunter’s Ball..
Elsie is survived by her daughter, Laurelle Ann Parent; her sister, Rita Miller; daughter-in-law, Paulette Parent; granddaughters, Barbara (Greg) Hellman and Heather Parent; great-grandchildren, Abigail Grace and Maxwell Hellman; nieces, Cathy (Joseph) Webb, Carolyn Miller, and Annie Miller; nephew, Tom (Mary) Miller; great-niece and nephew, Lauren (Tanner) Neidehardt and Joseph (Hollis) Webb III. Elsie was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mervin and Ann Struthers; her husband, Loreo Arthur Parent; son, Leon Joseph Parent; brother-in-law, John P. Miller; nephews, Patrick Miller and Michael Miller; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Services will be held in the summer of 2019 and will be announced.
Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderswansonhansen.com