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In Memory of

Elsie Louise Piotraschke

December 31, 1937 - November 19, 2016

Obituary


.Elsie Louise (Bock) Piotraschke was born in December of 1937 to Henry and Edna Bock, and was the eldest of two children. She grew up on a farm in Lincoln, Illinois where she attended a one-room school house, and participated in church and 4-H activities. Elsie went on to attend Elmhurst and Deaconess College where she completed a Nursing Degree.


Elsie spent almost 40 years serving Patients and specifically Mother's and Babies. Upon graduation she spent 2 ½ years in Ghana, West Africa as a missionary nurse. From Africa, Elsie worked as...

.Elsie Louise (Bock) Piotraschke was born in December of 1937 to Henry and Edna Bock, and was the eldest of two children. She grew up on a farm in Lincoln, Illinois where she attended a one-room school house, and participated in church and 4-H activities. Elsie went on to attend Elmhurst and Deaconess College where she completed a Nursing Degree.


Elsie spent almost 40 years serving Patients and specifically Mother's and Babies. Upon graduation she spent 2 ½ years in Ghana, West Africa as a missionary nurse. From Africa, Elsie worked as a midwife serving the impoverished inner city of Chicago. Elsie moved to Colorado where she worked the majority of her life and career at Denver General, St. Anthony's Hospital, and St Joseph's Hospitals. She worked in nursing, mother/baby units, newborn nursery, and as a lactation consultant. Nothing brought joy to her face like holding a baby in her arms and seeing the joy on the faces of a mother for the first time.


In Colorado she met Gerald Piotraschke while with the Denver Fiddle Steppers square dancing club. After a short romance and engagement she was married in November of 1971, and recently celebrated 44 years of marriage. Her passion for music, the arts, community, family and the joys of sarcasm filled her time. She had two sons who always knew how to make Elsie roll her eyes and laugh, and she cherished time spent with her granddaughter.


She served her church and fellowship through multiple committees and the gift of her time. She always encouraged people to understand the person instead of their race, creed, age, or orientation.


Elsie is survived by her husband Gerald, brother John Bock, sons Gary and Greg, their wives Nicole and Sharleen, and granddaughter Michalah.


A memorial celebrating her life will be held December the 3rd at 10 am at Northglenn United Church of Christ in Northglenn, Colorado, 10500 Grant Dr. Northglenn, CO 80233


Helping those in need in the poorer parts of Africa and her local community remained a passion of Elsie's throughout her life. To honor what was close to heart, donations made in her name in lieu of flowers can be made to the following charities:

United Church of Christ - Wider Church Ministry