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Elaine M. Wolf-Johnston

August 7, 1940 — July 16, 2017

Elaine was born on August 7th, 1940, in Hokah, Minn., to Chuck & Adeline (Hanson) Shawley. She was married to Norbert (Flip) Wolf and later to William “BJ” Johnston who both preceded her in death.   Elaine would say she was lucky to have fallen in love twice in a lifetime. Also, preceding her in death was her twin brother Wayne Shawley and sister Kate Buege.

Elaine worked as a caregiver at St. Joseph Nursing Home for many years and continued being a compassionate and loving caregiver till her death. She loved spending time baking, gardening and playing bingo and the slot machines. She was always a lucky person when it came to gambling. Elaine loved spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

She is survived by her sons Steve (Sue) Wolf of Gilbert, Arz., Larry Wolf, Frank (Kristi) Wolf and Mike (Sheila) Wolf all of La Crosse, Wis. She was a proud grandmother of Nick (Katie) Wolf, Tina Wolf of Gilbert, Arz., Melissa (Steve) Schulze, Janell (Deke) Mader, Jesse (Kyra) Wolf, Alexis Wolf, Madison & Olivia Wolf all of La Crosse, Wis. She also had five great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters Shirley Tischer & Rosemary (Jim) Burke and one sister-in-law Kathy Shawley; as well as many special nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, July 21, 2017, in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1333 So. 13th St., La Crosse, Wis. Rev. Rick Roberts will officiate with burial to be held at St. Josephs Cemetery, St, Josephs Ridge, Wis. Family and friends may visit the family from 9:30 AM until the time of Mass in Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Friday.

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In lieu of flowers; memorials can be given to Gundersen Medical Foundation – Children’s Miracle Network.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Gundersen Healthcare Center Critical Care where the family witnessed LOVE + MEDICINE.

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