Elaine D. Menke


Elaine D. Menke, 91, of Wayne, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.

Services will be held Monday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Sept. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.

Memorials may be directed to the Menke family for later designation.

Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.

Elaine Dora Menke was born Oct. 27, 1929 on the family farm southwest of Wakefield to Otto and Johanna (Longe) Test. She was baptized and confirmed at the St. Paul Lutheran Church southwest of Wakefield. She graduated from Wayne High School and received her teaching certificate from Wayne State College. Elaine married Lester Menke March 6, 1949 at Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne. She farmed with her husband Lester at several locations throughout Wayne County, until they retired and moved to Wayne in 1993. During her retirement, she and her husband, Lester, worked for the Wayne Greenhouse delivering flowers for approximately 10 years.

Survivors include her children, Pat Koehne of Omaha, Karen Von Busch (Tim) of Lincoln, Charles Menke (Peg) of Norfolk and Byron Menke (Julie Eden) of Treynor, Iowa; in addition to 10 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; and one step-great-great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by parents, Otto and Johanna (Longe) Test; husband, Lester in 2019; son-in-law, Tim Von Bush; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gladys (Elmer) Rinehart and Bernice (Harlan) Kratke; a brother and sisters-in-law, Otto Test Jr. (Ester Mae and Iona “Sis” Test; several additional in-laws.