Elna Dammann was born on December 12, 1934 to Walter and Dulcie (McManigal) Giersdorf on a farm near Witten, SD. When she was almost 3, the family moved to a farm south of Lamberton where she attended and graduated from Lamberton School with the class of 1952. When she was 16, she met Elden Dammann and was united in marriage to him after he returned from the service on December 8, 1953 at the Sanborn United Methodist Church. After marriage, Elna became a member of the church and was baptized and confirmed. The couple farmed and raised their children - son Bradley and daughter Brenda north of Sanborn. Elna enjoyed playing cards, fishing, dancing, traveling, and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Sanborn American Legion Auxiliary and Sanborn United Methodist Church.
Elna died on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield at the age of 82.
She is survived by her husband Elden; daughter Brenda Anderson of Springfield; daughter-in-law Marilyn Dammann of Duluth, MN; grandchildren and great grandchildren - Wain (Amanda) and their children Alora, Aria, and Abrina Dammann, Jeremy Dammann, Kristi (Josh) and their children Rylynn, Lily, and Jaxson Wagner, Jason Damann, Kayla (John) Marnati, Paul Anderson, Terry (Meghan) and their son Asher Anderson, and Wade (Whitney) Anderson; sisters - Velma Van Dorsten of St. Peter, and Jane Schoer of Coon Rapids. Elna is preceded in death by her parents; son - Bradley Dammann; son-in-law Arthur Anderson; sisters - Twyla Giersdorf and Audrey Wilson; brothers - Leonard, Odem, Lyle, Floyd, Lloyd, Donald and Lowel Giersdorf.