ELAINE J. THUDINElaine Janette Thudin, 61, of Esko, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on July 10, 2012.
ELAINE J. THUDIN
Elaine Janette Thudin, 61, of Esko passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on July 10, 2012.
Elaine grew up and attended school in Proctor, graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1972 and earned her Master’s degree in 1988 in reading interventions. Elaine married Randy Thudin on June 30, 1973, in Cloquet. During her 39-year career in Hermantown and Esko, she was a dedicated teacher of kindergarten, second grade and Title One. Her love of teaching was evident not only in her classroom on a day-to-day basis, but also in her creation of the pre-kindergarten program and innovations to the Title One programs at Esko, the latter of which was recognized by the state of Minnesota for excellence. She was both the Vice President and Lead Negotiator, along with various other positions, in the Esko Teachers Union. Elaine also taught Sunday school for many years and was a constant volunteer at all of her daughters’ activities. Elaine’s variety of passions led her family on many cross-country travel adventures, and the family gatherings she hosted were always a highlight (always the house was beautifully decorated and the cooking exceptional). One of her greatest joys was intimate conversations with those close to her. Her unwavering faith in God and commitment to living each day to the fullest was an inspiration and will be greatly missed.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Dorleen VanDorn; and sister, Loreen Fish.
She is survived by her husband, Randy, of Esko; daughters, Carrie (Trevor) Jones of Hugo, Lindsey Thudin of San Francisco, CA, and Amanda Thudin of Esko; sisters, Sharon (Royall) Sams of Broken Arrow, OK, Leiah (Scott) Schroeder of Portage, WI; brother, Steve (Deborah) VanDorn of Elizabethtown, KY; brother-in-law, Peter Fish of Laurel, MT; mother-in-law, Verna Thudin of Cloquet; and her first grandchild, Victoria Elaine Jones, who was born July 20. She is also loved and will be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in the Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle. Visitation will continue on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral service, also in the church. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow in the church social hall. Arrangement entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet. To sign the guestbook and offer an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com.