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Elva Valeria (Buttshaw) Thorn

April 20, 1918 ~ July 4, 2019 (age 101)

Elva V. Thorn age 101 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019 at her home. Elva Valeria Buttshaw was born on April 20, 1918, in Aldrich, Minnesota, the daughter of Elmer and Dora (Draves) Buttshaw. She graduated from Staples High School in 1936. On September 6, 1937, Elva was united in marriage to Harold Thorn in Wadena, Minnesota. In 1942, the couple moved to Austin and had two daughters, Patricia and Nancy. Elva enjoyed her role as homemaker, wife, and mother. A member of Grace Lutheran Church, Elva liked to bowl, golf, play bridge and sew. A snowmobiler and motorcyclist, they rode their cycles to Rapid City, South Dakota. They also spent many years in Texas during the winter months, enjoying music with their friends and family. The time Elva enjoyed most was spending time with her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.


Survivors include her two daughters, Patricia L. Konz of Mesa, Arizona, Nancy (Allen) Fimon of Austin, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Stacie (Jeff Fisher) Bryan, Tricia (Gayn) Erickson, Michelle Fimon, Michael (Amanda) Fimon, Maraye Fimon; five great grandchildren, Jonathan Erickson, Hanna Erickson, Sydney Bryan, Evan Bryan, Jadon Fimon. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Dora Buttshaw; husband, Harold Thorn in 2008; four brothers, Norval, Vernon, Duane, and Darrell Buttshaw; two sisters, Stella McGillivray and Leona Buttshaw; and son-in-law, Jon Konz.


A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Services are prearranged and performed with Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

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