Sylvia Gertrude Elness

September 1926 – December 2013

Sylvia Elness, 87, of Turlock, passed away at Emanuel Medical Center. Sylvia was born in Argyle, I to Lawrence and Gertrude Sateren. Her father was a Lutheran Minister. She attended schools in Argyle, I and Brandon, N. She graduated from Augsburg College and Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing. She was a nurse for over 45 years including service at Emanuel Hospital. Sylvia and her husband Dean were co-founders of Elness Convalescent Hospital. They have been members of the Light of Christ Lutheran Church. Sylvia loved music. She played the violin and flute. She enjoyed reading the Bible and inspirational books, and she enjoyed magazines like Sunset and Reminisce. She liked dogs and enjoyed sewing and home-making.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her brother Leland Sateren, by sisters Margaret Trautwein, Jeanette Christenson, Helen Quanbeck, and Norma Anderson, all from Minnesota. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dean Elness, son John Elness, daughter Dawn Elness, all of Turlock, a brother Don Sateren of Auburn WA, and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and friends. She will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held at Allen Mortuary on Saturday, Dec. 21st from 1 to 3 pm followed by a Funeral Service at 3 pm. Memorial contributions are suggested for the Light of Christ Lutheran Church, 4510 Crowell Road, Turlock CA 95382. Please leave memories and condolences at

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