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Elsie Beatrice Newman

July 7, 1931 ~ July 22, 2019 (age 88)
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Elsie Beatrice Newman, age 88, of Merrill, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.  She was born on July 7, 1931 to the late Ray and Nellie (Spicer) Alloway in Minneapolis, MN.  Elsie attended and graduated from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids.

Elsie worked as a medical transcriptionist for the majority of her adult life.  She was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Merrill and was active in the choir. Elsie looked forward to singing with her Sweet Adeline group. She was a very talented pianist, as well.  Elsie was a very social and friendly lady that really enjoyed her friends at Jenny Towers.  Her feisty spirit will be missed by many.

Elsie is survived by her two daughters: Vicky (James Webber) Robinson of Robbinsdale, MN and Heidi Qiabi of Weston, grandchildren: Christina (William) Gleason of Champlin, MN and Nicholas Robinson of Robbinsdale, MN, great granddaughter: Kennedy Geiger and sisters: Avis Grover and Marilyn (Gerald) Hamel.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands: Richard Lee Swanson and Rushton Newman, daughter: Roxanne Geiger and grandsons: Benjamin Geiger and Samuel Lee Robinson.

A Memorial Service for Elsie will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 11am at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Merrill.  Rev. Patricia Schutz will officiate. 

Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at


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