Elaine Summerfield

Elaine Alice Summerfield (Jensen)

December 27th, 1923 - September 7th, 2019
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Elaine Alice Summerfield (nee Jensen), a long-time resident of Bloomington, died on September 7, 2019, at age 95. Born December 27, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN to John and Nora Jensen, Elaine grew up on a farm in west Bloomington, and graduated from BHS in 1941. Elaine served in World War Two as a Navy WAVE in Maryland. In September 1947 she married James Summerfield, whose sister Kaye was her friend in the WAVES. Elaine worked for many years in the Bloomington Public School System as a secretary to the head nurse. She was an active volunteer at the Bloomington Historical Society and VEAP, and was a leader in keeping the BHS 1941 class in touch. In her retirement years, Elaine loved gardening at her house in Bloomington, traveling to many states and foreign countries, and being with her grandchildren. For the last five years she lived at the Presbyterian Homes Commons, where she made new friends among the residents and staff.

Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Summerfield, and sister, Elsie (Leo) Cameron. She is survived by her children, Michael Summerfield, Sue (Bill) Macheel, Mary Summerfield (Michael O'Neal), Sheila Summerfield and Judith (Bob) Herington; grandchildren, Bobby and Annie Macheel and Alana and Brynne O’Neal; brother, Harold (Sue) Jensen; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019, at 3:30PM, with visitation starting at 3PM, at Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington Chapel, 9901 Penn Ave. S. Bloomington, MN. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Bloomington Historical Society or Bridging of Bloomington.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, September 27th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 3:30pm
    Friday, September 27th, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
    Presbyterian Homes Chapel
    9901 Penn Avenue South
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 27th, 2019 | 3:30pm
    Friday, September 27th, 2019 3:30pm
    Presbyterian Homes Chapel
    9901 Penn Avenue South
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor John Goertz
  • Interment

    Friday, September 27th, 2019 |
    Friday, September 27th, 2019
    Fort Snelling National Cemetery
    7601 34th Avenue, South, 7601 34th Avenue, South
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Jayne Southard

Posted at 06:44pm
Aunt Elaine was a steady and calm presence in my childhood. I remember the Sunday morning breakfast of cinnamon rolls and orange juice before mass, lots of adventures of our family visiting the Summerfields (even to snowy North Dakota), and Holidays we celebrated. "MAY LOVE BE WHAT YOU REMEMBER MOST." -Darcie Sims- Blessings and Peace, Jayne Southard

Gregory K Jones

Posted at 06:45pm
Mr Rogers was a popular TV personality who wanted to be your neighbor, but Kathrine and I had someone much better, Elaine Summerfield. Elaine was was very knowledgeable and confident, I enjoyed her showing interest in my projects, she would ask what was I was trying to do and often shared with me her suggestion of a better way, we all need a good neighbor who is willing to share their learned experiences.

Judy Herington Posted at 09:59am

So true Greg! She was lucky to have such wonderful neighbors!

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