April 6, 1932 – September 20, 2021
Elsie Marie Hoss was born on April 6, 1932 in Artesian, SD to Peter and Margaret Hoss as the middle of 3 children. She grew up on a small farm outside Coleman, S.D. She moved to town to attend high school and was a waitress to pay for her room & board during her freshman and junior years. As a senior she worked at the local gas station.
After graduating high school in 1950, she went to General Beadle State Teachers College (now South Dakota State University) in Madison, SD for summer quarter. Elsie received her teaching certificate and taught all 8 grades in a one room country schoolhouse for seven years.
Elsie met the love of her life Hollis Eugene Pederson of Arlington, SD. They were married on September 24, 1954.
Holly & Elsie adopted their son Donald Eugene Pederson December 21, 1962 and moved to Renton, WA in 1965. They both eventually got jobs at Boeing, working there until their retirement in 1988. They enjoyed their retirement years splitting time between Mesa, AZ & Renton, WA.
Elsie passed away peacefully at home in Renton Washington with her son and daughter-in-law by her side. Elsie was preceded in death by her husband Hollis (2010), her father Peter Hoss, mother Margaret Hoss, brother Leon Hoss and sister Edith Petrich.
Elsie is survived by her son Donald Pederson & his wife Kristen, granddaughter Danyelle Galindo & her husband Jason, grandson Mathew Egner & his wife Kailey, grandchildren Tatumn Huffines, Tanah Huffines, Malia Galindo, Austin Egner, Teilynn Lenhardt and Hailey Egner along with many nephews, nieces and wonderful friends.
Elsie became instant friends with nearly everyone she met through learning about them and regaling them with her interesting stories. In addition to her family, she made lifelong friendships from Arlington to Renton to Mesa and everywhere in between. Everyone loved Elsie for her kindness, graciousness, generosity, warm smile and wonderful laugh, no more so than her husband and family.
Elsie Marie Pederson was a loving wife, mother, grandmother & great-grandmother who put her family above all else. She was a devoted Catholic, dying peacefully in her sleep on September 20, 2021, in Renton. May she rest in peace with her loving husband Hollis Pederson.
There will be a family ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery on Friday October 15 and an open house memorial to celebrate Elsie’s life on Saturday October 16 at Don & Kristen’s home in Renton(Hollis & Elsie’s former Home), from 1pm till whenever. Let us know if you need directions.