Elaine M. Setchell


MENDOTA - Elaine M. Setchell, 91, of Mendota passed away Jan. 7, 2020 at the Mendota Lutheran Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at First United Methodist Church in Mendota with Rev. Mary Bohall officiating. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery, Mendota. Visitation will be from noon until time of services on Saturday at the church. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling the arrangements.

Elaine was born Sept. 12, 1928 in Chicago to Crystal Spears Miller and Robert Phalen. She married Floyd Setchell on Feb. 8, 1946. He preceded her in death in 2018.

Survivors include four sons, John (Teresa) Setchell, Jeff (Diane) Setchell and Tim (Julie) Setchell of Mendota, and Tom (Jane) Setchell of Sarasota, Fla.; one daughter, Carol (Paul) Ramer of Mendota; 14 grandchildren, John D., Toby, Justin, Tyler, Brad, and Will Setchell, Matt Ramer, Joanne McNally, Jessica Sondgeroth, Katy Mathes, Tricia Leigh, Lauren Wallenberg, Mindy Matney and Michelle Beaty; two step-grandchildren, Matt Westerman and Kristen Saylor; 30 great-grandchildren; five step-great grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Bruce (Shirley) Miller of LaMoille; one sister, Kathleen Currie of Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Charles in 2006; two brothers, Donald Miller and Patrick Phalen; and two sisters, Constance Truti and Colleen Greenwood.

Elaine was raised on a farm in Clarion Township by her grandmother, Hattie Spears and G. Frederick Meyers. She attended Mendota schools and graduated from Mendota High School in 1945. After she and Floyd married, they resided on a farm east of Mendota their entire lives. Elaine was an outstanding mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to all who knew her. She never missed a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion for anyone. She worked in retail sales in Mendota for many years, then spent several years in the accounting department of Hart Carter, and followed that working as a CNA at the Mendota Lutheran Home. She was a member of Eastern Star, United Methodist Women, Mendota Business and Professional Women’s Club, and the local unit of TOPS.

Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church.

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