Meet Elaine Halse, Wellington Place's Resident of the Month!!

Elaine’s parents Arnold and Thelma Kolaas lived in Humbolt, South Dakota which is near Sioux Falls. Her dad worked for the railroad. Elaine joined an older sister, Shirley when she was born June 11, 1929. Two brothers; Kenneth and John and a sister Rita eventually completed the family.

Elaine attended school in Humbolt until she was six years old and then her family moved to Calmar. She attended a Country School thru eighth grade and graduated from Calmar High School in 1947. In 1950 Elaine was crowned Miss Decorah. After graduating from high school, she started working at JC Penny’s in Decorah. She met her future husband, Edward at a friend’s wedding. They were married March 2, 1952 and lived in Decorah for a short time before he was drafted. While he was in the service, Elaine lived with her husband in Alaska for 18 months and their first child, Ronald was born in Alaska. After Edward was out of the service, they purchased a house in Decorah. Two daughters; Patty and Nancy soon completed their family. They enjoyed going to South Dakota to visit family. Elaine also went to New Jersey and New York to visit their son. Edward died when he was 45 years old. Elaine then went to work at Ben Franklin.  She continued living in Decorah until she moved to Wellington Place on March 3, 2020. She enjoys visiting with her family.

Congratulations Elaine on being resident of the month and we are glad you are part of the Wellington family!