LONG BEACH — Elaine Alyce Kettwig, age 85, Long Beach, Washington, formerly of Clark, South Dakota, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 after an extended battle with Parkinson’s disease and cancer.
Elaine was born Oct. 5, 1932 in Clark, South Dakota to Gilbert and Hulda Kruthoff. She attended grade school at both Willow Lake Township and Fordham Township and graduated from Clark High School in Clark in 1950. That same year she was united in marriage to Jerry C. Kettwig. They had celebrated 67 years of marriage and had four daughters.
In 1966 the family moved to Auburn, Wash., where they raised their family. Elaine spent over 30 years in banking and upon retirement in 1996, Elaine and Jerry moved to Long Beach, where they often entertained their large family. In her spare time enjoyed tending her gardens and took great pleasure in cooking. She took pride in passing those passions on to the many generations that graced her home. She was also instrumental in the founding of Shoeboxes of Joy, a local charity that she worked with every Christmas.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry C. Kettwig; brother Kenneth G. Kruthoff; daughters, Lori K. Briggs (husband Don) of Ocean Park, Wash., De Ann M. Kettwig (husband Scott Lough) of Long Beach, Kathy J. Ramthun (husband Richard) of Desert Aire, Wash., and Pamela J. Kramlich of Puyallup, Wash. Many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren also survive her. Preceding her in death were parents Gilbert and Hulda Kruthoff, brother Keith A. Kruthoff, sister Arlys J. Lindow, sister Patsy Helkenn Wallum, and son-in-law James Kramlich.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 18, at 2 p.m., in the Ocean Park Lutheran Church with Pastor Dawna Svaren officiating. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in her name to Shoeboxes of Joy, P.O. Box 684, Long Beach, WA 98631. Please write in her guestbook at www.penttilaschapel.com.