Onalaska, Wisconsin: Elva L. Garves, 97, of Onalaska died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Onalaska Care Center. She was born on December 10, 1916 in Jefferson Township, Vernon County, Wisconsin to Charles and Rosie (Kuester) Timm. She married Wilmer R. Garves on November 9, 1935 in Bangor, WI. He preceded her in death on May 28, 1973.
Elva and her husband farmed in Burr Oak for many years. In 1964 they moved to Onalaska. Elva worked as a housekeeper at St. Francis Medical Center in La Crosse. She enjoyed latch hook, gardening, bird watching and feeding her birds and animals.
Elva is survived by her 5 children: Vernon (Peg) Garves of La Crosse, Nancy Vidovich of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Rodney Garves of West Salem, Sherry (Ray) Flynn of Onalaska, and Douglas Garves of Holmen; Six grandchildren: Kim O’Grady, Lisa Brueggen, Stacy Garves, Deron Flynn, Shannon Flynn and Ryan Flynn; 13 great-grandchildren And 5 great-great-grandchildren; Two sisters-in-law Phyllis Timm and Mildred Timm and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, a son-in law John Vidovich; one sister Dorothy Freeman; 6 brothers Arnold (Mildred) Timm, Harold (Lillian) Timm, Larry Timm, Charles Timm, Vernon Timm and LaVerne Timm.
Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday March 6, 2014 at the Fossum Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Onalaska. The Rev. John Werner will officiate. Private family burial will be in the Burr Oak Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:00 pm until the time of the service.
The family asks that memorials be directed to the Burr Oak Lutheran Church.