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Elaine Roiger

October 5, 2012
The Journal

NEW ULM - Elaine Roiger, 84, of New Ulm died Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at the Winthrop Good Samaritan Society in Winthrop.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12 p.m., Saturday, October 6 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass.

Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday and 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home North Chapel in New Ulm. The Christian Mothers Society will pray the rosary at 4 p.m. Friday at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. To sign the guest book, or to leave an online condolence for her family go to

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Elaine (Niehoff) Roiger was born August 16, 1928 in St. James to Lawrence and Louise (Boor) Niehoff. The family moved to New Ulm in 1941. She attended St. Mary's grade school and graduated from New Ulm High School in 1946.

Elaine worked at various places while going to school. In 1947 she was united in marriage to Donald "Red" Roiger at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm. After all her children started school, she worked with her husband at Roiger's Shoe Store. Later she worked at Jonson's Accounting, then Midwest Commodities until she retired in 1991. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, a volunteer at the New Ulm Medical Center, and a Chamber volunteer greeter. She was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, a member of Christian Mothers, and sang with the funeral choir.

She is survived by sons, David (Deb) Roiger of Clear Lake, Michael (Cheryl) Roiger of Sidney, Montana, Douglas (Betty "BJ") Roiger of New Ulm; daughter, Beth (Jon) Gohr of New Ulm; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorraine Christle (her twin), Mary Lou Pischke, both of California, Phyllis Domeier, Margaret (Charles) Forster, both of New Ulm; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Niehoff of New Ulm; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bernice and Arnie Baumann of Willmar; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, in 1998; her parents; brothers, James and Charles Niehoff; sister-in-law, Shirley Niehoff; brothers-in-law, Barney Christle, DuWayne Pischke, Lester Domeier; and daughter-in-law, Twila (Tews) Roiger.



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