Elna Leone <I>Stehle</I> Hansen

Elna Leone Stehle Hansen

Birth
Fenton Township, Genesee County, Michigan, USA
Death 21 Nov 1987 (aged 89)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Beverly Hills, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 199096074 · View Source
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Elna Leone Stehle was the second oldest child and only daughter of Joseph Damian Stehle and Nancy Delilah Ripley. She was given her unusual name by her Aunt Sate (Sarah (Stehle) Kynast). As a child, her mother noticed that Elna had a natural talent for playing the piano and taught her how to play it properly. Elna's dream job was to play the piano during the silent movies at the Rowena Theater in Fenton, Michigan, but in the end, decided she wasn't talented enough. She recalled to this submitter when her immigrant grandfather Francis Xavier Stehle stayed with the family. He would speak and sing to her in German on the front porch of the family farmhouse north of Linden, Michigan. As a young woman, Elna had many friends and took lots of photos of them with her camera. In school, she received help with arithmetic from Charlie Hansen, a friend of her cousin Reuben Stehle. Elna had to drop out of high school to take care of her ailing mother. During World War I, Charlie Hansen enlisted in the U. S. Navy, but after the war, he returned to Linden and courted Elna. They were married at her family home on August 17, 1923. The Rev. Carl Lundbom performed the ceremony while Elna's brother Floyd Stehle and her friend Grace Bergin served as witnesses. After their marriage, Charlie and Elna moved to Detroit where he worked at an automobile factory painting car bodies. They lived in a rented house until her father Joseph came down from Linden to build them a small house on Charter Street in Lincoln Park, Wayne County, Michigan. Charlie and Elna had one child, a son named Floyd Charles Hansen. His grandfather Joseph made Floyd Charles a tiny chair to sit in. During World War II, Floyd enlisted in the army and was assigned to the ordnance department in the Philippines. Shortly after the war ended, Floyd was killed when the Jeep he was riding in overturned near the city of Vigan. Charles and Elna were heart-broken. They left his little chair out on display in their house ever afterward as a memorial to their son. After Charlie retired from the car factory, he was active at the Allen Park V. A. Hospital assisting sick and injured veterans. They lived in that same small house that Elna's father had built for them for the rest of their lives. Due to declining health, Charlie was sent to the Boulevard Temple Methodist home in Detroit to be cared for. Elna joined him, living in an apartment on the premises. Charlie died there of bedsores on June 8, 1987. Elna passed away there on November 21, 1987. They were both buried at the Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills, Oakland County, Michigan because they drove by it once and thought it was the most beautiful cemetery they had ever seen.
Biography compiled by Jeff Stehle. Please credit appropriately.


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  • Created by: 59er
  • Added: 13 May 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 199096074
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elna Leone Stehle Hansen (25 Sep 1898–21 Nov 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 199096074, citing Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills, Oakland County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by 59er (contributor 49423200) .