Elsie Minnie Albrecht, daughter of Henry and Wilhelmina Block Borcherding, was born January 8, 1908, near Sumner in rural Chickasaw County, Iowa. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed on March 21, 1921, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. Elsie received her education in the rural country schools near Sumner.
On December 16, 1931, she was united in marriage with Alfred Fritz. Mr. Fritz died February 13, 1947. On January 2, 1953, Elsie married Ralph Albrecht. Elsie and Ralph lived their entire married lives in Sumner. Mr. Albrecht died November 8, 1986, and Elsie continued to make her home in Sumner until she entered Maple Crest Manor in Fayette. Her death occurred early Sunday morning, July 24, 2011, at Maple Crest. She was one hundred three years old, and had been a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner.
Elsie is survived by one son, Willys (Leanne) Fritz of West Union; a daughter-in-law, Becky Fritz of Postville; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one brother, Leslie Borcherding of Davenport.
In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by one son, Darwin in 1994; one granddaughter, Kathy in 2000; two sisters, Emilda and Edna; and five brothers, Werner, Art, Emil, Alfred, and Erwin.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 28, 2011 at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. Dayna Winke officiating. Interment will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Sumner. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Thursday.