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Elaine D Traun

Elaine D Traun

Elaine D. Traun, age 78 of Durand, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2022, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born April 18, 1944, in Plum City, WI. She was the daughter of Oscar and Lucy (Schlosser) Pelke. She attended St. John the Baptist Grade School in Plum City and then attended Elmwood High School where she graduated with the Class of 1962. After high school, she worked at the Ben Franklin in Durand for many years and then later worked at Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand retiring in 2009. Elaine was also an election poll worker for many years for the Town of Durand.

Elaine married Marcellus “Mort” Traun on July 11, 1964, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand. After marriage they farmed in the Town of Maxville before moving to the Town of Durand where they built their current home in 1972. Elaine liked to travel with her family throughout the United States and took many bus trips including Washington D.C., New Orleans, New York, and Canada. In 2011, she traveled to Austria and Germany visiting villages where her ancestors came from. Her last trip was to Texas with the girls in 2019. Elaine enjoyed crocheting, sewing, reading, refurbishing antiques, going to movies, playing cards and games with her children and grandchildren, and spending time with her family. Elaine was a hard worker and was always willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed. She was kind and thoughtful and had a good sense of humor. She will always be in our hearts and never forgotten.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Mort; four children, Laurie Traun of Durand, Linda (Rodney) Komro of Arkansaw, Lisa Traun of Durand, and Brian (Kimberley) Traun of Durand; five grandchildren, Danielle Komro, Alex Komro, Paige Traun, Parker Traun, and Lucas Traun; great grandchild, Eleanor Komro; step grandchildren, Tiffany Komro and Damien Komro; step great grandchild, Zaylah Komro; sisters, Mary (Jim) Wayne, Lucille Mickelson, and Irene (Jim) Konsela; brother, Robert (Audrey) Pelke. Elaine is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Virginia Gilles, Catherine Zeh, Evelyn Coleman, and Joan Pelke (in infancy) and nieces and nephews.

Memorial Mass will be 11:00AM Saturday, September 24, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand with Rev. Timothy Reither officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Praschinger

    We share here your grief and sorrows.

  2. Joe and Jan Drier

    Sending our Deepest Sympathy to the family of Elaine!

  3. Kathy Hutter-Messier

    Our condolences goes out to the entire Traun family. May your memories help you thru this time. You are in our prayers

  4. Deanna & Gerald Rippley

    Mort and Family,
    Deanna and I wanted you to know we are very sorry to hear of your loss.

  5. Amanda Glaus

    So sorry for your loss. Keeping in my prayers.

  6. Dick and Ruth Doughty


  7. Larry and Carol Prissel

    You all have our Sympathy May god Bless you and give you Comfort, You have our Prayers

  8. Rick & Estella Bauer

    Our deepest sympathy Mort to you and your family.

  9. Barbara Gibson

    Sympathy to the Family of Elaine.

  10. Lura Knospe

    Brian and family, Our deepest Sympathy to you and your family, in the loss of your Mom. We didn't know her, but all Mom's are special to us. God Bless
    Chris and Darryl Knospe

  11. Chuck & Rosanne Reckin

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Elaine's family. May memories of happy times together give you peace and comfort now and in the future.

  12. Marsha Sullivan

    Sending love and prayers for the family

  13. Barbara Burns

    Heaven definitely got another angel . I will keep you all in my prayers

  14. John and Judy

    Sorry for your loss hugs to all

  15. thomas biles

    Sorry to here of Elaine's passing.We were class mates This post is from classmates . Marcella Robelia Biles & Rosalie Brunner Justinson

  16. Mary Lynn (Van Dyke) Wiskerchen

    Mort, I’m so sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing & offer my sincere condolences.

  17. Mike & Sue Reynolds

    May all the joyful memories replace the hardship the family is currently feeling. Always in our prayers

  18. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Our sympathy to you Mort and family. I always enjoyed visiting with Elaine. Sending prayers

  19. Janet Patraw

    Marcellus and family, So sorry to hear of Elaine's passing. She was a caring and beautiful lady. I was blessed to have one last conversation with her at her grandson's graduation. May you all find comfort and healing knowing Elaine is now at peace and with her Heavenly Father. With Sympathy, Janet & Kyle Patraw


    Condolences to the families,
    A Elmwood classmate 1962

  21. Vanji Thompson

    U have my sympathy

  22. Kay Noll

    So sorry to hear of Elaine's death. I always enjoyed visiting with her. My sympathy.

  23. Cheryl Wyss

    So sorry for your loss. Elaine was a very nice sweet lady. I always enjoyed visiting with her. May you have Peace and Comfort knowing she is now in her Heavenly home. Sending Hugs, Love and Prayers.

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