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Laura L. Elsea, age 52, of King Graves Rd., Fowler, OH, passed away Thursday evening, February 28, 2019 at her home after a brief illness. 

She was born in Lima, OH on January 28, 1967 to William B. and Marjorie A. (Kolozsi) George. Laura was a 1985 graduate of Bishop Watterson High School and received her Degree in Education in 1989 from Ohio State University. She was an Elementary Teacher for many years and had most recently been employed by Buckeye Online School For Success. For Laura, teaching wasn't just a job, it was her way of life and she touched the lives of many people.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Greenville, PA, where she helped in the nursery and had been active with the visitation committee. Laura had a passion for quilting, cross stitching, knitting, gardening and cooking. She was served as a volunteer for the Optimist Club in Hartford and at the A.W.L. Animal Shelter in Vienna. 

On March 18, 1989 she married Thomas “Bart” Elsea, he survives. Also surviving are three sons; Brock T. Elsea and his wife Shelby of Cortland, , Troy W. Elsea and his fiancee Victoria Mathia of Niles and Braden R. Elsea of Fowler, her mother; Marjorie A. George of Fowler, a sister; Holly L. Frantz and her husband Eric of Vienna and her granddaughter; Brylee Rose Elsea.

She was preceded in death by her father.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday,  March 9, 2019 in First Baptist Church, 60 Shenango St. Greenville, PA, with Rev. David Cox, Pastor of the church, officiating. There will be no calling hours.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 375 Kings Highway North Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.  

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30 Comments

  1. Sally Eucker Sally Eucker
    March 3, 2019    

    I was so very blessed to have Laura as my dear friend. My heart and prayers are with you all.
    With love,
    Sally

  2. Tom and CHARLOTTE Mason Tom and CHARLOTTE Mason
    March 3, 2019    

    Our deepest sympathy…Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…..Tom and Char Mason

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 3, 2019    

    We were always thankful for having Laura as a friend. She always brightened one’s day – we will miss her. Thoughts and prayers to Bart, Brock, Troy, Brayden and all of her extended family.

    The Hardaway’s – Mark, Ann, Chris & Matt

  4. Debbie Masters Debbie Masters
    March 3, 2019    

    Our heart is broken for your family. Loved spending many, many hours together being soccer moms and officers of jbso. Laura always a a smile, good ideas and a great personality! Will miss her greatly and heaven gained another angel. Love from The Brad Masters Family

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 3, 2019    

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

    Love, Lou, Kathy, Joshua and Jacob Cox

  6. Mary Calladine Mary Calladine
    March 3, 2019    

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family Bart. I pray you find comfort and peace knowing Laura has entered her heavenly home and no more in pain and suffering. God gained a beautiful rose for his bouquet but shared her with us for a short time.

  7. Debby and Donna Kramer Debby and Donna Kramer
    March 4, 2019    

    We Wii send up a prayer for her family. Debby and Donna from the sewing group

  8. The Winchell’s The Winchell’s
    March 4, 2019    

    Laura was such a bright light for everyone. We cherished the times we spent at the fairs and with the family. She left love with everyone in her path. Our most sincere condolences to Bart, Brock, Troy, Brayden and family.

    John, Jodi, Gabe, Bella, Jackson, and Maggie Winchell

  9. Barbara Sawicki Barbara Sawicki
    March 4, 2019    

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Also my heart and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Michael & Sarah Zajac Michael & Sarah Zajac
    March 4, 2019    

    Our hearts go out to you, as well as our prayers…Michael & Sarah Zajac

  11. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 4, 2019    

    Bart and family, sending our deepest sympathies to you all during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jessica, Meaghan, and Amelia Syverson

  12. Jessica Syverson Jessica Syverson
    March 4, 2019    

    Bart and family, sending our deepest sympathies to you all during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jessica, Meaghan, and Amelia Syverson

  13. Janice Bogan Janice Bogan
    March 4, 2019    

    The world has lost a gem. Your mom .. Brock,Troy,and Braden..was a ray of sunshine in my classroom and a true blessing. I have so many fond memories of your entire family that I will cherish. My heartfelt condolences to all of you and your family. Praying for you all.

  14. Debbie Lesho Debbie Lesho
    March 4, 2019    

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. David played soccer with the boys many years ago.
    Bill and Debbie Lesho
    Chris and David Duncan

  15. Christina Cusick Christina Cusick
    March 4, 2019    

    In the short time working with Laura I had come to love her as a dear friend. Her infectious laugh and happy spirit made our days together special. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

  16. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 4, 2019    

    Dear Bart and family,
    Extending my heartfelt sympathy to your family for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May happy thoughts of Laura give you comfort and hope for better days ahead..

    Bobbi Shields and family

  17. Past coworker Past coworker
    March 5, 2019    

    I worked with Laura at ECOT. She was such a lovely lady.

  18. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 5, 2019    

    Bart and family: I am so sorry for your loss, Laura had to be a great lady wish I could have meet her!! My thoughts and prayers to the entire family!1
    love you
    Tim Isaac and family

  19. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 5, 2019    

    My deepest condolences & prayers for your family after such a tragic loss . May God look on all of you and let you know that she is by his side and in his presence and waiting to see all of you again.

    God Bless you all.

    Ken & Tami Pauley

  20. Denny J. Denny J.
    March 5, 2019    

    Dear Bart and Family,
    There just aren’t words to express how truly sorry I was to hear of Laura’s passing. I know she will be deeply missed by all who knew her. I wish you God’s peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead and loving memories of your wonderful wife/mom to forever hold in your hearts.

    God bless you all,

  21. Cindy Oravecz Cindy Oravecz
    March 6, 2019    

    Laura gave total kindness, love, caring and joy to all she met. It was a privilege to call her my quilting friend. Her joy and goodwill will go on forever in all she touched.

  22. Cindy B. Cindy B.
    March 6, 2019    

    Laura’s smiling face will definitely be missed at our monthly sewing groups. Condolences and Prayers to all her family during this very sad time in their lives.

  23. Pamela and Zachary Hall Pamela and Zachary Hall
    March 6, 2019    

    We had the honor of Ms.Elsea teaching our little one Zachary for a little while. We spoke briefly on the phone but her personality was so beautiful and full of life. I was honored to get to experience her presence in our world for a short but memorable time. Zachary would like to say that, ” I will really miss one of my favorite teachers. She was a great friend. She taught really well and her face brightened up my day. I will have the family in my prayers.”
    We will all be praying for your family in this difficult time.

  24. LTC. Marty Davis and family LTC. Marty Davis and family
    March 6, 2019    

    Bart and family, Sorry to hear of your loss. I know that there isn’t much I can say other then let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

  25. Mark Ables Mark Ables
    March 7, 2019    

    Bart,
    Nan and I are so terribly saddened to hear of the loss of your wife. I so enjoyed the welcome hospitality you and Laura offered me in your home during my time in Vienna. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We’re so very sorry

    Mark and Nan Ables

  26. Sue& Dakota Merriman Sue& Dakota Merriman
    March 7, 2019    

    In the short time of having Laura as my daughters teacher this year, She became more than just a teacher to these kids. She will be misses dearly. She made learning fun for the students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

  27. Wendy Ferry Wendy Ferry
    March 7, 2019    

    Dear Brock and family,
    My heart goes out to you and your entire family during this most difficult time! May your wonderful memories of your Mother be a comfort! How great that she was able to see Brylee and “spoil” her, if only for a little while. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  28. Carol J. Caronite Carol J. Caronite
    March 8, 2019    

    It was a joy to know Laura in our quilting group. She was joyful, fun and inspirational. She will surely be missed. My condolences and prayers to her family.

  29. Rachelle, Alex, and Max Popovich Rachelle, Alex, and Max Popovich
    March 8, 2019    

    Mrs. Elsea was a remarkable teacher and my son Max misses her very much. He thought of her, not only as his teacher, but as a friend. Mrs. Elsea was one of Max’s favorite teachers. She made learning fun. She went above and beyond her duties by researching indoor golf lessons, for Max, because she knew of his passion for golf. We had many pleasant phone conversations. She always had a listening ear, especially when our family was going through difficult times. She seemed to touch the lives of everyone she came in contact with. Her pleasant attitude and caring, compassionate words will be missed. She was a beautiful person. It was truly an honor, to have known her, for even such a short time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, during this difficult time.

  30. Stephanie Welhouse Stephanie Welhouse
    March 11, 2019    

    I am very saddened by Laura’s passing and I wish God’s gentle hand on Bart and the three boys during this challenging time. Thinking of you all fondly with great memories and hope for understanding of life’s events. God bless you all.

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