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Elsie Gressett

elsie gressett
Elsie Zager Gressett, much beloved mother, grandmother and friend, died at her daughter’s home on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 after complications from lung disease. She was born on April 26, 1919, in Chicago, IL. as the only child to emigrant parents from Eastern Europe. Growing up in South Chicago during the heyday of prohibition, she had many fascinating stories to tell about bootleggers of the era. She was well known for her genuine demeanor, great conversation and sharp intellect. As a child, she skipped two grades in the Chicago School system. She graduated from high school at the age of 15 and during WWII was employed as “Rosie the Riveter”, assembling airplane wings for the Pullman Co. Subsequently, she met her husband Jimmy, a Navy ensign, on a training assignment in Chicago. After the war, they were married and moved to California where both daughters were born; then they moved to San Antonio in 1954. Elsie was primarily a homemaker in the true sense of the word; she also spent time working with her husband in managing the Electrolux Branch in San Antonio. She was past president of NISD PTA, Girl Scout Troop Leader, voted best Mom at Pat Neff Jr.High and she was involved in numerous other school activities with her daughters. Elsie traveled extensively with her daughter Bonnie to Europe in the 70s and recently to the northeast and Alaska with Michele. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all. She is survived by daughters: Michele Gressett and Bonnie (Bill)Reiffert and grandchildren Ryan and Kimberley Reiffert., all of San Antonio. SERVICE SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2006 3 P.M. INDEPENDENCE HILL RETIREMENT COMMUNITY 20450 HUEBNER RD. 615-4000 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you consider a memorial donation to the American Lung Assoc. for research/treatment of COPD, smoking cessation support and air quality research. Donations may be made online at In addition, the family would appreciate your support in lobbying members of Congress for legislation to regulate the tobacco industry and its ill affects on our citizens. To leave a note for the family, go to and select Obituaries.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to Bonnie and Michelle. I am sure your mother was a wonderful person to have raised such sweet and kind daughters.

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