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Elaine Dawley Roob

November 4, 2022 | 5 comments

Elaine Dawley Roob, 90, of Onalaska, WI passed away peacefully on November 4, 2022 at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse.

Elaine was born on April 6, 1932 in Luverne, MN, a daughter of Leo and Ella Snook. She graduated from Luverne High School and Carleton College, Northfield, MN, where she made many life-long friends and met her husband, Charles Lansing Dawley. They were married 12/21/54 in Minneapolis. He preceded her in death on 9/27/82. She later married Daniel J. Roob on 2/28/87. He preceded her in death on 5/15/11.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Carol) Dawley of Glencoe, IL, Anne (Bob) Nussbaum of Fairbury, IL, and Marty (Bart) VanVoorhis of LaCrosse, WI; 7 grandchildren: Patrick Dawley, Jennifer (Jason) Stuckey, Susan (Matthew) Starr, Rebecca (Eric) Sommer, Andrew (Abby) Swift, Katie (Colton) Fields, and Emily (Greg) Wiora; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and one great-grandson.

Elaine was an avid reader, especially of history and current events. She hosted Camp Nana for several summers, a week-long gathering of the grandchildren, which they fondly remember. She was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church, LaCrosse and the local PEO chapter.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Havenwood Senior Living, Onalaska, and Gundersen Hospital, LaCrosse.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to the Coulee Region Humane Society, Onalaska, Wi.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 14, 2022 with visitation from 10:00 am until the time of the service at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska.



  1. Michele Maier Crmp

    Elaine was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother,and friend to many. I became acquainted with her through my friendship with her daughter, Marty, during our school years. She graced us with her sense of humor and love for life and family. May she rest peacefully with her husband and friends and family who have been patiently waiting for her. Let her memories live on in your hearts. Hugs. 💗

  2. Patricia Spelios

    I was blessed to have Elaine as a good friend for 67years. She was a wonderful woman. Sadly, I will miss our frequent phone calls and less frequent meetings.

  3. Jeanine Hammes

    Elaine was my Step-Mom. She married our Dad, Dan Roob. Elaine always made us feel welcome, on Thanksgiving and Christmas. She always bought the best gifts. I will remember
    Elaine as a classy Lady! We had heart to heart talks.

    I will miss her, and her feisty spirit.

    We lost a Good Woman, when we lost Elaine.

    Sending her love and gratitude.

    Jeanne Hammes

  4. Ruby (Skip) Gustafson

    Dear Family of Elaine-

    I am sorry for your loss. Elaine (I knew her as Nin) was my college roommate at Carleton from 1951-1954. I grew up in Windom, MN (not far from Luverne) and we spent many summers together on Lake Vermillion.
    I have very fond memories of my friendship with Nin and we roomed together at our college reunion in 2019. She will be missed.

  5. Barbara and Jerry Rusch

    Our deepest sympathy to Elaine’s family. We shared many wonderful times
    with Elaine and Dan in the past, so many good memories, that we will always
    treasure. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


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