Yvette May Elsbernd
February3, 1936 – December 29, 2020
Yvette May Elsbernd (Meyer) was born on February 3, 1936 to Peter and Lottie (Wiltse) Meyer in Rugby, North Dakota. She passed away peacefully, on December 29, 2020. Yvette and her twin sister, Yvonne, were the youngest out of Peter & Lottie’s nine children. Yvette told MANY stories of her childhood and how much fun it was to be a twin! They always enjoyed dressing alike, even into their older years.
While attending high school in Noonan, Yvette met Paul Elsbernd. Paul was a member of the Air Force. They communicated with each other while he was in the Air Force and soon fell in love. They were married on July 8, 1954. To this union, three children were born: Tim, Todd, and Paula. Tim was born in Bottineau, North Dakota; and, Todd and Paula were both born in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Yvette is well-known for being an AMAZING baker and cook! She would cook almost anything the guys would bring home from their hunting and fishing trips and it would be incredible every time! She was even featured in the Grand Island Newspaper, surrounded by all her incredible dishes of food, as one of the most outstanding cooks in the area. She and Paul would host “Wild Game Dinners” and people would travel quite a distance to enjoy her cooking!
She also put together the most amazing and huge plates of Christmas goodies for her family to take to work. Everyone would find out what day Yvette’s goodies were coming to the office and make sure they didn’t miss that day! She would spend WEEKS preparing for Christmas treat day! She would also mail her famous peanut brittle to several people that looked forward to it every year. She didn’t even forget the mailman.
Yvette was also known to be a WONDERFUL Grandma and Great-Grandma! She loved her grandchildren very much. After Paul passed away from a long battle with cancer in 1997, Yvette moved into a condo on the Indianhead Golf Course in Grand Island. She was able to spend a lot of time with Todd’s Family. The boys would come in after their golf practice saying, “Grandma!! What do you have to eat?!” She would say, “Whatever you want!” Sometimes, she was even waiting for them on her back porch as they were finishing up the 9th hole cheering them on! Grandma also had a “Nanny drawer” in her kitchen that was always stocked with everyone’s favorite candy. She knew that her Grandson, Zebbie, liked to take a “to-go” bag, from the Nanny drawer, with him, when it was time to go home, so, she made sure to get this ready for him.
Yvette also had a love for shopping, shoes, getting her nails done, getting her hair done, going to lunch, and just spending time with her kids and grandkids. She just loved being around her family. If you asked her what she wanted to do. She would say, “I just want to be with my kids”.
Yvette is survived by her son, Tim (Shar) Elsbernd; daughter-in-law Jeannie (late Todd) Elsbernd; and, daughter Paula Peters and Partner David Wright; grandchildren: Felicia (Daniel) Snyder, T.J. (Jennifer) Elsbernd, Lucas (Kassidi) Elsbernd, Zeb Elsbernd, Josh Elsbernd, Christian Peters and Partner Karlie Rowan; and, Marleese Peters. Great-Grandchildren: Nikolas Snyder, Cassandra Snyder, Abigail Snyder, Sarah Elsbernd, Samuel Elsbernd, and Todd D. Elsbernd; One surviving sibling, Marlene Nelson (Meyer) – 90 years young! And SEVERAL nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Z. Elsbernd, and son, Todd V. Elsbernd. Her parents, Peter & Lottie Meyer (Wiltse); Siblings, Lenore Dahl, Laverne Holte, Delbert (Bud) Meyer, Loretta Fagerland, Wayne Meyer, Vernon Meyer, and Yvonne Brandvold.