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Corrinne Elkin 11/14/2022

Corrinne A. Elkin, age 89, of New Richmond passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022 after one year of battling many afflictions. She was born on December 22, 1932 in Osceola, WI the daughter to Odin and Nellie (Anderson) Hagen. Along with her three sisters, she grew up on a farm in Wanderoos, WI. Years after being set up on blind date, she married James “Jim” Elkin on December 31, 1951. She was a woman of faith, a life-long member of First Lutheran Church and belonged in the church choir. Corrinne worked 35 years as a receptionist at the New Richmond Clinic. She was a big sports fan and loved to cheer on the Minnesota Vikings, Gophers and Twins. She was also the family’s biggest cheerleader and did not miss a game, home or away. A tradition Corrinne created was an early morning phone call to sing “Happy Birthday” to each and every family member. She will be remembered as a friendly, kind and caring woman of faith. Corrinne is preceded in death by her parents, Odin and Nellie Hagen; husband, James “Jim” Elkin, Sr.; and sister, Elaine Giswold. She is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Karen) Elkin, John (Vickie) Elkin, Jacki (Mark) Aldous, James (Jackie) Elkin, Jr.; grandchildren, Brandt (Kim) Elkin, Tim (Ashley) Elkin, Kelsey (Jason) Kroening, Chad (Brittney) Aldous, Nicholette (Luke Van Beek) Rogers, Brittanna Rogers, James Elkin III, Kyle Elkin, Kaylynn Elkin; great-grandchildren, Bentley and Kendall Kroening, Edison and Eli Elkin, and Anders Elkin; sisters, Joan Funne and Georgine Mielke; as well as several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 12:00 noon at First Lutheran Church (218 County Road K) in New Richmond. Visitation will also be Saturday from 10:00 am- 12:00 noon at the church.  The service was live streamed via the link below. Private interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch Corrinne’s Memorial Service


  • Vicki VonHaden Posted November 15, 2022 4:03 pm

    I will miss you Auntie Corrinne, give Uncle Jim a hug from me! Love you!

  • Mary babler Posted November 15, 2022 6:44 pm

    The universe shifted on Monday when Corrine went to heaven. Prayers of peace and comfort with deepest sympathy from us. We loved her, as everyone who met her did. God’s comfort for all of you. Mark and Mary Babler

  • Dr. Bruce and Mary Ann Hanson Posted November 15, 2022 7:51 pm

    Corrine’s sparkling personality and genuine caring lit up any room. For 35 years Corrine “worked her magic” at the front desk of the New Richmond Clinic to keep both patients and nurses happy. With Corrine’s and God’s help this might be the year the Vikings go all the way, too. Sincere sympathy and love to the Elkin family. Bruce and Mary Ann Hanson

  • Rod & Kathi Holle Posted November 15, 2022 8:38 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Elkin family.

  • Erin Johnston Posted November 15, 2022 10:14 pm

    I can still hear her say “This is the appointment desk may I help you”
    Her personality of positivity, joy, love and care of others was a great gift that she shared with all who knew her. Her singing voice she treated as a gift and shared it at many services. May God Rest Her Soul…. RIP..say Hi to Joe, Mary, Jean , Ruth and the rest of the gang. Peace and love to her family and friends

  • Jim Carow Posted November 16, 2022 5:41 am

    Our prayers are definitely with the Elkin family. Corrinne got to deliver the news that Mary was pregnant with our second child. She was every bit as excited as we were.

  • Tom and Joan Johnson Posted November 16, 2022 7:26 am

    Corrinne was unforgettable in every good way! Our sincere sympathy Elkin family… and thanks for sharing her!

  • Jim Reppe Posted November 16, 2022 10:14 am

    Corrine was definitely one of my favorite adults that I knew as a kid. She was always so kind to me and welcoming when I played with her sons while they lived on the Northside and later across the street from the old high school up on the hill. After I got married and started a family our paths once again would cross on occasions at the New Richmond Clinic, then on West Eighth Street. She was especially kind and showed compassion for my wife on one of her many trips to the clinic to have this or that childhood ailment looked at by a doctor. Even when one would talk to her on the phone to make an appointment, you felt that kindness she had. She understood from experience the hard work involved in raising a family. My condolences to all of the Elkin family who will miss her so much.

  • Kathy Wettig Posted November 16, 2022 10:26 am

    Corrine is going to be so missed, especially by her family, but by her many friends at First Lutheran. It just isn’t going to be the same without her. We loved her so much.

  • Sharon Johnson Gingras Posted November 16, 2022 10:34 am

    Although I have not lived in New Richmond for many years, it would be very difficult for me to not remember Corrinne and her vibrant personality and kindness, not to mention her lovely singing voice at First Lutheran. My sympathy to the Elkin family. She can now sing with the angels.

  • Bill O’Connell Posted November 16, 2022 11:59 am

    A huge example of a great person. Always positive, caring and interested in your daily life. Jim and Corrine were at so many games home and away it was always great to hear their cheering. As a receptionist at the NR Clinic, she was welcoming and compassionate. Jeff, John, Jacki, Jim, you have our sympathies.

  • Sharon Bengtson Posted November 16, 2022 3:12 pm

    I met Corrine at the New Richmond Centre in Bette’s water exercise class. She was so funny and encouraging. She would get us all started singing to whoever had a birthday. Corrine will be greatly missed. Prayers and sympathy to her and the family.

  • Debbie Weber Posted November 16, 2022 6:22 pm

    Corrine always greeted me with a smile on her face and laughter in her voice. She was a joy to talk to. I’m sure she and Jim are in heaven, watching their family and cheering their sports team. My sympathy and prayers to the family.

  • Kathy (Lyksett) Jones Posted November 17, 2022 10:57 am

    Our sympathy goes out to the whole Elkin family. There are so many fond memories of Corrinne. She was a person who exuded kindness and friendliness, a person who made you feel happy to be in her presence. During her working days she was a welcome and calming voice when you called the New Richmond Clinic to set up an appointment. She and Jim were such great sports fans and were great role models as parents. If she was out in her yard tending her flowers and you happened to walk by she always had time for you, had a smile on her face, welcoming in her voice and had a genuine interest in what was going on in your life. She will be missed. Brian and Kathy (Lyksett) Jones

  • Thomas Jonas Posted November 19, 2022 10:11 am

    We enjoyed your mom and dad so muc, and the lutefisk dinners are special memories that we cherish. May your good memories carry you. Fondly, Tom and Pat.

  • Jeff Carow Posted November 22, 2022 11:19 pm

    Jeff, John and the entire Elkin family. You can judge by so many beautiful comments that your mom was so loved and she was so gracious and funny.
    My enduring memory of your mom and dad is seeing them at every NRHS sporting even! She loved sports.

    He has prepared a place for all who love Him like Corrinne. There is another beautiful voice singing glory hallelujah to our Lord and Savior.

    May God richly bless you all. Duff

  • Carleen Tjader Posted November 28, 2022 8:56 am

    What a blessing Corrinne was to anyone who knew her! She belonged to a group of skilled women that I so admired as a young bride working at our church smorgasbord many years ago. Always cheerful, always friendly.
    I was thankful later as I realized Corrinne was also the “voice of the clinic.” And what a comforting voice~you even felt better just making your appointment with Corrinne on the other end of the phone.
    Plus the years of service she joyfully gave to First Lutheran.
    And finally, stopping to visit with Corrinne when I would spot her at the mailbox while on my walk. I am so thankful for all the ways her positive spirit enriched anyone who was fortunate enough to know her.

  • Lenny & Charlotte Larson Posted December 2, 2022 12:29 pm

    Corrine was the sweetest person I have ever met. When I was a young mother and either myself or one of my children needed to see the doctor right away, she always found a quick appointment. She was always so compassionate. Her voice just put me at ease. You will be sorely missed sweet Corrine, Rest In Peace. Mt sympathy to the Elkin family.

  • JoDee Johnston Posted December 3, 2022 7:59 am

    She will be missed by any people. What a great lady! I am sorry I am not able to attend her services. I am watching grandchildren today. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole Elkin family!

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