Elsie Elizabeth Case


It is with great sadness that on the morning of December 22, 2021, Elsie Elizabeth Case passed away peacefully at the age of 92.

Elsie was a beloved mother to three daughters, Wanda Simmons, Alanna VanWinkle (George) and Donna Case.

She is survived by one sister, Shirley Hayes, one brother, Robert Brown (Marilyn), eight grandchildren, Mike Kosturik, Scott Kosturik, Steve Kosturik, Chris VanWinkle (Tina), Jeff VanWinkle (Sarah), Lynette Garcia (Adrian), Wendy Radway and Jay Radway, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews and other family.

Elsie was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Howard and Marian Brown, Merritt Ceylon Case, husband of 65 years, four sisters and three brothers, as well as her grandson Brett Radway.

Elsie was born at home on the Brown family farm on the Apulia-Jamesville Road in the town of Fabius, N.Y. on May 29, 1929. She grew up on a dairy farm and worked hard with her family in Apulia Station, NY. Elsie enjoyed traveling and traveled all over the United States. This traveling led her to the small town of Magdalena, New Mexico, where she settled down and built a home with her husband Merritt and opened a small cafe.  She enjoyed visiting and drinking coffee with her customers. She also enjoyed family reunions and baking, especially her famous molasses cookies, as well as crocheting and sewing in her spare time. Elsie loved riding on the back of Merritt’s Harley Davidson motorcycle and rode well into her 80’s.

Elsie will be missed by all.