Elaine Savage Obituary, Death – Elaine Marie Warner-Savage, who was beloved as a mother, sister, wife, aunt, and friend, passed away on May 10, 2023, at the age of 84 and residing in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Elaine Semerad’s parents, Victor and Emma (Kostelecky) Semerad, welcomed her into the world on April 29, 1939, in Dickinson, North Dakota. She attended college in Rapid City, South Dakota, and earned an associate’s degree there. Prior to moving to Rapid City, she lived in North Dakota. There, she had her first encounter with the man who would become her first true love, Bobbie C. Warner. They tied the knot in June of 1959, and for the next several decades they relocated all over the country on orders from the United States Air Force.
They started their family in Rapid City, South Dakota, where they were stationed (Dale and Kim were born there), then moved to Vacaville, California, Madrid, Spain, Wiesbaden, Germany, and ultimately back to Rapid City, South Dakota, where they retired. Prior to her retirement in 1996, Elaine spent 14 years contributing her engineering expertise to a corporation based in Rapid City. The year 1985 marked Bobbie C.’s passing away. Elaine was blessed to have met another significant love, and in October of 2004, she wed James W. Savage. As a result of their union, Elaine gained a new family that included Mary, Kathy, Michael, and Patty.
Elaine participated extremely actively in a wide variety of organizations. She was a part of the South Maple Methodist Church, the TREA Auxiliary, the La Femmes Auxiliary for 40 & 8, and the Air Force Sergeants Association Auxiliary. While she was helping for several groups and having fun doing so, she was elected or nominated for many roles.
According to the proverb, “The purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson is cited here. This comment is a wonderful reflection of Elaine’s life and the choices she has made. Elaine found pleasure in a variety of activities, including shopping, socializing, gambling, and football (her allegiance was unwavering to the Raiders).
Elaine’s first husband Bobbie C., her son Dale, and her stepson Michael Savage all passed away before her. Her parents, Vic and Emma, as well as her stepson Michael Savage, were also deceased. Elaine is survived by her current husband James W. Savage, daughter Kim (Gary) Williams, her brother Gary (Shirley) Semerad, her brother Dennis (Lynn) Semerad, and her grandchildren Nancy, Victoria, Casey (Lesli) Williams, Andrea (Rachel) Edsall, and Tatum (Alex) Toribio.
She is also survived by her brothers Gary (Shirley) and Dennis (Lynn) Semerad. Elaine is also survived by her children Mary Evans, who is married to Randy, Kathy Spreier, and Patty Wilson, who is married to Steve, in addition to a large number of grandkids and great-grandchildren. It was a stroke of good luck for Elaine to meet her neighbor, Wendy Renner, with whom she developed such a strong bond that many began to refer to her as Elaine’s biological daughter. The members of Elaine’s family are indebted to Wendy for playing such an important role in their lives.