Ellinor Elisabeth Multer

Ellinor Elisabeth Multer

Ellinor Multer, 94, died on January 2, 2015 in Grand Forks, ND. She lived at Edgewood Vista, East Grand Forks, for the last 6 years.

Ellinor was the daughter of Johannes and Johanna (Arrak) Vaker. She was born in the country of Estonia on June 26, 1920 at Ervita Manor on the estate of her godmother the Baroness Isabelle von Wrede. Her father built a house and farm on repatriated land close to the Manor where Ellinor spent her childhood.

She graduated from the Tallinn Business College for Women in Tallinn, Estonia in 1940. She went to work in the office of the Bishop of the Estonian Evangelical Church. That summer Estonia was invaded by Russia and her father's farm was confiscated. She married Edgar Multer in April 1943 at St. John's Church in Tallinn. They lived in Tallinn until her husband was mobilized to fight on the Russian front during WWII. In 1944 after surviving the bombing of Tallinn she fled to the safety of the family's cottage outside the city. Her husband joined her there to recuperate after being severely wounded.

When her husband's unit was evacuated from Estonia in advance of the complete Russian takeover of Estonia, she left her job and went with him on a troop transport ship to Danzig in Poland where Edgar rejoined his unit. She began her walk across Eastern Europe with the objective of reaching the area controlled by the United States. She had to stop to give birth to her daughter in Czechoslovakia, so found herself in the Russian zone once more when the war ended. She planned and executed an escape through guarded borders with her newborn child. She spent the next 5 years in displaced persons camps in the American zone of post-war Germany surviving on "CARE" packages and resourcefulness. Ellinor later wrote a memoir of her wartime experiences entitled "Ellinor's War".

Ellinor immigrated to the United States in 1949 with her husband and two daughters with the help of Lutheran World Services. The family was sponsored by the Arne and Mildred Goplen family, Binford, ND, and the Mable Lutheran Church in Sutton, ND. Ellinor was always grateful for the welcome she and her family received from the community. She became a naturalized United States citizen in 1956 and that same year took a job at the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office in Cooperstown, ND. She worked there for 17 years and helped her husband in his accounting business in Cooperstown until they retired in 1993 and moved permanently to their winter home in Harlingen, Texas. When her husband died in 2000, she moved to Oregon to be closer to her children. She moved to Grand Forks in 2005 along with her daughter's family.

Ellinor was an avid reader of biographies, loved to swim, completing several 50 mile swims, and was a master at gardening, sewing and training cats and children. She loved her backyard martin house guarding it from invasion by sparrows with well-placed BB's .

Ellinor leaves two daughters, Tiina Mai Allas (Andre' Schutz), Prineville, OR and Ell-Piret Multer (Erik Fritzell), Grand Forks, ND; four grandchildren, Erik Allas (Rebecca Blakeney) Vancouver, BC, Matti Allas (Livia Daniel) Vancouver, BC, Leif Fritzell, Grand Forks, and Helen Hager (David Hager), Bismarck, ND., and three great grandchildren, Lukas and Nella Allas, Vancouver and Louis Hager, Bismarck, ND. She leaves a sister, Benita Paul in Parnu, Estonia and three nephews, Arne Paul, Parnu, Ardi Paul, Tallinn and Toivo Multer, Tallinn.

A grave-side memorial service will be held in the summer months at the Cooperstown Cemetery where her husband is buried.