Elsa A. Vance Lindqvist
X. Thomas. V. I
ORDER OF SERVICE
Organ Prelude ... Medley of Favorite Hymns
*Hymn ... "Shout & Proclaim the Savior's Love"
Responsive Reading ... Psalm 121
Solo "Just A Closer Walk With Thee"
Soprano ... Carmena P. Richards
New Testament Lesson ... I Corinthians Ch. 13
*Hymn .. "Be Still My Soul"
Meditation ... Rev. Lawrence T. Baietti
*Affirmation of Faith
*Hymn ... "For All The Saints"
Recessional. .. "Dead March" from SAUL by G.F. Handel
*Congregation Please Stand
ST. THOMAS REFORMED CHURCH
Nye and Crystal Gades
Dr. Harold Schut
Rev. Lawrence T. Baietti
Pastor of Frederick Lutheran Church
Organist: James Bridgeman
Soloist: Carmena Richards
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
September 17, 1980
Elsa A. Vance Lindqvist
Elsa Augusta Vance Lindqvist was born on May 23, 1893, on St.
Thomas, then the Danish West Indies, the fourth born of the four daughters
and one son of Augustus Vance and Indiana Bornn Vance. She studied at
Miss May Van Beverhoudt's School, and after a few years with the Municipal
Telephone Company, worked for several more years with the Post Office,
and on June 27, 1928, she married Louis E. Lindqvist of St. John. She
devoted herself to her husband and family, raising a daughter, June, a son,
Kenneth, and a stepson, Roy, and helping her husband to build a one vehicle
taxi business into one of the largest auto dealerships in the Virgin Islands.
Her beloved husband died in 1965, and in her remaining years she delighted
and took solace in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Such are the facts of her life, but of the woman there is much more.
"She stretched out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth
her hands to the needy. Strength and honor are her clothing and
she shall rejoice in time to come."
No two words are more appropriate in describing Elsa Lindqvist than
strength and honor. They were indeed her clothing, woven through her deep,
abiding faith in God and her love of family. To Elsa Lindqvist, family was
not only her husband, children and relatives. Family was the community she
cherished all men, all women, all children the family of God.
"Wisdom hath builded her house; she hath hewn out her seven pillars."
The pillars hewn out by Elsa Lindqvist were her acts of service and charity
to her family of God. From the single incident of her seeing a small child
without proper bedclothes in the hospital, came about, through her efforts, a
woman's group to sew donated materials into hospital gowns. And from that
nucleus grew the Women's League whose civic and charitable acts for this
community have been innumerable.
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"Familiar acts are beautiful through love."
Elsa Lindqvist helped to form the United Service Organization. The
annual Franklin D. Roosevelt Birthday Ball for the March of Dimes was one
of her favorite projects, and she never missed an opportunity to help the
Girl Scouts. A flood one Mother's Day that washed away a little shop next
to the Dutch Reformed Church made her determined to raise the money
necessary to build in that space a meeting hall for families of the church to
use, for children to attend Sunday School, a place available to all groups in
need of a meeting hall.
"we are what we are; one equal temper of heroichearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
Of the friendless and the homeless, she was ever mindful. Her own
personal acts of charity were only surpassed by her fundraising efforts for
the many civic and charitable groups she helped to support. No goal was
unreachable; no task impossible. She could virtually cull funds from the
thin air with her food sales, rummage sales and plant sales tedious, pain-
staking work that through her determination and energy yielded critical
support for whole families and indeed, kept many families together.
"I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. .."
In her firm conviction of the importance of family, and in her recognition
of the true definition of family, she opened her home as well as her heart.
The house on Norre Gade became a center of activity on holidays and
Carnival where all were welcome to share in the celebration together. The
very essence of the meaning of Christmas was demonstrated in that house
where every year, Elsa Lindqvist would have welcome arms and gifts for all
her relatives and friends, and even the friendless, from the youngest to the
eldest. And, knowing that true gratitude is expressed far better in deeds than
in words, the Thanksgiving Dole was the most important part of that holiday
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"In quietness and confidence shall be your strength."
Her quietness and confidence grew from her lifelong and active partici-
pation as a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. One of her greatest
joys came in her volunteer work preparing the table and vessels for
Communion solitary, reflective and peaceful hours spent so close to the
God she loved.
"Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life."
Elsa Lindqvist was indeed faithful. She touched the lives of many
throughout her life, and they will cherish her memory. As in the lines from
the poem "The Hallowed Ground" that she had attached to a photograph of
her own mother: "To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."
Strength and honor were her clothing because she lived her life as
described in her favorite psalm, Psalm 121, which is a traveller's hymn of
trust in God:
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this
time forth, and even for evermore."
Steven A. Bornn
James T. Boschulte, Sr.
Alvaro de Lugo
Raymond de Lugo
L. Mark Lindqvist
Andrew H. Bornn
Dr. Alfred O. Heath
L. Kenneth Lindqvist
Roy V. Lindqvist
Bernardo E. Taylor
Vancito V. Wallace, Sr.
June A. V. Lindqvist
L. Kenneth Lindqvist
Roy V. Lindqvist & Family
L. Mark Lindqvist
Paul A. Lewis
Vancito, Jr. and Ave Maria Wallace
Alice I. Vance Carruth
Nina A. Corneiro
Carmen L. Gerhard
Phillip L. Corneiro
Barbara A. Davis
Mona A. Corneiro
Robert A. Gerhard, II
Kelly, Christine & Karin Davis
Bornn Family of St. Thomas
Maud Proudfoot & Family
Beryl Lindq ist Clenance
Inger Lindq' ist Cordero