Elise Maria Wigton

December 19, 1937January 15, 2021

In loving memory of Elise Maria Strauss-Wigton also affectionately known during her lifetime as “Lies, Liesel & Oma”.

Elise Maria Wigton after a courageous battle with cancer passed peacefully with family by her side and close at heart on January 15, 2021 at 83 years of age to be with her Heavenly Father and her beloved husband Richard.

Born December 19, 1937 in Heidenheim An Der Brenz, Baden Württemberg, Germany. Elise immigrated to the United States with her former husband Hermann Weller in 1960. In addition to raising three children, she had a professional career in banking and accounting. Elise married Richard Wigton in 1994 and they traveled often together until his passing in 2007.

Elise is survived by her three children: Jürgen Weller (Susie), Jeanne Ares, Adrian Weller (Sonja) and Richard’s children: Rick Wigton, Jeannie Callaway and Randy Wigton; along with a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren she loved and influenced during her lifetime. Elise was preceded in death by her parents August and Berta, brother Fritz and sister Bertl.

“Lies” had a wonderful childhood being the youngest of three siblings. She was full of life and sometimes even a bit mischievous. She was energetic and adventurous yet loving and always caring. She enjoyed going to movies and dances when she was a young girl and she liked teasing the boys. She handled disappointment well and she never held a grudge.

Elise’s love for travel and adventure took her across the globe where she made many lifelong memories with friends and family.

Later in life Elise had a passion for knitting both for friendship and for causes. She held a weekly knitting circle with her girlfriends in her home and much of her knitting went to hospice patients and preemies at NorthBay Hospital. When she wasn’t knitting, she was reading a new novel or completing a daily crossword puzzle with her neighbor and close friend Faye.

Elise was also lovingly known as “Oma” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Endeared for her love, selflessness and generosity Elise will be forever missed by the many lives she has touched throughout her lifetime.

Last but not least, Elise will also be very much missed by Sophie, her Shih Tzu rescue dog and companion for many years.

Elise’s family are very grateful to everyone for their outpouring of love and kindnesses. Regrettably, due to the current COVID-19 guidelines Elise’s placing beside Richard in their columbarium niche at the Rockville Cemetery in Fairfield California will be a limited private family service.

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In lieu of flowers, contributions to the NorthBay Foundation – Hospice & Bereavement Services in Fairfield California where Elise volunteered for more than six years would be appreciated and further contribute to her efforts and the cause.

Contributions in the name of Elise Wigton may be made online at:

Contributions in the name Elise Wigton may be made by mail at:

NorthBay Heathcare Foundation Hospice & Bereavement 4520 Business Center Drive, Suite 160 Fairfield, CA 94534

Phone: 707-646-3138 Fax: 707-646-3135

501(c)3 Non-Profit ID Number: 94-2995085


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Bernie Binder

February 4, 2021

Seventy years ago, back in Germany when I began dating beautiful girls, Lies became my favorite. I was hoping she would marry me someday. Instead she decided to marry someone else. However, we remained close friends ever since. Now that she has passed, I miss her tremendously.

Helga Binder

February 3, 2021

I feel fortunate to have enjoyed Elise's friendship for 76 years but now I feel so very sad to have lost her forever. She has been a friend you rarely find. She always treated me like one of the family.
Lies lived her life with great zest, humor, compassion, forgiveness, positive outlook and always ready to help where she could.
It is so hard for me to believe that she is gone and I miss her terribly. When I get sad I try to find comfort in the great memories we shared.
Now the suffering is over.
With love and Blessings,

Betty Rawlinson

January 31, 2021

Elise was such a beautiful loving gracious lady. She accompanied us on a river cruise in Europe and we had a grand time with lots of laughs.
She will certainly be missed. I am so thankful that we became friends.

Kirklynn Conyers

January 31, 2021

Elise, was very special to me early in my transfer to Chapter VT, P.E.O. She was so gracious in her kindness, faith and commitment to her beliefs, and exemplary as a Sister in the organization we shared together. I fondly recall working together with her on a very large fundraiser, and how she nurtured me into leadership. She shared her gifts and talents, and was inspirational for our organization. I will personally miss that spirit, yet I believe firmly our dear Lord’s welcoming arms have embraced her with, “ well done, my gracious servant sister “. Kirklynn Conyers

Susan Drews

January 31, 2021

I knew Elise through PTO Chapter VT. She was always warm and friendly. I especially enjoyed her story and video about working with the woman in a care facility who did not speak because she did not understand English. Elise was able to speak to her in German, and it changed the woman's life and allowed her to communicate again. It was such a lovely window into Elises's caring heart. We also shared a love of shih tzus. She will be missed!

Valerie Graves

January 28, 2021

I have known Elise for 12 years. She and my mother Faye have been wonderful friends since my mother moved to Fairfield back in 2008. Elise always welcomed me with her warm beautiful smile whenever I came up to visit. she has become a very special person in my heart and I will forever miss her. Elise got to know alot of our family and she has become a part of us. It was always so special to see her with Sophie and how much she loves her. Loosing a special friend is so heartbreaking but I know she is with many friends and family who love her and have welcomed her home. I will see you again Elise in all your beauty and your special sense of humor that has always made me laugh. Love you forever

Valerie @--->