Elfriede Erika Landt

September 21, 1938October 14, 2018

Elfriede Erika Landt, age 80 of Traverse City passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

Elfriede (Friede) was born on September 21, 1938 to Friedrich and Hilde (Truempelmann) Kelm in Kreuz, Germany.

Elfriede and her family fled northern Germany, settling in Walkenried of the Harz Mountains in what became known as West Germany during WW II.

After graduating high school, Elfriede went on to attend the Diaconissen School of Nursing where she became a Registered Nurse.

Knowing that a world existed outside of Germany, Elfriede was sponsored by the Fruehauf family to come to the United States where she learned English by watching the Ed Sullivan Show. Once she perfected the English language, Elfriede started her 45 year career in nursing, most of which was spent in small Osteopathic hospitals in the Detroit Metropolitan area where she raised her two children.

In 1996 Elfriede moved to Traverse City where she continued her nursing career with Munson Home Health Care until retiring in 2000.

After retiring Elfriede took the oath on September 15, 2004 to become a proud US citizen.

Elfriede had a passion for gardening which was always evident as well as her care and interest in people, where she could easily become friends that offered non-stop conversation.

Elfriede is survived by her daughter, Sabina (Connie Titus) Landt. She was preceded in death by her parents, Friedrich and Hilda Kelm, her brother Heinz Kelm, her sister Hildegard Medrain and her son, William Ferdinand Landt.

Visitation will take place on October 22, 2018 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm with a Memorial Service at 5:30pm at Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City. In lieu of flowers, please disconnect and create family memories.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.


  • Visitation Monday, October 22, 2018
  • Memorial Service Monday, October 22, 2018

Elfriede Erika Landt

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Vickie Mathis

October 17, 2018

My dearest, Sabina. I had the pleasure of meeting your mom for the first time when she came to visit you at work. From that first brief moment I could feel what a sweet person she was. I also had the pleasure of seeing, on a daily basis, such a wonderful and loving expression of a daughter's devotion to her mother. You were everything you could be to her...if even I felt that so strongly, how much more did she? May you find comfort in knowing that. My love to you and Connie always. Vic