The Free Press, Mankato, MN

March 18, 2014

Carissa Elkins

— Carissa Elkins, age 29, of Madelia, Minnesota died on March 16, 2014, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, due to a seizure resulting in a serious brain injury. Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Sturm Funeral Home, Pilgrim Chapel, Madelia and will continue on Thursday from 9:30 am until 10:30 am at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Madelia. Service will be held at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Madelia, on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 10:30 am. The clergy will be Father Thien Nguyen. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery, Madelia. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home, Pilgrim Chapel in Madelia, Minnesota. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh. com

 Carissa Elkins was born June 21, 1984 in Mankato. She graduated from Madelia High School in 2003.She attended MSU- Mankato for 2 years. She began working at Luther Home in Madelia while attending Worthington Community College. During her commute in 2008, she was involved in a critical car accident and became permanently disabled. Carissa adored her children and was a very loving and caring person with a big heart. She accepted everyone as they are and never judged. Carissa's spirit of giving continued after her death as many benefited through her organ/tissue donations, including a 48 year old female waiting 108 days for a heart transplant, and a one year old girl waiting 209 days for a kidney transplant.

  She is Survived by her children Alex and Maryssa Augustin; parents, Cindy (Barry) Gulden, Doug (Sandy) Elkins; brother Dustin Elkins; half- sisters Tiffany and Melissa Elkins; half- brother Austin Gulden; special friend Juan Augustin; grandparents Joyce and (Harold) Luepke and Ron Elkins; great grandmother Dorothy Pauley and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces. She is preceded in death by her grandmother Cathy Elkins; grandfather Harold Johnson.