Herman Eaker, 79, father of Preston woman
Herman John Eaker, 79, of Blooming Prairie, a lifelong farmer, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000.
He was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Aurora Township, Steele County, attended rural schools and lived on the family farm in Steele County all his life. On Feb. 24, 1943, he married Esther Wilker at St. John's Lutheran church in Owatonna. He was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Havana Township and enjoyed fixing things, welding, antique tractors, birds and cooking.
Survivors include a daughter, Gloria Schibursky of Preston; three sons, John H. of Corvallis, Ore., David H. of Blooming Prairie and Steven (Donnavon) of Ellendale, Minn.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Wanous of Blooming Prairie. He was preceded in death by his wife and a sister.
The funeral was held on Friday at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Havana Township, Steele County with the Rev. Giles Zimmer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to St. Johnís Lutheran church in Havana Township or a charity of the donorís choice.
Mildred 'Millie' Eck, 84, formerly of area
Mildred "Millie" Eck, 84, of North Fort Myers, Fla., died Sept. 11, 2000. She was born in Racine, Minn., to the late Martin and Jessie Thompson. She resided in Wykoff before moving to Fort Myers, Fla., in 1969.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 39 years, Marvin Eck of Fort Myers, Fla., her sons and daughters-in-law, John S. (Mary I.) Metcalf of Fort Myers, and George D. (Marie) Metcalf of Taylor, Texas; son-in-law Verne Wagner of Janesville, Iowa; stepson, Randy S. Eck of Fort Myers; stepdaughter Debbie Holliman of Colorado; stepdaughter-in-law, LeeAnn Eck; three sisters, Verda Vickers, Marlyn Iverson, and Lola (George) Lawson one brother, Harold "Pete" (Leonora) Thompson of Minnesota; one sister-in-law, Ruth Thompson of Fort Myers, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and a host of close friends.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Metcalf, daughter Shirley Wagner, stepson Junior Eck, two grandsons, daughter-in-law Delores Metcalf, and a brother Russell "Bud" Thompson.
Funeral services were held in Fort Myers on Friday, Sept. 15, and interment was at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens and Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held in Wykoff at St. John's Lutheran Church on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 1:30 in the afternoon. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
Marie E. Ehler, 91, of Lanesboro
Marie E. Ehler, 91, a resident of the Harmony Nursing Home since Dec. 28, and formerly of Lanesboro, died Friday morning, Dec. 31, 1999, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Marie E. Miller was born Dec. 17, 1908, in Ossian, Iowa. On Feb. 11, 1929, she married Alfred Ehler in Dubuque, Iowa. He was a farmer and died Sept. 19, 1983. She was a homemaker. She lived in the rural Postville, Iowa, area and lived in the Lanesboro area since 1949.
Survivors include one son, Donald of Chanhassen, Minn.; five daughters, Beatrice Johnson of Evansdale, Iowa, Dorothy Hageman of Elk Run Heights, Iowa, Norma Jean (Mrs. Lawrence) Roloff of Dubuque, Joan (Mrs. Merle) Halvorson and Bernice (Mrs. Calvin) Johnson, both of New Hampton, Iowa; 32 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Two grandsons, one great-granddaughter; four brothers and seven sisters preceded her in death.
The funeral was held Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lanesboro. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery in Ossian, Iowa.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro was in charge of arrangements.
Charles J. Eichinger, 76, of Preston
Charles J. "Carl" Eichinger, 76, of Preston, formerly of Chatfield, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at the Preston Good Samaritan Care Center.
He was born May 17, 1924, in San Diego, Calif., the son of Charles and Gertrude (Gartner) Eichinger. As a young man he moved to Preston and later to Rochester where he worked for Witte Transportation. He also attended junior college there for two years. After this he moved to Minneapolis and worked for the Veterans Administration at Ft. Snelling in the Records Department. Following his retirement, he moved to Chatfield.
He is survived by one sister, Mary Palmer of Los Angeles, Calif.; one uncle, Howard Gartner of Preston; and two nephews in California.
He was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts and uncles.
The funeral was held Tuesday at St. Columban Catholic Church in Preston with the Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Preston. Thauwald Funeral Home, Preston, was in charge of arrangements.
H. Eichstadt, 86, mother of Wykoff woman
Hertha Eichstadt, 86, of Wykoff, formerly of Wolsey, S. D., died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, at the Spring Valley Care Center.
Hertha Krueger was born Jan. 24, 1913, in Wolsey, S. D., the daughter of Otto and Anna (Fahrnow) Krueger. She was raised in the Wolsey area and attended school there. She married Otto Eichstadt April 5, 1935, in Wolsey where the couple made their home on a farm until retiring and moving into Wolsey in 1976. Mr. Eichstadt died July 24, 1977. Since then she had made her home in Wolsey and with her daughter in Wykoff.
She was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Wosley.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Marlin Affeldt of Wykoff; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ervin and Gloria of Wolsey, and Ron and Penny of Wolsey; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
The funeral will be 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wolsey. Burial will be in the church cemetery. There will be a visitation from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Kuhler Funeral Home in Huron, S. D., and at the church on Friday one hour before the service.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley is in charge of local arrangements.
Brenda J. Eickhoff, 52, Chatfield
Brenda J. Eickhoff, 52, of Chatfield, an elementary school teacher, died of cancer Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at her home following a 15-year illness.
Brenda J. Olson was born May 2, 1947, in Thief River Falls, Minn., and graduated from high school in Goodridge, Minn. She attended Thief River Falls State Junior College for two years and in 1969 graduated from Bemidji State College which she attended for two years. On Aug. 4, 1979, she married Wayne Eickhoff in Goodridge. She was a teacher at Chosen Valley Elementary School in Chatfield from 1969 until recently. She was a member of the Education Minnesota, Chatfield and national education associations, and ADK sorority.
Survivors include her husband; two sons, Erik and Adam, both of Chatfield; and her mother, Emma Olson Mack of Oklee, Minn. Her father preceded her in death.
The funeral was Sunday at Chatfield Lutheran Church with the Revs. Eric and Chris Finsand co-officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield was in charge of arrangements.
Allyn Ellingson, father of Fountain woman
Allyn Ellingson, 70, of Zumbrota, former operator of Zumbro Cheese Mart, died Wednesday, May 31, 2000, at his home.
Born May 18, 1930, in Ortonville, Minn., he lived with a grandmother in Wanamingo after his mother's death when he was 6, and later with an aunt and uncle in Wanamingo. In 1948, he graduated from Wanamingo High School, joined the Army in the fall of 1948 and served until 1952, with overseas duty in Japan. After his discharge, he was deliveryman for Marigold Dairy. From 1972 to 1996, he operated Zumbro Cheese Mart and then worked at the Covered Bridges Store in Zumbrota. On May 16, 1953, he married Mavis J. Hoven at Stordahl Lutheran Church in Roscoe Center, and they made their home in Zumbrota.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mary Jo Ellingson of San Francisco, Sharon (Gary) Miller of Fountain and Jean Ellingson of Eden Prairie, Minn.; a granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Corrine Lexvold and Beata (Duane) Youngdahl; and a brother, Gordon Romness. A sister preceded him in death.
A memorial service was held on Saturday at United Redeemer Lutheran Church in Zumbrota.
Mahn Family Funeral Home-Larson Chapel in Zumbrota was in charge of arrangements.
Verneal Ellingson, mother of Harmony man
Verneal D. Ellingson, 76, of Ostrander, a homemaker and former teacher, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at her home.
She was born July 2, 1924, in Glenville, Minn., and graduated from Northwood High School. She taught in Worth and Howard counties in Iowa. On March 31, 1946, she married Glen Ellingson in Northwood, and after moving several times, finally lived in Ostrander.
Survivors include her husband; seven sons, Mark of Halstead, Kan., Bruce of Union, Ky., Grant of Newton, Kan., Ward of Hudson, Wis., Clay of Moorhead, Jon of Gretna, Neb., and Cedric (Lori) of Harmony, Minn; two daughters, Pam Mensink of Ostrander and Janet Schreier of Winter Springs, Fla; 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded her in death.
The funeral was held Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander. Burial was in Sunset Rest Cemetery in Northwood, Iowa.
Hindt-Hutchins Funeral Home of LeRoy was in charge of arrangements.
Margaret E. Emery, 87, of Mabel
Margaret E. Emery, 87, of Mabel, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
She was born Dec. 21, 1912, in Canoe Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa, to Philip and Maggie (Soeder) Falck. She attended country school and graduated from the Decorah High School in Decorah.
On Sept. 3, 1932, she married Thomas Emery in Waterloo, Iowa. They farmed their entire lives in the Winneshiek County and Fillmore County areas. Mr. Emery died Nov. 22, 1981, and she remained on the farm until August of 1995, when she became a resident at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel.
Mrs. Emery was a lifetime member of the Burr Oak Lutheran Church. The people who knew her saw her as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a person who built her life around her family and was self-sufficient with a streak of independence.
She is survived by three sons, Loren and Gary (Judy), both of Mabel, and Tom (Ann) of Caledonia; one daughter, Arlene (Mrs. Dean) Austin of Mabel; seven grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four sisters and five brothers.
Funeral services were Monday at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church in Burr Oak with the Rev. Hans Floan officiating. Burial was in the Burr Oak Cemetery.
Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel was in charge of arrangements.
Gladys 'Billie' Erickson, 91, Ostrander native
Gladys Z. 'Billie' Erickson, 91, of Bellevue, Neb., formerly of Rochester, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, in Bellevue.
Born March 21, 1908, in Ostrander, she grew up and went to school in the Rochester area. In 1930, she married Tillman Erickson in Rochester and they moved to California in 1943. She lived in California for many years before moving to Nebraska five years ago to reside with her daughter.
In addition to her daughters, survivors include a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and a grandson.
A memorial service was held Saturday in California.
Nelda Elizabeth Erickson, SV native
Nelda Elizabeth Erickson, 79, of Dodge Center, a retired teacher's aide, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center.
Nelda Elizabeth Olson was born June 4, 1920, in Spring Valley and graduated from Hamline University. On June 28, 1947, she married Carl "Fay" Erickson in Spring Valley. He died Jan. 20, 1987. She taught in Appleton and Chisago City, Minn., and after moving to Dodge Center in 1949, was a teacher's aide at Dodge Center Elementary School. She retired in 1984. She was a member of the Dodge Center United Methodist Church, where she served as Sunday school teacher and choir director. She was a member of the Monday Musicale in Dodge Center, and was active in community choir and community band.
Survivors include two sons, Curtis of Indianola, Iowa, and Neal of Dodge Center; a daughter, Nancy (William) Babcock of West Concord; five granddaughters; two brothers, the Rev. Bernard Olson of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Delmer Olson of Paynesville, Minn.; and a sister, Marjory Clark of Austin. A sister preceded her in death.
The funeral was Saturday at United Methodist Church in Dodge Center, with the Rev. David Mead officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center.
Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Dodge Center was in charge of arrangements.
Thelma E. Evenrud, 90, of Preston
Thelma E. Evenrud, 90, of Preston, died on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Thelma Wilson was born on Feb. 18, 1910, in Preston and was the daughter of Henry and Leona (Klein) Wilson. In 1928, she graduated from Preston High School and after this went on to receive normal training also in Preston. She then taught country school in Fillmore County for several years. In December of 1937 she was united in marriage to James Evenrud in Preston. The couple made their home and farmed in the Preston area all their lives. He died on Dec. 31, 1987. She continued to live on the family farm until April of this year. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and a member of the Lutheran Ladies Aid.
She is survived by two sisters, Christie Collett and Marjorie Wilson, both of Preston, several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were held on Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the the Rev. James Rushton and the Rev. Bernard Daiker co-officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston.