Eleanor Carolyn Lingbeck, 94, formerly of Ellsworth, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage in Luverne.
A funeral service was Monday, Nov. 13, at Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne. Burial followed at Memory Gardens Cemetery near Luverne.
Eleanor Baerenwald was born on June 6, 1923, to John and Anna (Enninga) Baerenwald in Adrian. She received her education and graduated from Adrian High School in 1942.
On April 25, 1944, Eleanor married Sylvester “Sy” Lingbeck at her parents’ home in Adrian. While Sy served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Eleanor moved in with his parents. Sy returned home from his service in July of 1946. Through the years, the couple raised hogs and dairy cattle on farms near Adrian, Hardwick and Ellsworth, while raising their two daughters. In 1990 the couple retired from farming and moved into Ellsworth. Sy died on Feb. 28, 2008. In November 2012, Eleanor moved to the Sunrise Village in Jasper and enjoyed her time there putting together puzzles and reading books.
Eleanor was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids, Iowa. She enjoyed watching women’s basketball, dancing the polka with Sy, and traveling to Branson, Missouri. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Eleanor is survived by her daughter, Cheryl (Steve) Bryant, Nashville, Tennessee; six grandchildren, Deborah (Fred) Fodness, Chris Gieseke, Kim (Augustine) Martines, Amy Bryant (Mark Biese), Tom Bryant (Lisa Tucci), Lacey (Nick) Wilson; eight great-grandchildren, Dean Fodness, Derek Fodness, Kolton Gieseke, Rison Curtis, Briana Gieseke, Gavin Wilson, and Anna and William Bryant; two great-great-grandchildren, Aydin Fodness and Madison Fodness; a sister, Margaret Kienast, Luverne; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sylvester; a daughter, JoAnn Gieseke; and her siblings John, Frank and Elli Baerenwald.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.