Eleanor Mae Ossenfort, 77, formerly of Luverne, died Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at the Lemay Avenue Health and Rehab Facility in Fort Collins, Colorado.
A funeral service was Monday, June 12, at the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, Iowa.
Eleanor Harberts was born Feb. 6, 1940, to Richard and Engeline (Meyer) Harberts in George, Iowa. She was raised in Sibley, Iowa, and graduated from Sibley High School in 1958. In 1959 Eleanor completed the licensed practical nursing (LPN) program at St. Joseph School of Nursing in Mankato.
On Nov. 11, 1960, Eleanor married Lloyd Ossenfort at the First Presbyterian Church in Sibley. Following their marriage, they lived in Sibley where Eleanor worked as an LPN for Osceola Community Hospital. In 1963 they moved to a farm near Adrian. Eleanor continued to work as an LPN at the Luverne Community Hospital and the Parkview Manor nursing home in Ellsworth. After Lloyd suffered a brain stem injury in 1971 in a car accident, Eleanor became her daughters’ sole caregiver. In 1972 she and her family moved to Ellsworth until 1978 when they moved to Luverne. Eleanor sold Home Interiors from 1973 until 1986. From 1978 until 1992 she and her family spent summers at their lake home near Grand Rapids. Lloyd died on June 24, 1992. Eleanor continued to reside in Luverne and in 1993 began wintering in south Texas. In 1999 she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and in 2008 to Weslaco, Texas. As a result of her health, Eleanor moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, in 2014 to be nearer to her oldest daughter and family.
During her life Eleanor was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in both Sibley and Luverne, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and belonged to the Presbyterian Women. She enjoyed baking, sewing, traveling, relaxing at the lake and spending time with her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Eleanor is survived by two daughters, Nadine (Jerry) Beck of Fort Collins, and Nancy (Chris) Booth of Shawnee, Kansas; five grandchildren, Matthew (Jennifer) Beck, Rachel (Devin) Van Maanen, Jackson Booth, Nicholas Booth and Alison Booth; three great-grandchildren, Landen Beck, Alexis Beck and Aubrey Van Maanen; a sister, Roberta (Larry) Nattress of Summerset, South Dakota; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd; her parents; and special friend Leroy Stoesz.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.