Ellen Mae Cinkle, 89, formerly of Luverne, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at the Keystone Senior Living in Prior Lake.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Ellen Pierson was born on July 29, 1927, to August and Mary (Anderson) Pierson in Luverne, where she was raised. She received her baptism in 1927 and confirmation in 1941 at Grace Lutheran Church. In 1945 Ellen graduated from Luverne High School.
On Oct. 11, 1950, Ellen married Frank James “Jim” Cinkle. As Jim worked in banking, Ellen worked as a homemaker. In 1960 the family moved to Alexandria. In 1965 they returned to Luverne and remained there until September 2011, when they moved to Keystone Senior Living in Prior Lake to be closer to their children. Jim died on Sept. 10, 2014. Ellen remained in their home.
Ellen was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne, where she had belonged to Ladies’ Aid, serving twice as president. She was an excellent knitter and made dozens of afghans. She also enjoyed playing bridge and was famous for her wonderful sugar cookies.
Ellen is survived by two children, David (Kathy) Cinkle, Eden Prairie, and Dr. Jeanne (Michael) Wittrock, Prior Lake; two grandsons, Mike (Delmy) Wittrock and Steve Wittrock; and two great-grandchildren, Noah and Bella Wittrock.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her parents; and three brothers, Paul Pierson, Loren Pierson and Marlen Pierson.
Arrangements are by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.