Elinor Dennert

Elinor Dennert
Date of Birth: June 30, 1922
Died on: May 08, 2018

Elinor Dennert, 95, of Aberdeen, SD, died Tuesday, May 8, at Bethesda Home of Aberdeen.

Elinor Elizabeth Bruns was born June 30, 1922, to Theodore ‘Ted’ and Sophia ‘Lillie’ (Osterloh) Bruns at rural Hecla, SD. She grew up in the Hecla area and attended rural school in Liberty Township. Elinor graduated from Hecla High School in 1940.

On June 22, 1947, Elinor married Harvey Martin Eichler. They made their home 5 1/2 miles north of Columbia where they farmed until his death in 1976 from an auto accident. Elinor continued to live on the farm until 1978, when she married Harold Dennert in September of that year. They made their home in Columbia. After Harold passed away in 1992, Elinor continued to live in Columbia until her heart attack in July of 2012. She then moved into Bethesda Assisted Living, where she lived until moving into Bethesda Home of Aberdeen in February of 2018.

Mom had a very strong faith in the Lord and instilled that in all her children. We all thank her for that. Her family was a priority to her and she looked forward to, and thoroughly enjoyed, spending holidays, birthdays and anytime she could, with them. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, canning, embroidering and she had a great love for music. Elinor was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and LWML, and she was also a leader for Sand Lake Suzies 4-H Club.

Grateful for having shared Elinor’s life are her children Phyllis Yeske, Columbia, SD, Joyce (Joel) Wilson, Houghton, SD, Sharon (Roger) Zastrow, Columbia, Karl (Val) Eichler, Columbia, Keith (Suzan) Eichler, Aberdeen, and Betty (Steve) Dunker, Groton, SD; eleven grandchildren, Rachelle (Barry) Moorman, David (Kimberly) Yeske, Stephanie (Kevin) Fehn, Austin (Melissa) Zastrow, Ryan (Megan) Eichler, Collin (Emily) Eichler, Cameron (Teah) Eichler, Fallon (Michael) Helm, Morgan Eichler, Craig (Tasha) Dunker, and Darcy (Kent) Muller; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; her step-children, Lloyd (Doris) Dennert, Columbia, Doris (Alfred) Larson, Aberdeen, Don (Norma) Dennert, Aberdeen, H. Paul (Peggy) Dennert, Columbia, Alice (Tom) Hanson, Akaska, SD; and numerous step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding Elinor in death are her first husband, Harvey Eichler; her second husband, Harold Dennert; her parents, Theodore and Lillie Bruns; her son, Dean Eichler; son-in-law, Art Yeske; sister, Anita Bruns; and two brothers, William Bruns and Harvey Bruns.

The family prefers memorials to Main Street Living, Sioux Falls, SD, or Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Minot, ND.

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