Eleanor Anna Mellenthin, 95, Spencer, died on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Aug. 31, at St. John’s ELCA Lutheran Church, W1776 2nd Ave., Riplinger. Rev. Rebekah Tarras will officiate. Burial will be held in St. John’s Cemetery, Riplinger. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the church.
Eleanor Anna Edblom was born on Feb. 16, 1922, in the town of Unity, to Arthur H. and Alvina A. (nee Johnson) Edblom. Eleanor was raised on the family farm and received her education at the Sunshine School in rural Unity and also attended Colby High School. On Dec. 12, 1942, she married Norman F. Mellenthin at Unity Lutheran Church. She and her husband raised three children on the Mellenthin family farm in Unity township until September 1982, when they turned the farm over to their son and moved to Spencer. Norman passed away on Feb. 11, 1997. Eleanor was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riplinger, the Up and Coming Homemaker’s Club, Ladies Aid, Garden Club, Clark County Historical Society, and various card groups (one group lasting more than 50 years). More than anything she loved spending time with her family.
Survivors include her children; Nancy Dietsche of Spencer and Douglas (LouAnn) Mellenthin of Loyal; her grandchildren: Lori (Lonnie) Martin, of Denver, Colo., Linda (Scott) Chisholm of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Tammi (Mike) Schiferl of Marshfield, and Jodi (Paul) Leezer of Spencer; her great-grandchildren: Ben and Dan Chisholm, Brandon Schiferl, and Gracie and Matthew Leezer; a sister: Gail Mainard; four sisters-in-law: Florence Edblom, Zona Edblom, Erma Singstock and Katherine Mellenthin; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother; her husband; a daughter, Karen Larson; four sisters: Esther Egnoski, Ethel Felker, Evelyn Alexander and Eileen Safemaster; four brothers: Arnold, Arthur Jr., Alfred and Alvin Edblom; and two sons-in-law: Dennis Larson and Ronald Dietsche.
Online condolences may be made at www.hansenschillingfuneralhome.com.