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Eleanor Voeller

May 15, 2009

Funeral mass was held Tuesday, May 12 at Little Flower Catholic Church for Eleanor Rose Voeller, 86, Rugby, who died Thursday, May 7 at the Heart of America Medical Center Long Term Care Center.

Burial was in the Little Flower Catholic Cemetery.

Eleanor was born Oct. 18, 1922 in the rural Karlsruhe home of her parents, George and Veronica (Bossert) Volk. She was raised in the home of her parents and received her education in a country school near her home. On Nov. 10, 1942 she married Walter V. Voeller in Blumenfeld. The couple homesteaded in Sandale Township, where they farmed and raised beef and dairy cattle. In May of 1981 they retired and moved into Rugby. Walter died Jan. 23, 1993. Eleanor continued to live in Eastside Village apartments until October of 2006 when she moved to the Haaland Estates. In February of 2009 she entered the Heart of America Long Term Care Center.

She was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church, a former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and a member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers of both parishes. She was active in the church choir in Orrin and the German choir in Rugby.

She is survived by five sons, Vernon, Minot; Duane, Jerome and Raymond, all of Rugby; and Dennis, Bismarck; three daughters, Loretta Duchsherer, Elaine Benson and Gloria Niess, all of Minot; 32 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lena Lemer, Minot; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Penny Voeller; five brothers, Joe, Pete, Mike, William and Wendelin; two sisters, Otillia Koble and Theresa Kesler; and her parents.

Father Tom Graner was the celebrant. Marilyn Grafsgard was vocalist and Angie Deplazes was organist.

Casketbearers were Steven Voeller, Robert Voeller, Nicholas Voeller, Michael Duchsherer, Lucas Niess and Brian Benson.

Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, Rugby.

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