Eleanor R. Dierkhissing, 101 Freeport June 2, 1915 - Oct. 14, 2016 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport for Eleanor Dierkhissing who died peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday at the CentraCare Health Nursing Home in Melrose. Interment will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in New Munich. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 am on Thursday at the church in Freeport. Eleanor Rose Dierkhissing was born June 2, 1915 in Melrose Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Joseph and Gertrude (Schwieters) Herzog. She was united in marriage to Norbert Dierkhissing on October 6, 1936 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. Eleanor lived in New Munich until moving to Freeport in 1959. She cooked at the Melrose Hospital for 27 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Christian Mothers, and the Goldenaires Senior Citizens. Eleanor enjoyed cooking, baking, playing cards, and going to the casino. Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn (Pete) Heidgerken of Freeport; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandsons. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert Dierkhissing on April 13, 1961; parents; grandson, Steven Heidgerken; brothers and sisters, Agnes Hiltner, Alfred Herzog, Alois Herzog, Bertha Dickhaus, Elizabeth Hallermann, Angeline Wessel, Mayme Dickhaus, Zitta Moening, Alvina Moening, and Irene Viere.
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