Eleanor M. Offerdahl, 89, of Vermillion, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at the Sanford Vermillion Hospital.
Eleanor was born on Feb. 17, 1921 in Ravinia, to Amiel T. and Ethyl (Corrigan) Uecker. She attended school in Charles Mix County and graduated from Ravinia High School in 1939. Her family moved to Clay County in 1941 and settled near Beresford. It was near there that she met her future husband.
Eleanor married Merle Offerdahl at the Roseni Parsonage on Nov. 1, 1941. Two children were born from this union: Robert M. Offerdahl and Joyce A. Zimmer.
Eleanor attended Springfield Normal Teacher's College for one year to earn her teaching certificate thus began a career that would span 41 years. She taught in country schools in Clay and Union counties for 17 years. She then went back to school to earn a certificate to teach Special Education. She taught Special Education in Vermillion School District for 17 years. She finished her career by teaching second grade for seven years.
Eleanor led a very active and involved life. She loved to dance, play cards and dominoes, travel, read, camp, eat out, do craft work and spend time with her family and friends. She and Merle traveled to every state in the union, camped in much of Canada and made two trips to Europe. Along with that, she was very active in many local and state organizations, including: Alpha Lambda Chapter of ESA (49 year member), Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers Association, SDEA/NEA Life member, the Senior Citizen's Center, Hospital Auxiliary, W.H. Over Museum, Clay County Historical Society, Trinity Lutheran Church, Good Sam Club Life member, Merry Homemaker's Extension Club, and the Dinner Belles Red Hat Club.
During her high school years Eleanor was active in sports and other school activities. She remained an avid sports fan her entire life and loved pointing out all the errors the referees made. She especially loved following the Coyotes, the Vikings and the Twins. Eleanor will be remembered for her spunk, her "get it done" attitude, her smile and laugh, and her enormous generosity to those she knew and loved and to causes she believed in.
Those mourning her passing are her husband Merle; her son, Bob (Fran) Offerdahl of Youngstown, OH; her daughter, Joyce (Dave) Zimmer of Vermillion; her sister, Lorraine Koehler of Desert Hot Springs, CA; her brother, Leonard Uecker of Beresford; five grandchildren, Scott (Maria) Zimmer, Nathan (Jami) Offerdahl, Lucas (Sarah) Offerdahl, Martha Offerdahl, and Ellen (Jon) Duby; nine great- grandchildren; numerous friends and other family members.
Memorials may be directed to the Hospice Program at the Vermillion Sanford Hospital, the Vermillion Food Pantry, the Senior Citizen's Center, or to any other worthy organization.
Visitation was from 6 to 7 p.m., on Sunday, July 4, 2010 with a prayer service/video tribute at 7 p.m., at the Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home in Vermillion.
Memorial services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 5, 2010 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion with Rev. Ralph Egbert officiating. Burial of ashes will be in BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion at a later date.
Condolences may be sent online to www.koberfuneralhome.com