Eleanore Gronseth, WakondaEleanore Ione Gronseth, 83, Wakonda, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at the Wakonda Heritage Manor in Wakonda.
Eleanore Ione Gronseth, 83, Wakonda, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at the Wakonda Heritage Manor in Wakonda.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Lutheran Church, Britton. The Revs. Sarah and Terrill Sorensen will officiate. A spring burial is planned at Trondhjem Cemetery, Veblen. Visitation will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Price Funeral Chapel, Britton, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service.
She was born Nov. 7, 1926, to Robert and Anna (Tory) Severson in Victor Township, Marshall County. After grade school in Victor #1 and graduation from Kidder High School in 1944, she attended Northern State College in Aberdeen. She taught four years in Marhsall County schools. In Watertown Public Schools, she taught the sixth grade and was the Special Education instructor for two years.
On June 15, 1952, she married Ambrose Gronseth in the first marriage performed at the new First Lutheran Church, Britton.
She has been an active member of First Lutheran, serving as a Sunday School teacher, WELCA officer, and singing many years in the choir. She was a charter member of the Marshall County Historical Society. In 1998, she received the South Dakota Heart of FCE award. She was awarded a certificate of 50 years of service in the South Dakota Community and Family Extension Leaders in 2004, as a member of Britton Extension Club and Busy Bees Club. She served many years as historian and secretary for her Extension Club.
She was also a member of the Sons of Norway Odin Lodge, Fun After Fifty Senior Center and Marshall County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband; four sons: Mark and wife Colleen, Wakonda; Timothy, Hastings, Neb.; Dwight and wife Michele, Rochester, Minn.; Wayne and wife Barbara, Mitchell; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Herbert Severson, Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The family will use memorials to establish a Music Fund at First Lutheran Church in her memory.
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