Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov.19, at the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids. Burial was in the Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids was in charge of the arrangements.
Eleanor Olson, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Johnson) Olson, was born on a farm near Greenville, on Jan. 3, 1917. She lived her youth in the Sioux Rapids area and was a graduate of the Sioux Rapids High School. Following her graduation, Eleanor worked as a telephone operator in Sioux Rapids and Spencer.
On March 15, 1940, Eleanor was united in marriage to Arlo Gilmore at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Together, this couple was blessed with three sons: Dick, Charles, and Gary. The first years of their married life were spent farming in the Rembrandt, Marathon, and Webb vicinities. In 1950, they moved to their rural Sioux Rapids farm home where Eleanor resided until she became a resident of the Sioux Care Center in 2004.
Eleanor was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids and the First Lutheran Church Ladies Aid. Eleanor was blessed with the gift of music and being able to play the piano by ear. She used that special talent throughout her lifetime to bring enjoyment to many people. Eleanor was proud of her Norwegian heritage and she will be remembered as the last of that special era. Also, Eleanor's family was a focal point of her life and she cherished the times she could spend with them, especially her grandchildren.
Eleanor will always hold a very special place in the hearts of her family which include her three sons: Dick (Connie) Gilmore of Sioux Rapids; Charles (Toni) Gilmore of Sioux Rapids; Gary (Mel) Gilmore of Spencer; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; other extended family and her many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arlo on Nov. 11, 2010; two sisters, Leota Wellmerling and Dorothy Johnson; and three brothers: Art, Elmer, and Wilmer.