Eleanore Ahrens, age 95 of Wheaton, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at the Traverse Care Center in Wheaton, MN.

Visitation for Eleanore Ahrens will be held Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Ave Maria Catholic Church in Wheaton, MN.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at Ave Maria Catholic Church in Wheaton, MN, with Fr. John Paul Knopik and Fr. Stan Wieser Celebrants. Special Music will be provided by Doug Frisch.

Interment will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Dumont, Minnesota. Pallbearers will be Shiela Gjervold, Lacey Decker, Breanna Ahrens, Ava Klindworth, Chloe Lubben, Ella Ahrens, and Carlie Steffensons. Honorary Pallbearers will be Eleanore’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Eleanore Muriel Doll was born December 31, 1924, in Ermine, Saskatchewan, Canada to Ben and Hannah (Miller) Doll. She was baptized in Major, Saskatchewan on January 31, 1925. She married Henry Ahrens on November 25, 1942. To this marriage they were blessed with ten children. Eleanore and Henry started their married life farming east of Dumont. They purchased Club Lunch Café in Dumont in 1952 and raised their children in a small apartment behind the café until 1971. Eleanore started working at the Traverse Care Center as a cook in 1971. She worked there until her retirement in 1991.

Eleanore is survived by her children: Gloria Ahrens of Wheaton, MN, Mary (Tom) Gilsdorf of Graceville, MN, Donna (Steve) Wahl of Wheaton, MN, Joe (Susan) Ahrens of Rogers, MN, Rose (Steve) Lubben of Dumont, MN, Jeff (Sara) Ahrens of Madelia, MN, Jack Ahrens of Maui, HI, and Sue (Chuck) Steffenson of Evansville, MN; twenty-three grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister: Norma Wojtalewica; two brothers: Leroy Doll and Ansel Doll; and many nieces and nephews.

Eleanore was preceded in death by her husband: Henry Ahrens; infant daughter: Patty Ann; son: James “Barney” Ahrens; parents: Ben and Hannah Doll; sisters: Blanche, Helen, Betty, and Jeannie; and brothers: Mike, Bim, and Skip.

The Bainbridge Funeral Home of Wheaton, Minnesota is in charge of arrangements.


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