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Eleanor Zach

November 25, 1928 — June 21, 2013

Funeral services for Eleanor Zach will be held on Monday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Graceville. Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday, June 23, from 5 – 7 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service. Father David L. Breu will officiate and burial will be in the Graceville Consolidated Cemetery. Casket bearers will be her grandsons: Chad Nicholson, Matt McAlister, Ray Arens, Daniel O'Donnell, John C. Kleindl, Nathan Zach, Craig Kleindl, Karl Hausmann, Brady Hormann, Eric Schwebach, and Freddy Zach.

Eleanor Frieda Zach was born on her family farm on November 25, 1928 in White Rock Township, Roberts County, South Dakota to Helmuth Paul and Elizabeth Agnes (Brockhaus) Thomas. She grew up on the farm and graduated from Rosholt High School.

On September 10, 1947 Eleanor was united in marriage with Frederick (Fritz) John Zach at St. John the Baptist Church in Rosholt, South Dakota. To this union fourteen children were born. Their early married years were spent near Humphrey, Nebraska. In 1954 the family moved to Graceville, Minnesota, where they settled on their farm. Fritz died on July 29, 1989. Eleanor moved into town two years later. Eleanor was employed at Grace Home as the housekeeping supervisor from 1982 – 1994.

Eleanor had artistic gifts. Her children bought her a kiln and she enjoyed ceramics. She also took painting classes in Wahpeton and repainted all the stations of the cross, the baptismal font, the statue of Mother Mary, and the nativity set at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Eleanor served as a Eucharistic Minister. She volunteered to clean the Church and Parish Center for many years. Eleanor received the Bishop's Medal for Service for her many contributions to the Church. She was a wonderful baker and would bake pies every Sunday morning before the family left for church! She enjoyed cooking and gardening. Most important to Eleanor was the time she spent with her family.

Eleanor died on June 21, 2013 at Grace Home in Graceville, Minnesota, having reached the age of 84.

Cherishing her memory are her children: Lois (Jim) Noon of Rush City, MN; Alice (Dave) Arens of Graceville, MN; Kathy (Bill) O'Donnell of Lake City, MN; Carol (Jack) Kleindl of Graceville, MN; Linda Zach (Mark Paul) of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Mary (Scott) Bauer of Graceville, MN; Ken (Melody) Zach of Dickinson, ND; Colleen (Mike) Keindl of Graceville, MN; Joyce (Jan) Hausmann of Alexandria, MN; Anita (Kelly) Hormann of Willmar, MN; Roxanne (Tom) Schwebach of Johnson, MN; and Ron (Tracy) Zach of Eden Prairie, MN; her daughters-in-law: Joan Nicholson of Colorado Springs, CO and Corrine Zach of Morris, MN; 49 grandchildren; 55 great grandchildren; her sisters: Lauretta (Arnold) Braun and Evelyn Gaulrapp; and her brother, Sylvester (Regina) Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fritz; and her sons, Charles Zach and Lance Nicholson.


Holy Rosary Catholic Church

Graceville, MN

Sunday, June 23, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Holy Rosary Catholic Church

Graceville, MN

Monday, June 24, 2013
10:30 AM


Graceville Consolidated Cemetery

Graceville, MN

Monday, June 24, 2013
11:30 AM


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