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Eleanor Bigger

June 14, 1925-March 4, 2010

Former Frazee resident Eleanor E. "Elly" Bigger, 84, of Alexandria, died Thursday, March 4, 2010 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, March 12 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, with Rev. William Aufdenkamp officiating.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Frazee.

Eleanor Eileen Way was born to Harold and Linnea (Olson) Way on June 14, 1925 in Abingdon, Ill. As a young girl, she moved with her family to Frazee, and graduated from Frazee High School in 1943.

Elly was united in marriage to Charles "Chuck" Bigger, August 28, 1955 in Detroit Lakes. They made their home in rural Frazee until moving into Frazee in August 1957. You could stop by their home any time for coffee and cookies or cake. They always had a large garden and produce to spare.

Chuck died in 1997 and Elly moved to her daughter Jeanne's home in Eden Prairie, and then to Alexandria in 2008. She loved being a grandma to her two granddaughters and a mom to her "special girls," Cindy, Patty, Teresa, Vicky and Mona. She always loved out-fishing her son-in-law, Dan.

Survivors include a daughter: Jeanne (Dan) Conley of Alexandria; a son, David Bigger of Cottage Grove, Minn.; two granddaughters, Kailey and Kelsey Bigger of Woodbury, Minn.; many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Chuck, Ellie was preceded in death by a brother, Ken of Augusta, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at