Eleanore Wierschke, 82, of Sioux Falls, S.D., died Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at her residence.
Eleanore A. Hansen was born in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in New York, where she received her education. Upon graduating from high school, she moved to Minneapolis, where she attended Lutheran Bible Institute.
On June 26, 1954, she was united in marriage with Russell Wierschke in Minneapolis. Throughout her life, she and Russell served together in the ministry throughout Minnesota and North and South Dakota.
They served parishes in Karlstad, Minn.; Maddock, N.D.; McIntosh, Big Fork, Middle River, Newfolden, Badger, De-troit Lakes and Puposky, Minn.; as well as Rosholt, Sioux Falls, Dimock, and Tripp, S.D.
Eleanore's husband preceded her in death on June 18, 1991. She retired from the ministry two years ago. She loved the people she served and the people were very touched and blessed by the minis-try she gave them.
She loved family vacations that often ended up going from coast to coast. The joy of the Lord and her love for God and family sustained her throughout her life.
Grateful for having shared her life and her wonderful sense of humor are her daughter, Gail (Paul) Syverson of Baltic, S.D., along with children, Angela (Isaac) Schmeling, Alison Syverson and Amanda Syverson; her son Gary (Amy) Wierschke and their daughter Melissa, of Detroit Lakes; and son Greg Wierschke of Sioux Falls. She is also survived by two great grandchildren and a very special family friend, Mary Jo Whittle of Brandon, S.D.
In addition to her husband, Eleanore was pre-deceased by her parents and one sister, Lillian Fjeldal.
Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in First Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with interment in the Roselund Cemetery, Badger on Thursday.
Visitation with the family present will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 at Miller Funeral Home (Main Avenue location) in Sioux Falls.
For full obituary and further information, please go to www.millerfh.com.