Louise Ebbers, age 96, of Bird Island died Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Olivia Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, July 18th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island with Rev. George Schmit as celebrant. Burial is in the church cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday 5-7 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia with a prayer service at 6:45 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Louise Ebbers was born December 29, 1922 in Dempster, SD, to Herman and Lena (Boom) Vohlken. She grew up and attended school in Dempster. She then assisted her family on the farm and also worked at a local grocery store. Louise married Edward Ebbers on April 26, 1944 and they were blessed with four children. They farmed at Dempster until February 1957 when the family moved to a farm northeast of Bird Island, MN. In 1985 they retired and moved into Bird Island and Ed passed away in 1989. Louise was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island and the CCW and also a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Louise was a hardworking farm wife and homemaker. In her spare time she had enjoyed quilting, embroidering dish towels, watching soap operas, and enjoyed making cookies and pies. Playing cards was a large part of her life, whether with her card clubs or teaching the grandchildren. Sunday’s were a special time for Louise and her family as after mass she loved offering her delicious cookies and beverages. Louise has resided at the Olivia Nursing Home since 2013 and died there Monday, July 15, 2019.
Louise is survived by her four children: Eileen Aigner of Sartell, Gene (and Sue) Ebbers of Bird Island, Karen (and Mike) Gauquie of Willmar, and Loretta (and Dan) Zuhlsdorf of Bird Island; her 12 grandchildren: Jennifer (and Scott) Romstad, Amanda (and John) Lhotka, George (and Chandra) Ebbers, Rachel Ebbers, Tim Ebbers, Julia Ebbers, Marc Gauquie, Sara Gauquie, Paul Gauquie, Jody (Tara) Zuhlsdorf, Shane (Emily) Zuhlsdorf, Cali (and Nathan) Rush; and her 10 great-grandchildren. Louise was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her seven siblings.
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