Eleanor Michelson, age 93, of Buffalo Lake, MN died on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at her home. A memorial service will be Saturday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m. at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo Lake. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Social-distancing and masks are required for the service.
Below the obituary is a link to the video of the service for Eleanor.
Eleanor (Warner) Michelson was born to Henry and Inga (Seem) Warner on August 28, 1927 at Dalton, Minnesota. She was baptized on October 9, 1927 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN. Her baptism verse was Luke 18:16 “Let the little children come to me; and do not hinder them for to such belong the children of God.” Eleanor was confirmed on April 12, 1942 at Hamar Lutheran Church in Rothsay, MN. Her confirmation verse was Luke 11:28 “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.” Eleanor graduated from Rothsay High School as Valedictorian of the class of 1944. She attended Moorhead State University and earned an associate degree in the accelerated program and in August of 1945 had her certificate as an elementary teacher. Her total tuition was $90.00. Eleanor was hired by Superintendent Reuben Ness to teach in the Buffalo Lake elementary school in September of 1945. She had just celebrated her 18th birthday as she began to teach a class of 5th and 6th graders. Eleanor met Marvin Michelson in October, 1945 as he had just received his honorable discharge from the Army Air Corps. They were engaged in May 1946 and got married on July 15, 1947 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. She continued to teach school through 1950 when she became a stay-at-home mom. Ross Owen was born January 11, 1951; Brad Alan on April 10, 1953; and Paul Warren on March 7, 1957. In 1966 she returned to the classroom in Buffalo Lake as the Title I teacher. Eleanor obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She took further training to be the Right to Read Director and, later, trained to be the Basic Skills Director. Eleanor retired in 1989 and she thoroughly enjoyed her years of teaching Sunday school and Confirmation classes. In 1992 Eleanor and Marvin took training to become Volunteer Advocates in the Ombudsman program. Eleanor and Marv enjoyed spending winters in Arizona and traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada. She had completed 20 years of volunteer work at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center. She was interviewed by Tom Hauer and the article he wrote was published in the October 2011 Senior Perspective tabloid and a similar article was published in the January 18, 2012 issue of the News Mirror. Eleanor will be remembered for her humble personality and the many lives she touched over the years.
Eleanor is survived by her three sons: Ross (and Jeanne) Michelson of Eden Prairie, Brad (and Su) Michelson of Willmar, and Paul (and Diane) Michelson of Poinciana, FL; her nine grandchildren: Eric Michelson, Melissa (and Tom) Heys, Nick (and Brittany) Echave, Ryan (and Angie) Michelson, Sara (and Justin) Bos, Travis (and Kari) Michelson, Jodie Michelson, Michael Michelson, and Libby (and Steve) McColl; her 14 great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews. Eleanor is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin; and her four sisters: Esther, Ruth, Helen, and Wilma.
Dirks-Blem Funeral Service offers many styles of services to honor the memory of your loved one. Funerals should be meaningful, reflect the individual, and celebrate the life they led. Personalized funerals are more involved, giving people a chance to remember what made that individual so unique.