Norbert Eischens, 98, of Montevideo, went home to be with his Lord, Monday, May 27, 2013, at Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 31, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Montevideo with the Father Paul Timmerman the celebrant, preceded by a rosary at 10 a.m. Burial was at the church cemetery.
Music was provided by organist Sue Botten. Congregational hymns included “Here I Am, Lord,” “The Goodness of the Lord,” “Joyful Alleluia,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Mass of Glory,” “Be Not Afraid” and “Amazing Grace.” Cantor was Alex Bosch. Selections were “These Alone Are Enough for Me” and “Come Home.”
Honorary urn bearers were all his grandchildren.
Norbert Peter Eischens was born near St. Leo, Feb. 11, 1915, to Valentine and Theresa (Hentges) Eischens. He grew up in the St. Leo area and attended rural schools.
He married Mildred Abraham, Oct. 19, 1937, at St. Leo Catholic Church. They lived in St. Leo until moving to Clarkfield in 1942. They moved to Canby, in 1951, where he was the Co-op manager. In 1955 they moved to Appleton, where he operated Joe’s Produce, drove school bus, was a local distributor for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune and drove for Mid-America Dairymen. In 2002 they moved to Montevideo. He was a longtime member of St. Johns Catholic Church in Appleton, and most recently was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Montevideo. He was also a member of the Foresters. He enjoyed gardening, card playing, dancing, visiting people in the hospital and nursing home, and especially being with and socializing with his family.
He is survived by eight children, Pat (and Eldon) Ostby, of Montevideo, Donna Sherod, of Benson, Connie (and Jerry) Rice, of New London, Bob (and Patty) Eischens, of Farmington, Mary Eischens, of Willmar, Terry (and Pam) Eischens, of Montevideo, Brenda (and Alan) Hoffman, of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Vicki (and Randy) Zinda, of Spicer; 25 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife (2007); daughter, Shirley Lesewski; grandson, Steve Lesewski; great-grandson, Justin Sherod; and five sisters, Marcella Eischens, Mildred Kockelman, Loretta Wenzel, Eleanor Savard and Lucille Nosbusch.
Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home, of Montevideo, was in charge of the arrangements. (Online guest book at www.andersonfuneralmontevideo.com)