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Elenora E. Wichmann

Funeral Services for Elenora E. Wichmann, age 99 of Balaton, will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 10:30AM at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Balaton. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 5-7PM and one hour prior to the service on Friday, both at church. Interment to follow at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery. Elenora Wichmann passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at her home in Balaton. Elenora Esther (Sprenger) Wichmann was born in Parker, SD on July 1, 1915; the second of six children to Rev. Henry C. Sprenger and Emma Sprenger. Elenora graduated from Marshall High School in 1933. After graduation she attended Bethany College and continued her schooling in Cedar Rapids, IA. On November 9, 1941, Elenora married Lawrence Wichmann at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Balaton. They were wed by Elenora’s father and Alma Schwan made the wedding cake. From this union they were blessed with their five children LaVonne, Lynn, Lyle, Lowell, and Ruth Ann. Elenora worked as a bookkeeper for many years at Dr. Rohlin’s Optometry, Ben Franklin, and G&S Implement. Aside from work, Elenora enjoyed cooking, sewing, and knitting. She was the Lyon County’s Farm Bureau Cake Baking Champion and was awarded a trip to Lake Koronis. Elenora took a great deal of pride in the local Balaton community and tried to shop locally as often as she could. Her motto was always “faith, family, and friends” and was proud of all three. She was a member of the Sewing Club, Extension Club, and very active in St. Peter’s Church. She sang in the choir, and was a member of the Ladies Aid and the Martin Luther Ladies Auxiliary. Elenora is survived by her sons, Lynn (Kim) Wichmann of Balaton, Lyle Wichmann of North Mankato, and Lowell (Peggy) Wichmann of Balaton; her daughter, Ruth Ann (Leon) Johnson of Okabena, MN; brother, Vernon Sprenger; sister-in-law, Delores Sprenger; ten grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and many other loving family and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; infant daughter, LaVonne; two brothers, Walter and Norman Sprenger; and two sisters, Esther Schultz and Rhoda Knudson. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and Ridgeview Hospice.

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