Eleanor H. Ballwanz
Our mom, Eleanor H. Ballwanz,
102 ½ years old, left this world on Saturday, April 1, 2017, where her Lord and
Savior finished her room in heaven where there are many memories.
It is a time to mourn, but
then to rejoice, knowing she is now happy and at peace in her “new room” in her
She was born on September 23,
1914, in Merrill, Wisconsin, a daughter of Charles and Mabel Richards Klein. Her parents and siblings moved to Fond du Lac
where she attended Fond du Lac schools, later they moved to a farm in the Town
of Lamartine, where she attended Lincoln State Grade School, where many years
later her four kids would attend.
Mom met our dad, Erwin, in
1928, when they were attendants for her stepsister and dad’s brother’s
wedding. They fell in love and married on
October 27, 1934, in Waukegan, Illinois, settling in Fond du Lac until 1949, and
then moving to a small farm in the Town of Lamartine.
Eleanor was a devoted
Christian, and read the Bible daily, until her eyesight became
problematic. Mom and dad made sure their
children were baptized, confirmed, and attended Sunday school on a regular
basis at Immanuel-Trinity Lutheran Church, with three of her children being wed
She was a loving wife,
mother, and grandmother, being on call for lots of babysitting. She was a wonderful homemaker and stay at
home mom. She was a great cook and was
especially good at baking from scratch.
Her small hands could knead the bread dough like a pro.
She is survived by four
children: Ron (Diane) Ballwanz, Jan
Larson, Paul Ballwanz, and Les (Karen) Ballwanz, ten grandchildren and
step-grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by
her parents; her husband, Erwin; a son-in-law, Allan Larson; 11 brothers and
sisters, and their spouses; an infant sister; nieces and nephews, her father
and mother-in-law; and other family and friends.
VISITATION: A visitation to celebrate Eleanor’s life will
be from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Immanuel-Trinity
Lutheran Church, 20 Wisconsin American Drive, Fond du Lac.
SERVICE: The funeral service will be held at 11:30
a.m. on Thursday at Immanuel-Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Sue
Private family entombment,
where mom will join dad, will be at Shrine of Rest Mausoleum in Ledgeview
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be directed to the family.
Special thanks to the
wonderful people of Agnesian Hospice Hope for their amazing help in taking care
of mom’s needs. Also, to our brother,
Ron, and his wife, Diane, who opened their home for mom, for exactly three
years, when her health, at age 99, was deteriorating. It was very much appreciated by the rest of
the family. And also to Kurki-Mach
Funeral Chapel for their kindness.
Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel
& Crematory is serving the family, www.kurkimachfuneralchapel.com.