COMFREY - Phyllis 'Babe' Eigen, age 91, of Comfrey, died Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, MN.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, January 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Comfrey with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 15, from 4-7 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
There will be a parish prayer service Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Father Mark Mallak, officiating.
Condolences may be sent via e-mail at: www.sturmfh.com.
Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey.
Phyllis was born July 28, 1921, on the family farm near Verndale, MN to Richard and Amelia (Monchamp) Downing. She graduated from Verndale High School in 1939, after which she attended De Guiles School of Cosmetology in Minneapolis. Phyllis was employed at Grundmeyers Beauty Shop in New Ulm until she married Ray Eigen of Comfrey on October 7, 1941. While Ray served in the Air Force, she managed a beauty shop in Comfrey for Hattie Schotzko and later for Archie Krzmarzick. In later years, Phyllis assisted her husband in the Eigen Brothers Meat and Locker Plant. She was an active member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and a member of the Christian Mothers Society. Babe had a generous spirit and everyone felt welcome in her home. She enjoyed her family and friends and will be missed.
She is survived by children, JoAnne (Tom) Augustin of Detroit Lakes, Garland (Patsy) Eigen of Hutchinson, Judy (Ray) Pelesko of Somerset, NJ, and Greg (Deb) Eigen of Alexandria; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Delores Hummel of Illinois; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ray in 1999; and brother Garland in infancy.