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Lenore Eyrich

January 10, 2014
The Journal

NEW ULM - Lenore Imogene Eyrich, 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at Pine Ridge Gardens in Hudson, Wis.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Wayne Laitinen officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm.

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The Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm is handling the arrangements.

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Lenore is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Revs. Jean and Mike Pennell of Sherman, IL, Kristine Eyrich and Clarence Zangel of Albuquerque, N.M., Kathleen and Ralph VanKeulen of Hudson, Wis., Lou Eyrich and Robert Schwartz of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Sue Schmidt of New Ulm; by a daughter-in-law, Dr. Raye McPhillips Eyrich of Willmar; son-in-law, Jeffrey Larson of Watertown. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Matthew and David Pennell, Lisbeth Eyrich-Fischer (Marshall), Gabrielle Eyrich, Nora and Ben Larson, Jillian and Lance VanKeulen, Cole Schwartz, Ellen Eyrich Becknal (Neil), Louise and Ryan Schmidt; and six great-grandsons, Skye, Rainier and Rio Fischer, Jasper Eyrich-Bingham, Owen Larson, and Milo Becknal. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Lenore was preceded in death by her husband, Loren "Bud" Eyrich and three of their children, Elizabeth L. Eyrich, Lenore J. Eyrich Larson and Ronald J. Eyrich, as well as her brother and two sisters.

Lenore was born in New Ulm April 2, 1927, the daughter of Frank and Minnie Johnson. While her early years were spent in Hanska, most of her life was lived in New Ulm, where she attended St. Paul's Lutheran School and graduated from New Ulm High School. She married Loren H. "Bud" Eyrich Jan. 20, 1946. As a teenager she worked at Olson Drug Store, and in later years operated Lenore's Grocery. She was a Sunday School teacher and active in Ladies Aid in her churches. Most important to her were her roles as loving wife, mom, and grandma.

Memorials preferred to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.



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