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Eleanora Nicolai, 93

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Eleanora Tilda Nicolai, 93, died July 18, 2014 at Bethany Home in Alexandria.

Eleanora, the youngest of eight children, was born June 1, 1921 at home in Normania Township, Yellow Medicine County, the daughter of Olai and Helena (Christopherson) Stokke. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Lucas Lutheran Church in Clarkfield.

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As a young woman, Eleanora had many interesting jobs. She traveled to Seattle and became what is known as a "Rosie the Riveter" during WWII, working on airplanes. Later she worked at Daytons Oak Grill, Powers, and Land O Lakes test kitchens.

On August 22, 1942, Eleanora was married to John Nicolai until he died of cancer at their home with Eleanora by his side caring for him. Eleanora and Johnny were parents of two children, John, who died in infancy and Lynn, whom Eleanora lived with until her death. They shared a love of flowers and have beautiful flower gardens.

Eleanora was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed cooking. They lived many places and enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and renovating cabins. She also loved her dogs and cats.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Nicolai of Alexandria; two sisters, Helen Albeck of Alexandria and Clara Christiansen of Vermillion, SD; numerous nieces and nephews; and Eleanoras cat, Scooter.

She was preceded in death by her son, John; husband, John; parents, Olai and Helena; brothers, Harry, Carl, Selmer, Bernard; and sister, Hannah.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 22 at Anderson Funeral Home in Montevideo with the Rev. Donald McKee officiating. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Montevideo.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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