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Eleanor M. Brekke

Eleanor M. Brekke

Eleanor Margaret Brekke was born June 28th, 1915, in Pennington County, Kratka Township, Minnesota, the daughter of Charles and Emily Brekke. Her father, Charles, was born in Telemarken, Norway, and immigrated to the United States when he was eighteen years of age, coming to Aneta, North Dakota, and later United in marriage to Emily Hedeen. Their eldest daughter, Gladys, was born in 1912 in the same county as above. The family farmed at Thief River Falls, Hazel, and Red Lake until 1924, when they relocated to Osakis Township, north-east of Nelson.

Her daughter Majel was born in March of 1950. In 1959, Eleanor relocated to Alexandria, which was her home for fifty eight years. Eleanor was employed in Fashion Merchandise for nearly twenty years at Edith's Town and Country, Glenwear, and Stella's Fashionette in sales.

After retiring from sales, she took care of her grandchildren, Todd and Jason, by day, while Majel taught specialized education classes. Her greatest joy was being a grandmother and most recently, a great grandmother to Maya Eleanor.

Many thanks to all the staff who took such good care of her at Edgewood Assisted Living for four and a half years. Eleanor's loving spirit and courageous strength will be her legacy.

Eleanor passed on December 28, 2017, with her adoring family by her side. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Emily (Hedeen) Brekke; sister, Gladys Linser; brother-in-law, Michael Linser; and two nieces, Joan Linser and Margaret Valkerich. Eleanor is survived by daughter, Majel (Bill) Freeman; grandsons, Todd Kraska and Jason Kraska; great-granddaughter, Maya Eleanor Kraska; and the families of Charles Hedeen and Jim Valkevich.

A memorial service was held Friday, January 5, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Reverend Ben Jacobson officiating. Inurnment will be in the spring of 2018 at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria.

Arrangments are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.