Eleanor Kathleen (Grassel) Unterbrunner

Born: Fri., Dec. 26, 1919
Died: Sun., Jun. 25, 2017


Visitation

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 29, 2017
Location: St. Wilfred's Catholic Church


Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 AM Fri., Jun. 30, 2017
Location: St. Wilfred's Catholic Church


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Eleanor Unterbrunner, age 97, of Woonsocket, formerly of Carthage, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Prairie View Care Center, Woonsocket.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Friday, June 30, 2017 at St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Church, Woonsocket.  Visitation will start Thursday with a Rosary at 4:30pm, and resume from 5pm to 7pm and a Scripture service to be said at 7pm, all at St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Church, Woonsocket. The celebrant will be Father Jim Friedreich.

Eleanor Unterbrunner was born on December 26, 1919, to Joe and Mary (Maddock) Grassel at the family farm north of Artesian.  She was baptized in the St. Anthony Church at Brisbine, the country church close to home.  She attended country schools for eight years.  After graduating, she stayed home the next year to help her mother.  Eleanor then attended high school in Woonsocket for one year before transferring to Artesian for three more years and graduating in 1939.  The next year she entered Notre Dame Junior College and attained a teaching certificate after one year.  She taught country schools in Floyd and Oneida Townships.  During the World War II period, she spent one year working at Long Beach, CA, in the McDonald Douglas Aircraft factory.  Longing for South Dakota and teaching children, she returned home.  She taught two more years and then attained a State certificate to teach in town schools.  She taught in Miller and Woonsocket.  In 1948 she married Robert Unterbrunner at St. Charles Catholic Church in Artesian and became a farm wife.  Twelve children were born to Robert and Eleanor. 

The Unterbrunners were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Carthage, attending for many years until the church was closed.  The family then became members of the St. Charles Catholic Church in Artesian.  Eleanor resided on the farm until November 2012 when she became a resident of Prairie View Care Center (PVCC) in Woonsocket. Eleanor was a member of the American Cancer Society in Sanborn County.  She held the office of secretary for several years.  She was a member of the Carthage American Legion Auxiliary.  She held the office of president for a few years and was chaplain for many years.  She was a member of the Altar Societies in all her years after marrying.Eleanor Kathleen Unterbrunner passed away on June 25, 2017 at PVCC in Woonsocket.

Survivors include eleven children:  Dianne (Frank) Larson, Pierre; Craig (Selena), Platte; Lynn (Mary Kay) of Yorkville, Illinois; Charles (Mary Michelle), Artesian; Marla Feistner, Woonsocket; Mona (Randy) Hall, Ree Heights; Elizabeth (Leonard) Sanderson, Mina Lake; Bruce (Jean) of Abrams, Wisconsin; Judy (Mike) Cuka, Wagner; Bonnie (Larry) Murtha, Brandon; and Scott (Maxine), Colman; daughter-in-law Kathy Nordstrom, Yankton; 43 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, sister Raeburn Moore, Mitchell, brother John Grassel, Mitchell, brother-in-laws Marvin (Dottie) VanOverschelde, Norval (Shorty) Mathis, sister-in-laws Shirley Mae Beers, Marcy Hinker, other relatives and friends.

Preceding Eleanor in death were her husband, an infant son, a son Rex, son-in-law Darrell Feistner, great-granddaughter Amaya Larson, step-grandson Douglas Passaro, her parents, sisters Ruth Hinker, Monica VanOverschelde, and Mary Jo Vetter, brothers Ted Grassel and Francis Grassel, in-laws Paul Beers, Delores Mathis, Loretta Grassel, Arlene Grassel, Mel Moore, Lloyd Hinker, Leo Vetter.

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Mary Kay Merkel
   Posted Mon June 26, 2017

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Beers Family.

Our deepest sympathy! The Beers family


Scott Morstad
   Posted Tue June 27, 2017
Dear Unterbrunner Family,

I am thinking of you. I have very good memories of your mother as well as your dad. I hope to see you on Friday.

Scott Morstad

Sterling Technology Family
   Posted Tue June 27, 2017
Scott and family,
Thinking and praying for you at this difficult time.

Your Sterling Technology Family

Rick Adler
   Posted Tue June 27, 2017

PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Sterling Technology.

Scott and family, Thinking and praying for you at this difficult time. Your Sterling Technology Family


Lidia Argomaniz
   Posted Tue June 27, 2017
On behalf of your South Gate family we send our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May God bless you and your family in this tough time.

With Respect,

Your Family at South Gate

Lorraine (Raesly) Windenburg
   Posted Tue June 27, 2017
My deepest sympathies to the Unterbrunner family (and especially to my classmate - Bonnie). Eleanor was a dear lady - God Bless you all.

sherrill peck
   Posted Wed June 28, 2017

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by Avera McKennan Hospitalist Service.

Thinking of you. Avera McKennan Hospitalist Service


joseph cowan
   Posted Wed June 28, 2017

DIGNITY IN WHITE PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Joe Cowan.

From the Cowan's and IPC family ---may we All raise a toast to an amazing woman and the amazing family that she has raised , God bless the Unterbrunner's


Scott H.
   Posted Wed June 28, 2017
Craig & the Unterbrunner Family,
I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing.
You are in our thoughts & prayers.

Scott Hofer

Monica Callies
   Posted Wed June 28, 2017

A GARDEN PATH was sent by The Seth Hall Family.

All of our love and prayers. Seth & Joyce Hall, Families of Kurt & Karla Hall, Robert & Sandi Hall and Lance & Monica Callies


Bill & Rosemary Maher
   Posted Thu June 29, 2017
Charlie and Family:

Our deepest sympathies in your loss of a remarkable woman and mother.

Bill and Rosemary Maher

Jan Dinges Lembcke
   Posted Thu June 29, 2017
My prayers and thoughts are with your family.

Colleen (Campbell) Wiebe
   Posted Sat July 01, 2017
Bonnie and Larry and family, Seems I knew your Mom forever, remembering her strength and her faith. I send my prayers and love to all of you

Colleen (Campbell) Wiebe
   Posted Sat July 01, 2017
Bonnie and Larry, I remember your Mom for her strength and her faith, she was remarkable. I am so sorry for your loss, and send my prayers and love to all of the family.

AseraCare Hospice
   Posted Wed July 05, 2017
During this time of loss, we at AseraCare Hospice, would like to extend our condolences to you and your family. The nurses and staff at AseraCare thank you for the privilege of being able to serve you during these difficult times. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
- The AseraCare Hospice Team

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