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Eleanor L. Gehlsen

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Eleanor L. Gehlsen, 65, of Carroll, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll with the Rev. Tim Johnson of Holy Spirit Church officiating.

Burial was in Carroll Cemetery.

There was a Christian wake service at the funeral home at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Eleanor was born Feb. 19, 1945, at Cherokee, to Arthut and O'Delia (Thorman) Kohn, however, her father died when she was very young and she was raised by her stepfather, Aloysius George.

As a young girl, she attended North West College in Minneapolis, where she received her certificate as a lab technician.

She was married to Lesly Gehlsen on Oct. 22, 1967, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll with the Rev. John Thomas as the celebrant.

Following her marriage, she worked as a lab technician at St. Anthony Hospital. She had a Home Day Care center for a time, worked with her husband doing rehab work on older homes, and for the last seven years she was a Weight Watcher leader.

Eleanor was a real role model for those trying to live a healthy lifestyle.

In her spare time, she enjoyed going to auctions, garage sales, collecting bells, gardening, caring for her flowers, exercising, learning new things on the computer, and cooking healthy foods.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish and was very active in the Weight Watcher program.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Carol Frost and a sister Mary in infancy.

Surviving her are her husband Lesly of Carroll; two daughters, Dawn Marie Blanchard and her husband Jim of Odebolt, and Heather Anne Orcutt and her husband Brad of Sac City, and the following grandchildren: Melodie Beeber, Stephanie Beeber, Amanda Nelson, Emily Quail, Faith Orcutt, Sarah Marie Orcutt, and Lucas Allan Orcutt.

Also surviving are two sisters: Joyce Woltman and Paula Dodds and her husband Richard, both of Sioux City, and four brothers: Mark George and his wife Kim of Cherokee, Kent George and his wife Denise of Waterloo, Karl George of Sioux City, and Jan George and his wife Doris of Sioux City, and a brother-in-law Jerry Frost of Gettysburg, S.D.