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Eleanor Rygh

June 3, 1925 February 3, 2018
Eleanor Rygh
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Eleanor Rygh, age 92, of Lake Mills died at her home on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 AM on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Salem Lutheran Church in Lake Mills with Pastor Joel L. Guttormson officiating. Burial will be in Salem Memorial Cemetery, rural Lake Mills.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 East Main Street in Lake Mills and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Eleanor (Reisem) Rygh was born on June 3, 1925, in Silverton, Oregon, to her parents Rev. E.L. and Olga (Halvorson) Reisem. Eleanor attended the majority of her school years in North Dakota where her father was called to serve as minister. After her father next accepted a call in Iowa, she finished her high school years in Lake Mills, graduating in 1943 as salutatorian.

Eleanor worked for the Graphic Publishing Company in high school and for a few years after and was known for her skills as a proofreader. She made lifelong friendships with some of her co-workers.

Having a father as a pastor, she learned to play the piano at a young age and was gifted with the ability to play songs simply after listening to them. It was while playing music at a funeral service that she met her future husband, James B. Rygh. The couple was wed on May 10, 1946, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They made their home in St. Louis, MO, while James finished mortuary school. They moved their family a few times throughout North Iowa, and finally back to Lake Mills in 1949. Eleanor was a devoted wife and mother, and a very proud grandma; she was extremely proud of the fact that all of her grandchildren had a college education and good jobs.

Eleanor was an active member at Salem Lutheran Church: teaching Tuesday school, Sunday school, providing music for WELCA and occasionally for Saturday night services, and serving as the president of her circle. She kept busy reading, playing board games, and watching game shows on TVeveryone knew not to call her at 4:30 because it would interrupt Jeopardy! She was a devoted St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and loved watching basketball. Eleanor also spent time playing card games like 500 and May I? with a dear group of friends in Albert Lea on a regular basis.

She will be missed by her children: Diane (David) Nall of Corwith, Jim (Deb) Rygh of Lake Mills, and Kathleen (Steven) Nelson of Lake Mills; and a daughter-in-law Amy (Roger) Olson of Lake Mills. Eleanor was blessed with 10 grandchildren: Wade Nall, Kayla (Jeremy) Walker, Mark (Kristen) Nall, Michael Rygh, David Rygh, Tony (Ashley) Nelson, Derek (Amanda) Nelson, Molly (Luke) Andrusyk, Katie Olson, and Jack Olson. Eleanor was further blessed with 10 great-grandchildren: Natalie, Levi & Blake Walker; Matthew & Marion Nall; Brynn, Brooklyn & Becca Nelson; and Tate & Nora Nelson. Eleanor is survived by a brother Richard O. Reisem of Rochester, NY; brother-in-law Keith Schaa of Homosassa, FL; and many extended relatives and beloved friends.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; husband James in 1980; son John in 1993; and 2 sisters Sharon Schaa and Phyllis Ness; and brother-in-law Allen Ness.

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5:00 PM 2/7/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/7/2018 7:00:00 PM
Mittelstadt Funeral Home

902 East Main Street
Lake MIlls, Iowa 50450

Mittelstadt Funeral Home
902 East Main Street Lake MIlls 50450 Iowa
United States

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9:00 AM 2/8/2018 9:00:00 AM
Salem Lutheran Church

401 South Lake Street Lake Mills, Iowa 50450
Lake Mills, IA 50450

Salem Lutheran Church
401 South Lake Street Lake Mills, Iowa 50450 Lake Mills 50450 IA
United States

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