The funeral service for Eleanor R. Salge of Wadena was held Feb. 6, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena, with Pastor Stephen Meltzer presiding.
Surrounded by her loving children at Lakewood Health System in Staples, Eleanor, 84, passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 1, 2013.
Eleanor Rose Schmidt Salge was born June 6, 1928, to William and Gertrude (Klatt) Schmidt in Hillside, Ill. She grew up and attended school in Blue Earth, Minn., and married the love of her life, Frank Salge, on June 13, 1953, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Blue Earth. They spent their married life in Blue Earth, Sauk Centre and Brooten, Minn., before moving to Wadena, where they co-owned and operated Boondocks Café.
At home, Eleanor dedicated her time to being a wonderful wife, mom and grandma who liked to cook, bake and keep her hands busy with crocheting and sewing. She collected salt and pepper shakers, as well as cookbooks.
She also enjoyed reading the Bible and caring for her precious grandchildren. Eleanor will always be remembered as a very loving mom, grandma and best friend who always made time for her family.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, William and Gertrude; and husband, Frank, on April 1, 1998.
She is survived by her son, Dale (Michele) Salge; daughters, Dianne Salge and Donna Jean (Glen) Wood, all of Wadena; grandchildren, Matthew Salge (Sharaea Bartlett), Andrew Wood, Brittany (Nathan) Lahman, Dustin Syverson, Emily Wood, Scott Syverson (Kelsi Crawford), Jessica Salge (Lukas Krüger), Jacob Salge and MacKenzie Salge; brother, Pastor Don W. Schmidt of Nashville; her dedicated Boondocks family and friends; along with several special nieces, nephews and cousins.
Honorary pallbearers were all of her Boondocks family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Matthew Salge, Andrew Wood, Dustin Syverson, Scott Syverson, Jacob Salge, Nathan Lahman, Scott Tullis and Mike Smith.
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Sauk Centre, and arrangements are with Schuller Family Funeral Home's Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena.