Eleanor Gargrave, 82

Eleanor Gargrave, age 82, of Northfield, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield.

Eleanor Marian Gargrave was born on Sept. 1, 1930, to Matthew and Hilda (Berge) Landsverk at home on the family farm near Fosston, Minn. Eleanor and her family were members of the Kingo Lutheran Church in Fosston where she was baptized and confirmed. She attended first grade at Bergdahl Country School and graduated from Fosston High School in 1948. Eleanor graduated from Augsburg College in 1952 with a degree in business. In 1953 she received a degree in secondary education from Bemidji State College. She attended graduate school in business education at University of North Dakota at Grand Forks. She taught business education subjects in Bertha, Minn., and Northfield, and was a substitute teacher in Northfield schools for many years.

On July 15, 1961, Eleanor was united in marriage to Harold “Hal” E. Gargrave at Kingo Lutheran Church. The couple made a home in Northfield where Hal was employed as an accountant at G.T. Sheldahl Company.

Eleanor was a longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church. As an avid sports fan, she enjoyed attending sports activities of her sons and grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling, reading, family activities and especially time with her grandchildren.

Eleanor is survived by her husband, Hal; and two sons and their families, Steven (Kim) and their children, Jason and Troy of Sterling Heights, Mich.; and Darren and his children, Regina and Kearic of Northfield. She is also survived by brothers, Donald (Janice) and Robert (Janet) Landsverk of Fosston. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., in Northfield with the Rev. Tim McDermott officiating. Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Northfield. Casket bearers will be Loren Baumbach, David Hauck, Robert Knutson, Jullan Trangsrud, Norris Stephenson, Robert Phelps, Larry Petterson, and Don Pavek. Honorary pallbearers are Eleanor’s many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Bethel Lutheran Church or the Gloryland Gospel Team.

Arrangements by Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com