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Eleanor Ruchti

Eleanor M. Ruchti, age 79, of Sunburg, died Friday, January 20, at Bethesda Grand Nursing Home in Willmar.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Willmar. Interment will be at the Sunburg Free Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. with a time of testimony and sharing of memories at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 23, at the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.

Eleanor Mae Ruchti was born on July 30, 1937, on the family farm near Sunburg, Minnesota, the daughter of Lemoine and Sylvia (Midtun) Hanson. She grew up and received her education in the rural Sunburg community. On January 9, 1954, Eleanor was united in marriage to Edward G. Ruchti and they made their home in the Sunburg area. She worked hard as a homemaker. Eleanor was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. She was a Master Gardner and enjoyed spending many hours with her grandchildren in the garden. Eleanor was also a great prayer warrior, praying for family, friends, her church and the world.

She is survived by her loving husband, Edward of Sunburg; four children, Alan (and Joanie) Ruchti of Kerkhoven, Robin (and Virgil) Thompson of Sunburg, Linda (and Kent) Swanson of Brooten and Kelly (and Karen) Ruchti of Galena, Alaska; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-eight great grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother, Dennis (and Pat) Hanson of Buffalo and one sister, Diane Humphrey of Brooten, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two grandchildren, Lance Thompson and Morgan Ruchti; and one great granddaughter, Eden Thompson.


JAN 23. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

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we first met Eleanor when we were at First Baptist Church and Morris Baptist Academy-she was a loving and kind christian friend-our prayers are with the entire family at this difficult time.

joyce werth - January 25, 2017 at 03:18 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

The best thing that I can personally say about Eleanor was that she was my friend and my friend in the Lord.Mary McCaulley

Mary McCaulley - January 23, 2017 at 10:03 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

European Sympathy Dish Garden was purchased for the family of Eleanor Ruchti.

January 23, 2017 at 11:14 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Ed, Alan, Robin, Linda and Kelly, The first day that I met Eleanor was a Monday after we moved in across highway 9 near Sunburg. Eleanor came to greet me and has continued to be a great friend for 40 years. We have laughed together, cried together, studied our Bible together and prayed together. And yes, she has scolded me too....that is a true and faithful friend. Sandy

Sandra Seest - January 23, 2017 at 12:56 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

With love, the Seest Family purchased the Serene Greena Bouquet For Sympathy for the family of Eleanor Ruchti.

With love, the Seest Family - January 23, 2017 at 01:32 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Wade and Debbie Wickman and family purchased the Bountiful European Dish Garden for the family of Eleanor Ruchti.

Wade and Debbie Wickman and family - January 23, 2017 at 03:30 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM