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Eleanor Keck

July 7, 1926 - April 13, 2018

Burial Date: April 18, 2018

Funeral Home Dickinson, ND

Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Lefor, ND

Rosary & Vigil Service:  6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson, ND


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The funeral Mass for Eleanor Keck, 91, of Dickinson ND, will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Lefor, ND with Father Gary Benz celebrating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation for Eleanor will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson with a rosary and vigil service being held at 6:00 p.m.

Eleanor passed away Friday, April 13, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society, Mott ND.

Eleanor Elizabeth was born July 7, 1926 in Richardton ND, daughter of Markus and Katie (Tormaschyi) Wax.  She was the eighth of eleven children who lived in a four-room rock house, east of Lefor.  She attended the Prairie Rose country school.  In 1939, due to the depression, the family moved to her grandfather, Henry Tormaschyi’s homestead, south of Lefor.

Eleanor married Joseph Keck on July 24, 1944 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Lefor.  The couple made their home on a farm six miles northwest of Lefor.  Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Donna and Sandy.  Together, the family ran a dairy operation and raised grain.  Education was important to Eleanor, and in 1979, at age 52, she earned her GED.  Eleanor and Joseph retired to Dickinson in 1987.  They were members of the Eagles Club, German-Hungarian Club, and Queen of Peace parish.  Joseph passed away on May 21, 2014.

Eleanor enjoyed gardening and became active in Farmer’s Market.  She also enjoyed music, dancing, crocheting, embroidery, taking care of her grandchildren and having coffee at McDonald’s.  She will be remembered for baking something different every day and always preparing extra food ‘just-in-case’ someone would drop in to visit and join them.  Eleanor will be forever loved and missed.

Eleanor is survived by her two daughters: Donna Fritz of Hortonville WI and Sandy (Francis) Klein of rural Dickinson; four grandchildren: Terry (Tammy) Fritz, Tami (Jeff) Adolf, Michael (Amanda) Klein, and Mark (Lori) Klein; six great-grandchildren:  Brendan, Andrew, and Britney Adolf and Charles, Jenna, and Elena Klein; one sister, Mary Weirick; and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; son-in-law, Gary Fritz; her parents; five brothers: Nick, Marcus, Peter, Adolph, and Michael Wax; four sisters: Helen Scharosch Schroeder, Barbara Reibel, Kathryn Baar, and Florence Kuntz Buchtel.

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