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Eleanor Bambenek

October 27, 1918 — July 22, 2022



Eleanor Bambenek, age 103 of Winona, died after a long and full life on July 22, 2022 at her home.


Ruth Eleanor Bambenek was born on October 27, 1918 to Inga (Benson) and Rudolph Betz in Fillmore County, MN.  She had 3 sisters: Rose Ruth “Tootsie”, Dorothy and Joyce.


She married Daniel Bambenek, Sr. on June 4, 1938 in Winona.  They had 4 children, Susan Bambenek, Marilyn Bambenek, Daniel Bambenek Jr and Lori O’Brien (Tim).  Her life was further blessed with 9 grandchildren - Kimberly Haedtke (Ron); Tammie Glenna (Wes); David Blanchard; Kelly Wind; Jamie (Jennifer) Nogosek; Jeffrey Davidshofer; Aaron Davidshofer; Kateeri O’Brien; Mara O’Brien.  21 Great Grandchildren and 17 Great Great Grandchildren.


During her life she worked at Sears Roebuck in Winona and McDonald’s (one of the first women ever hired).  She was a homemaker and was a proud wife of her husband who was very busy in the local political scene of Winona at the time.  She loved to read western novels, playing cards with her friends, knitting baby booties for all her grands and others, and crocheting.  Her earlier years included the almost now lost talent of tatting!


She was a member of Central Lutheran Church of Winona.  Her husband Dan died in 1983 and she continued to live with her son, Daniel, until her peaceful passing on July 22nd, 2022.  She was preceded in death by her husband Dan; her parents Rudy and Inga Betz; sisters Dorothy and Rose Ruth “Tootsie”.


A Funeral Service for Eleanor will be held at 11:30am on Friday, July 29, 2022 at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, 3480 Service Dr, Goodview, MN.  Visitation will be from 10 until 11:30am at the Funeral Home.  Eleanor will be laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Winona. A donation in the memory of Eleanor may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In memory of Eleanor, guests attending the services are encouraged to wear something blue. Hoff Celebration of Life Center - Goodview, is assisting the family.


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