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Eleanor Jane Spehar

06/26/1934 - 06/26/2022

Eleanor J. Spehar, age 88, died Sunday evening, June 26, 2022 at the Essentia Virginia Care Center with family at her side.

She was born June 26, 1934 in Orr, MN to Art and Helia (Autio) Nelson. She worked many years at the Greiners Laundry and was a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She loved birds, flowers, knitting, fishing at her cabin on Lake Vermillion, volleyball, and was an avid sports fan.

Eleanor is survived by her brother, Duane (Linda) Nelson; numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Art and Helia Nelson;  siblings: Russell Nelson,
Penny Heinzer, Betty Stenlund, Rosie Larsen, and Doug Nelson; and two husbands, Myron (Beaver) Anderson and Nick Spehar.

A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, MN at 11:00 am with visitation beginning at 10:00 am.  Rev. Amy Janssen of Gethsemane Lutheran Church will officiate.

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences please visit rangefuneralhomes.com.

3 thoughts on “Eleanor Jane Spehar”

  1. Jeniece says:

    Rest in peace

  2. Julie Phaneuf-Hill says:

    My sympathy to Eleanor’s family. I became acquainted with Beaver and Eleanor as a small child visiting their cabin with my parents. (Leo & Ruth Phaneuf) They were both so kind and seemed to like having us around. Since the Spehar cabin was so close we got to know them a little as well. As an adult, when I ran into Eleanor she was always friendly and we would share a few memories. I enjoyed her very much. My sympathy to her entire family.

  3. Mary (Spehar) Everett, Larry, Van, Jake & Broc says:

    Eleanor was a cheerful and giving person. She was not afraid of hard work and loved the outdoors. She was constantly doing for others whether it was cooking meals, baking, or knitting sweaters, hats, mittens, or slippers for anyone in need. She and my dad had 21 wonderful years together and they often helped us by staying with our young sons when we were out of town. We will always be thankful for Eleanor and pray for her eternal peace.

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Saturday 07/16/2022 at 11:00 AM
Range Funeral Homes, 16th Street North, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 10:00 AM