Eleanor Victoria Julien Bondeson, 94, of Braham, passed away with family by her side on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at the Buffalo Hospital.
Eleanor was born June 13, 1919, in Stanchfield Township, Minnesota, to Emil and Hilma (Paulson) Julien. She had an older brother, Elvert, who was born in 1914. Eleanor was baptized and confirmed in the Braham Mission Covenant Church and graduated as salutatorian from Braham High School in 1936 at the age of 16.
Eleanor completed a secretarial program at the Minneapolis Business College in the fall of 1936. She was employed at F.O.K.s in St. Paul where she lived and worked until December 1940 when she moved to Turlock, California, where she worked as a legal secretary. Her favorite past time had been and continued to be roller skating, and on Feb. 28, 1941 she met the love of her life. Her diary reads, Tonight was opening night at the Turlock Rollerdrome. I met a nice fellow by the name of Oke Bondeson. Hes a swell skater and we had a grand time.
Eleanor and Oke were married Oct. 17, 1942, at the Covenant Church in Braham. The war had started and they both worked for Northwestern Aeronautical at the airport in Minneapolis and then with the same company at Fort Smith, Arkansas. The war brought them back to California to Okes draft board area and then to Fort Warren at Cheyenne, Wyo., where Eleanor continued to work as secretary to the Commanding General of the Army Hospital for two years while Oke was overseas in the Philippines and New Guinea.
After the war they returned to Minnesota and bought a farm just south of Braham and settled into their permanent home. Until their first child, Diane, was born, Eleanor worked as secretary for the Braham Schools. Then came Lois and later, Dean. Eleanor returned to work in 1960 at Dahlmans where she spent 17 years.
Oke passed away in October 1977. Eleanor continued to live on the farm which she loved. She went back to work, first at the Rural American Bank of Braham, then Premier Products in Stanchfield and retired from Cambridge Metals and Plastic in 1989. She greatly enjoyed the busy-ness of retirement for many years running errands for Deans farming needs, grocery shopping to feed the farm helpers, time with friends, and coffee at the Park Cafe. In 2008, needing more assistance, Eleanor moved to St. Michael with Lois and Tom, however, much time was still spent in Braham and it was always her home.
She was a great cook and will be remembered for fried chicken, pot roast, divinity, chocolate chip cookies and more. Eleanor was active in the Covenant church, holding several offices over the years. She was active in the community, the PTA, the DFL, bowling and being busy as a wife, mother and career woman.
Eleanor is preceded in death by her parents; husband Oke; brother Elvert; nieces Barb (Julien) Griffith and Karin (Sanders) Landgrabe; nephew Michael Moore.
She is survived by her daughter, Diane Bondeson of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter Lois (Tom) Hesselroth of St. Michael and son Dean (Jennifer) Bondeson of Stanchfield; one grandson, Ryan Gordon, formerly of Anchorage, now living at the farm in Braham; sister-in-law Dorie Julien of Holly Hill, Fla.; brother-in-law Kenneth Sanders of Pensacola, Fla.; nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.
A Funeral Service was held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Braham Ev. Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch Officiating. Music was provided by Sharon Hohn, Vi Belkholm, and Tim Ronning. Casket Bearers were Mike Dennis, Jamie Sundermeyer, Doug Leaf, Steve Benji Leaf, Ritchie Ronning and Jimmy Kays. Interment was in the Braham Mission Covenant Cemetery.