Eleanor Partridge of Annandale died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at Cardinal Cottage Memory Care in Annandale. She was 88.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Heartland Evangelical Free Church in Annandale with Pastor Denny Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Annandale. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and will continue one hour prior to the funeral Friday.
Eleanor Ruth Partridge was born May 27, 1931, in Faribault to the Rev. James and Queen (LaBanta) Rutgers. As a minister’s daughter, the family moved frequently and lived in numerous communities. They lived in South Haven during Eleanor’s formative years. She graduated from Annandale High School with the Class of 1949. In 1953, she graduated with a Christian Education degree from Vennard College in University Park, Iowa. Eleanor was always active in the ministry of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through the local church, first at Evangelical United Brethren Church in South Haven and, for the last 50 years, at Annandale Evangelical Free Church (now Heartland). At the church, she was involved with White Cross, Christian Women, music ministry, multiple church boards, various Bible Study groups, and Young at Heart.
After working as a Christian Education Director in Elkhart, Ind., and as a secretary to the Dean of Vennard, she returned home to marry Payson Lane Partridge Sept. 6, 1958, at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds in Paynesville. They made South Haven their home, where they lived on the Partridge family farm. They were blessed with four sons. In 1960, Eleanor began a 37-year career as a secretary for Annandale School District #876. Eleanor was a member of the Annandale Kiwanis, and she enjoyed volunteering at Annandale Middle School and the Annandale Care Center. Eleanor was well known for her kind, faithful, gentle and helpful way.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Marilyn Groves, Lois Moeller, Miriam Rutgers, Doris Rutgers, and an infant sister; and sister-in-law Glenna Davis.
She is survived by her sons Joel (and Tara) Partridge of St. Cloud, Brian (and Ann) Partridge of South Haven, Gary (and Amanda) Partridge of Castle Rock, Colo., and Ronald (and Sarah) Partridge of Keewatin; eight grandchildren: Brittany, TC, Matt, Nicholas, Dylan, Brayden, Grady and Anden; sister Phyllis (and Bob) Gelinas of Estero, Fla.; brother-in-law Bob Davis; and numerous cousins, nephews, and a niece.
Casket bearers will be Eleanor’s grandchildren. Phyllis Johnson will provide the music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.