Eileen Joyce Younger, 87, of FargoPublished 9:54am Monday, February 25, 2013 Updated 11:55am Monday, February 25, 2013
Eileen was born July 13, 1925, to Frank and Blanche (Erickson) Funkhouser in Fergus Falls. Eileen was baptized and confirmed at Vukku Lutheran Church. She grew up and attended school in Campbell, graduating in 1943. After graduation, she worked at Gambles in Fergus Falls.
She also worked at J.C. Penney’s for 10 years. On Dec. 20, 1947, she married her 4-H singing partner and high school sweetheart, Burton Younger in Dalton.
The couple made their home on the family farm near Campbell. Burt retired from farming in 1986, but continued living on the farm until 1997, when they moved to Breckenridge.
Burt passed away Oct. 9, 2009.
Eileen was never one to sit idle for very long and subsequently was involved in many activities including Vukku Sunday School teacher, 4-H, Luther League, Riveredge Hospice, and the Wahpeton Eagles Auxillary and Memorial Team.
She held many officer positions including PTA, Band Mothers, Vukku Ladies Aide, Homemakers, Musical Arts, and Sons of Norway. She was a great cook and no one ever left the house without a hot meal, lunch, coffee, or something to eat.
She baked many items for the Wilkin County Fair every year and won many blue ribbons. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Eileen is survived by three daughters, Deborah (Kent) Roesler of Leonard, N.D., Denise (Jeffrey) Labrensz of Sheyenne, N.D,. and Dawn (Dan) Elton of Moorhead; her grandchildren, Ryan (Julie) Anderson, Melissa (Vern) Rossman, Allison (Matt) Pfeiffer, Charia Anderson, Lindsey Anderson and Alleise Anderson; her great-grandchildren, Lauven and Levi Rossman and Ryne and Bryce Anderson; her brothers, Donald (Betty) Funkhouser, Curtis (Gloria) Funkhouser, and Neal (Barb) Funkhouser; her sisters, June (John) Quam, and Carol (Wayne) Brendefur and many nieces and nephews.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Blanche Funkhouser, her husband, Burton; her son-in-law, Jack Anderson; her grandson, Aaron Labrensz; her infant sister, Lorraine; and her brother-in-law, Glen Herman.
Visitation: Today from 5 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church
Service: 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Vukku Lutheran Church, rural Doran
Clergy: Rev. John Andrews.
Burial: Vukku Church Cemetery
Funeral Home: Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge