Eleanor A. Gossman, age 84, of Harmony, formerly Preston, Minn., died Tuesday March 14, 2017 at Gundersen Harmony Care Center.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston, Minn., with Pastor Dan Bredberg presiding. Burial will be in Henrytown Cemetery. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home, 157 Fillmore St. W, Preston, Minn., is assisting the family.
Eleanor was born May 6, 1932 in Canton, Minn., to Elmer and Ada (Johnson) Helgeson. She graduated from Canton High School in 1950. While waitressing at the Silver Grill in Harmony, Minn., she met James “Jim” Gossman and the two were united in marriage on March 19, 1966 in Preston. Eleanor enjoyed dancing with Jim, trying her luck at the casino, and shopping. She was involved with Altar Guild at Christ Lutheran for many years, and also the Ladies’ Circle. Eleanor liked playing cards as member of the Harmony “Birthday Club.” Her granddaughter, Ashton, was her pride and joy. She loved the special moments that she got to share with her.
She is survived by daughter Rachel (Bob) Schultz and their daughter Ashton of Fayette, Iowa; step daughter Barbara (William “Skipper”) Dodson of Groesbeck, Tex.; seven step grandchildren: Jeremy, Natasha, Courtney, Jordan, Dominique, Shelby, and Jaide; 13 step great-grandchildren; and many special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim in 2001, two brothers and two sisters.