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Eleanor Frerichs - Folkerts

May 23, 1937 — July 19, 2023

Lake City

Eleanor (Rose) Frerichs-Folkerts of Lake City, MN, went home to be with the Lord after a short illness, on July 19, 2023.

Eleanor was born on May 23, 1937 in Eldora, Iowa. She was the daughter of William and Marie Rose. She graduated from high school at Steamboat Rock, Iowa in 1955. On November 16, 1956 she was married to John Frerichs at Steamboat Rock Baptist Church.

Eleanor was an active member of First Baptist Church of Steamboat Rock. She loved her family and enjoyed homemaking, her church, she also was on the city council for 10 years. She was a Food Manager for Steamboat Rock School and Wellsburg School.

After the death of her husband John in 1990, she was united in marriage to Harlan Dean Folkerts on July 22, 1992. Dean and Eleanor spent many happy times traveling together. She retired from Steamboat Rock School in 1996. Dean and Eleanor moved to Barron, WI in 1997. Dean passed away in 2007. Eleanor moved to Marshalltown, IA and enjoyed living at Embers Retirement Community where she was active and a resident council member until 2018. She moved to Lake City, MN to be closer to her daughter. She lived at Pepin Plaza until June of 2023 when she moved to High Street House Assisted Living. She attended Anchor Point Church in Wabasha, MN.

Eleanor is survived by her daughter Lori (Steve) Murray of Lake City, MN; her son Kevin (Renee) Frerichs of Ackworth, IA; stepson, David (Randi) Folkerts of Steamboat Rock, IA; stepdaughter, Nancy (Allan) Ris of Front Royal, VA; her brother-in-law, John Heldt of Barron, WI; sister-in-law, LaRita Rose of Eldora, IA; four grandchildren, Jennifer Murray, Shawna Hutchison, Bethany (Wes) Zeitz, and John (Ashley) Frerichs; 2 step-grandchildren, Zoe & Jackie Ris; 2 great grandchildren, Carter & Hudson Frerichs.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband’s John Frerichs and Dean Folkerts, her son Mark Frerichs, her brother Richard Rose, her sister Evelyn Heldt, her sister-in-laws, Alice and Elizabeth, her brother-in-laws, Henry and Henry Jr.

She was a woman of God and a good example to her family and all who knew her.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 1 pm at the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson – Peterson Chapel in Lake City. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the funeral home. Private interment will take place at the Steamboat Rock Cemetery in Steamboat Rock, IA. Online condolences can be placed at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, July 29, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Anderson - Peterson Chapel, Lake City

1022 West Lyon Avenue, Lake City, MN 55041

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Funeral Service

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel

1022 West Lyon Avenue, Lake City, MN 55041

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