Eleanor A. Niehoff, age 98, of New Munich, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family March 26, 2021, at the Tree of Life Assisted Living in New Munich. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 31, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich with the Rev. Daniel Walz officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose.

Eleanor Angeline Sand was born Nov.  20, 1922, in Grove Township, Stearns County, to Henry and Cathryn (Nefzger) Sand. She was united in marriage to Joseph Niehoff Oct. 21, 1953, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, Christian Women, Catholic United Financial and the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary in Melrose. Eleanor enjoyed cooking and baking, crocheting and embroidering, quilting, sewing, gardening and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eleanor was God’s humble servant, quiet and reserved and slow to anger.

Survivors include her children, Loren (Jane) Niehoff of Melrose, Alan (Sandy) Niehoff of Greenwald, and Joelle (Tom) Ehresmann of St. Martin; nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; sister Clara Thull of New Munich; brother-in-law Bernie Wiebolt of Melrose; and many nieces and nephews.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Niehoff; parents; grandson Anton Niehoff; four angels; sisters Dorine Wiebolt and Esther Sand; and  brother-in-law Tony Thull.

Serving as casket bearers will be Mark Niehoff, Kurt Niehoff, Brent Niehoff, Ryan Ehresmann, Amy Thieschafer and Nicole Rydelius. Cross bearer will be Cathryn Uphoff, and scripture bearer will be Kayla Wilwerding.  Readers will be Jodi Niehoff and Amy Thieschafer, and honorary bearers will be Eleanor’s family at Tree of Life in New Munich.  

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.