June 14, 2022 at 1:27 p.m.

Doreen K. Ebensteiner

Doreen K. Ebensteiner
Doreen K. Ebensteiner


Doreen K. Ebensteiner, 83, of Cold Spring, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family June 10, 2022, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley with the Rev. Tom Andert, O.S.B. officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. June 14 and 9:30-10:15 a.m. June 15 at the church in Eden Valley. Eden Valley Christian Mothers prayers were at 4 p.m.,June 14.  

Doreen Kathryn Garding was born Nov. 12, 1938, on the family farm in St. Martin,  to Nicholas and Magdalene (Bueckers) Garding. She went to school through eighth grade and later got her GED. On June 9, 1959, she was united in marriage to Eddie Ebensteiner at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. The couple lived and farmed near Albany on the Ebensteiner home place until 1971 when they moved to Eden Valley. They had a dairy farm until they retired in 2000 and moved to their lake home in Cold Spring. Doreen worked at the Watkins Nursing Home for 10 years as a certified nursing assistant, Country Inn & Suites in Paynesville as a housekeeper, Business Incentives in Eden Valley and Cold Spring-Rocori Middle School as a para for one year then housekeeping for five years. She also cleaned cabins during the summer. 

Doreen was a member of the Christian Mothers, Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany, and later became a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley where she was involved in the Guild. She enjoyed being on a bowling league, taking dance lessons, gardening, crocheting and reading.

Survivors include her children, Pam Pelzer of Cold Spring and Kevin Ebensteiner of Annandale; granddaughter Ashley Smith of Cold Spring; great-grandson Riley Smith of Cold Spring; and sisters and brothers Tillie (Rollie) Gilk of Albany, Marie Garding of St. Cloud, Joe (Janice) Garding of Albany, Helen (Donnie) VanDrehle of Melrose, and Steve (Mary Kay) Garding of Freeport.

Doreen was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Ebensteiner Jan. 2, 2015; son Tom “Elbow” Ebensteiner May 22, 1993; and sister and brother-in-law Adeline (Ralph) Boecker.

A special thank you to the staff at Assumption Court Assisted Living in Cold Spring for the wonderful care they gave Doreen, to St. Croix Hospice for their professional guidance and to Quiet Oaks Hospice House for their gentle care they gave Doreen in her final hours.

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




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