ALMA -- Eleanor I. Korte, 84, of Orleans, died Tuesday (Dec. 23, 2003) at Colonial Villa Samaritan Center in Alma.
She was born Sept. 26, 1919, on the family farm northwest of Orleans in Harlan County to John E. and Sara Elizabeth (Colgan) Kresser. She attended District 27 rural school in Harlan County. On Dec. 27, 1939, she married Bernard F. Korte at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Orleans. The couple made their home in Waterloo, Iowa for a short time before returning to Orleans to the Korte homestead west of Orleans. She worked on the family dairy farm.
In 1973, the couple retired from farming and moved into Orleans where she cooked at the Orleans Public School. She sewed for many years for Apple Kays in Orleans.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Orleans where she was active with the Altar Society. She was also a member of the Orleans Civic Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Bob and Gary Korte; two grandchildren, Dorothy and Jeffery Korte; one great-grandson, Dillon Miller; and six siblings, one in infancy and Johnny, Francis and Larry Kresser and Anna Mergen and Agnes Schmidt.
Survivors include her husband, Bernard of Colonial Villa in Alma; seven children, Pat Miller of Lincoln, Betty Eyre and husband, Dave of Shenandoah, W.V., Kathy Platt and husband, Dennie of Bastrop, Texas, Alan Korte and wife, Diane of Watkins, Minn., Dwayne Korte and wife, Bert of Fullerton, David Korte and wife, Deb of McCook, Barb Thompson of Holdrege; three sisters, Mary Lenneman of Alma, Evelyn Dobberstein and husband, George of Alma and Rose Frost of Waterloo, Iowa; and 19 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial is Saturday, 2 p.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Orleans with the Rev. Harlan Waskowiak officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Orleans.
The rosary will be recited Friday, 7 p.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Orleans.
Visitation is today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the catholic church.
A memorial has been established in her name.
The Mitchell Funeral Home in Orleans is in charge of the arrangements.