Eleanor “Ella” Berdan

NEW ULM – Eleanor “Ella” Berdan, 101 of New Ulm died Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1 PM Monday, August 19, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 3 6 PM Sunday and 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. The St. Joseph’s St. Elizabeth’s Catholic United will pray the rosary at 6 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guest book, go to www.mvfh.org.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Arlene Berdan of Winthrop, Randy and Joan Berdan of New Ulm, and Leon and Shirley Berdan of Lafayette; 14 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Berdan in 1995; a son, Arnold Berdan, in 2009; a great-granddaughter, Kayla Berdan in 2011; her parents, Joseph and Kathryn Preisinger; brothers, Henry and Raymond Preisinger; and sisters, Kathryn Rodewald, Emily Klingler, Rose Zupfer, Anne Gruber and Elsie Gruber.

Eleanor Loretta Preisinger was born June 30, 1912 in Nicollet County, Minnesota, to Joseph and Kathryn (Ries) Preisinger. She married Victor Berdan on November 27, 1934 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. After marriage, they farmed in Lafayette Township, Nicollet County, Minnesota. She was an excellent cook and gardener. She also raised chickens and was the first winner of the Land O’ Lakes Quality Egg Recognition Program.

They retired in 1971 and moved to New Ulm. She then enjoyed going to local bingo games with her sisters and later playing cards at the Community Center.

She was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and St. Elizabeth Society.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Divine Providence of Sleepy Eye or Ridgeway on 23rd.


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