Eleanor J. Burbach
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Eleanor Burbach, age 103, of Hartington, Nebraska died on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at the Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice House in Yankton, South Dakota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Thursday, at church, from 5-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil service at 7:00 p.m.

Visitation will continue on Friday one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Pallbearers will be Pat Steffen, Pat Burbach, Bob Burbach, Bryan Larsen, Mark Larsen, and Kelly Isom.

Eleanor Josephine Burbach was born on January 4, 1915 in Fordyce, Nebraska to Herman and Christine (Schroeder) Steffen. She attended grade school in Constance and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1933 in Hartington. Eleanor attended Wayne Teachers College. She taught school for 43 years -teaching from 1934-1935 at Tip Top School, 10 years at Constance, Nebraska from 1936-1946, five years at Laurel from 1946-1950, and 28 years at Holy Trinity in Hartington. Eleanor married Peter Mathias Burbach on July 3, 1950 in Constance, Nebraska. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Yankton College in 1973. Eleanor retired from teaching in 1986. She volunteered at Holy Trinity Elementary from 1989-2009 and then moved to Majestic Bluffs in Yankton, SD in 2009.

Eleanor was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and an original member of the Holy Trinity Perpetual Adoration until 2009, Christian Mothers, Legion of Mary, Catholic Daughters of America, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and Delta Kappa Camma. Eleanor also volunteered at the Hartington nursing home.

Eleanor is survived by her daughter Bonita and husband Bill Larsen of Plano, TX; son Ron and wife Janet Burbach of Hartington; 3 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one sister Elizabeth Walton of Almeda, CA.

Preceded in death by her parents, husband Peter in 2007, infant son Keith Burbach, daughter Rebecca Burbach; granddaughter Janell Burbach; five brothers Ike, Walter, Gregory, Robert, and Andrew Steffen; five sisters Rosalia Lammers, Mary Vanderheiden, Bernadette Bockholt, Ramona Meuret, and Betty Bockholt.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Holy Trinity Grade School or for masses.




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Thinking of Eleanor’s family at this time! I will be with her sister Liz this weekend, telling stories about Eleanor.

With Love,
Nicole Caldwell
(Ramona Meuret’s granddaughter)


You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Eleanor.it was such a pleasure to see her at Majestic Bluffs. Hang on the memories and may God bless you with the grace and strength to deal with the grief.

Laverta Mauch


Prayers to the family. She was an inspiration to her students at Constance and wherever she taught. A faith filled example for all.

Jeanette Lammers


My sympathy to the family. Eleanor was my Godmother. She gave me plastic Joseph and Mary plaques as a First Communion Gift. They have been hanging in my home(s) in a prominent place for over 55 years. At present, I am looking at them hanging on the wall of my home office in Idaho. Yes, you did a good job as my Godmother. Thank you. A mass will be said in your honor.

Jane Wright, Greg Steffen's daughter


I extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of Eleanor. She was a great lady, and I will remember all of you in my prayers.

Rev. Michael D. Schmitz


Ron, I am sorry about the passing of your mom. Not only was your family i.e. your mom, dad, and you great neighbors, but your mom was a great impression in developing my love of English. She was a great teacher and I had a lot of respect for her. She will be greatly missed.

Damian F. Hoesing


Mrs. Burbach was my 8th grade teacher and also my reason for making teaching my career. 8th graders can be mischievous at times, but we were always willing to take our consequences because we knew she was fair and had our best interest in mind no matter what. She had a stern look but don't let that fool you, she had a big heart and shared her love for reading with us. I will never forget the book she read to us every afternoon, 'The Tree Wagon'. I have a copy of that book and treasure it as a wonderful memory of her and her dedication to teaching kids. Thank you Mrs. Burbach, for all your years of teaching, caring and loving your students into adulthood. May you rest in peace.

Jean (Keiter) Hrabe


My deepest sympathy to all of you. Eleanor was a wonderful kind person. She treated us like her own family. I have many happy memories of her.

Cathay Jansen and family.


As we share memories after hearing of your loss of such an amazing lady there are a few that we want to share - from a child's eyes - she was more than an aunt and teacher she was an amazing friend and sister-in-law sharing her love and words of encouragement with all; how she inspired one's desire to travel, her hands - a symbol of hard work, guidance, and dedication, and no matter what she was doing her devotion whether to the labors before her, friends,family, and to God! May her legacy live forever as she joins those who have gone before and watches over those who remain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Don & Lorri Steffen

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