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“I was planning on attending Ele's service yesterday but something came up and I couldn't make it. Want to extend our deepest sympathy on her death. ...Read More »
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“My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Ele's family. What a fantastic photo for her obituary. She was a very special lady. I will never forget...Read More »
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“Our sympathy to the family. Many good memories when Ele and I worked in the Clerk of Court Office at Blue Earth. In fact, we started the same day. ...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Beverly Krosch

“Sharon, Byron and family: Sorry to hear of Ele's passing. She was a special lady. I got to know Ele when we both worked at the Courthouse, and I...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Susan (Flo) Wiltse

“Sharon and family,You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother and grandmother. God be with all of you. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Roxanne Rajewsky

“Was sorry to hear of your mothers passing. ”
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Eleanor "Ele" Franklin, age 93, of Blue Earth, died Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 11:00 AM, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth, with Kathy Blair officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation time will be one hour prior to services at St. Luke's. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Blue Earth is assisting the family with the arrangements. Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com Eleanor was born January 11, 1920, in Blue Earth, the daughter of Henry and Henrietta (Beidl) Jamieson. She was raised in Faribault Co. where she was a 1938 graduate of Blue Earth High School. She attended Mankato Business College and worked for various business in the area before becoming a deputy clerk of court at the Faribault Co. Courthouse in 1960. Eleanor was married to Herman Rode and later to Roscoe Smith and then to Fredric "Fritz" Franklin. She retired from the courthouse in 1990. Eleanor was very proud of her Scottish heritage and enjoyed fishing, bowling, crocheting and knitting. She also enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling at her lake home in Hackensack, MN. Eleanor is survived by her daughter, Sharon Zehm of Blue Earth, her son, Byron (Brenda) Smith of Milaca, grandchildren: Sharilyn, Susan, Ron, Trenton, Colton, Taylor & Peyton, seven great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and her first great great grandchild due any day now. She was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands, sister, Helen (Arvin) Stenejhem and niece, Trudy Harmon.