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Ellen C. Binder 1924-2012

August 28, 2012
Emmetsburg News

SPENCER -- Memorial service for Ellen Binder of Mesa, AZ, was held Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Warner Chapel in Spencer. Pastor Chuck Kellogg officiated.

Ellen Binder passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, AZ. She was 88.

Ellen Catherine Binder was born to John and Bessie Beals in Ottawa County, KS on April 30, 1924. She led a very happy, active life filled with family, friends, and many activities such as painting, sewing for her family, her church and ballroom dancing.

In 1944, Ellen married her neighbor boy, Leslie J. Binder and they were lucky to have celebrated over 50 years together working their farms in Iowa and raising their three daughters: Mary C. Peterson (Gary), of Trenton, MO; Patricia E. Sunde (Jim) of Cherokee; and Joni L. Hodapp (Roger) of Osage Beach, MO.

Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie; a granddaughter, Sarah Peterson; a son-in-law, Gary Peterson; her parents John and Bessie Beals; her brother Wayne Beals (Allowee); and all three sisters, Wilma Trott (David), Dorothy Gray (Roland), and Doris Holman (Ted) and all of their respective spouses.

Ellen loved her three daughters and her six grandchildren: Julie Klages (Jim), David Peterson (Stacey), Cory Hodapp (Sarah), Garrett Peterson, Katy Travis (Brooks), and Jillian Brown (Chad) and her 12 great-grandchildren: Katie and Braley Peterson, James and Jeric Klages, Sailor Van Loo, Rocco and Vince Hodapp, and Teague and Brett Travis, and Calvin, Amelia and Hayden Brown.

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