Eleanor Rixen

Eleanor Rixen, 89, Mott, North Dakota, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Sanford off Sunset Care Center, Mandan.

Eleanor Rixen
Eleanor Rixen

Eleanor Rixen, 89, Mott, North Dakota, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Sanford off Sunset Care Center, Mandan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Bismarck, North Dakota, with Rev. Paul Becker officiating. Visitation begins at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, North Dakota. Eleanor will be laid to rest next to Floyd Rixen, her husband of 66 years.

Eleanor was born March 8, 1926, to Michael and Anna (Stockert) Braun—immigrants from the Ukraine—on their homestead in Slope County, N.D. Eleanor graduated from Scranton High School, where she played on the basketball team. After high school, she received a teaching certificate and taught at a rural school in Hettinger County before moving to Mott, where she was the county’s Deputy Superintendent of Schools prior to her marriage.

Eleanor was a homemaker, dedicating her life to raising her children. She taught them right and wrong, and guided them, with her sweet disposition and gentle soul, to compassion and understanding.

She was a loyal supporter of Mott Cardinal sports teams, especially those on which her children and grandsons played. Sometimes she joined the men in her family, all experienced and accomplished anglers, on fishing trips, and holds the family record for hooking the largest fish, a 12 pound 4 ounce Lake Sakakawea walleye.

Eleanor was a talented artist. Her oil paintings often depicted forests and mountains, her dreams and imagination taking her a long way from her western North Dakota roots. But the creations for which she will be forever remembered are the marvelous ones that came from her tiny kitchen. Casseroles and roasts and breads, and chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon twists, and the uncanny knack of putting on the holiday table an array of dishes, each one piping hot, and delicious and filled with love.

A focus of Eleanor’s life was St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mott, where she was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of America, a fixture in the kitchen at church dinners and funeral lunches, and where, along with her husband, she led the parish in a thousand rosaries.

The last few years of Eleanor’s life were spent at the Good Samaritan Nursing Center in Mott, where she received tender care from the loving staff.

Eleanor is survived by two daughters, Linda Gillespie and Melanie (Charles) Carvell, both of Bismarck; three sons, Loran (Lois), Mott, N.D., Collin (Mary), Durant, Oklahoma, and Michael (Kelly), Bismarck; 11 grandchildren, Jay (Lori), Jill,  Kelsey, Robert (Katie), Elliot, Ryan(Sarah), Steve(Erica), Cory, Darin, Rachel, and Jonathan; and nine great-grandchildren, Cameron, Macy, Gigi, Addison, Emma, Eloise, Charles, Natalie, and Lauren.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; her parents; all her many siblings; and a son-in-law, Dwayne Gillespie.

Please sign her guestbook and share memories at www.dawiseperry.com. Funeral arrangements are being made with DaWise-Perry Funeral Services, Mandan, North Dakota.