Eunice G. Enke

 

Eunice G. Enke, 94, formerly of Prairie du Chien, died Friday, Feb. 14, at St. Anne Extended Healthcare in Winona, Minn. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving family.

Eunice was born to Amel and Gertrude (McMillin) Weller in McGregor, Iowa. She grew up on a farm along with four siblings. She had a love of people and started a nursing career as a young woman at the Beaumont Hospital in Prairie du Chien. While working there she cared for a young man, Virgil Enke, who she later married on July 19, 1942. Although separated for three years during World War II, their marriage endured, lasting for sixty-eight years. Eunice often told, with pride, how Virgil gave her a dozen red roses every year for their anniversary, even while he was overseas. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows, remarried by the same pastor who married them originally. Virgil was the love of her life and she returned to him on Valentine’s Day, 2014.

Eunice was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Prairie du Chien. She worked as a practical nurse for many years at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. Her love was obstetrics, she helped bring many babies into this world. She enjoyed sewing and crafts of all kinds. Both she and Virgil enjoyed being with people. Their home was a gathering place for family and friends, filled with love and laughter and many a rousing game of cards.

Eunice had a kind heart and loved animals, especially her cat, Curry. Her positive attitude and outlook on life, along with her sweet disposition, made her a favorite of many family and friends. She had a zest for life, a good sense of humor and a wonderful spirit of adventure, always ready to learn something new. Even in her 80’s she could be seen, helmet on, riding behind her son Owen on his motorcycle. To know her was to love her.

After Virgil died in 2010, she moved to Winona to be with her daughter and grandchildren. She adapted gracefully surprising everyone in her ability to carry on without Virgil. She adapted once again, without complaint, as she moved to St. Anne Extended Healthcare where she lived for the past 1 ½ years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Family was most important to her.

Eunice is survived by a son, Owen (Sandra) Enke of Rockford, Ill. and Owen’s children, Heather Enke of River Falls, Angela (Luke) Jacobs of Appleton, and their children, Elizabeth, Emma and Allie; a daughter, Cheryl Casperson of Winona, Minn. and her children, Amanda (Mike) Schabacker of Fountain City, and their son Logan; a son Brent  Ingham of Winona, Minn. and his son, Austin; three brothers-in-law, Gilbert (Rosemary) Enke of Janesville, Floyd (Violet) Enke of Janesville, and Don Enke of Belvidere, Ill.; sisters-in-law, Meda Weller of McGregor, Iowa, Ardith Weller of McGregor, Iowa, Shirley Weller of Pasadena, Md. and Delma Head of Janesville, and many nieces and nephews.

Eunice was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil; her parents; sister, Ethyl Lenth; brothers, Everett, Ervin and Earl Weller; brothers-in-law, Ed Lenth, Lyle Enke, Phillip Enke, Harold Enke, Robert Leighton and Raymond Head; sister-in-law, Norma Leighton and son-in-law, Tom Casperson.

Eunice lived a full and active life for all of her 94 years. She always counted her blessings. When asked what advice she would give to others, she responded “live your life as God would have you and always take care of your family.” When asked what the secret of a great marriage is, she replied, “listen, really listen to what your partner tells you and spend time together.” She was so loved, a kind, gentle woman who was an inspiration to those who knew her. She will be sadly missed and forever loved.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to  12 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien.

Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at St. Peter Lutheran Church with Rev. Joe Irvin as the Officant. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Prairie du Chien.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Prairie du Chien, is helping the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be left with www.graufuneralhomes.com

 
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