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Eleanor J. Bidwell

Eleanor J. Bidwell July 16, 1924 - Oct. 12, 2013

NEW LONDON - Eleanor J. Bidwell, 89 of New London, died Saturday October 12, 2013 at the GlenOaks Care Center in New London. Her funeral service will be 11:00 am Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in New London. A visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 5-7:00 pm at Johnson Funeral Home in New London and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Eleanor Jeanette Bidwell was born on July 16, 1924, in New London Township, the daughter of Elmer and Anna (Peterson) Otterness. She grew up in rural New London where she attended a small country school close to her home. On May 22, 1938, Eleanor was confirmed into the Christian Faith at Willmar Lutheran Church.

On December 22, 1941 Eleanor was united in marriage to George Lindner. This union was blessed with two daughters and four sons. The family made their home in the Willmar Area. On July 16, 1960, Eleanor was united in marriage to Henry Bidwell. This union was blessed with a daughter. The family made their home close to Diamond Lake until 1965, when they bought the farm in rural New London. Eleanor was a great farm wife. She enjoyed helping with all the outside chores including milking, and feeding all the farm animals; while still finding time to do all the household chores. As well as running the farm with Henry, Eleanor worked many other part time jobs.

Eleanor was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in New London. She was active there in the WELCA. She was also a member of the New London American Legion Ladies Auxiliary where she was very active. Eleanor enjoyed both vegetable and flower gardening, feeding and watching birds, crocheting, embroidering, baking and cooking. She adored the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren. Eleanor was a kind person with a big heart who opened her door to everyone. Her family will remember her as a wonderful mother who would do anything for them.

Eleanor J. Bidwell died on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at GlenOaks Care Center in New London, she was 89. Eleanor is survived by her children, Diane Lindner of New London, Doug Lindner of New London, Donna (Dale Ritz) Miller of Atwater, Darrell (Sandi) Lindner of Spicer, Dirk (Micki) Lindner of St. Cloud, and Debbie (Jim) Hanson of Pelican Rapids; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. Eleanor is also survived by her siblings, Clayton Otterness of New London, Alden (Evie) Otterness of Eagan Ramona (LaVerne) Latterell of Kandiyohi, Mary Bloomquist of New London, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry; son, David; granddaughter, Tamara; and four brothers, Earl, Palmer, Manford, and Roger Otterness.