Sunset Funeral Home & Sunset Cemetery

2250 St Anthony Boulevard NE, Minneapolis, MN


Eleanor Lucille Baumbach

November 9, 1926June 19, 2020

Baumbach, Eleanor Lucille, age 93. Passed away peacefully June 19, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN, with her children by her side.

She was born on November 9, 1926 to Daisy (Eleanor) Conley Henke and Edward Henke in Cascade Township, Olmsted County, MN, near Rochester. She attended rural school District 27 through 8th grade. She was a 1944 honor graduate of Rochester Senior High School, and teacher training graduate in 1945, St. Charles, MN, and taught in rural schools in Winona and Olmsted Counties. On November 27, 1946 she married Calvin Baumbach at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in St. Charles MN. Calvin’s career with the Chicago Northwestern Railroad led to living in several locations: Mapleton, IA; Ghent, Elgin, New Ulm and Minneapolis, MN. After his retirement they lived briefly in Spokane, WA, and Dallas, TX. They moved back to Minneapolis where she was a faithful and long time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Eleanor was an avid sewer and crafts person. Her hobby was sending birthday cards and letters to all her family and friends, and making birthday cakes, cookies and pies. She is survived by her son Ronald (Ann) Baumbach, daughter Wendy Baumbach Frese; grandchildren Alicen (Cameron) Mills, Meghan (Brad) Webber, Aaron Baumbach, Emily (Andrew) Baumbach and Adam Frese; great-grandchildren Penelope, Violet, Harley, Owen, August and Henry; and many dear friends and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by husband Calvin Baumbach, daughter Cynthia Baumbach, parents Daisy and Edward Henke, brother John (Allene) and sisters Gertrude (Clarence) Schwanke, and Dorothy (Loren) Graskamp, and granddaughter Abby Grace Frese. Services will be held Wednesday, June 24, 1:00 p.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, 610 Broadway St., Minneapolis, with viewing one hour before the service. A graveside service will also be held following the church service at the Sunset Cemetery, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd NE, Chapel of Peace, Building 5D.

A Facebook livestream of Eleanor's service will be accessible for those outside the church by preference or due to over capacity. Follow the link to Sunset Funeral Home and Cemetery Facebook Page on 6/24/2020 to watch the service live at 1 pm - https://www.facebook.com/SunsetFuneralHomeCemetery. Church seating will be according to Minnesota State guidelines for social distancing and wearing facemasks. For those attending who will not be participating in congregational hymns, the last few pews will be reserved for your seating. Our hope Is that service participation/viewing options will help your decision whether to attend either the church service or graveside service or both. And we respect any decision not to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made by check to St. John's Lutheran Church, 610 Broadway St., Minneapolis, 55413, or online at http://stjohnsmplswels.org/


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020


  • Interment

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020


Eleanor Lucille Baumbach

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Judy A shenmacher

June 25, 2020

Aunt Eleanor was a wonderful example for all of us. She was so talented and creative with her sewing and baking. I remember her lovely decorated cakes and delicious pies. She was so diligent with making blankets and Christmas stockings for her family. I always marveled at the number of Christmas cards she sent, and that was so important to her and adding a handwritten note in addition to the typed note which made it so special. I enjoyed our phone conversations. How fortunate we were to have her in our lives for as long as we did, so many lovely memories.

Lorin Hungsberg

June 24, 2020

The gracious Lord Jesus has called his faithful servant Eleanor home to paradise. No more sorrow, no more pain - ever! What a wonderful start of everlasting life.

I can't wait to see you again, save a place for me at the table with Jesus and all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Thank you Lord for sharing Eleanor with us here. Hold her in your arms till we see her again.

Lawrence Schwanke

June 24, 2020

Aunt Eleanor was truly a member of the Greatest Generation. She grew up during the Great Depression and knew the hard challenges it posed. She was a teacher in a one room country school while still a teenager. She was such a kind person to all of her family and friends. She truly lived out her Christian faith. We were so blessed to have had her in our life for so many years.

Jean McHale

June 23, 2020

I had the honor of living in Summit House, your Mother’s home. Every time I saw your Mother, she brightened my day. She was a rare gem, to me, as she had an internal and external sparkle. She always had a kind word and she will be missed. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Nancy Carlson

June 22, 2020

Eleanor was my neighbor at Summit House for the past 8 yrs. I had the privilege of attending coffee parties at her home many times, with several other neighbors. We always had the best conversation (and delicious pie)! When I worked at Nicollet Mall Target, Eleanor would always stop by my station to see if I was working, so she could say hello. I am fortunate to consider her a friend, and she will certainly be missed. Rest in Peace, sweet neighbor Eleanor.

Patricia Johnson

June 22, 2020

I live in the same building where your mother resided. We were both "walkers" and touched base around weather, walking, etc. Eleanor was the nicest, most positive woman. I will really miss our little chats. My thoughts are with you.

Mindy Greiling

June 21, 2020

Eleanor was such a dear and special relative who we all loved. She was so amazing about keeping up with everyone's life and being genuinely interested. She never failed to ask about Jim and marveled at Angela's life and her family's. Granddaughter Taylor always wanted to see Eleanor when she was in Minnesota. I had wonderful fun grocery shopping with my cousin, going to lunch, etc. In all cases we had great belly laughs and also shared concerns. I already miss my Monday turns with her.