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Eleanor L. Houts, 89

Eleanor LeVon Houts, age 89, of Dassel, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.

She was born Dec. 23, 1920, in Crookston, the daughter of Lauritz and Thora (Myren) Gunderson.

Eleanor grew up in the Crookston area, where she graduated from Crookston High School in 1938. She then attended a business school in Minneapolis.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. An active member of the Covenant Women, Eleanor also served as treasurer many years on the church board.

Eleanor was inducted into the US Coast Guard April 12, 1943, and was stationed in Miami, FL.

She was united in marriage to Joseph Houts Sept. 10, 1945, in Miami, FL. They made their home in Miami, FL, Jacksonville, FL, Minneapolis, and Houston, TX. In 1953, they moved to Dassel, where Eleanor had made her home since.

Eleanor worked for many years at Honeywell in Minneapolis, prior to her marriage. She also worked to put her husband through medical school.

During the many years that Eleanor and Joseph owned and operated the medical clinic in Dassel, Eleanor took care of all the business’s books.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, cross stitching, solving crossword puzzles, sewing, and having coffee with her friends, and will be missed by her family and friends.

Eleanor is survived by her children, Joel (Judy) Houts of Reynoldsburg, OH, Jane (Gary) Degerman of Rice Lake, WI, Becky (Ron) Hungerford of Dassel, Barb (Todd Swanson) Houts Swanson of Chaska, and Linda (Brian Smith) Houts-Smith of Moorhead; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She is further survived by two sisters, Helen Ostrom of Bloomington, and Carol Erdman of Roseville; and several nieces and nephews.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; her parents; and a brother, Lawrence Gunderson.

The funeral service took place Saturday, March 20, at 1:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Keith Carlson officiated, and interment was at the Dassel Cemetery.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.