Eldoris M. Jaunich, age 95, of Delano, passed away Saturday, Oct. 3, at home.
A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. Inurnment will follow in West Mt. Olive Cemetery, Delano.
A gathering of family and friends will take place Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to the service at the church. Attendees are asked to wear masks.
Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Eldoris was born Oct. 2, 1925, on a farm near Montrose. She was baptized Feb. 28, 1926, and confirmed July 21, 1939, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano.
Her years of service started at the young age of 12, babysitting for neighborhood children and cousins. At age 16, she cared for Dr. Grundset’s invalid wife in Montrose. At age 18, she went to the “big city” to work as a nanny for five years.
Eldoris married Wallace Jaunich, Feb. 3, 1949, and raised 11 children; nine boys and two girls extremely, well-behaved girls. She would joke that she had her own baseball team with nine boys. Five of her sons served in the military, and four grandsons served our country.
She had a huge garden, canning and freezing vegetables, making bread, etc. there were many mouths to feed. When all her kids were in school, she started driving school bus. But wait, she wasn’t done having kids. She was pregnant at age 47, and on bed rest for 4 1⁄2 months with a heart condition. She had Mike, and all went well.
She was the matriarch and hero of the Jaunich family. She was the night watchman, listening for a baby’s cry, coughing, sick kids, or teens coming in after curfew. Her children thought she had eyes in the back of her head. She had the eye of an eagle and the roar of a lion, but they always knew her heart was in the right place. She was a great mother, when asked who her favorite child was, she’d say, “Whoever needs me the most. No two are alike they are all great.”
Tragedy struck June 21, 1975, when Pete, seventh in birth order, was involved in a serious car accident. Three area young men, Perry Ditty, Robbie Snow, and Doug Williams, died in the accident. Pete was the only survivor, and spent a long time in a body cast.
Tragedy struck again, when her son, Charlie, 18 years old, and ninth child in birth order was killed in a car accident driving to work, Aug. 30, 1982.
Later that same day, as he sat in the kitchen surrounded by family, husband, Wally, had a massive heart attack, and also died. Double funeral.
Son, Tom, was in the Army, stationed in Washington, and son, Joe, was in the Navy. on the USS America in the North Atlantic Ocean in Europe. They flew him to the Azores Islands off the coast of Africa, then to the USA, so he could attend his brother and father’s funeral.
At the time, her children ranged in age from 34 to 9 years old. It was her strong faith, determination, and children that helped her through the tragic losses.
A few years later, she started working in the kitchen at Mt. Olive School. It gave her great joy to see her grandchildren in the lunch line. She also volunteered at the Delano Senior Center and Wright County, driving anyone in need to doctor appointments. When she retired from driving, she received an award that honored her 50,000 miles of volunteering.
Eldoris was always on the move, if not with her children and sporting events, she was playing cards, fishing, or taking trips to the casino.
Since 2017, she had been living at the Legacy in Delano. She enjoyed the interaction with all the people she had known all her life, especially seeing her brother, Eldon, and his wife, Leora, at each meal.
COVID-19 hit, and it changed our ability to see her whenever we wanted. We contemplated how to celebrate her 95th birthday Oct. 2, because she never missed a good party. She entered Waconia Hospital, Sept. 28, after complaining about dizziness and weakness. We received the news she had a lung embolism, and her days were coming to an end.
Daughter, Barb, and husband, Dan, welcomed Eldoris in hospice at their home. Family gathered Oct. 2, to wish her a happy birthday, share stories, and tell her how much we loved her. Words cannot express what a blessing that was for all of us. She went to her home in heaven the following day.
Eldoris arranged much of her own funeral, and titled it, “Peace and Christian love.” Anyone that knew her, knew she was truly a woman of faith. It was most important to her that her children be raised knowing our Savior, Jesus Christ. All 11 children went to Mt. Olive Lutheran School. For 31 years she was in PTA, and was recognized by Mt. Olive School as the longest-serving parent. Eldoris has 39 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren. She often quoted Romans 8:28, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him.”
Eldoris touched so many lives, in so many ways. Eldoris had the ability to see goodness in everyone, and gave her all to her family and church. All though she is gone, she’ll live forever in our hearts.
Eldoris was preceded in death by husband, Wally Jaunich; son, Charlie Jaunich; son-in-law, Mike Czock; grandsons, Robbie Jaunich, and Aaron Jaunich; granddaughter-in-law, Cindy Scherer; parents, Carl and Mabel (Wetter) Krause; brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Virginia Krause; sister and brother-in-law, Ione and Elmer Kespohl; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Laura and Bud Hahn, Gloria and Gene Fobbe, Vernon Yager, Roy Dalchow, Al Fink, and John Muesch.
Eldoris is survived by 10 children, Steve (Char), John (Vicki), Barb Scherer (Dan), Joe (JoAnn), Paul (Chris), Pat Czock, Pete (Jodi), Tom (Jill), Dave (Kelly), Mike (Renee); 37 grandchildren, Amy (Tony) Poppler, Kevin (Laura) Jaunich, Adam Jaunich, Mark (Liz) Jaunich, Amanda (Chris) Page, Josie (Jake) Robasse, Jimmie Jaunich, Annie (Anthony) Dantzer, Charlie (Tomoka), Melissa Hokanson, Michelle (David) Winecoff, Ben Scherer, Patrick (Becca) Scherer, Andrew (Megan) Jaunich, Greg Jaunich, Kirk (Natalie) Jaunich, Cassie (JT) Koehn, Kandi (Erik) Elfering, Ariel Jaunich, Travor (Julie) Jaunich, Bradley Czock, Curtis Czock, Lori (Larry) Elsen, Jeff (Cathy) Czock, Brian (Christine) Czock, Matt (Jenny) Jaunich, Jenna (Aaron) Farley, Maggie (Matt Engebretson) Jaunich, Rachel (Maurice) Blackledge, Brooke Jaunich, Bryce Jaunich, Lauren Jaunich, Alex (Maggie) Jacobs, Noah Jaunich, Olivia Jaunich, Brady Jaunich, Isaac Jaunich; 48 great-grandchildren; brothers, Eldon (Leora) Krause and Robert (Donna) Krause; sisters, Mildred Yager and Luella Dalchow; brother-in-law, Harvey (Louise) Jaunich; sisters-in-law, Alice Fink, Verdella Musech, and Diane Madden.