Published: Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Eleanor Francis “Ellie” Custer was born in Wahalla, N.D., Nov. 18, 1940, to Adeline Longie Hell-Karstens and Herbert J. Hell. The Hell family moved to International Falls, Minn., in 1952. She met Darrell Custer in 1957 and they were married in International Falls at St. Thomas Catholic Church Dec. 30, 1959. Darrell and Ellie moved their family to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1976 because Darrell received a job transfer with ConTel Corp.
Ellie was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church of Hot Springs, S.D. Her passion in life was the task of being a homemaker and taking care of her family. She loved spending time outdoors, especially fishing and hunting wild turkeys. She also loved to spend time with family and friends, particularly her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her favorite pastime while living at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home was playing bingo.
Ellie died May 4, 2012, at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs. She was 71.
Ellie was preceded in death by her parents, Adeline and Herbert Hell; brother, Delorne Hell; sister, Leona (Hell) Shoberg; and brother Harlan Hell.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Darrell Custer of Hot Springs; son, Brian (Janette) Custer of Pierre, S.D.; daughters, Kimberly (Paul) Oberpriller of Hot Springs, Cheryl (Les) Underhill of Black Hawk, S.D.; sister, Sharon Proctor of International Falls; grandchildren, Serina (Ryan) Stobbe of Manhattan, Kan., Brian (Sarah) Custer of Brookings, S.D., Darrell Custer of Pierre, Mallory Oberpriller of Hot Springs, Jake Oberpriller of Hot Springs, A.J. (Autumn) Underhill of Ashland Mont., Shelley Underhill of Black Hawk, and Sean Lewellen of Miller, S.D.; great-grandchildren Thomas Stobbe, Aleena Stobbe, Addison Custer, Kirstin Kranzler and Jesse Kranzler.
Wake services were May 13 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hot Springs. Mass of Christian Burial was May 14, also at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home, 2500 Minnekahta Avenue, Hot Springs, SD, 57747.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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