Eleanor Edna Lier Baas


June 26, 1914 - January 6, 2010




Eleanor Edna Lier Baas was born to Robert Paul and Mary Juliana Bachhuus Lier in Kadoka, SD, on June 26, 1914. 

She died at Bethesda Home in Beresford, SD on January 6, 2010.  Eleanor moved with her family to Mitchell in Oct 1914.  She attended schools in Mitchell and graduated from the Mitchell High School.  She worked in Mitchell at a knit shop and for an insurance company.  In 1936 while attending church one Sunday she was introduced by her father to a young Dakota Wesleyan student, Walter K Baas. Their courtship continued during the time he taught school at Mission and his enlistment in the US Air Force.  On November 26, 1942, Eleanor and Walter were married in Mitchell and she accompanied him much of the time he was in the service.

Upon returning to civilian life in 1946 the couple returned to South Dakota where Walter resumed his occupation in education and Eleanor became a housewife.  She continued in this role until their four children were in school. At that point she became employed as a school secretary in Emery and Kimball.  The family lived in Letcher, Yankton, Farmer, Plano, Emery, and Kimball before retiring to Mitchell in 1975.

Many adjectives could be used to describe Eleanor and her life - loving, kind, caring, compassionate, loyal, gentle, content, but most of all she was a devout woman of God and a real prayer warrior.  Regardless of her circumstances she maintained a sweet disposition and her faith in God.  She was an active member of the First Reformed Church - the Hannah Circle and the church library - and the Gideon's Auxiliary International.  She had a special love for hand work and was excellent at knitting, crocheting, and quilting.  One of her great achievements was the making of a special quilt for each of her 9 grandchildren.  During their almost sixty-one years of marriage Eleanor and Walter enjoy many activities together, traveling, volunteering and sport events, especially those that involved grandchildren. 

For her 95 and a half years Eleanor has been a strong influence in the lives for her children, grandchildren and all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughters: Edna (Philip) Lerseth of Beresford, SD, Janet Falk of Papillion, NE, and Shirley Baas of Wichita, KS; grandchildren: Nathan (Ashley) Falk of Papillion, NE, Aaron (Jessica) Baas of Wichita, KS, Harley (Cena) Lerseth of Beresford, SD, Laura Baas of Highlands Ranch, CO, Nicholas Falk of St. Paul, MN, Heather Lerseth, Cooperstown, ND, Heidi (Tommy) Merriman of Beresford, SD and Jeremy Falk of Minneapolis, MN; eight great-grandchildren: Jocelyn, Ryan, and Jason Baas, Tatum and Layton Falk, Ella and Oliver Merriman, and Amy Lerseth; four nieces and a nephew.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter in 2003; two sons: David Dean, age 8 in 1963 and Dr. Walter Baas, age 51 in 1999; a grandson, David Paul in 1997; her father in 1953 and her mother in 1955; three sisters and five brothers.



Sunday, January 10, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, January 11, 2010
10:00 AM
First Reformed Church
516 West 14th Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Dr Janell Beck on January 13, 2010
You have my most sincere sympathy in losing such a special loved one. It is never easy and it leaves such a void. I remember their part in the Emery community when I lived there. My prayers are for comfort and peace in the adjustment time of your bereavement.
Posted by Melissa Asbenson-McCutcheon on January 11, 2010
Just thinking of Grandma Baas puts a smile on my face. May the great memories you have of her give you comfort.
With deepest sympathy,
Posted by Garry and Jo Freier on January 10, 2010
Dear Shirley and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know how much your Mother-in-Law and Grandmother meant to you and what a great person she was. God's blessings and peace to you and your family.
Posted by Joan and Sandy Giedd on January 9, 2010
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother and Grandmother.
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