Ella M. Eichenlaub


(Jan. 12, 2006)

Funeral services are scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. at Union Presbyterian Church for Ella M. Eichenlaub, 90, who died Thursday, Jan. 12 at Powell Valley Care Center.

The Rev. David Hunter will officiate at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at Thompson Funeral Home.

She was born Sept. 21, 1915, in Carson, N.D., to Ludwig and Sophie Henke, one of seven children. She grew up on the family farm west of Carson and attended Carson schools.

In December of 1934, she married Arthur Kranich, and they had two sons, Ronald and Darryl. Arthur Kranich was tragically killed in a train/auto accident in March of 1938 at New Leipzig, N.D.

Ella worked as an assistant in the office of the Grant County Register of Deeds. Later, she worked for many years for Armour Creameries as manager of the Carson Cream Station. She holds the historic distinction of being the first woman cream buyer for Armour Creameries.

She was a member of the Emmaus Congregational Church, Carson Commercial Association, Carson Homemakers Club and Carson Whist Club.

On April 16, 1952, she married Tony Eichenlaub and moved to Powell. She was a member of Union Presbyterian Church and Rebekah Lodge No. 36. For many years, she delivered Meals on Wheels to senior citizens. She was devoted to her family and was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed baking bread, canning, gardening and playing whist and canasta. She will be missed by family and many friends.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Darryl and Willa Kranich of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter-in-law Karin Kranich of Fairfax Station, Va.; one granddaughter, Tina Pullen; five grandsons, Paul, Mark, Stephen and Michael Kranich and Monty Anderson; and three great-grandchildren, Larry Jr., Philip and Rebecca Pullen.

Her husband, Tony, and son, Ronald Kranich, preceded her in death.