Eileen Hengesteg, 1928-2017

Published 12:07 am Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Eileen G. Hengesteg, 99, of Lake Mills died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, at Lake Mills Care Center.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 406 S. Grant St., in Lake Mills. The Rev. James Dubert will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 4 p.m., at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 E. Main St. in Lake Mills and again one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in rural Lake Mills.

Eileen Hengsteg

The family suggests that memorials be made to Hospice of North Iowa, 232 Second St. SE, Mason City, IA 50401 or St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, 406 S. Grant St., Lake Mills, IA 50450.

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Eileen Gertrude Hengesteg was born on Jan. 8, 1918, in rural Freeborn County, the daughter of Frank and Gertrude (Carey) Lair. She graduated from Emmons High School in 1936. She was united in marriage to Ernie G. Hengesteg on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1938.

Eileen was a homemaker to the truest sense of the word. She loved her family, worked alongside her husband, raised 10 children, baked a lot of bread, was a seamstress and loved her church. She was the rock of the family through all life threw at them.

She is survived by her children Donald (Judy) Hengesteg of Lake Mills, Robert (Marg) Hengesteg of Northwood, Kay Kirschbaum and Mary Jo (Phillip) Wogen, both of Lake Mills, Steve (Carol) Hengesteg, Judie Adams, and Charles (Bonnie) Hengesteg, all of Northwood and Jean (Curtiss) Pint of Dickeyville, Wisconsin; 27 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; brother, James Lair of Albert Lea; sister-in-law, Hazel Hengesteg of Rochester; special friend, Kandy Schupe; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1981; two sons, Richard and Bruce; grandson, Rick Hengesteg; great-grandson, Scott Midlang; brothers Francis and Webster; sisters Betty Martinson, Margie McKay and Maxine Lair; and son-in-law, Frank Adams.