Almeda Eickhoff, 103, of Spring Valley

Almeda L. Eickhoff, 103, of Spring Valley died Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at Spring Valley Living. 

Almeda Kohlmeyer was born April 17, 1916, to Charles and Dora (Schmidt) Kohlmeyer in Fountain Township. She was educated in the neighborhood country schools and graduated from Wykoff High School in 1933. 

She married Emery Eickhoff on Oct. 1, 1936, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff. The couple made their home and farmed on the Eickhoff family farm until their retirement in 1977. In 1960, Eugene and Rita Kramer began working with the couple and today their sons, Ross and Rory Kramer, continue to live on and work the farm. The couple moved to Wykoff in 1995 and then to Spring Valley Assisted Living in January of 2008 and later into the care center. 

The couple traveled extensively with Emery’s brother and sister-in-law, Emil and Irene. Travels included trips to all 50 states and 65 countries.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wykoff where she was in the Ladies Aid and the choir; an active member of the Farm Bureau at both local and state levels; a member of the Republican Party; a member of the Wykoff Lions; worked with the founding of the Wykoff Area Historical Society; worked with the Fillmore County Historical Society Museum in Fountain; was a member of the Wykoff Rainbow Garden Club, the neighborhood Birthday Club and the Homemakers Group. Over the years she baked hundreds of wedding and birthday cakes.

The couple did not have children of their own but adopted the Kramer family and their many nieces and nephews as their own.

She is survived by one brother, Carl of Rochester; Rita Kramer/Joerg of Preston and her children, Kim of Rochester, Ross and Rory of Fountain and Maureen, Todd, Josh, Jennifer and Jonathan, all of the metro area; and 30 nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2011; a sister, Velma Jeske; a brother, Roland; Gene Kramer; and nine nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Aug. 18, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Wykoff with the Rev. Michael Harman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery on Monday. 

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