Elanora Theresa Welch


October 26, 1923 - May 27, 2012



Elanora Theresa Welch was born at rural Ethan, SD on October 26, 1923 to John and Anna (Thuringer) Reinartz. She graduated from Ethan High School and Mitchell Business College. She married Merrill (Dick) Welch in 1948.  They made their home in Watertown, South Dakota for forty years.

Nora’s greatest joy was participating in the lives of her family and friends.  She took particular pleasure in having operated a day care service in Watertown for many years.  The last 15 years of her life were spent investigating family genealogy and sharing a home with her daughter, Vicki, in Mitchell.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dick, parents, and brothers Edward and Wilbert (Bill).

Survivors include her daughter Vicki Welch of Mitchell; five sons, Kerry (Cathy) of Tooele, Utah, Thomas (Nancy Longworth) and Scott (Debra) of Sioux Falls, James (Char) and Barry (Jan) of Moorhead, Minnesota; ten grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brother Milford of Fresno, California; and very special friends Carol, Jamie, Kristi and Seth Torstenson of Watertown.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota
Thursday, May 31, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Crawford Funeral Chapel
1311 Fourth Street NE
Watertown, South Dakota


Friday, June 1, 2012
10:00 AM
Holy Name Catholic Church
1009 Skyline Drive
Watertown, South Dakota


Saint Mary's Cemetery
Watertown, South Dakota

Posted by Jim and Mary Kay (Weiland) Pieper Family on June 2, 2012
All the way from Wyoming, we send deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family. Aunt Elanora was a sweet lady filled with laughter and it was so much fun to visit with her about family history. She will be missed, but cherish the beautiful memories!
Posted by Mel and Pam Schlaffman on May 31, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss. We had the honor of visiting with your mother about our family history on a couple of occasions at your home, Vicki. She was a very sweet woman who reminded us so much of our mother, Elsie. You and your family are in our thoughts and our prayers.
Posted by Ryan and Justina Welch on May 31, 2012
You will always be in our heart and thoughts, and we have been very blessed to have you in our lives. She was such a loving, caring and understanding grandmother that loving memories from her can hardly be forgotten. Vicki, you are the best and we love you and all of the family so much, thank you all for taking such loving care of grandma.
Posted by Jody on May 31, 2012
Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time of loss.
Posted by Elwin & Rosalie Hohn on May 30, 2012
Our deepest sympathy, you are in our thoughts & prayers.
Posted by Vince Redder on May 30, 2012
We are sorry for your loss, and know that we will keep your mother and you in our prayers.
Posted by Rocky Von Eye on May 30, 2012
My prayers are with you Vicki. May you and your family remember your mom with laughter as the good memories are shared.
Posted by Mary Brady Schaefer on May 29, 2012
Our prayers are with you all in this time of sadness.
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