Elouise Quinnell


It's with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Elouise on Friday, April 5th, at her beloved farm of 68 years, surrounded by her family. Born in Northfield, Elouise spent her formative years on her family farm in Dennison and was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church from a young age.

Elouise's life changed when she met and married Milo Quinnell on June 24, 1950. Their journey together included travels with Milo during his military service, eventually settling down and purchasing their farm in 1956. Together, they raised six children, nurturing a home filled with love, laughter, and the aroma of Elouise's delicious cooking. She found joy in being a homemaker, taking pride in baking and cooking for her family and any unexpected guests who crossed their threshold.

Her days were filled with tending to the garden, caring for chickens, and selling fresh eggs, demonstrating a strong work ethic and a deep connection to the land. Remarkably, she continued to mow the lawn well into her 90s, embodying resilience and determination.

Throughout their 67 years of marriage, Elouise and Milo shared countless precious moments. They enjoyed simple pleasures like bowling, neighborhood card parties, and dancing to their favorite polkas and waltzes, creating memories that will be cherished by their family for generations to come.

The family farm was not just a place to live but the heart of their family and a gathering place for friends. It was a testament to Elouise's dedication and love for her family, providing a nurturing environment where memories were made and traditions were honored.

Elouise lived independently on her farm until her final moments, a testament to her strength, resilience, and unwavering spirit. Though she may no longer be with us in body, her legacy of love, hard work, and cherished memories will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

Elouise is survived by her children, Keith (Annalise) Quinnell, Scott (Sandy) Quinnell, Marybeth (Kent) Harris, Craig (MaryAnnette) Quinnell, Randy (Terri) Quinnell, Michelle (Chad) Weed; 12 grandchildren;16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters Bel Quinnell and Janet (Jim) Topp. Elouise was preceded in death by her husband, Milo; parents, Elsie & Helmer Estrem; siblings, Willard Estrem, Ed Estrem, Barb Halvorson, and Lorraine Chavie; and grandson, David Quinnell.

Memorials can be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

A funeral service was held at 11 AM, Thursday, April 11, 2024, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. Visitation was from 4-7 PM, Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at Bierman, Benson & Langehough Funeral Home, and continued one hour prior to the service at the church. A reception followed the service. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield.

Arrangements are with Bierman, Benson & Langehough Funeral Home & Crematory. www.northfieldfuneral.com