Eleanor Lucille Prien


March 1, 1939 - November 6, 2011


Eleanor Lucille Prien 72, was an only child born March 1, 1939 to Charles and Albina (Swoboda) Justra in rural Letcher, SD. She attended Stekl Country School and graduated from Letcher High School in 1958. She attended Nettleton Business College. She worked at Rozum Motor Company. She married Raymond Prien on April 6, 1961 at St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Letcher, SD. To this union three sons and two daughters were born. She farmed with her husband and raised her family in rural Stickney, SD. They moved into Stickney in 1996. She was a secretary at the Moose Lodge in Mitchell for fourteen years.

Eleanor served on the Stickney School Board for twelve years; she held positions with the Women of Moose in Mitchell, Aurora County Democrats, Red Hat Society and the Letcher High School Alumni. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Stickney. She was a proud supporter of all of her children and grandchildren’s activities.

She was always fascinated with the latest technology be it cell phones, cameras, computers, printers, scanners, GPS, TV’s etc, etc! Her spare time was spent communicating on all of those gadgets. She was a great event organizer and was very instrumental in hosting the Blume Family Reunion.

She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Ray, her mother, Albina Justra, Stickney, SD her children, Linda (Jr) Assmus, Plankinton, SD; Kelvin (Bonny) Prien, Stickney, SD; Ronnie (Darla) Prien, Stickney, SD; Kimberly (Jason) Wallman, Wessington, SD; Frederick (Michelle) Prien, Mitchell, SD, thirteen grandchildren, Angela (Jordan) Feenstra, Eric Assmus, Daniel Prien, Aaron Assmus, Barbara (Aaron) Wright, Traci Prien, Shelby Assmus, Joel Prien, Kara Prien, Charles Prien, Tanner Wallman, Avarie Prien, Brylee Wallman, two great-grandchildren, Ashtyn and Gage Feenstra. three brothers in-law, Jack Simpson, Harold Crater & Elmer (Marion) Prien, one sister in-law, Mabel Schmit and several nieces, nephews, cousins and very good friends.

She was preceeded in death by her father Charlie Justra, six sisters-in-law and five brothers-in-law and her mother in-law and father in-law.

In lieu of flowers a Memorial Fund has been established.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Women of the Moose Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, November 9, 2011
10:00 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar
Mitchell, South Dakota


Butler Cemetery
Letcher, South Dakota

Posted by Anthony on October 8, 2012
A cautionary lsseon, why you should teach your kids to drive at a very early age, and never let them get behind the wheel if you haven't. My dad started me driving when I was 4, by the time I was five I could pretty much handle a Volkswagen beetle on the highway, as long as I had someone to work the pedals for me. I could drive most anything on my own by the time I was 9, trucks tractors whenever. My pop taught me to be responsible, that driving was serious business which required my complete attention at all times. That lsseon was the most important one, and probably saved me on several occasions. Driving is a simple skill, but like every other cognitive skill the earlier you start the better. Developing a feel for driving, so that it is second nature by the time you can legally drive on the road at 15 here in states, can make all the difference in a dangerous or emergency situation. Pretty obvious that the kid panicked and hit the gas instead of the brake. He didn't even know to check to see if car was in gear when he started it. This is most definitely the fault of his parents. Irresponsible people teaching that responsibility to their children, all too common these days. They were very fortunate that no one was standing in front of that car, or it could've been a real tragedy. Teach your children people, that is your primary responsibility as a parent
Posted by J Nunnally on November 16, 2011
The passing of a loved one is difficult. I know it was a heartfelt time for me. Therefore, I'd like to share scripture that may help. Please, read John 6:40, 44 and Ps. 36:9.
Posted by Marcia Blume on November 16, 2011
Ray sorry to hear about Eleanorís death. May it comfort you and your family that she is a peace with the Father.
Posted by Betty and Norris Johnson on November 16, 2011
Raymond, both of us send our condolences to you on the death of Eleanor. She was always a person of joy and had a smile that was contagious. May the memory of her sustain you in this very difficult time. Blessings.

Posted by John and Patsy Sudtelgte, Payson AZ on November 8, 2011
Eleanor was a great lady. I will miss hearing from her every week on the computer. Our prayers go out to your family.
Posted by Marcia Blume on November 8, 2011
Ray sorry to hear about Eleanor Death. May ot comfort you and your family that she is a peace with father.
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