Doreen L. Ebert

Doreen L. Ebert

BUFFALO — Doreen Louise (Geistfeld) Ebert passed away peacefully Sunday, May 10, 2020, at the Buffalo Hospital, in Buffalo, Minn., at the age of 87. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family reviewal was held May 12 at Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with plans to hold a public celebration of life in southern Minnesota later this summer.

Doreen was born Nov. 11, 1932, at her farm home in Waverly Township, Martin County, Minn., to Edwin H. and Marian (Johnson) Geistfeld. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman, Minn. Rev. H. Heinemann baptized her on Dec. 4, 1932, and, on April 14, 1946, Doreen was confirmed by Rev. E.T. Heyne. Throughout her life, Doreen’s faith followed her confirmation verse, John 15 v.5 which read, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without Me ye can do nothing.” As a child, Doreen attended school at District 81 and later completed grades 6-8 at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Truman. She graduated from Truman High School with the class of 1950. Doreen then attended Rochester Jr. College and later graduated from the College of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, Minn., on June 13, 1952. After graduation, she worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester until her marriage.

On Aug. 29, 1953, Doreen was married to R. Arlen Ebert at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church by Rev. O.F. Hinrichs.

The couple moved to Minneapolis and while Arlen attended the University of Minnesota, Doreen worked at Marquette Mfg. Company. Later, they moved back to Truman to raise their growing family. After all her children were in school, she went back to work at Truman Public School as a library assistant for 22 1/2 years, retiring in 1990.

While living in Truman, she was a member of the Truman Mother’s Club, helped with the Bloodmobile, was a Cub Scout den leader, room mother at St. Paul’s Lutheran School and served on many different committees at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and in the Truman community.

When Doreen and Arlen joined Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fairmont, she was a member of WOI, a key lady for the Truman Retirement Home for five years, and served on the PFPR and Christian Outreach boards. In addition, she was a lifetime member of the Truman Lutheran Retirement Home Auxiliary.

Her main outside interests included playing cards, music and traveling. She enjoyed spending time at the family cabin on Spider Lake in Marcel, Minn., for many years.

Doreen and Arlen toured Europe, Mexico, Canada, Alaska and different areas of the continental U.S. As Doreen embraced Arlen’s Norwegian heritage, they made two memorable trips to Norway visiting relatives where she thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Norwegian culture.

Doreen deeply loved God and her family. Celebrations were a constant during her lifetime. Christmas was especially important and she did not hold back with decorations, baking or gifts during this joyous holiday.

Arlen and Doreen celebrated 65 years of marriage in 2018 with a gathering at Goldfinch Estates in Fairmont, where they lived for 8 years. Just a few months later, Arlen passed away on Jan. 8, 2019.

Those left to cherish her memory are two of her three children, Kirk Ebert of Bryan, Ohio, and Kimberly (Dennis) Gleason of Buffalo; daughter-in-law, Julie Ebert of Fairmont; grandchildren, Melissa (Mark) Keefer, DeAnn (Ben) Loll, Renae (Matt) Rimmer, Michael (Heather) Ebert, Neil Gleason and Karleigh Ebert; great-grandchildren, Zoey Guzman, Jonah, Oliver, Clara and Isaiah Loll, Olivia and Colin Keefer, and Bennett Funchion; two sisters, Jan Warrington, and Judi (Dr. Richard) Bergen; and many adored nieces and nephews.

Those who preceded her in death are her husband, R. Arlen Ebert; son, Keith Ebert; parents, Ed and Marian Geistfeld; parents-in-law, Reuel and Clara Ebert; infant brother, Gerald Geistfeld; sister-in-law, LouAnn (Robert) Kilpatrick; brother-in-law, Ed Warrington.

The family would like to thank the Buffalo Hospital and Park Terrace Assisted Living in Buffalo for the loving care and comfort they provided for Doreen.

Memorials preferred to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fairmont, Minn., or Truman Historical Museum in Truman, Minn.