Elaine M. (Campbell) Neumaier Cook, age 93 of Sturgis died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at Thurston Woods. She was born on Oct. 25, 1925 on the family farm in rural Catract, WI. Elaine was the next to youngest of 10 children born to Fredrick and Josie (Tichenor) Campbell. She attended Hill Settlement School a small one room schoolhouse near their home, and later graduated from Fond du Lac High School in Fond du Lac, WI. She was married to Robert L. Neumaier on Sep. 24, 1946, and he preceded her in death. Elaine was married to Frank M. Cook on March 25, 1948 in Waukon, IA. For most of their married life they resided in the Sturgis-Mendon area.
Elaine was employed by Ken’s Foodland in Mendon and later worked at Village Market in Centreville until her retirement. She loved to square dance, play cards, oil paint, and spend time with her family. Her greatest joy in life was time spent with her family. She was so proud of the fact that she could, and did enjoy spending time with and caring for her great-grandchildren.
Elaine is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Alfred) Pfenning; a granddaughter, Tracey (Jeremy) Persing; three great-grandchildren, Brooke and Jaden Bodi and Blake Persing; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Fredrick, Max, Virgil, Reginald, Normond, and Charles Campbell; three sisters, Beulah Bills, Zelda Nesbit, and Edna Hengle.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Mendon with Msgr. Thomas Martin officiating. Burial will be in St. Edward Cemetery. It is suggested that memorial donations be directed to either the St. Edward Catholic Church Preservation Fund, The Open Door Gallery, or the Thurston Woods Village Bus Fund. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com.