Aug. 21, 1931-March 3, 2018
CANBY — Mass of Christian Burial for Velma Mary Eischens, 86, of Canby will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the St. Leo Catholic Church, St. Leo. Burial will be in the St. Leo Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a prayer service at 5 p.m. and rosary at 7:45 p.m., at the Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel, Canby, and will resume Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.
She passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Sanford Canby Medical Center.
Velma Mary DeVos was born Aug. 21, 1931, in Burton Township, Yellow Medicine County. She was the daughter of Philip and Helen (Fier) DeVos. Velma was baptized, received her first communion, and was confirmed at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Minneota. She attended grade school in District 31 and graduated from Canby High School in 1948.
On May 5, 1954, Velma was married to Mervin E. Eischens at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Minneota. They shared over 63 years of marriage together, had seven daughters and one son. The couple made their home in St. Leo, Minnesota, where Velma helped Mervin at his insurance office until their first child was born. She then dedicated her life as a wonderful homemaker.
Velma was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, CCW, St. Leo American Legion Auxiliary and taught CCD. Her enjoyments in life were her family, her faith, sewing, bingo, playing cards, jigsaw puzzles, word searches, cryptoquip, towel embroidering, baking for her family, and occasional trips to the casino.
She is survived by her loving husband, Mervin E. Eischens of Canby; seven daughters, Maureen (Dave) Panka of Ivanhoe, Kathy (Kurt) Pesch of Perham, Patty (Kim) Kallevig of Newport, Louise Eischens of Marshall, Carol (Mark) Oakland of Minneota, Joyce Eischens of Marshall, and Mary Jo (Mike) Kor of Oelwein, IA; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Ramona Buysse, Lucille Qunell, and Phyllis Birk.
Velma was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Floyd, Arnold, and Richard; son, Johnny in 1970; and grandson, Seth Kallevig in 2018.