Eleanor "Ellie" L. Bushendorf, January 8, 1922 - October 4, 2019

Eleanor "Ellie" L. Bushendorf
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Eleanor L. “Ellie” Bushendorf, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019, age 97, at Heatherwood Assisted Living, Eau Claire. She was born January 8, 1922, to Ingram and Thea Israels in Dunn County.  She grew up on the family farm in the town of Colfax.  She graduated from Colfax High School in 1940.

Eleanor married Lawrence Bushendorf in Iowa on November 10, 1940. They resided in the Town of Union and Altoona, Wisconsin.

She is survived by her children Judi MacKove, Jim Bushendorf, Kay (Mike) Bartz and Cheryl (Ken) Ziebell.  She is also survived by granddaughters Stephanie (Joel) Peterson and Allison (John) Ziebell Bast and great grandchildren Paige Market, Jael, Jensen and Jackson Peterson, and Evelyn Bast. She is further survived by family friend Betsy (Lorne) Noll, sister in law Goldie Israels, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence, her parents, son in law Jerry MacKove and 8 brothers and 2 sisters.

Caring for her family and assisting them with their activities was Ellie’s priority.  She also made time for her passions: golfing, bowling and following her favorite sports teams the Packers, Badgers and Brewers.

She was a longtime member of Lake Street United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be directed to Lake Street United Methodist Church, 337 Lake St, Eau Claire, WI 54703, in memory of Ellie.

Memorial service will take place at 6 pm on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Hulke Family Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701. Memorial visitation will take place from 4 pm to 6 pm on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Hulke Family Funeral Home. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Evergreen Cemetery in Elk Mound, WI.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Pam (Israels) Herwick October 15, 2019

    To the family: Sorry to hear of your mothers passing, she was the last of the Israels siblings. They all lived a long life and we will always miss them. Pam (Israels) and Phil Herwick

  2. Betsy Noll October 9, 2019

    To the Family of Ellie Bushendorf,

    Take comfort in knowing she's at peace. Having her Memorial Service on October 10th, Lawrence's birthday, is so fitting --- blessed in marriage with a loving family and reunited in eternity.

    Remember the good times --- those cherished memories can never be taken away.

    Celebrate the great long life she had and know her love lives on in all of you.

    Wishing you peace, Betsy & Lorne Noll
    Nikki Ryberg and Family
    Erik Noll and Family

    My Personal Final Farewell,

    I will miss you, "Mrs. B". Fifty years ago, when I was fifteen years old, you allowed me to become part of your family, as a foster child. You opened your heart and home for me. Cheryl may have presented the idea, but we all know you were the matriarch. You helped me at a very difficult point in my life for which I will always be grateful. Rest in peace.
    Love always, Betsy

  3. Barb and Phil Fey October 9, 2019

    Dear Judy,
    Flip and I are sorry for your loss of your dear mother.
    She was a very lovely lady.
    We send our prayers and love to all of you.
    God Bless, you Judy.
    Love, Barb and Flip

  4. Cindy. Tuschl October 9, 2019

    Judy Kay Cheryl Jim. I was so sorry to hear about your mom she is with your dad. Treasure your memories they are watching over you sending prayers and Hugs to all of you and spouses granddaughters and great grandchildren I’m sorry I can’t be there to say goodbye to your have her and all of you in my heart love you all