February 15, 2017
Eunice Warner, age 85, of Brownton, (wife of Chuck Warner) passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. at the Congregational Church in Brownton, with interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Brownton.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held two hours prior to the service at the church.
Eunice Margie Warner was born on February 23, 1931, at Detroit Lakes, the daughter of Henry and Nellie Larson of Lake Park. She was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed as a youth, both at Eksjo Lutheran Church in Lake Park. Eunice was educated at a Becker County rural school and graduated from Lake Park High School, Class of 1948.
At the age of eight she had her own radio program, and played the piano and sang to her own accompaniment on KVOX Moorhead. Eunice had perfect pitch and the ability to transpose music "on the fly."
A 1951 graduate of Moorhead State Teachers College, she was soprano soloist in the college choir, appeared in college plays, and was a homecoming attendant.
Following a year as vocal music teacher at Wadena, in 1952 she married Charles H. Warner of Aitkin. They lived in Princeton until purchasing the Brownton Bulletin in December 1953. While in Princeton Eunice taught private piano and voice lessons and was an organist and choir director at the Congregational Church.
Eunice taught private piano lessons for over 70 years and was church organist for over 50 years At Wadena, Brownton, Glencoe and Stewart she accompanied instrumental and vocal musicians in district and state-region competition. She taught vocal music at Stewart and Brownton.
Eunice was a member of Brownton Women's Club, coordinated the Brownton blood bank, assisted at the nutrition clinic and was a member of the Women's Fellowship at the Brownton Congregational church. She served as organist and soloist for countless area funerals. In 2003 she was named a Hometown Hero by KNUJ radio.
The past presidents of the Minnesota Newspaper Association held an annual summer gathering for members and their significant others. One of the features of each gathering was a sing along. For many years Eunice would play for two to three hours, members tossing out song titles and she would play - - in any key they’d like - - without benefit of music.
When Eunice needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident of Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care on February 5, 2017. She passed away there on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at the age of 85 years. Blessed be her memory.
Eunice is survived by her husband, Chuck, children Charlie of Canton, Mary Kobilka, of Apopka, Florida, Beth Fleahman of Bemidji, Kay Wilson of Glencoe and their spouses, ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by daughter, Sue Anne, in December, 1962, her parents, brother H. Russel Larson and sister Doris Nelson both of Lake Park, and special son, Glenn Klitzke of Huron, SD.
There are many pictures and musical items in her music room. "What you make of yourself is your gift to God" sums up her philosophy on life.
The Wagners and Petersens says
Dearest friends, Chuck, Charlie, Mary, Beth, Kay, and families,
Our heartfelt sympathy and love to each of you from each of us.
We treasure the many memories we have shared.
Our thoughts and prayers surround you,
Anita and Roy Wagner
Mark, Karen, Alexandra, and Amelia Wagner
Mark, Julie, Joshua, Jessica, and Jordan Petersen
Kristen Lee says
I am heartsick. Eunice, a sweetheart Swede if there ever was one, passing on Valentine’s Day. She is so kind, so dear, so thoughtful, so smart, so strong, so gifted. She shared her musical gifts unselfishly. Her gift of friendship unsintlingly. Her love of her family was deep and proud. Her friends always faithful. What a wonderful woman.
My heart aches for Chuck. For Charlie and Mary and Beth and Kay. For their spouses who loved Eunice like a second mother. For the grandchildren and great grandchildren who were lucky to have a generous grandmother. Sue has been reunited with her loving mother, but those of us left behind hurt with the pain of losing Eunice. I know she is in a better place, singing with angels with her beautiful voice, and that sustains me. I hope it sustains all who love Eunice.
With much love to the Warner family, Kristy (Spaude) Lee
Tari Nelson Birkelo says
Alzheimers is nasty, but Eunice was beautiful! It was so wonderful she was able to be out and about and back to Lake Park just a few weeks ago! You all took such wonderful care of her as she needed you. With love, Tari (Nelson) Birkelo
Riana and Kyle Klaustermeier says
Eunice has a very special place in the hearts of our family. May God give you strength, and peace in knowing that she is home with Jesus.
Kristen Lee says
My heart aches. It aches for dearest Chuck and the loss of his beloved Swede. It aches for Charlie and Mary and Beth and Kay at the loss of a loving, wonderful mother. It aches for their spouses who had a second mom in Eunice and their children who had a generous grandmother and great-grandmother. Eunice loved her family so and was proud of each and everyone of them.
Eunice was beautilful inside and out. She was strong, smart, kind, talented, thoughtful; lovely and loving. She generously shared her gift of music. How many times did we hear her beautiful voice at all sorts of services at church? Her beautiful piano solos? Her organ leading the church in song? Her gift of friendship was unstinting. She leaves behind so many friends, here and those waiting for her in heaven, who took great joy in her company, myself included.
What sustains me is that she is in a better place. That Sue Ann is reunited with her dear mother. That the heavenly choir is enriched by Eunice’s beautiful voice. That my parents and others get to welcome a cherished friend. I hope it sustains you.
With much love, Kristy (Spaude) Lee
Randall Peik says
Change the world with music. Music expresses that which cannot be put into words. Music refreshes the soul. Music heals. Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the pinnacle of human experience. Music is communication with the Divine. Together, Eunice and I put in many hours making music and loving the music that was our life. We inspired each other. We will be together again in that Gala Performance that has no end in heaven.
Lora Karg Elwell says
Eunice was a beautiful soul. Music poured out of her veins. She inspired so many young people to be their best. Heaven really has another angel. RIP dear Eunice!!!!
Esther Koepp says
She didn’t ever seem to make a misstep. I never heard an unkind word from her or about her. She was kind and generous to everyone and always so pleasant to be around. She was just a class act. I’m so sorry for your loss; it’s everyone’s loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Esther Koepp
Kathy Klucas Kirsch says
I have many found memories of Eunice. I always enjoyed listening to her play. May God be with all of you at this sad time.
Rev. Dick Fylling says
I remember meeting Eunice on the Sunday of my pastorate at Brownton in 1985. I was setting up my materials for the service when Eunice came into the sanctuary and introduced herself. She picked up a bulletin and said that I had placed an interlude between the Scripture reading and the Sermon. She said,”Would Bach be alright?” I understated my enthusiasm by quietly replying “Bach would be fine.” About a year later we had 15 children in Sunday School.
Eunice has been a blessing to her family, her church, her community, and to all the students of music she has taught with joy for many years.
Arlene & Pete Pinske says
Our sympathy and prayers for you and your family.