Eileen Lehmann, 84, Bismarck, passed away at her home surrounded by her family, on July 9, 2012 after a brief bout with brain cancer.
Posted on July 26, 2012
A funeral service will be on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 9:30 am at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck, with Rev. John Guthrie officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Visitation was held Friday, July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bismarck Funeral Home with a 7 p.m. rosary service.
Eileen M. Broxmeyer was born on May 11, 1928, to John and Irene (Tavis) Broxmeyer in Bismarck, N.D. Eileen attended St. Mary’s Central High School graduating in 1946. While in high school, Eileen worked at the Sweet Shop on Main and National Tea grocery store in Bismarck.
She then spent one year at Bismarck Commercial College and then went to teach in a one room school at Blue Grass, N.D. for the next year.
Eileen decided then to move to St. Paul, Minn. and worked for an insurance company in Minneapolis. This is where she met her “knight-in-shining armor”, Bob Lehmann, on a blind date.
They married on July 25, 1953. They started a family while living in Alden, MN, where they had a daughters Annette and Ranae and sons Rob and Randy. The years 1959-60 were tough for bricklayers, so Eileen and Bob packed up the kids and the house and moved to Bismarck in 1960 and have been there ever since.
During the school years of her kids, Eileen was employed by Arrowhead Dan’s Super Valu for many years. She was there so long, that her two boys would end up working the same shift and have to pack groceries for her at her till. We think she knew every customer that ever came into that store. Her people skills made her a great ambassador for Super Valu. After she left Super Valu, she had a side business where she made her famous Tom and Jerry Batter and Hot Buttered Rum Batter. She supplied most of the local liquor establishments during the holiday season with her product. As a byproduct of her little business, she gave George’s Bakery some friendly competition. This eventually led her to taking over Dakota Maid Bakery in the mid-1980s. Her baking and people skills really were showcased there. She was able to keep and build on the loyal customer base from the previous owners.
In 1993 she retired and sold the bakery. She concentrated on her kids, grandkids, other family members and even grand dogs. The ambush by the brain tumor was a surprise but she fought with grace and dignity.
Eileen’s home had an open door policy, family and friends would come over for get-together’s and coffee and who ever came usually stayed.
Eileen is survived by her two sons, Rob (Marsha) Lehmann, Randy (Bernelda) Lehmann, daughter, Ranae (Kevin) Coughlin; sister Lois Becker and brother Walt (Dee) Broxmeyer. Sisters in law Alena Broxmeyer and Sharon Broxmeyer. Two special nieces Judy Broxmeyer and Terri Broxmeyer Grasshoff. Two grandchildren, Max D. (Brittany) Sanford III, Dillon Sanford. Two great grandchildren Ashlynn Sanford and soon-to-be-born Baby Sanford. She also became “Gramma” to numerous step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert and daughter, Annette, her parents, John and Irene Broxmeyer and two brothers, John (Brox) and Charles.
In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gods Child Project or to St. Alexius Hospice.
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