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 Red Lake Falls - Eleanor Mae Derouin, 78, died on Thursday, March 3, 2005 at her home, of natural causes.
 Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, with Father Tim Bushy presiding. Casket bearers included Roger Cardinal, Mike Cardinal, Allen Melbye, Alan Cota, Bryce Derouin and Tyler Derouin. Honorary casket bearers included all of her grandchildren. Interment will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake Falls.
 Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to services on Wednesday.
 Eleanor Mae Cardinal was born on May 18, 1926 in Red Lake Falls, the daughter of Arthur and Alice (Marleau) Cardinal. She was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith and attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Red Lake Falls. Following high school she moved to the West Coast and worked for the Telephone Company.
 Eleanor moved back to Red Lake Falls and worked for Garden Valley Telephone Company in Erskine. She also worked as a waitress and in a jewelry store and later cooked at St. Joseph School. Later, she worked at the Red Lake County Sheriffs Department as a dispatcher, retiring in the mid 1980’s.
 Eleanor was united in marriage to John Derouin on May 1, 1952.  The couple lived on the Range in Minnesota for awhile, until they moved to Red Lake Falls.
 She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Eleanor volunteered at St. Joseph School, was a Eucharistic Minister, sacristan, and folded the Sunday bulletins for years. Eleanor was a Women of Faith. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Crookston,  Catholic Daughters in Red Lake Falls and the American Legion Auxiliary. Eleanor was one of the founders of the Blue Line Concessions and Blue Line Club and was an outstanding ‘All Athletic Sports Fan.’  She loved to sew and cook, needlepoint, embroidery and enjoyed making quilts.
 Eleanor is survived by her children: Dan (Patricia) Derouin of Hallock, MN, Tom (Deb) Derouin of Red Lake Falls, MN, Judy (Bob) Wieland of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ray (Lynette) Derouin of St. Hilaire, and Chuck (Annette) Derouin of Willmar; 11 grandchildren; brothers, Elmer ‘Pee Wee’ of Red Lake Falls, MN and Norman ‘Butch’ of Crookston; sisters, Alice Delage of Grand Forks, N.D., Lou Theroux of Vancouver, Wash., Noella Melbye of Crookston, and Ethel Herrenbreck of Albany, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
 She was preceded in death by her husband, John, on October 6, 1996; and infant daughter, Mary Derouin; her parents; and brothers: Phil, Art, Ernie, Paul and George.