She was born on November 8, 1928 in Manawa, WI to Edwin and Mary Josephine (Theisen) Geske. The family later moved to New London, WI, where Eileen graduated from Washington High School in 1948. She married Norbert Norder at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bear Creek on November 4, 1950. They made their home in Bear Creek and were blessed with three children. Eileen worked for many years for the hot lunch program at the Bear Creek Public Schools and later the Clintonville School District. She and her co-worker, Irene McGinty, were known for their delicious meals prepared for the students. She later became an employee of Fleet Farm when the store originally opened in Clintonville, heading up the clothing department and retiring in 1989. Norbert preceded her in death on February 26, 1984 and Eileen married Thomas Flanagan on February 4, 1989 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cecil. Tom and Eileen spent many enjoyable years at their home on Shawano Lake and traveling. Tom preceded her in death on March 27, 2002.
Eileen is survived by her son, Steve Norder, Marion; daughters, Sue (Jim) Mares, Clintonville and Nancy (Tom) Simons, Fremont; her step-children, Mariella Flanagan (William) Schumacher, Tim (Tina) Flanagan; Jolene (Peter) Daniel and Peggy (David) Bodart. Grandchildren include: Jason (special friend Kimberlee) Mares, Ryan (special friend, Katie) Mares, Kristyn (Damian) Sanderson, Lindsey (Aaron) Schmandt, Shane (Lindsay) Norder, Shannon (special friend Mandy) Norder, Dustin (Carla) Wetmore, Amiee (special friend Leon) Wetmore and step-grandchildren; her great-grandchildren: Trayton Norder, Nyles and Brynnlei Schmandt, Callen and Henry Sanderson, Fox and Fisher Harrigan and step-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by sisters, Donna (Ray) Mroczynski, Pulaski and Marguerite (Ken) Floyd, San Bruno, CA and one brother George (Leone) Humblet, Hartland and also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Eileen was preceded in death by her parents and husbands, Nub and Tom; a brother Keith Geske, step-mother Hortense Geske and a step-sister Carol Johnson.
A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, February 20, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Bear Creek with Bishop Robert Morneau officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. The family is requesting your memorials for Eileen be directed to St. Mary’s Parish Hall Roof Fund. The Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London is serving the family. www.clinehansonfuneralhome.com
The family would like to thank the loving staff at Brookdale Senior Living and Compassus Hospice for their compassionate care of our mother and all who visited her during her final days of her illness.