ElNora Eileen (Schweinforth) Zander was born to Albert and Johanna (Bauder) Schweinforth on July 8, 1930, at the family farm southwest of Scotland. She grew up attending country school and Scotland High School, graduating in 1948.
On October 21, 1951, ElNora married Willard Zander in Scotland, SD.
Following marriage they moved to the Zander family farm south of Dickinson, ND where they lived until they moved to Scotland, SD in 1961. In 1966, they moved to the Oscar Schneider farm southwest of Scotland.
ElNora worked at the Dickinson Creamery, Scotland Café and the Landmann Jungman Memorial Hospital.
After Willard's death in 2007, ElNora resided at West Winds Apartments. In June 2019 she moved to the Springfield Assisted Living Center, where she resided until her death.
ElNora was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Red Hats Society and the LJM Auxiliary.
She is survived by four children: Diana (Hugh) Ames, Wayne Zander, LeRoy (Diane) Zander, Bev (Orlyn) Evenson and daughter-in-law Linda Zander; 8 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 9 step-great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Dorothy Sweet, a sister-in-law Betty Zander and numerous nieces and nephews
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Willard, son Richard and brother Lloyd Schweinforth.
11/18/2020 Marcia Hille Portland, OR
I am so sorry for your loss. ElNora was a wonderful lady with a kind and giving heart.
11/16/2020 Eileen (Mach) Johnson Rapid City, SD
To the Zander family: My sincere condolences to all of you during this difficult time. Losing both your mother and brother is a terrible loss. Your mother was a very nice lady and a good neighbor. I didn't really know Richard as he was much younger than me. Please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers.
11/15/2020 Judy Peacock Tyndall, SD
ElNora was one of my favorite people. Got to visit with her lots of times when I worked at LJMH. My sympathies to the family.
11/15/2020 Julie Disselkamp Afton, Minnesota
So sorry for the family during this difficult time. Aunt ElNora will always be remembered by me as a very loving and strong woman. Her small stature was no comparison to her big heart. My thoughts and prayers go to everyone who loved her.
11/15/2020 Caryl Abbott Sioux Falls, SD
Dear Diana and all of your family, I am sorry to see your mother died. Good memories from being at your home and would occasionally see her over the years. I feel for you all-what a tragic time.
11/15/2020 Sheryl and Kelly Frey Kaylor, South Dakota
So sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed visiting with ElNora. Such a sweet lady.
11/15/2020 Marvin and Agnes Thum Mesa, AZ
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Zander family. May the warm loving memories of ElNora fill your hearts with peace and comfort. We send our love and prayers to you as you celebrate the life of one so dear. God's Blessings to you.
11/14/2020 Joy Groen Scotland , SD
I have many special memories of Elnora. She would always come into the insurance office and we would visit.