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Eileen M. Heider

Eileen M. Heider

Eileen M. Heider, 78 of Grand Forks, ND passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014 in her home in Grand Forks.

Eileen was born on July 10, 1935 in Gilby, ND the daughter of John "Jack" and Eda (Swenson) Stiles. She was raised and educated in Gilby and Emerado, ND and graduated from the Emerado High School. She attended Nursing School in Grand Forks for one year. Before finishing nursing school, Eileen married Pat Heider on November 24, 1954 in St. Michaels Church in Grand Forks. They lived in Grand Forks, Inkster, Niagara and finally McCanna, ND, while Pat farmed for many years. She was employed at the Grand Forks Clinic for three years. However, Eileens work did not stop because she worked side by side with Pat on their farm. Pat preceded her in death on June 23, 2009. Following Pats death, she continued to spend her winter months in Florida. Eileen enjoyed the warm weather versus the cold North Dakota climate. Eileen belonged to different organizations and served as President of the Grand Forks County Homemakers. She also taught Sunday School and volunteered at her childrens school activities. She enjoyed reading and making quilts for her grandchildren.

She is survived by her two sons, James (Beth), Jeffrey (Jamie) and a daughter Joleen (Ron) Freeman, all of McCanna, ND; three grandsons; and two granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and four brothers.

In Lieu of Flowers, please make contributions to, The Anne Carlsen Center for Children, 701 3rd St. NW Jamestown, ND 58402.

Celebration of Life Service: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 in the Historic Norman Funeral Home-Gregory J. Norman Funeral Chapel, 2950 S. Washington St., Grand Forks, ND.

Family Greeting: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday before the service in the funeral home.

Interment: Bellevue Cemetery, Larimore, ND, at a later date.

The online memorial registry may be signed at

(The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND)