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MESA, Arizona – Mabel F. Eilers, 97, of Mesa, Arizona, died on Friday, April 23, 2021. Services will be held on April 30 at Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Mesa with Rev. Steven Resner officiating.
Mable Florence Petersen was born on February 23, 1924 in Platte Center, Nebraska, to Carsten and Alvina (Hoefelman) Petersen. She graduated high school in Platte Center and attended Wayne State College. During WWII Mabel worked at the Martin Bomber Plant near Omaha, Nebraska. She married Henry E. (Hank) Eilers on October 24, 1945 in Platte Center. They made their home in Columbus, NE, until 1982 when they retired to Mesa, AZ.
Mabel was an Avon Representative and made new friends with her customers. She enjoyed annual family camping trips to National Parks in the west, especially when her children were young. After they retired, Mabel was an avid passenger behind her husband as he rode his motorcycle. She was a member of Eternal Life Lutheran Church and the VFW Auxiliary.
Mabel is survived by one daughter, LaVonne Tiaden of Blaine, MN, and one son, David Eilers of Gurnee, IL; three grandchildren, Rev. Kevin Tiaden of Bloomington, MN, Ryan Tiaden of Yuma, AZ, and Stephanie Tiaden Pacchiarotti of Orange, CA; seven great-grandchildren, Alex, Tricia and Sophia Tiaden of Bloomington, MN, Zander and Avery Tiaden of Yuma, AZ and Lily and Jacob Pacchiarotti of Orange, CA; as well as several nieces and nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husband Henry; sisters Edna (Harold) Loseke, Ruby (Victor) Johnson; brother Melvin (Lucille) Petersen; nephew Dean Johnson and great-niece Laurie Nielsen-Singer.
Memorials may be made to Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ, or to The Orphan Grain Train by visiting www.ogt.org/donate .