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Eva Leona Ordorff, age 98 of Buffalo, passed away November 27, 2022.

She was born in Buffalo on September 26, 1924 to Ralph and Clara (Kubalsky) Elletson. She was Baptised on November 2, 1926 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo and confirmed on July 16, 1939 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Montrose.

She was married to Raymond Kalway on September 19, 1942 in Bessemer, Michigan. To this union five children were born: Marcia, Joseph, Kenneth, James, and Karen. They later divorced. She married Louis Ordorff on November 4, 1967 in Montrose, and were married 50 years. Eva worked at Munsingware in Minneapolis for 20 years and Wonderalls in Buffalo for 10 years.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Louis Ordorff; sons, Joseph and Kenneth Kalway; parents, Ralph and Clara; step-parents, Alma Elletson, Bruno Neske and Harry Dahlin; brother, Earl Elletson; half-brothers, Walt Neske and Oscar Elletson; sisters-in-law, Goldie Elletson and Vonne Neske; brothers-in-law, Gordan Jans and Q Laredo.

Survived by children, Marcia (Leo) Endres, James (Shirley) Kalway, Karen (Gary) Biegert: daughters-in-law, Ruth Kalway and Judy Kalway; brothers and sisters, Herb (Doris) Neske, August Elletson, Ruth Jans, and Betty Laredo. Also survived by 21 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

We are very grateful for the loving care given to Eva for over 4 years at Lake Ridge Care Center.

Memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN. Private family inurnment at Lakeview Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lynn Pfeifer

    Eva was a wonderful lady! She cared for so many people during her volunteer years at Ebenezer. My sympathy to the entire family.

  2. Loretta Tuma

    Karen and Gary sorry to hear about your mom and mother-in-law passing.

  3. Jerimarie C

    Sorry for your loss. Let peace be with her.


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