|Birth: ||Feb. 15, 1931|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 2010|
Eleanor was a kindergarten teacher at Longfellow School in Pontiac, retiring in 1975 due to problems with her hips. She also served as organist at several churches, including her own church in Reed City, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Lake Orion, and Mt. Hope (now Good Samaritan) Lutheran Church in Pontiac. She and her husband, George, joined Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Auburn Hills in 1971, and soon after she served as organist for many of the years until her death. Together Eleanor and I were a music team, with me playing clarinet during the services.
Eleanor worked on quilts, banners, anc cross-stitched the little blue hangings the decorated the Advent wreath displayed by the altar during the season of Advent for the last twenty years. She also knitted over 40 baby sweaters for Lutheran World Relief layettes and many squares for the Warm Up American afghans the Women of the ELCA made. She also provided food for funerals and other meals at the church. The Women of the ELCA named her as Woman of the Year in 1999 for all her extra services at Gloria Dei.
In October, 2010, she saw she couldn't see her music very well and it was first believed she had some kind of allergy that affected her eyes. She played her last service Sunday October 12. She was hoping to attend her grandson Bryan's graduation from Kettering University in Flint on December 11, but by then she was in the hospital. It was eventually determined she suffered from Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, the human form of mad cow disease. Only one person in a million suffers from it, and it is always fatal. She went into Crittenton Hospital in Rochester the first week in December, then was transferred to a hospice care, where she died December 18.
George F. Beaver (1931 - 1996)
Michele Andrea Beaver (1963 - 1963)*
Created by: Mike
Record added: Dec 19, 2010
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