Eleanor Hoffman of Kansas City Missouri passed away on May 17, 2017 at the age of 85. She was born on August 7, 1931, in St. Anthony, MN, to Antonia Rueter Rosen and Hubert Rosen. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Lew, brothers Hubert, Clem, Conrad and Len Rosen, and sisters Wallie Kerestes, Ann Musielewicz, Agnes Rosen, and Kate Braun. She is survived by her daughters Mary Wignes and Judy Scheidhauer (Bob), and granddaughter Jaclyn Whitehead (Michael), and sister Dorothy Kopp (Tom).
Eleanor spent her earlier educational years in Holdingford, MN, and obtained her masters degree in education at St. Cloud University. She taught elementary education in Robbinsdale, Walker, and Foley, MN and was responsible for helping form good study habits and motivation for many students throughout her 40-plus year career.
Shortly after retiring Eleanor and Lew moved to Lake of the Ozarks, largely to be near to their granddaughter. They may have enjoyed the Missouri winters as well. Along with enjoying trips to Europe, Texas, and Alaska, Eleanor enjoyed volunteering in Camdenton schools, and was also quite an accomplished seamstress and baker. Not only did her family and friends enjoy her kitchen talent, but her “grand-dogs” were spoiled with doggie biscuits made just for them. Another special treat for friends and family were her delicious home-made jams. Once the current supply is depleted breakfast just won’t be the same for many. She and Lew were also voracious readers and filled many book cases.
After then moving to Kansas City, along with continuing her other hobbies she spent considerable time attending her granddaughter’s skating competitions, enjoying theatre events, and discovered her favorite shopping destination, Chico’s. She also was an active parishioner and volunteer at St. Andrew the Apostle, and was also a volunteer at St. Vincent De Paul food pantry.
She was a determined, independent, and detail-oriented woman who was unafraid to share her opinions, and handled the duties of single handedly taking care of a house in the 4 years after Lew’s passing. She was also the first to volunteer a helping hand and had an especially soft spot for the less-fortunate, and her neighbor’s children. The family would like to thank her Claybrook neighbors for keeping an eye out for her and being Eleanor’s friends.
Wanting to be freed from the duties of home ownership she made the decision to sell her home and move to McCrite Plaza this past February. Unfortunately, her diagnosis in March did not allow her much time to form new friends and enjoy the freedom and amenities of a retirement community. This timing was the family’s only regret. She was just beginning to enjoy her time there and settle in, and appreciated the friends she made in that short period. The family would like to thank the neighbors and staff of McCrite Plaza, with special appreciation to Patrice and Tom, for supporting Eleanor during her stay at her new, but decidedly much too short time there.
The family will miss her dearly but know she is with Lew and now free to chart her next course. On her terms, of course!
Thank you all, from the family of Eleanor Hoffman.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 22, 2017 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. The Rosary will be prayed at 5:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 6415 N.W. Antioch Road Gladstone, MO with the Rev. Vincent Rogers as Celebrant. Committal Service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, 150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, KS. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in memory of Eleanor, as she was a breast cancer survivor. Memories of Eleanor and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com