Hansen, Eleanor Edith Stroh
August 19, 1925¬–February 20, 2018
Eleanor Hansen passed away peacefully at The Village of Winston Park, Kitchener, surrounded by her family, on February 20, 2018, at the age of ninety-two.
Eleanor will be reunited with her beloved husband, Jørgen Hansen, who predeceased her on June 13, 1998. Her calm and loving presence will be greatly missed by her children, Ingrid (Kenneth) Klicker of Pennsylvania, Erik Hansen of New Dundee, Kirsten (Ed) Gyllenhaal of Pennsylvania, and Kurt (Disa) Hansen of Kitchener. A devoted grandmother, she will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Owen (Lisa) Klicker, Anna (Andrew) Esseff, David (Robin) Gyllenhaal, Peter Klicker, Rebecca Gyllenhaal, Jenna (Richie) Bonney, Annika Gyllenhaal, Ellie and Thomas Hansen, and her great-grandchildren, Emma and Ava Klicker, and Adam and Kate Esseff. She is survived by her sister, Marilyn Stroh, of New York City.
She was predeceased by her parents Nathaniel and Freda (née Roschman) Stroh, her sisters Nora, Rosalie, and Nancy, and her brothers Evan, Randy, Eric, Kenneth, and David.
Eleanor was born into a musically-gifted family and learned to play the violin at an early age. Her love of music was something that she generously shared throughout her life, playing for countless weddings, funerals, and church services at the Carmel New Church in Caryndale and elsewhere. She also enjoyed a season with the KW Symphony Orchestra, and later played for many years with the KW Community Orchestra.
In addition to music, she excelled at just about anything she put her hand to: market gardening, farm accounting, and cooking for large family gatherings. Never one to bring attention to herself, she was known for being gentle, humble, and constant in her care of others.
A celebration of Eleanor’s life will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 3:00 o’clock at the Carmel New Church, 40 Chapel Hill Drive, Kitchener. Special music will be at 2:30. A reception to follow in the church hall. An interment will take place at a later date in the spring at New Dundee Union Cemetery, New Dundee.
As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Kitchener Waterloo, Community Orchestra, or the Carmel New Church.
Eleanor’s family would like to express their enormous gratitude to the staff of The Village of Winston Park for their tender and loving care during her three-year residence.