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Eleanor Faye Schoolmeester
August 13, 1941 ~ August 3, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Eleanor was born August 13, 1941, on the farm near Rock Valley IA to Dick and Willie Hendricks. Eleanor was followed by the birth of her brothers Dennis, Rick and her sister Donna. The Hendriks family moved to Omaha NE, and then back to Rock Valley. They then moved to Inwood IA on a farm. While there, Eleanor attended country school and Inwood Christian. The Hendriks family moved to a farm in Luverne MN and again moved to a farm in Lake Benton MN. After high school, she worked at Pine Rest Hospital in Grand Rapids MI. She then moved to Willmar MN to attend nursing school, where she became an LPN. Eleanor worked at Rock Rapids Hospital after attaining her LPN credentials.
Eleanor met Virgil at a roller-skating party in Rock Rapids, IA on “Dutchmen’s Night”. They married on March 1, 1963. Virgil and Eleanor farmed by Edgerton. Eleanor volunteered at the Bible Thrift store, Right to Life (Pro Life board) SWMN and the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Worthington. She worked as an LPN in Rock Rapids, Pipestone Hospital, and Edgebrook Care Center. She worked as an Aide for Home Health in Rock County. She enjoyed helping Virgil on the farm with the hogs, field work and tending to the farm cats. She had many Red Hat and Extension Group friends.
To this union four children were born. Mary (Randy) Sawyer of Story WY, Bryan (Ulonda) Schoolmeester of Hurley SD, Brenda (Vince) Vander Pol of Clara City MN, Jason (Kimberly) Schoolmeester of Sioux Falls SD; 12 grand-children, Tyler Bork, Amanda (Aaron) Nichols, Ashley Bork, Michael (Justine) Schoolmeester , Eric Schoolmeester, Kayla Schoolmeester, Seth Vander Pol, Sadie Vander Pol, Spencer Vander Pol, Kristen Henderson, Luke Schoolmeester Jacob Schoolmeester, 5 great- grandchildren: Charlotte Nichols, Lucy Nichols, Kendrick Schoolmeester, Lily Schoolmeester, and Oliver Anderson.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents Dick and Willie, brother Dennis Hendricks, son-in-law Brian Bork.