Eleanore Harry, 98
Eleanore Harry, 98, of Casco Township, passed away on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at the River Ridge Retirement Community in South Haven. She was born April 27, 1916, to Edgar and Grace (Lyman) Rice in Du Page County, Ill.
Eleanore and her family were raised in Kibbie, east of South Haven. She was South Haven's first female cheerleader. Following her graduation from South Haven High School in 1933, Eleanore received her teaching certificate from Allegan County Normal and began teaching at the McDowell School in Casco Township.
Eleanore married Lowell "Pete" Harry on June 19, 1937, at the Kibbie Community Hall. Eleanore quit teaching to raise her five children and help run the farm in Casco Township but returned to school to receive a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University. She taught at South Haven Public Schools for more than 20 years until her retirement.
She was an active member of the United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Association of University Women.
After retirement, Eleanore and Pete traveled all over the world including a mission trip to Haiti. She was a feminist and a liberal with a Carl Levin bumper sticker.
She was preceded in death, along with her parents, by her husband Lowell "Pete" Harry who passed in 2003; siblings, Alice Gabriel, Ashley Rice, Elva Wheeler, Nina Pryatel, Janice Bennett and Robert Rice.
Eleanore is survived by her children, Walter (Susan) Harry of South Haven, Steve (Carol) Harry of Lansing, Laura (Rich) Barden of South Haven, Deborah (Jerry) Wilson of South Haven and Lucinda (Max) Thiele of Allegan; sister, Shirley Davis of Grand Rapids; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven. A private family graveside service will be held.
Eleanore will be laid to rest at McDowell Cemetery in Casco Township.
Memorial contributions may be made in Eleanore's memory to the Casco United Methodist Church or South Haven Health System Auxiliary.
Thoughts and memories can be shared on the family's online guestbook at www.FilbrandtFFH.com.
Arrangements are being provided by Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven, 637-0333.