Obituary of Eleanor Annette Dueck
Eleanor Dueck, 85, of Linden, Alberta, passed away peacefully on November 24, 2021 at Westview Care Community.
Eleanor was born on June 30, 1936 to C.C. and Anna Toews in Linden, Alberta. She was one of nine children, and was a twin. She attended Alberta Mennonite High School (AMHS), where she met her future husband, Jacob “Jack” Dueck. After graduating from AMHS she worked in a bank in Calgary. She and Jack were married on August 24, 1957. Over the next 10 years they lived in Winnipeg, MB, Yarrow, BC, Kitchener, ON and Goshen, Indiana as she and Jacob raised their three children while Jacob studied, received his PhD, and then taught at Goshen College.
After her children left home, she studied at Goshen College and received her B.A. degree. During that time, she also received English as a Second Language Teaching Certification and enjoyed teaching English to students from other countries. She particularly enjoyed teaching her students idioms and told stories of how they laughed together comparing English idioms to idioms from their own languages.
In 1973 Eleanor and Jack built a farmers’ market near Goshen, Indiana. They went on to start and run several family restaurants. Eleanor was the bookkeeper and managed the larger events.
Eleanor loved to read and travel and meet people. She and her family travelled to England, Germany, France, Italy, and former Yugoslavia. One summer she and Jack took 24 college students to Ireland for a 6-week biking tour. They carried all their belongings on the bikes and cycled through the Irish countryside reading and learning about Irish authors and poets.
Eleanor also loved music. She talked about washing and waxing the kitchen and dining room floors on Saturday afternoons, when she was growing up, while listening to CBC radio broadcasts of the New York Metropolitan Opera ‘Live at the Met.’ She took piano lessons and continued to play piano well into adulthood. She enjoyed listening to many kinds of music from Wilf Carter to musicals to choral and classical music to opera.
When she and Jack lived in Waterloo, ON in the 1980’s/early 90’s, Eleanor worked at the University of Waterloo, Conrad Grebel College Music Department. As department secretary, she embraced all aspects of academic and music administration.
At home, Eleanor and Jack had an open-door invitation to everyone. They hosted many gatherings and celebrations, large and small. Nothing pleased them more than when family and friends visited from near and far. Eleanor was the pillar of it all. Her cheerful, energetic nature and generous hospitality made people feel welcome and included. Family, friends, and guests enjoyed good food, good visiting, and lots of laughter.
She and Jack hosted high school exchange students for a few years. They also provided a warm home, food and comfort to local college students who needed a break from campus life, whether it was ‘required’ or voluntary! Eleanor loved visiting with people of all ages. She accepted people where they were at in their lives. She was curious about what they believed and how they thought. She was always ready to share a pot of tea and visit.
She is survived by her siblings: Erma (Jake) Klassen, Wes (Marge) Toews, Ruth Ratzlaff, her twin Allen (Marge) Toews, Gerry (Lorraine) Toews, and sister-in-law Anne Toews; her children Evelyn Dueck, Carolyn (Chris) Clement, Lorne (Shannon) Dueck, and four grandchildren Annette and Rebecca Davis, Isabelle and Alexandra Clement.
Eleanor was predeceased by her parents C.C. and Anna Toews, her husband Jack in 2014, her brothers Henry and Fred Toews, sister Gladys Isaac, brother-in-laws Lloyd Ratzlaff and Bill Isaac, sister-in-law Clara Toews, son-in-law Don Davis.
The family are so grateful for the love and support of Eleanor’s siblings, nieces and nephews, and for the amazing care and compassion of the staff and management of Westview Care Community.
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