Eleanor Hanau, 88 of Syracuse, formerly of Cook, passed away on May 29, 2019.
She was born on the family farm near Avoca, to Walter and Mable (Diller) Ruhga on May 28, 1931.
She was the third of four children: her sister, Leora was the oldest, then an older brother, Ivan, herself, and younger brother, Charles. Charles currently lives in Omaha.
Eleanor went to rural schools in both Avoca and Cook and then went to Cook Community Schools. On Sept. 13, 1947, she married Raymond Hanau.
Raymond and Eleanor farmed together on the five generation farm and raised their two daughters on the family farm; Carolyn (Bill) Cropp and Nancy Engel. Eleanor also opened her own Ceramic Shop, “Eleanor’s Ceramic’s” while living on the farm and continued this business when she and Raymond moved into their house in Cook upon retiring from farming.
She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Cook.
Eleanor has six grandchildren, Melanie, Bryce, Aaron, Amy, Joel and Candyce, and has 10 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Trevor, Rory, Nathan, Lucas, Brylee, Addie, Alex, Callie and Harper.
She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Mable Ruhga, husband Raymond, sister Leora Davis, brother Ivan Ruhga and son-in-law Rodney Engel.
Funeral Services were to be held on Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church in Cook. Burial was to follow at the Grace Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation was to be held on Friday, May 31, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Syracuse.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Arrangements are by Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse.
Condolences to www.fusselmanallenharvey.com