ELEANOR B. VAN DEUSEN - COLCHESTER - Eleanor "Lin" B. Van Deusen, 87, born Sept. 16, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Richard Joseph (Herbert) Brown and Muriel Hanbidge, passed away with her family present on May 1, 2014. Lin was married to Morgan Edward Van Deusen, who predeceased her in 1982. Lin is survived by her daughter, Karen Jane (Van Deusen) Eaton and husband, William Joseph Eaton, of Colchester; and two grandchildren, Anna Lin Eaton and Morgan William Eaton. Lin was predeceased by her brother, Norman H. H. Brown, killed in action, February 1944. Lin graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953, and Wheelock College with a Master of Arts in Early Education in 1994, at the age of 67. While attending college in New York, Lin was employed as a typist on the Manhattan Project. An avid swimmer, Lin managed a Salvation Army pool, and worked in personnel at McGraw Hill. As a member of Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, Lin attended sermons by Norman Vincent Peale, and met her eventual husband. Coincidentally, both Eleanor and Morgan vacationed in North Hero, Vt., prior to meeting each other. Lin and Morgan moved to Nashua, N.H., in 1966, where she began a teaching career in 1969. She was the Readiness teacher at Sunset Heights Elementary School in Nashua, N.H., for 28 years, until she retired at age 70. Lin was an active member of the Nashua Community Concert Association serving as a campaign worker, a trustee and a member of the Board of Directors for many years. She maintained her affiliation with several other organizations including Alpha Omicron Pi, College Club of Nashua, Nashua Retired Teachers Association, and First Congregational Church of Nashua. Lin continued her love of education by attending several senior courses in the RISE program at Rivier College in Nashua. In later years, Lin enjoyed spending time in Vermont with her family. She continued her love of poetry, music and traveling with her family. We will miss her warm and generous spirit. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winooski. A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the North Hero Methodist Church. Rte. 2, North Hero. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.lavignefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a school music or reading program.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 6, 2014
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