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Eleanor Thede

Age  82  passed away peacefully in Austin, Texas on January 23, 2015, with her daughter at her side.  Eleanor was born on November 17, 1932 in Battle Creek, the daughter of German immigrants, Fred & Hermine (Hartman) Santelman.  Eleanor was very proud of her German heritage and was able to make visits to Germany and surrounding countries in Europe throughout the years, and kept in touch with various German cousins.

Eleanor was a lifelong resident of the area and was a 1951 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School.  She attended Michigan State University and was then employed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, until just prior to the birth of her first child in 1957.  On June 2, 1956, she was married to Kenneth Thede, who preceded her in death in 2004. Surviving is daughter, Diane (Robert) Casey of Austin, Texas and son, Daniel (Donna) Thede of Battle Creek.  Also, surviving are two grandsons, Jordan Casey of Dallas and Bryan Casey of Austin, Texas.

Eleanor was a physical fitness enthusiast and enjoyed the outdoors whenever possible. She enjoyed gardening, swimming, dancing and taking long walks on the beaches of Padre Island, TX and Hawaii, where the couple wintered in later years.  She was also an avid bike rider and began cycling long before it was an adult fitness trend.  She continued to ride her bicycle throughout last summer.

Eleanor easily found enjoyment in the simple pleasures of life and the abundant gifts of nature. The peaceful serenity, beauty and fresh air of her country life were such a blessing for her, as were family times of caring and the support of welcoming and loving neighbors. She also found great comfort and companionship with her pug, Heidi, who was always faithfully at her side.

Cremation has taken place.  Respecting Eleanor's wishes there will be no visitation or funeral services.  A private family internment will take place at Memorial Park Cemetary at a later time.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan, or, to a .



Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Jan. 27, 2015
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