Eleanor M. Gordon
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97, of Smithville, formerly of Rittman, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014 at her home following a period of declining health. She was born in Medina, Ohio on July 20, 1916 to the late James and Elsie (Kraver) Rickert, and was the 7th of 11 children. She married Charles H. Gordon on April 3, 1937 and moved to Rittman where they lived until his death in 1988, one month shy of their 51st wedding anniversary. After her husband's death, Eleanor moved to Smithville Western Commons. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. She was active in her church, condo association, spent much time visiting friends and family, and attending great grandchildren's sporting events.
Surviving is son, Jerry (Marcella) Gordon of Wadsworth; daughters, Carol (Allen) Allebach of Massillon, Shirley Banker of Wooster, Linda Race of Millersburg; brother, Merle Rickert of Melbourne, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; grandchildren, Joseph Banker, Jr., and Tami Jo Banker; four brothers; and five sisters.
Eleanor was a loving, kind, and thoughtful woman who will be greatly missed by all.
Services will be held on Thursday, July 10, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 777 S Summit St., Smithville, OH 44677, with Rev. Kristy Buyok officiating. Burial will be in Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday at the church. For online register book, obituary, condolences, at www.gillmanfuneralhome.comIn lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, or Life Care Hospice of Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster, 44691.
Gillman Funeral Home - Rittman
360 W. Sunset Dr. P. O. Box 81 Rittman, OH 44270
Published in The Repository on July 8, 2014