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AGE: 91 • Hockessin
Eleanor Pretka, age 91, of Hockessin, Delaware died August 7, 2014 at Cokesbury Village.
Mrs. Pretka was a former professional artist and was in the first graduating class of the High School of Music and Art in New York City. She attended Cooper Union night school for three years. She was active in various singing groups over the years, such as Northern Delaware Oratorio Society, The Choral Union, Delaware Festival Chorus, Brandywiners Chorale, Newark Ecumenical Chorus and others. She appeared in 17 musicals at Longwood Gardens with the Brandywiners, Ltd. and was a Brandywiner life member. She also sang in church choirs and volunteered for R.S.V.P.
Mrs. Pretka is survived by her husband of 70 years, John E. Pretka, Ph.D; son Jeffrey; daughter Joyce and husband John Hanselman; two grandchildren Elizabeth and husband Benjamin Ballard and Matthew Hanselman and wife Jennifer; five great-grandchildren Henry, George and Jane Hanselman, and John and Eleanor Ballard; two brothers Dr. Robert Schick and wife Dolores and Frederick Schick and wife Elaine; and nieces and nephews.
Burial will be private at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear.
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HOMES & CREMATORY
Chandler Funeral Homes and Crematorium
2506 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE 19803-9925
Published in The News Journal from Aug. 14 to Aug. 16, 2014