Eleanor Barrett

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Eleanor Barrett, age 88, died peacefully on May 4th in St Paul, MN. She was born December 16th, 1925, in Rosedale, West Virginia to Edward and Mary Lynch. In 1929 they moved to Colorado Springs where she met and married Francis (Dee) Barrett on June 12th, 1947.

Eleanor and her family lived in Colorado, South Dakota and ultimately Eau Claire Wisconsin where she and Dee raised 11 children. They separated in 1974 but neither remarried and they remained friends until his death in 1995.

In 1975 she ran for Eau Claire Clerk of Courts, won and held the office for 8 terms. After her retirement she moved to Garden Michigan to be close to a delightful group of friends. She remained there until her move to St Paul at the age of 80.

Throughout her life, Eleanor was a force with which to be reckoned. She was active in the anti-war and feminist movement, area arts and local and national politics, and established the local chapter of NOW. She was a voracious reader, lover of music, a late-blooming painter, a ruthless Scrabble player, political wonk and funny beyond measure.

She was Irish through and through obtaining her duel Irish citizenship in 2006. Eleanor is survived by her sister, Helen Grinyer, Riverside CA; and her children Mary (George) Miller, David (Joanna) Barrett, Deborah Breitzman, Kate (Al Lulloff) Barrett, William (Joy) Barrett, Michael (Lynne Brandl) Barrett, Susan (Eric Weinberg) Barrett, Lisa Barrett, Lynn Barrett, Janine (Greg Brenan) Barrett; John (Sheri) Barrett; grandchildren: Ryan, Tara, Rajna, Jamey, Emily, Katharine, Shane, Meghan, Adrienne, David, Danny and Dylan; 3 great-grandchildren Ethan, Charlotte and Bridget, nieces and nephews and loads of friends near and far.

She was preceded in death by her brothers William, Eugene, Edward and sisters, Katharine and Margaret.

A memorial service will be held at Cerenity Care Center, 200 Earl Street, St Paul MN on Thursday, May 8th from 4pm-7pm.

In lieu of flowers please consider memorials to Habitat for Humanity or Emily's List.

Published in The Gazette on May 6, 2014
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