Eleanor was born on November 23, 1919, in Lorain, Ohio and died peacefully on July 23, 2012 at the age of 92 years in San Diego, California.
She will be deeply missed by her grandchildren Corey Sheppard (Crestline, CA), Barry Sheppard (Lakewood, Ohio) and Trina Sheppard (San Francisco, CA), Sister-in-Law Evelyn Goohs (San Diego, CA), nieces and nephews in San Diego and Ohio, and extended family and friends. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband Bob Kerner, son Dale Sheppard, siblings Sarah Shiltz; William Goohs; Emma Paddy; Albert Goohs; and Christian Goohs, and grandson Mark Sheppard.
She resided in Lorain, Ohio for her first 28 years of life, and then moved to California. Eleanor moved back to Lorain for 5 years in the '60s and then one last time for 10 years in the '90s. She moved back to San Diego, CA in 2001 where spent the remaining years of her life.
Eleanor had a varied career and worked as a waitress/hostess/cashier in her earlier years in Lorain. She worked as an admitting clerk at various hospitals in California and Ohio in her mid years, and was on duty at Stanford Medical Center when the first heart transplant took place. In her later years, she owned a plant shop and wrote for various newspapers and magazines. At the age of 66, Eleanor joined the Peace Corps and spent 3 months in a village in the Ashanti Region of Ghana helping the local farmer's cooperative. Many of her retirement years were spent singing and playing piano at local restaurants in Lorain.
Like her mother before her, Eleanor was very interested in keeping her rich Transylvanian Saxon culture alive through stories and song. She worked with a local San Diego musician to pass along many of the folk songs that her mother had recorded and they can still be heard today. She was a beautiful writer, singer and pianist, able to play almost any song without reading music. Eleanor was the last of her generation of Goohs (Gooss) both in the US and in Europe, and was honored by the younger generations of the family. She was a member of the Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons Branch 11.
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM at the Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, California where Eleanor will be laid to rest beside her husband Bob.