Eleanor Atkinson passed away at her home in Laguna Niguel, CA, on January 12, 2014, one week before her 93rd birthday. She was born Mary Eleanor Brunsman on January 19, 1921, in Greenview, IL, a small town near Springfield where she grew up and went through high school. She went on to graduate in 1943 from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, with a B.A. in Music, and was active as a church organist and pianist. |
In 1946 she moved west to Pasadena, CA. While working there in an engineering firm, she met her husband, Thomas G. Atkinson, who was a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Seabees. They were married in 1948 and in 1951 moved south to San Diego, where he was assigned to lay out the newly created Miramar Naval Air Station. When he left the service in 1953, he established his own engineering firm in San Diego. First residing in La Jolla, they made their home in the Bay Park area for 50 years.
Eleanor was a member of La Jolla Lutheran Church for more than 60 years and was also active in the San Diego Lions Club "Lioness" auxiliary and the SEAnoras auxiliary of the Structural Engineers Association of San Diego. She was a season subscriber to the San Diego Symphony for many decades.
She is survived by her sons, David of Dana Point and Daniel of San Diego; grandsons, Matthew of Denver, CO, and Jonathan of Dana Point; and her brothers, Kenneth Brunsman of Kerrville, TX, and George Brunsman of Littleton, CO.
A memorial service will be held at La Jolla Lutheran Church on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 12:00 P.M.
Donations in her memory may be made to La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7111 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037.
Published in La Jolla Light on Jan. 31, 2014