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Eleanor N. Edwards

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June 9, 1919 - July 9, 2013
NILES - Eleanor N. Edwards, age 94 years, formerly of Sioux Trail in Niles, Michigan, died at 7:51 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at West Woods of Niles following a brief illness. She was born on June 9, 1919, in Niles, to Alfred and Lulu (Swartwout) Pfister. She was graduated from Niles High School as Salutatorian of the Class of 1936 at the age of sixteen. She had lived in Niles all of her life, and was employed in the offices of the Berrien County Courts for twenty years, retiring in 1984. "Eleanore" was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Niles where she served as an Elder and Deacon, and sang in the choir. She was also a member of the Niles Service League and several area bridge clubs. She enjoyed flower gardening, and was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, but her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On June 5, 1943, in San Francisco, California, she married CPO Hubert H. Haslett, U.S. Navy. They celebrated thirty-one years of marriage prior to his death on July 8, 1974. Later, on December 27, 1986, in Niles, she married Howard J. Edwards, who preceded her in death on August 2, 2005. She was also preceded in death by her parents, well-known Niles artist Alfred Pfister and Lulu Pfister, a sister, Ann L. Klute, and a brother, Alfred H. Pfister. Surviving family includes her children, Stephen (& Gaylene) Haslett of Plainwell, Michigan, William (& Diane) Haslett of Niles, Marilyn (& Tom Hoff) Haslett of Niles, and Robert (& Monica) Haslett of Temperance, Michigan; Howard's children, Pamela (& Philip Headley) of Annandale, New Jersey, and Beverly Jane Mather of Ringwood, New Jersey; grandchildren, Erik (& Cheri) Locker, Adam (& Julie) Locker, Mattie (& Drew White) Haslett, Doug Haslett, Mindy (& Chris) Hahaj, Jake (& Heidi) Mucha, Maggie Hoff, Malorie (& Scott) Ninemeier and Michael Haslett; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Paris, Lily, Ashton and Kellan; a sister-in-law, Barbara (Mrs. Alfred) Pfister of Grand Haven, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews. The funeral service for Eleanor Edwards will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church in Niles, with the Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence of the church officiating. Committal will follow at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles. The family will receive relatives and friends today from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles. Contributions in memory of Eleanor may be made to The Foundation of the First Presbyterian Church.
Published in South Bend Tribune on July 11, 2013
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