Eleanor Van Winkle
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Eleanor "Ellie" Van Winkle, 83, died on September 1st. A dedicated kindergarten teacher, she affected the lives of many Boulder kids. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Howard "Rip" Van Winkle and her sister Maude Ackerman of Florida. Rip and Ellie opened their home to teach area kids about Ham Radio and electronics for over 24 years. Through their club, BARC Jr. (Boulder Amateur Radio Club, Junior), more than 250 kids became licensed Amateur Radio operators. Ellie herself operated as N0QCX. Ellie was born in Berlin, Germany, and arrived in New York with her family as a baby. She moved from there to the Boulder area where she's lived for almost 60 years. A mother to many of us, she won't soon be forgotten. A memorial celebration is being planned. For more information, contact ellievwmemorial@gmail.com.

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Published in The Daily Camera from Sep. 6 to Sep. 10, 2016.
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November 2, 2016
I just wanted to say how sorry I am about Ellie. She was always such a pleasure to see in our office. I do remember saying goodbye to her at our office as I was leaving that job, but I wish I could have gotten to know her better.
Cathy B
September 24, 2016
Ellie always had a smile and a kind word. She will be missed.
Mindy Mullen
September 13, 2016
Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. We hope that the scripture in Romans 15 verse 13 will be comforting to you at this time. May the peace of God continue to be with you while he provides the lead during your time of grief.. Bob and Jeannie from Orlando Florida
September 12, 2016
A loss of our loved one can grieve the heart,An yearn for the promise God made.No more pain,death,or sorrow.
September 11, 2016
I was hit hard by the news of Ellie passing away. She holds a special place in my heart. She did so much for my two sons in the BARC Jr. group and gave me the opportunity to elmer some very special young people. I will always cherish those days and remember the fun and satisfaction that my sons and I got from the BARC Jr. experience. I really miss her and the world will be less of a place without her. God bless you, Ellie, and thanks for all that you gave me and my family.
Bob Johnk, WB0VGD
Bob Johnk
September 11, 2016
In 1994, shortly after obtaining my Tech license, Ellie became one of my first contacts on the BARC repeater. She encouraged me to join BARC, which I did, and soon became aware of what a special person she was. She is missed by me, and I'm certain the whole local amateur radio community. My heartfelt condolences to you, Rip.

Gary Noss (KB0NNH)
September 8, 2016
Kimberly Trzos
September 8, 2016
I had the fortune of knowing Ellie and Rip as a member of BARC Jr. I joined BARC Jr. in 1999, and am forever grateful to Ellie and Rip for opening their house every week to children like me to become a licensed Ham Radio operator. Ellie supported me tremendously when I had the opportunity to speak at the Dayton Hamvention, and her coaching tremendously improved my public speaking. Her love for everyone was always apparent - from hosting BARC Jr. to hosting Ham Radio contests and the weekly BARC Jr.-net on Sunday nights. I will always cherish my time at BARC Jr. and the love that Ellie always showed me and my family. My sincere condolences to Rip and her family.

73 & 88, N0QCX.

Nitin Shankar - KC0NDS
Nitin Shankar
September 7, 2016
I was saddened to hear of Ellie's passing. I have known her since the fifth grade at Crestview Elementary. My youngest sister had her for Kindergarten. My family and Ellie lived in Boulder Heights at that time and I would visit her by riding my horse. She always had lemonade or a cookie for me. In later years she became a customer of mine at Aspen Eyewear and I always enjoyed seeing her and Rip. We always made time to just visit a little while. She was warm and generous and had an incredible memory. I will really miss her.
Heinz Ebner
September 7, 2016
Heinz Ebner
September 7, 2016
Ellie was a very caring person that held her high standards of teaching at all times. My son, Nitin was a speaker at Dayton and Ellie and Rip coached and drilled into him the need to be thoroughly prepared. I think she did more for him those long Saturday afternoons than any school could have taught him and along with Rip, were the kind of teachers that he loved going to meet and be with.
Our sincere condolences to Rip.
Gampi and Sumathi (Shankar)
September 7, 2016
We all will miss Ellie, blessings to her and all her radio family...especially Rip. Regards, 73 & 88's to a great mentor.
Mike Barnell
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September 7, 2016
This was an incredible woman who was an integral part, along with her BARC Jr. youngsters, of The Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum for 24 years. She was a colleague, and more importantly, my dear friend. She and Rip are sorely missed at Dayton every year; but will always be remembered for their amazing legacy. RIP Ellie.
Carole Perry WB2MGP
Carole Perry
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