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Elenore K. Kaiser, known to many as "Miss Elli," passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 25, 2011. She was born Feb. 8, 1927, to Frank and Erna Karge in Sheboygan, Wisc. She graduated from Central High School in 1945 and married Raymond Kaiser on Oct. 18, 1952.
Elenore enjoyed her role as an Army wife during Raymond's career, stationed at Fort Sheridan, Ill.; Okinawa; and Fort Riley, Kan. They returned to their hometown of Sheboygan in 1970, where Elenore began her career as a church secretary at Trinity Lutheran Church. In 1982, they moved to Alamogordo and picked up where she left off and became the church secretary at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alamogordo.
After Raymond's death, Elenore joined her youngest son as a crew member on the Niña, a replica of one of Christopher Columbus' ships. For nine years, she ventured out every spring, returning for the last time in December 2009. She loved the Niña and called her "a very special lady, indeed."
Elenore was preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband Raymond. She is survived by her sons Gary (Ann), of Guadalupe National Park, Texas and Las Cruces, and Jeffrey, Phelps, of Wisconsin; and her daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Scott Launer, of Alamogordo.
She is also survived by her sister Irmgard Riesner, of Pueblo, Colo.; grandchildren Suzanne (Ilias) Maltezos, of West Allis, Wisc., Paul (Tammy) Darrah, of Deridder, La., Amanda Bednorz, of Pulheim, Germany, Ryan Kaiser, of Manchester, Conn., Andrew Launer, of Austin, Texas, and (presently stationed in Iraq), and Jordan Kaiser, of Middletown, Conn.; and great-grandsons Jaycob Darrah, of Deridder, and Maximos Maltezos, of West Allis.
Visitation will be held at Alamogordo Funeral Home on Monday, May 30, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. Services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1505 College Avenue, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 10 a.m. Committal will be at Monte Vista Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Paul Darrah, Jason Bednorz, Richard Riesner, Bryan Jackson, Capt. Morgan Sanger and Ray Krueger. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Humphrey, Bob Anderson, Jim Wilkes, Gerry Moore and Larry Van Duyn.
"Miss Elli" received excellent care from the truly devoted and caring people at the Otero Community Cancer Center and from Alamogordo Hospice. In lieu of flowers, "Miss Elli" requested that donations be made to either of the aforementioned and most deserving organizations.
The Kaiser family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 27 to May 29, 2011
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