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Eleanor P. Kraak

AGE: 87 • Wilmington

Eleanor Paul Kraak, age 87, daughter of Ukrainian immigrants Mary (Pilot) and Walter Paul of Dowagiac, Michigan, was born into eternal life January 9, 2014 in Wilmington, DE. She is survived by the family she loved and who loved her so dearly: daughter Deborah and son Daniel, son-in-law David Rickman, daughter-in-law Wendy Kenigsberg and grandson Joshua Kenigsberg Kraak. A deeply Christian woman, she looked forward to being reunited with family members in heaven: her husband of nearly 62 years, the Rev. Dr. Peter J Kraak (US Army, retired, LTC), parents, and five sisters. Her love for God as revealed in Jesus Christ through the Resurrection was the wellspring of her being.

Eleanor graduated from the Temple Missionary Training School in Ft. Wayne, IN prior to working in Youth Home Missions. As newly-weds, the Kraaks moved to Faith Theological Seminary in Wilmington, DE and Elkins Park, PA. Peter was the founding pastor of the Claymont Bible Church and Eleanor worked as a secretary for DuPont. The young family served the Dallasburg Baptist Church of Wheatley, KY prior to Pastor Kraak joining the military for 23 years of active duty around the world. Eleanor then earned a B.S. in Voice from the renowned School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington, while her husband pastored the Bloomington Baptist Church. The Kraaks returned to Wilmington in 1993.

Eleanor loved beauty and creativity, whether in music, architecture, interior design, painting, fashion or cars, and lived her life with graciousness, zest, good humor, kindness, and thankfulness.

A service in memory and thanksgiving for her life will be held at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 8th and Shipley, Wilmington, on Saturday, January 18th at 3 pm; visitation is at 2 pm. Arrangements for burial next to her husband at Arlington National Cemetery are pending.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Doctors without Borders, one of Eleanor's favorite charities or to the Hockessin Baptist Church ( A condolence book is online at

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Published in The News Journal from Jan. 15 to Jan. 17, 2014
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