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Eleanor Lois Kraft

1926 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Eleanor Lois Kraft Obituary
July 9, 1926 - December 7, 2017 Our beautiful, vibrant, inspirational, brave, caring, compassionate and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin passed away with many of her family at her bedside. Eleanor was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Joseph Block, an immigrant from Lithuania who came to the United States, alone, as a sixteen-year-old boy and found his way to Minneapolis. Her mother was Rose Podolor from Odessa, Russia. Her mother's family first settled in South Dakota under the land grant program. The family eventually settled in Minneapolis. Eleanor's father was a fur trader in the winter and a used car salesman in the summer. In the winter of 1928, on a buying trip to Southern California, he called home to Eleanor's mother and said he wasn't coming back. He told her to sell everything and bring Eleanor and her sister Anita to California. The family first settled in the West Adams district. Eventually they moved to Leimert Park in Los Angeles. Eleanor attended Dorsey High School. The school system began an accelerate program for early graduation during the World War II era. Eleanor and two friends applied to UCLA and accelerated their schooling. She did not graduate high school but was accepted to UCLA in October 1943. Eleanor first met her future husband as a fifteen-year-old girl as his blind date at a picnic in Griffith Park. They saw each other on another occasion but no light came on until October 1943. Eleanor and her two girl friends were walking towards the student center at UCLA when she spied a young man in a white sailors uniform. She went over to him and started a conversation. This then led to the love affair, which culminated in a marriage on October 1, 1944, that would become a lifetime love affair that lasted over 73 years. This marriage would result in four wonderful children: Arlene (George), Bonita (Rick), Vicki, and James (Peggy); Two wonderful grandchildren Derek and Danielle (Jeremy), and three great-grandchildren Riley Grace, Ava, and Bodhi. It was Eleanor as the family matriarch who raised these children, saw to their education, who took care of their medical needs and guided them to maturity. Eleanor was first diagnosed with a debilitating disorder in February 2003. Until her passing she had many other serious medical issues. She accepted them with her ever-smiling face, never complaining looking forward to her golf game, traveling, and her enthusiasm for life, saying to the end, "Don't give up on me." The family remains in awe of this wonderful brave and beautiful woman. May she now rest in peace! All our love, the Kraft Family
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2018
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