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Eleanore Grace (Lanning) Austen, born in Philadelphia on Sept. 10, 1938, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec 3, 2012, at Heritage Assisted Living in Hammonton.

Eleanore will be missed by many as she was a ray of sunshine to those who knew and loved her. She always had a smile on her face and loved to laugh. She was a hard worker and while a single mother, earned a scholarship from the State School to attend Cumberland County College. She graduated at the age of 37 and became a registered nurse. She was employed as an ER, ICU and pediatric nurse for Bridgeton Hospital and worked for the VNA before retiring. Many will tell you that she was a nurse till the end. She enjoyed making crafts, reading, quilting, watching birds and keeping everyone else in line.

Eleanore was predeceased by her parents, Ellwood and Elizabeth (Leidy) Lanning; a son, Charles Hilbert Engelke; and a grandson, John Keenan. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Edward G. Austen Sr.; two sons, Joe Engelke Jr. and Edward (Darlene) Engelke; three daughters, Kathy (Ed) Anastasio, Diana Thomas and Darlene (John) McCann; grandchildren, Cherae', Sarah, Danielle, Ed, Paul, Elizabeth, Brook, Joe, Jordan, Matt, Tim, Emily, Max, Sam and Rosie; great-grandchildren, Vladimere, Melanie, Adeleine, Amelia and Taylor; two brothers, Ellwood and Eugene Lanning; and stepchildren, Greg (Pam) Austen and Victoria (Stephen) Moon.

A special heartfelt thank you goes out to Heritage Assisted Living, Samaritan Hospice, and all those that took care of her. You made her feel loved and at home. A memorial get-together for friends and family will be private.

Memorial donations in honor of Eleanore can be made to: Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice at Home/Giving/GiftstoRememberorHonorSomeone.aspx; or Heritage Assisted Living, 45 Route 206, Hammonton, NJ 08037.

Published in The Daily Journal on Dec. 7, 2012
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