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Ellinor A. Porter

1926 - 2012
Ellinor A. Porter Obituary
Ellinor A. Porter, 85, of Crystal, MN passed away on Jan. 28, 2012. She was a respected orchestra teacher, fine violinist, talented painter, loving mother and grandmother, and a friend to pretty much everyone she encountered. Born Ellinor Brown in Emporia, Kansas on March 15, 1926, she graduated from the College of Emporia in 1947.

Ellinor taught elementary and middle school orchestra for 40 years - in Kansas, Arizona, and for 25 years, in the Oshkosh Area School District. She also nurtured the talents of many young string players as a private teacher. In 1991, Ellinor was recognized as Wisconsin "String Teacher of the Year" by the American String Teachers Association for her talent in developing young musicians through her programs and instruction. She was very involved in church music both in Arizona and Wisconsin, and directed children's choirs and intergenerational church orchestras for over 25 years at the First Congregational Church in Oshkosh. A fine musician in her own right, Ellinor played violin in both the Tucson Symphony and Oshkosh Civic Symphony, and sang in many choirs, including two that toured Europe.

Upon her retirement, Ellinor traveled extensively, visiting Japan, Poland, England, Italy, Greece, and Norway. She eventually moved to the Twin Cities to be near family. Battling rheumatoid arthritis that curtailed her playing career, she channeled her creative energies into painting, singing with her church choir, and playing with her grandchildren. Blessed with a warm sense of humor and kind spirit, Ellinor had a knack for connecting with people, be they her students, colleagues or friends.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Ellinor was preceded in death by sister Connie Spear, son Richard, and ex-husband Harold. She is survived by son Michael (Paula Mazzacano), daughter Janice (David Livingston), grandchildren Aaron, Jordan, and Hannah Porter, Taylor and Noah Livingston, and Annelisa, Nicholas, and Christopher Livingston.

Memorial service and musical celebration of Ellinor's life at First Congregational Church on March 11, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to the Ellinor Porter Youth Orchestra Fund at The Oshkosh Foundation (230 Ohio St., Suite 100, Oshkosh, WI 54902), in support of the Oshkosh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 4, 2012
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