Eleanor Ione (Nolen) Wachholz Knopf
Eleanor Ione (Nolen) Wachholz Knopf, 86, died June 25, 2008, at her residence in Rifle, with her family by her side.She was born Nov. 17, 1921, in East Chicago, Ind., to William P. and Vira D. (LeRoy) Nolen. In 1937, she and her parents moved to the country outside Valparaiso, Ind. Eleanor married Robert H.F. Wachholz on Nov. 26, 1944, and they made their home on his farm outside of Hebron, Ind., until his death in 1951. She returned to being a teller at the Farmers State Bank in Valparaiso, continuing her employment for 35 years as the secretary to the bank president and vice president, and becoming its first woman bank officer.Eleanor enjoyed traveling every summer with her two daughters and parents, and then with her friends after retirement. She married longtime family friend Elmer L. Knopf on Dec. 7, 1990, in Fraser. They moved to Sebring, Fla., to enjoy retirement until Elmer’s death in 2002. Eleanor moved to Rifle in 2003 to live with her daughter and family. Eleanor was a remarkable businesswoman, animal lover and world traveler. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren working with their shires, dogs and numerous farm animals. She especially enjoyed her daily visits from her great-grandson, Alex. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso, and later the First Christian Church of Sebring, Fla.Survivors include daughters Nancy Wachholz of Centennial, and Nila (John) Parrington of Rifle; grandchildren Kimberly (Shad) Murchison, Robert (Janelle) Parrington, Jeffrey (Katie) Parrington and Timothy Parrington, all of Rifle; great-grandson Alex Ryan Murchison; sister-in-law Erna Pendowski of Crown Point, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews.A memorial service was held June 28 at the Rifle Funeral Home.The family asks that memorial contributions be made in her name to the hospice of their choice.
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