Feb. 20, 1921 -- Dec. 15, 2018
Eleanor M. Krenk was born to Frank and Rose Houska on Feb. 20, 1921, in Dwight. She died at 97 years old on Dec. 15, 2018, at the Journey House in Lincoln.
Viewing will be from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, prior to the 11 a.m. funeral at Vine Congregational United Church of Christ, 1800 Twin Ridge Rd., Lincoln. Interment will be in Lincoln Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Vine Congregational UCC, Nebraska Cancer Fund, American Legion Auxiliary in David City, Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont, or donor’s favorite charity.
She grew up on the family farm near Seward. At the age of 13, she went to work helping to save the farm during the depression years. She worked as a nanny in a home where a newborn had arrived.
Eleanor knew her husband-to-be, Jim Krenk, all her life. They easily fell in love because of their shared joy in dancing, and married on Jan. 1, 1941. People often commented that they looked like a “cloud floating on the dance floor!” Shortly after their marriage, Jim was stationed in the Army in Portland, Oregon. Eleanor worked as a ship fitter’s helper and in a paper factory. Later they moved to Omaha where Eleanor worked for the Creighton’s and Jim became a realtor.
Raised in the adversity of the depression years, her gardening and sewing skills helped with the raising of her family of one girl, Beverly, and one boy, Kenneth. She was always at her husband’s side for his insurance business, convention duties, and retired from working in a children’s nursery after many years. Eleanor found time for canning, upholstery and drapery skills, baking bread, kolaches, plum and gooseberry buchty, and tons of melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies.
Eleanor and Jim enjoyed dancing and card playing way into their retirement. She loved traveling in their motor home, and visited 49 states as well as visiting Czechoslovakia. For 60 years, she belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary, bowling and participating in Eastern Star activities. Since Sept.11, she proudly flew the American flag in her front yard.
She is survived by daughter, Beverly (Gale) Alm, son Kenneth (Julia) Krenk; grandchildren, Kirk Alm, Kreig (Tiffany) Alm, Laura (Casey) Chytka, James (JR) (Lindsey) Krenk, Spencer Krenk; six great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim (VK) Krenk; infant brother, Willy; sister, Lucille (Lad) Vogeltanz; sister-in-law, Lillian (Francis) Albert; and brother-in-law, Edwin (Marlene) Krenk.
Condolences may be left at www.bmlfh.com.