AITKIN — Elinor Charlotte Eberhardt died in a plane crash with her husband of 42 years, Thomas Evan Eberhardt, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. She is survived by her two brothers, Carl Dodge and Kenneth Dodge; her son, Paul Eberhardt and his wife, Kim, and their two daughters; and her daughter, Sally Eberhardt, and her two daughters.
Elinor was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Feb. 21, 1946, to Thelma and Lawrence Dodge. She graduated from Shaw High School and then went to Ohio State University where she earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and met her future husband, Thomas.
After Thomas graduated they moved to Rhode Island and had their first child, Paul. They later moved to Easton, Penn., where they had their second child, Sally. Elinor then helped her husband start his first business by obtaining a degree and license as a certified public accountant. Elinor lived in Easton with her family for 19 years helping Thomas start and run two more businesses. She was a very active member of the American Association of University Women including acting as treasurer, secretary and president of her chapter.
After their daughter’s high school graduation, Elinor and Thomas moved their businesses to Aitkin, Minn., the place they would call home for the rest of their lives. Elinor was very active in the Aitkin community. She was a founding board member of Riverwood hospital, an active supporter of the Jaques Art Center, a founding member of the Aitkin Garden Club and volunteered time working in the healing garden.
Elinor was very creative. She sewed, gardened, baked and made beautiful pottery that she displayed and sold at the Jaques Art Center. She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be sorely missed by her family, friends and the community.
Elinor’s death came shortly after winning a battle with stage III breast cancer. She went through the ordeal with a strength, grace and good nature that touched and inspired all that knew her. Not many can leave this world without any enemies but Elinor was one of those rare people.
Elinor and her husband Thomas’s funeral will be at the Westside Baptist Church in Aitkin, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. with a visitation to follow until 5 p.m. and is open to the public. The family respectfully requests that you not send flowers but instead donate to the Susan G. Komen fund on the Elinor and Thomas Eberhardt Memorial fund site or to the Jaques Art Center or Riverwood healing garden, all causes that Elinor was active in supporting.
Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.