ASHTABULA — Eleanor Ann Stevenson, age 87, passed away at her home on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, surrounded by loving family.
Mrs. Stevenson was born in Detroit, Mich. on Sept. 23, 1926, to John Oscar and Lempi (Kajander) Kaihlanen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Lawson W. Stevenson. Surviving are sons, Douglas (Cynthia) Stevenson of Stillwater, Okla. and Bradley (Karen) Stevenson of Ashtabula; daughter, Lorraine (Bill) Hampton of Jackson, Mich.; and six grandchildren, Eric, Todd, Jan and Beth Stevenson, and Rob and Tyler Hampton.
Mrs. Stevenson moved to Ashtabula in 1929. She was a 1944 graduate of Harbor High School. She and Lawson were married in 1944, one day before he shipped out to the European theater in World War II. During the war, she worked as a reporter for the Ashtabula Star Beacon. When the war was over, they settled in Ashtabula and started their family.
Mrs. Stevenson valued education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Kent State University in 1964, and taught at Thomas Jefferson and Station Avenue Elementary Schools (Ashtabula Area City School District). She served as a Girl Scout troop leader for many years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ashtabula, where she sang alto in the choir and served as an elder. She was a former member of American Association of University Women, the Garden Trails Club, County Council of Garden Clubs, and Flower Arrangers of Ashtabula.
Eleanor enjoyed camping and sight-seeing trips with her family, gardening, cooking, and classical and big band music. In her fifties, Eleanor learned to play the viola and co-founded the Ashtabula Chamber Orchestra and the Lakeshore String Quartet. In later years, she enjoyed playing saxophone with her husband in local bands including Porter’s Fun Bunch.
Calling Hours will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23rd, at First Presbyterian Church, 4317 Park Ave., Ashtabula, from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Long, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Plymouth Township.
Donations may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.