Monday, August 27, 2007

Eleanor Marie Welling

September 19, 1915 - August 9, 2007

"Eleanor M. Welling, age 91, formerly of Waldron, Michigan passed away, Thursday, August 9, 2007, at Vista Grande Villa in Jackson, Michigan. She was born September 19, 1915, in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania to Paul and Alberta (Roach) Kline. She married Arlow Welling on December 22, 1940, in Bridgeville, PA and he preceded her in death on January 26, 1994.

Eleanor taught school in Frontier, Waldron and Morenci Schools and graduated from South Fayette High School in Bridgeville, PA and from Hillsdale College in 1936. She was a member of Waldron Church of Christ, Waldron Literary Club, life member of Order of Eastern Stars and spent many hours with her hobby in genealogy.

Surviving Eleanor is one step-daughter, Joan (Wendell) Mason of Traverse, City, Michigan; three step-grandchildren, Pamela (James) Wood of Randolph, New Jersey, Thomas (Georgia) Mason of Lexington, South Carolina and James (Pamela) Mason of Dewitt, Michigan; eight step-great grandchildren and five step-great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral services for Eleanor Welling will be Sunday, August 12, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at the Waldron Church of Christ with Rev. John Ater officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to the Waldron Church of Christ or Waldron Public Library." (Eagle Funeral Home)

I was in 10th grade at Waldron HS, and we were in Biology class. The regular teacher was out for the day, and Mrs. Welling was the substitute. Then the news came over the school PA system. President John Kennedy had been shot while riding in a motorcade through Dallas, TX... Then the news came that he was dead..... Mrs. Welling had tears in her eyes.... She knew better then any of us young whippersnappers the meaning and impact of that historical event....


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