Eleanor A. Simon

Eleanor A. Simon was born July 25, 1912 in Minneapolis to Catherine and Otto Simon and passed away June 18, 2012 at GracePointe Crossing Gables East retirement home in Cambridge.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, as well as a brother, Glyn (Sonny) and long time friends, Lillian Donaldson, Sid Donaldson, William and Katherine Donaldson.

She is survived by nieces, Audrey Taylor of Rotonda, West Florida, Audrey (Ted) D’Autrechy.  She will be missed incredibly by her adopted extended families, The Donaldsons and McDonoughs, beloved friend and caregiver, Patty (Bernie) Audette, longtime friend and frequent cook, Florence Swanson of Rush City.

After retiring as an RN from North Memorial Hospital, she lived many years on Rush Lake with lifetime friend, Lillian Donaldson, where they raised many dogs and beautiful gardens. She leaves many friends in the Rush Lake area.

Eleanor was an avid reader, preferring mysteries. Before her car accident in 2001, she daily prepared snacks and coffee for friends who visited at their Cambridge apartment. She always looked forward to those visits and the weekly tours with Florence to lunch and shopping.

Riverwood Village was home for over 10 years, and the friends and occasions celebrated there will be forever memories in many hearts and minds. Moving to GracePointe Crossing in November of this past year, just gave her the opportunity to make more friends and win more hearts.

Memorials should be sent to the Animal Humane Society and the Cambridge Library.

A visitation time will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 21 at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. in Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery in New Hope with Chaplain Norm Norland officiating. The soloist will be Abigail McDonough.

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