GRUNDBERG (BURKE), Eleanor Edith


Eleanor Edith Grundberg (nee McLenaghan) passed away April 5, 2021, at 91 years. She is lovingly remembered by Howard Burke, her husband of 8 years, her son, Greg, and her daughters, Maureen Grundberg (Per Arvidsson), Glenys Dolinsky (Bill), and Jeneane Grundberg. She adored her grandchildren: Kaya, Coco (Yakuba Nabay) and great-grandson Tumany, and Jesse Molloy; Lisa (Callan Griffin), Erik (Kaitlyn Salonga) and Jeremy Dolinsky; and Nicholas Rimmer. Also cherishing her memory are her brother Doug McLenaghan (Ellen), her sister-in-law Ruth Grundberg, and Howard’s daughters and their families: Diane (Norm Seatter), Cathy (Dave Luckwell), Barb Carroll, and June (James Clarke). Eleanor will also be remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. She was predeceased by her first husband Harvey Grundberg, her parents George and Edith McLenaghan, Harvey’s parents Jonas and Jenny Grundberg, and her brothers/sisters-in-law: Gladys (Art Davidson, Pastor Carl Johnson), Lorraine (Carl Blumer), Vernon Grundberg (May, Pat McCarthy) and Morley Grundberg.

Born in Snowflake, Manitoba, Eleanor grew up in Saskatchewan. She graduated from Saskatoon City Hospital (1951) and started her nursing career at the U of A Hospital, Edmonton. Eleanor then moved to Camrose to take a position as head O.R. nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital. After a chance meeting with Harvey outside the Bailey Theatre, they started dating and were engaged 5 weeks later. Harvey and Eleanor were married in 1955. They moved, with Greg and Maureen, to Edmonton in 1958, where Glenys and Jeneane were later born. Eleanor resumed nursing at the U of A Hospital in 1973. Eleanor and Harvey focused on family and church. They travelled extensively and especially enjoyed family time at the Moose Lake cabin. After 56 years of marriage, Harvey passed in 2011.

Then came Howard. Eleanor married long-time friend Howard Burke in 2013. They enjoyed 8 years together, rich with companionship, travel, and gatherings with friends and family. Eleanor’s children are deeply grateful for Howard’s devoted and tender caregiving. We also extend our thanks to Dr. C. Venner, Dr. J. Riess and their teams for their incredible, compassionate care.

Eleanor led a life of service: to her family, community, professional calling, church, and various organizations (SCH Nurses Alumni, Kinettes/Kinsmen, ELW, Lutheran World Relief, church choirs, and Girl Guides of Canada). She lived a full and active life, including curling, snow skiing and slalom waterskiing through her 85th year. Eleanor was an accomplished gardener and homemaker; she loved knitting and sewing. Eleanor was gracious, non-judgmental, and compassionate; she will be remembered for her kind and welcoming demeanor. If desired, donations may be made to Ascension Lutheran Church (Edmonton), Girl Guides of Canada (Alberta Council) or Myeloma Alberta Support Society (PO Box 76135 Southgate, Edmonton, T6H 5Y7).

Condolences: Serenity Funeral Service (Edmonton)

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