February 22, 1932 - September 28, 2017
Eleanor Sisson Krauth O’Brien (Ellie) passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, September 28, 2017. She was 85.
Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on February 22, 1932, to parents Ed and Viola Sisson of Council Bluffs, Eleanor grew up in Council Bluffs and married William “Bill” Krauth in 1952. They settled in Madison, WI. Bill passed away in 1989.
Eleanor was a superb cook, known for her deviled eggs, potato soup, beef stew and other delicious homemade creations. She drove a school bus for special needs children for years, where she was a compassionate and fun early morning and late afternoon companion. Ellie loved to refurbish furniture and was an expert seamstress, frequently whipping up pillow cases, curtains and other décor for friends and family. She also had gorgeous penmanship and a wonderful sense of humor. Ellie, Bill and second husband, Richard O’Brien, went to kindergarten together in Council Bluffs. Years later, “Dick” whisked her away to China, Russia, on many cruises and across the globe on their retiree adventures.
Ellie was preceded in death by her parents; sister Maxine Sisson; first husband Bill Krauth; and daughter Patricia Lynn Andrews. She is survived by loving spouse, Dick O’Brien; sons, Thomas Krauth of Indiana; Michael Krauth of Iowa; Jeffrey of Colorado Springs, CO; stepchildren Randa and Dr. Jeff Jordan of Texas; Dr. Kevin O’Brien and his wife, Sandy of Birmingham, AL; Lisa Cavender and partner Mike Betz of Texas; granddaughter Tara Jarvinen of Cedar Rapids, IA; grandson David Jarvinen of Council Bluffs, IA; granddaughter Kaity Krauth of Indiana and numerous step-grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services will be held on Sunday, October 1 at John P. Brooks and Family Aria Funeral Home at 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252 with a 1:00 P.M. visitation followed by a 2:00 P.M. Celebration of Life. Please bring your memories and stories of Ellie to share with us. Services will be held in Council Bluffs on October 14th.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Ellie’s name to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 3052 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75220.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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