Eleanor Louise Gumpert, 96, of South Haven, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the Upjohn Care and Rehabilitation Center in Kalamazoo. She was born April 2, 1923 to Reinhold and Helen (Modro) Keene in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Eleanor graduated from Benton Harbor High School with the Class of 1941. Eleanor married Carl Gumpert on September 20, 1947 in St. Joseph, Michigan. They shared 53 years in marriage before his passing in 2000. She worked as an administrative assistance at South Haven Public Schools for 15 years before her retirement in 1988. She loved crossword puzzles and University of Michigan sports. She was a University of Michigan Football season ticket holder for several years. At one time, Eleanor was an avid golfer. Eleanor was a great cook. Everyone loved her sausage stuffing.
She is preceded in death along with her husband by son – Randy Gumpert, daughter – Linda Sue Gumpert, and sisters – Dorothy Granger and Annie Mulholland.
Eleanor is survived by daughters – Patti (Larry) VanLiere of Portage, and Kristi Harry of Jackson, Wisconsin. Five grandchildren and four great grandchildren also survive.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home in South Haven. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 1:00 PM with Pastor Steve Starks officiating at the funeral home. Eleanor will be laid to rest at Lakeview Cemetery in South Haven. Contributions may be made in Eleanor’s memory to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123 or to the Van Buren County Senior Services, PO Box 105, Paw Paw, Michigan 49079.
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