Eleanor Lieuwen, 94, of New Holland, SD passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Platte Care Center Avera. Funeral Services are 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 29, 2018 at the New Holland Christian Reformed Church. A Committal Service will follow at New Holland Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Mount Funeral Home in Platte, SD.
Eleanor Zylstra was born to Richard and Helen (Disselkoen) Zylstra on February 23, 1923 on a farm south of Joubert, SD. She had three sisters and three brothers. Eleanor attended country school and went to Platte High School for two years. She married Cornelius Lieuwen at her parent's home on Tuesday, September 12, 1944. They lived in Salina, Kansas where Cornie was stationed in the Army Air Corps. When Cornie returned from the service, together they moved into the home they would live in for 69 years. Cornie and Eleanor were blessed with four daughters and one son. Eleanor spent her early years of motherhood raising her children. She enjoyed sewing and sewed clothes for many in the area. She shared her love of sewing by teaching many girls the skill of sewing. Later in life she worked at Dykstra's Department Store, she was the janitor at New Holland Christian School and she and Cornie were custodians at Dakota Christian High School for many years.
Eleanor was a lifelong member of the New Holland Christian Reformed Church, where she was, for many years, the Head Counselor of the Calvinette Club and worked in the church library. She was involved in Harmony Workers, Hosanna Club, Ladies Aid, Dakota Christian High Auxillary and Good Neighbor Extension Club. She made many lifelong friendships through her involvement in these groups. Eleanor enjoyed singing, especially with her favorite singing partner, Cornie.
Eleanor was proceeded in death by her husband of 73 years, Cornie, who died just 8 days earlier. She is survived by her children: Bea (Terry) of Bellevue, WA, Fran (Marlin) of West Des Moines, IA, Jan (Ron) Van Zee of Platte, SD, Percy (Vicki) Lieuwen and Gail (Alvin) Punt both of Sioux Falls, SD; thirteen grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Marrionette Zylstra, Mae Lieuwen and Char Uilenberg; brother-in-law, Duane and Linda Tjeerdsma; and many nieces and nephews.
Eleanor died at the Platte Care Center on Wednesday, January 24, one month shy of her 95th birthday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Eleanor's honor may be directed to: Dakota Christian School, 37614 SD Hwy 44, Corsica, SD 57328, Platte Care Center - Dining Room Tables, PO Box 200, Platte, SD 57369 or New Holland CRC, PO Box 3, New Holland, SD 57364.