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Elinor J. Reid

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Elinor J. Reid, 95, died on December 1, 2012 at her home in Glen Ellyn, IL. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Elinor was the daughter of the late John and Lillian Herman. Elinor graduated from Sioux City High School at age 16 followed by attending Carleton College, Northfield Minnesota. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society and she graduated summa cum-laude with honors in Latin and distinction in English and music. Elinor received a full scholarship to Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating with a Master of Arts Degree in classical languages before she was 21. Elinor first taught Latin and English in Glendale, Arizona then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and taught all 4 grade levels of high school Latin until 1946. She married Captain Maurice S. Reid on his return from overseas military service in 1946. Elinor raised her family, mainly in Glen Ellyn, and was active in Faith Lutheran Church, including Altar Guild and Miriam Circle, and was a member of the Glen Ellyn Music Club. Elinor was an accomplished pianist and accompanist. Her passion for music continued through her children and grandchildren, all of which played one or more musical instruments. Elinor is survived by her husband of 66 years, Maurice S. Reid, two children, John S. Reid (Wilma) of Glen Ellyn and Janet Helgeson (Thomas) of Arvada, Colorado, five grandchildren, Michael Reid (Kassi) of Algonquin, IL, Kristin Fiasche (Antonio) of Glen Ellyn, Tom Reid of Glen Ellyn, Amy Helgeson of Denver, Colorado, and Erik Helgeson of Denver Colorado, and one great grandchild, Mario Fiasche of Glen Ellyn. Elinor was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Verner Herman. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday December 4, 2012 at Faith Lutheran Church, 41 N Park Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL with the Reverend Jim Honig officiating. Interment will take place at Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone, Iowa. In lieu of flowers contributions should be directed to Faith Lutheran Church music program.

Published in Central DuPage News/Leader/Post/Press on Dec. 5, 2012
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