Eleanor N. Duerr, 94, passed quietly on May 25, 2011 at the Essa Flory Hospice Center, Lancaster. She was the devoted wife of the late Ludwig A. Duerr for nearly 60 years until his death in 2008.
She was loving mother to Virginia Duerr of Philadelphia and to Carolyn Duerr Karl, wife of James Karl, of Lancaster. She also leaves three grandchildren, Adam and Ben Karl and Charlotte James.
Born in Queens, New York, she was the daughter of the late Christian and Anna (Kroll) Nullmeyer.
Eleanor was a woman ahead of her time. During the 1940’s, she was an executive assistant for the W.E. Hutton firm on Wall Street; she trained at the famed Katie Gibbs School for secretaries. She delighted her daughters with stories of linen dresses and white gloved subway rides to work from her Salvation Army women’s only residence, The Evangeline, in Greenwich Village, New York.
Eleanor married “Lud” in 1949. The couple made their home in Oradell, New Jersey for the next 53 years. Theirs was a joy-filled partnership. Together they raised their two girls, grew a successful business and participated in local civic affairs. Eleanor was active in her church, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Republican Club. In retirement, Eleanor and her husband traveled the world, armed with a rental car, a map and no reservations. The couple moved to Lancaster in 2002 to be near their family.
Eleanor was a great cook, seamstress (she made her own wedding dress!) and homemaker. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She was a kind, generous and gracious lady.
A life celebration will be private and held at the convenience of the family. If desired, memorial contributions can be made to The Salvation Army, 131 S. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603.