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Eleanor Eileen Keiper
  • April 16, 1944
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  • June 10, 2020

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Eleanor Eileen Keiper, age 76, of Fruitland Park, FL and Hackensack, MN passed away peacefully on June 10, 2020 in Florida. Daughter of Eugene Lawrence Harnen and Claire Romanofski Kelly, Eleanor was born on April 16, 1944 in Chicago, IL.

Eleanor will be forever remembered by her loving husband, James Keiper, daughter Julie (Mark Scott) Keiper of Waynesville, NC, daughter Patti Keiper of Hopkins, MN, sister Barbara Powell of Phoenix, and three grandchildren, Chelsea Zacher of Missoula, Montana; Chloe (Jay) Thurman of Fort Walton Beach, FL and Alex Zacher of Waynesville, NC as well as eleven nieces and nephews and many dear friends. She is predeceased by her brother, Eugene Harnen and newborn daughter Carol Lee.

Eleanor was a gifted poet of prose and children’s poetry and a fond collector of teddy bears, especially antique mohair bears. She published her lifelong collection of works in a book titled, Journeys Into Poetry. Eleanor worked as a credit analyst for numerous companies as well as a proud co-owner of the family business, Accent Arts in Minneapolis, MN. Eleanor’s favorite places include her poetry studio at her summer home in Hackensack, MN, her beautiful winter home on Lake Griffin in Fruitland Park, FL, the beachfront condo at Makani A Kai in Maui, the Haleakala crater on Maui, and the willow trees at the family home in Chanhassen, MN.

Eleanor wishes to spend eternity in Maui, so her ashes will be spread in Hawaii at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Minneapolis, MN.

 

 

 

 

Excerpts from her works:

I consider myself a “fireside writer”, just now taking the time to indulge myself with the music
of the written word. Retired and loving it. The slower pace has given me time to truly look around me.

I see poetry everywhere I look. If I can inspire children to imagine pictures from my written word,
my epitaph will be, “She has succeeded.” The torch has been passed.

Best Poems and Poetry of 2003, International Library Poetry Anthology, Featured in Literature for the Parkinson’s Disease Walkathon, 1st place winner, poetry contest – Central Florida Library – Sorrento, FL. Member of Writers on the Grill, Mt. Dora Florida, 2007-2009 anthology.
Self-published books of children’s poetry, “A Little Book of Poetry I & II – Luv Ya, Mom”
which invites the reader to become the illustrator of each poem.

In this day and age, imagine stirring imagination!

 

Just a little note to mark my passing
No gathering of family or friends
to see me at less than my best
ALL PROMISES KEPT
You can visit me on the beach at
Makani A Kai in Hawaii on Maui
Maui is the best

Maui nō ka ‘oi


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  1. 23 Jun 2020
    Deb Robinson says:
    I got to know Eleanor when I worked at Accent Arts many years ago and I always enjoyed her. After Eleanor and Jim moved out of the Twin Cites area we only stayed tenuously in touch through Christmas cards. But it was good to hear that Eleanor had so many happy times in such lovely locations during her retirement years. With Eleanor being a poet I thought I should write her a parting Haiku.
    She found her own voice
    quick-witted, good-hearted, true
    words written in sand

  2. 23 Jun 2020
    Ray and Alicia Brozovich says:
    Dear Jim and family, We often think about you and Eleanor: the lovely "Ode to the Willow" poem regarding the willow you lost and the chips were brought to our yard for mulch. Also, we love Hawaii and have been back to Kauai several times....your framing of the seascape we purchased...the beautiful koa wood and dark green silk. We thought Eleanor was a very lovely and sensitive person and remember her fondly. Please accept our deep sympathy for your loss. With our love, Alicia and Ray Brozovich (17244 Tilia Ridge; Eden Prairie, MN 55347_

    We sold our house to our daughter and her family....10 minutes south of Lotus.

  3. 23 Jun 2020
    Patricia Tribbey says:
    Sorry for your loss. She lived a wonderful life and has gone on to her heavenly home.

    Pat Tribbey

  4. 22 Jun 2020
    Laurie Hynes says:
    Hi Jim,
    So sorry for your loss. John and I reminisced about the many time we chatted with you and Eleanor at Accent Arts today. Those were some wonderful times and we so enjoyed knowing the two of you and supporting your wonderful framing business. We still have almost everything we had you frame in our home.

    John and I were lucky enough to spend some time in Maui in February (our first time there) and understand why Eleanor loved it so much.

    All the best to you and your family,

    Laurie and John Hynes
    Former Uptown Neighbors

  5. 21 Jun 2020
    Tom Garrett says:
    Dear Jim, Julie, Patti and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. I have such fond memories of Eleanor at Accent Arts when I worked there in the early 1980s. She brought such warmth and kindness and made a lasting impression! Eleanor seem to be able to juggle so much by raising a family and being a career person all with such ease.
    You all are in our thoughts.
    Tom Garrett and Tom Taylor
    Naples Florida

  6. 21 Jun 2020
    Alex and Shelly Holloway says:
    Dear JIm, Julie, Patti and family,
    Alex and I are sharing in your sorrow but at the same time feeling the gratitude of having known Eleanor both as a neighbor and friend. I am remembering our times of sharing our writing with each other with fondness,
    Eleanors writing had a nurturing effect upon me. There were beautiful words, funny words and much whimsey. She had a keen perception of so many things and her powers of observation were reflected in her writing . I will always be grateful to have known her along with her many teddy bears which she introduced me to each Christmas while on display! In honor of Eleanor I thought I would attempt to write some thoughts about her.

    Eleanor
    She had an old fashioned name but don't let that fool you. She was a powerful blend of wit and discernment. Not much got past her keen eye of surveillance. But along with her ability to see was her ability to hear. she heard what other people missed. she heard the sound a solitary bird singing in the tree top. She heard a babys giggle amidst a crowd and Eleanors own childlike nature made it easy for her to giggle too. Eleanor had a beautiful mind. My awareness of who she was began when she, Jeanne and I sat together through the years swapping our wares with each other.. our wares of course being our writing. Eleanors writing sometimes comforted me and because her thoughts were truly lovely not gawdy or exaggerated but a rich mixture of words that stirred the best and the deepest in me. I also enjoyed her funny stories, her quirky ones that made us all laugh out loud. I often said to Eleanor and Jeannie that all they needed was proper marketing and they would be rich women! I was honored to be part of that trio. Eleanor was a strong woman. Her body through the years weakened but her spirit soared. I didn't see her often but seeing her when I did was enough for me to know that I was in the presence of a woman who didn't give up easily. I know what mattered to her most was her family. Her eyes sparkled brighter when she talked about her girls, her granddaughters and its obvious she inspired all of them to love her lavishly. Eleanor was a woman who was well loved! Her husband Jim day in and day out poured his whole self into caring for her and honoring her. As a wife I hope and trust my own husband will love me to such a measure. When I think of Eleanor I think of a friend I wish I could have known better. I feel the loss of her presently but also a diminishing of what might have been in the future. I am so grateful to have known her at all and to live right across the street from her. Eleanor is a lovely name but what makes this name truly beautiful is the woman who belonged to it her whole life. Whenever I will hear it in the future I will think of Eleanor Keiper and I will be warmed in my heart with the remembrance of such a remarkable person.

  7. 18 Jun 2020
    KATHY GOLUB says:
    Nothing but good memories of you and Jim going way, way back. You fought a great battle with nothing but grace. You will definitely be missed by all that knew you. Kathy

  8. 17 Jun 2020
    Colton Chermak lit a candle:
    Lit since June 17, 2020 at 6:46:55 PM

  9. 17 Jun 2020
    Colton Chermak says:
    Aunt Eleanor, you will be missed by more then just my family, you will be missed by everyone. I loved your smile, and your beautiful work as an author.

    Colton Chermak

  10. 17 Jun 2020
    Dana Imlah says:
    I know that I havnt known you well but family is family. You will be forever missed.

  11. 17 Jun 2020
    Julie Kleinhans says:
    Dear Julie and family,

    I met your mom just a few times when I came over to your house as a young teenager, but I remember her. I remember her friendliness and kind smile. I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom a little over a year ago and know how hard that is.

    Julie Kleinhans

  12. 17 Jun 2020
    jill keiper says:
    Eleanor. You will be missed by everyone who knew you . You beautiful smile and kind work will stay with me forever.

  13. 15 Jun 2020
    Southern Elite says:
    To Julie Keiper and Family,

    The Southern Elite Team at AmeriHealth Caritas NC, would like to extend our prayers of comfort and strength during this time.

    "And the peace of God which passeth all understand, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

    Be Blessed

  14. 15 Jun 2020
    Jennifer Zimmerman says:
    I will forever remember your laugh and quick wit. I always looked forward to the holiday greeting cards to see what new funny joke they would be.

  15. 15 Jun 2020
    Patricia Keiper posted an image:
    Selling books in Hackensack
    Selling books in Hackensack

  16. 15 Jun 2020
    Patricia Keiper posted an image:
    Patricia
    Patricia

  17. 15 Jun 2020
    Patricia Keiper posted an image:
    Sweet sixteens, at 50 years
    Sweet sixteens, at 50 years

  18. 15 Jun 2020
    Patricia Keiper posted an image:
    Memories
    Memories

  19. 15 Jun 2020
    Patricia Keiper posted an image:
    Mom at her 50th, with her wedding dress.
    Mom at her 50th, with her wedding dress.

  20. 15 Jun 2020
    Patricia Keiper posted an image:
    Mom and Dad at the cabin.
    Mom and Dad at the cabin.

  21. 15 Jun 2020
    Patricia Keiper posted an image:
    Hackensack, Minnesota cabin home.
    Hackensack, Minnesota cabin home.

  22. 15 Jun 2020
    Patricia Keiper posted an image:
    Xmas in Florida.
    Xmas in Florida.

  23. 15 Jun 2020
    Patti Keiper says:
    I will always love you Mom. I hope you're with my twin Carol Lee right now. Give my other sister a big hug and tell her I think of her often.

    The first female monarch butterfly I raise this summer, I will name after you and set her free with my continued unending love in a message using her wings. Watch for her.

    I'm so glad you heard me sing Angel to you, Mom. You squeezed my hand and gently left this place only after it was over.
    http://www.voyagerliveaction.com/charity/Angel-SarahMcLachlanDuet.mp3

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