Eleanor Mae Christianson, 78, of Bode, passed away peacefully on Dec. 7, 2012 in Bloomington, IL at the home of her son, Kevin, where she made her home.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Bode with the Rev. Steve Bliss officiating.
Eleanor, daughter of Arthur and Ida (Berkland) Cody, was born April 13, 1934 in rural Cylinder. She was raised and educated in Cylinder. She earned degrees from Waldorf College, Iowa State, and Drake University. She also attended Illinois State and Indiana University. Eleanor taught school in Twin Rivers, Atlantic and Ames, and several cities in Illinois and Indiana. Her long teaching career was frequently interrupted by her husband's many career moves and the needs of her five children.\She was united in marriage to James Christianson in February 1956 at Cylinder, and to this union five children were born. Throughout her husband's career they lived in many different cities in the Midwest. Upon her husband's retirement they returned to their family roots in Bode to live among the friends and family, which they dearly loved and enjoyed.
Eleanor dearly loved spending time with family and friends and traveling with her husband until his death. Her greatest pride and joys were caring for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was an active member of the churches in the cities she lived in, ending at St. Olaf Lutheran Church.
Eleanor is survived by her children, Joel (Jenny) Christianson of Atlanta, GA, Kevin (Julie) Christianson of Bloomington, IL, Kent (Karen Goldberg) Christianson of Seattle, WA, and Amy (Carl) Liebert of Alamo Springs, CA; 19 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; son-in-law, Tim Geist of Arizona; brother, Arnold (Margie) Cody of Phoenix, AZ; sisters, Cora (Dean) Lufkin of Phoenix, AZ and Iva (Ronald) Jurgins of Johnston.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James; daughter, Valerie Geist; granddaughter, Alden Liebert; and brother, Kenneth Cody.
Memorials can be made to the Bode Community Club, Bode, IA 50519 or International Mental Health Research Organization (IMH RO), PO Box 680, Rutherford, CA 94573; online memorials WWW.IMHRO.ORG