Eloise L. Stewart

Eloise L. Stewart, age 88, of Crofton, Nebraska, died on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Monday, July 26, 2021 at Congregational Church of Crofton with Pastor Christina Driver officiating.  Burial will be in the Crofton City Cemetery.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, on Sunday, July 25 at the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton.  Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are Patrick, Daniel, Rick Stewart, Travis Allvin, Aaron Gutgsell and Dean Zimmerman.  Honorary pallbearers are Melanie, Emily, Mia Stewart and Allison Landers.

Eloise Laree Stewart was born February 17, 1933, outside of Verdel, Nebraska to Frank and Leone (Beck) Shanek.  Eloise attended Niobrara High School where she took “Normal Training” which would allow her to be a teacher upon graduation.  She graduated in 1950 and that fall, started her teaching career in a small country school west of Niobrara.  Her next stop was at the Herrick School District northwest of Crofton.  While teaching there, she met the love of her life, Vern Stewart.  After a brief courtship, they were married on June 10, 1952.  They lived at the 2 Bar Ranch with Vern’s parents, Rob and Hilda Stewart until moving to their own farm northwest of Crofton in 1955.  Eloise was a very hard-working “farmhand”, helping with chores and raising chickens and having a large garden.  She also continued her teaching career at rural schools including East Star, West Star and Tewsville.  In 1966, she began teaching Remedial Reading at Crofton Elementary.  Four years later, she began her first of 20 years of teaching first grade.  She loved teaching students how to read and seeing the “Aha” moments in their eyes.  Eloise had her teaching career interrupted by the birth of her two sons, Mike and Kelly.  If having a family, teaching and helping with the family farm weren’t enough, she also took many night classes and summer classes.  She eventually earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Mount Marty College.

Eloise and Vern loved to bowl and were in partner leagues as well as individual women and men’s league.  Eloise won several bowling awards.  Vern was a member of the Elks Lodge in Yankton and Eloise enjoyed attending lodge activities with him.  She also loved spending time with family, friends and neighbors.  Vern and Eloise were members of the Crofton UCC Church, where Eloise was very active in the Sunday School Program and Ladies Aid.  She also belonged to the International Reading Association, the National Education Association, The Nebraska State Education Association and the Crofton Education Association.

Eloise is survived by her sons, Mike (Diane) Stewart of St. Peter, MN and Kelly (Deb) Stewart of Norfolk; grandchildren: Melanie Stewart of Omaha, NE, Patrick (Allison Landers) Stewart of Minneapolis, MN, Emily Stewart of Omaha, and Daniel Stewart of Crofton; one great-granddaughter, Mia Stewart of Minneapolis; brother, Don (Hannelore) Shanek of Castroville, CA; sisters-in-law, Lucille Engebretson of Council Bluffs, IA and Eileen Stewart of Crofton; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vern on November 5, 2011; sister, Willa Dean (Woody) Pease; brother, Jack (EllaMae) Shanek; sisters-in-law, Evelyn (Elmer) Zimmerman and Lola (Raymond) Smith; and brothers-in-law, Russ Engebretson and Richard Stewart.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials to the Congregational Church of Crofton, 412 W. Main St, Crofton, NE 68730.



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8 response to "Eloise L. Stewart"

  1. By: Rev. GJKimm Posted: July 22, 2021

    Eloise was a hard working woman who also enjoyed reading and took pride in owning aids for reading. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rev. Gary and Sheri Kimm

  2. By: Keith E Koch Posted: July 22, 2021

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. By: Joe Guenther Posted: July 23, 2021

    Kelly and Family, sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in our prayers.

  4. By: Kathy Nelson Posted: July 24, 2021

    Eloise was always one of my favorite people!!! She was a great inspiration as a new teacher–always a kind smile and joyous laugh!! What a joy in the kitchen at UCC, lighting up the room and leading by example!!! I feel blessed to have known her! May you all cherish the wonderful memories she blessed you with!

  5. By: Rev.Michael D Schmitz Posted: July 25, 2021

    I wish my deepest sympathy on the loss of Eloise. She was a great resident at Majestic Bluffs and I will remember her and family in my prayers!!

  6. By: Laverta Mauch Posted: July 25, 2021

    You have my deepest sympathy in the loos of your Mother. She was such a gracious person and I was so glad to help Vern and Eloise in their home for awhile. It was fun making kuchen, picking apples etc. I enjoyed picking up groceries that she called in the order and picking up soft ice cream from Walt’s and visiting her weekly before Covid in Assisted Living. May she rest in peace. May God bless you with the strength and grace to deal with the grief. She always mentioned your calls

  7. By: Erin Brown Posted: July 26, 2021

    So very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Stewart was my first grade teacher and it was her last year of teaching as she retired that spring. I vividly remember how much she cared. A bunch of us had our ears pierced that year. She would get out her alcohol/cotton balls and would help us turn our earrings and keep them clean. Years later I would occasionally see her out at the Bluffs and we would have conversations and she would ask how the family was. She will be missed by many.

  8. By: Katrina Sommer Posted: July 28, 2021

    I am truly sorry for you loss. I will miss her. She was such a great person. I remember how much she loved the saran wrap ball I made her to take to her family event one year for Christmas. She raved about how much fun you guy all had and how happy that made her. She enjoyed the little things in life and I will never forget her. Thank you for sharing her. She was a great lady!

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