Eleanor Landsberger, 91, of Polson, Mont.
She was born on Nov. 2, 1921, the Feast of All Souls. She was the first born of Matt and Clara Stramer. She had two younger brothers, William and Neal, and four younger sisters, Miriam, Bertha, Lucille and Lola. They were raised five miles south of Hazelton. She graduated from Hazelton High School in 1939.
In a search of her vocation she entered the order of the Sisters of the Presentation in Fargo. Providence had other plans. She then pursued a teaching degree from Valley City State College. She taught in a country school two miles north and five miles west of Hazelton.
She met and married James Shea. They made their home two miles north of Hazelton where they farmed and raised eight children, Joseph, Peter, Teresa, Denis, Nicholas, Mary, Ann and Bernard. James died in March of 1963, 50 years ago.
She continued to farm with the help of her brother-in-law, Melvin Shea. In 1975 she married Francis Landsberger. They moved to Polson with the three youngest of her children. She continued to farm on a smaller scale, raising cherries, Brown Swiss cows and Tri-Color Collies. She received a nurses aide certificate and worked as a caregiver to local neighbors. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She especially enjoyed playing harmonica and old time fiddle with her grandchildren. She was always busy with her gardening, quilting, sewing, and her prayer life.
She always loved and defended her Traditional Catholic Faith and she enjoyed fostering this love in her grandchildren by reading the catechism and lives of the saints to them. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish, Kalispell, Mont. She had many traditional devotions for which she cared passionately. Chief among these were the Traditional Mass and Sacraments, the Rosary, the message of Fatima and devotion to the poor souls in Purgatory; all in addition to a lifelong empathy and commitment to the poor and suffering in this world. Her example and perseverance in the faith will not be forgotten by those who knew and loved her.
Eleanor is survived by her eight children, 39 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Neal; her husband, James Shea; her parents, Matt and Clara Stramer; her husband, Francis Landsberger; her grandchild, Matthew Shea; and her sister, Miriam Stramer Hawken.
ARequiem High Mass was offered for the repose of her soul at Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, April 20 in Post Falls.
Interment was held at St Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Hazelton on Tuesday, April 23.
A video tribute of Eleanor may be viewed at http://eleanorstramershealandsberger.shutterfly.com.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of Almighty God rest in peace. Amen.