Eleanor V Schlinkert

January 15th, 1917 to July 15th, 2013
Eleanor Virginia (King) Schlinkert, 96, of East China, passed peacefully into eternal life on Monday, July 15, 2013.

She was born January 15, 1917 in Bingham Township, Huron County, Michigan, and was the eldest daughter of Frederick and Anna (Wurm) King. Eleanor married Edgar Schlinkert in Port Huron on August 3, 1940. He preceded her in death on January 2, 1998.

Eleanor came to Marysville with her parents in 1919 at the age of two. She attended Marysville Schools and was Salutatorian and Class Treasurer of the Class of 1934, and played both the clarinet and the saxophone in the band. After working at the Sears Roebuck store in Port Huron, and then in the office of the Chrysler plant in Marysville, Eleanor was employed as Marysville's Deputy City Clerk from 1957 to 1963, and then as City Clerk until her retirement in 1976.

Eleanor was a talented seamstress, enjoyed gardening, and worked extensively researching her family genealogy. Many hours were spent in courthouses and cemeteries researching the King, Wurm and Hoffmeyer families. Eleanor's parents were founding members of the Marysville Methodist-Episcopal Church. Eleanor was a member of this congregation for more than 93 years, and served as both Sunday School teacher and leader of the youth programs for many years. She was also active with the Wesleyan Service Guild and the United Methodist Women. Eleanor was Past Matron and a Life Member of Cornell-Marysville Chapter #93, Order of the Eastern Star. She also was a member of the Garden Division of the Marysville Women's Club, and the Maryville Lioness Club.

She was a volunteer leader with Troop 95 through their Brownie Scout and Girl Scout years, and was very proud that the entire membership of the troop achieved their "Curved Bar" rank in 1961. She also actively supported Boy Scout Troop 216, and attended adult leader training at Philmont Scout Ranch in 1966 and the National Scout Jamboree in Idaho in 1969. She was especially proud that her son, a nephew, and two grandsons all became Eagle Scouts.

Following her retirement, Eleanor devoted many hours to the founding of the Marysville Historical Museum, housed in the former City Hall. This included the indexing of artifacts and memorabilia as well as the organization of the exhibits.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and John Decator of Marysville; her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Elizabeth (Shannon) Schlinkert of Manistee; six grandchildren, Dennis (Jeri) Decator, Darin Decator, Craig (Lachelle) Schlinkert, Jaime (Jeffrey) Greene, Julie (Joseph) Chambers and Carly Schlinkert; 12 great grandchildren; a sister, Dollie (Grant) Partridge of Marysville; a brother-in-law, William Schlinkert of Marysville; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers and their spouses, Kenneth (Grace) King and Floyd (Edwinea) King; a sister and her spouse, Fay (Ted) Neal; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Schlinkert; and a great granddaughter, Virginia Decator.

Family members celebrated the life of Eleanor at a private memorial service held Friday, July 19, 2013 in the Marysville Funeral Home. The Rev. Ralph Barteld officiated.

Burial was in Riverlawn Cemetery, Marysville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 12 of Port Huron or to the Blue Water Area Humane Society.

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