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Eleanor Augusta Dani

Eleanor Augusta Dani, age 81, of Champaign, went home to be with the Lord at 6:33 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Eleanor’s faith and hope in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior was the cornerstone Eleanorof her life.  She put her faith to work in her life which will be celebrated on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. at her home church, St. John Lutheran. Internment will occur in Sugar Bush, Wisconsin at Ruckdashel Cemetery, August 3, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.

Eleanor was born in Champaign, Illinois on August 14, 1938 at Burnham City Hospital, loving daughter of Walter and Bernice Schreiber of Champaign. Eleanor married Bruce N. Dani on July 20, 1958. Along with Bruce, Eleanor is survived by her son Philip and wife Jane Dani, daughter Gisela and husband David Hancock, son David and wife Monica Dani; grandchildren, Bethany, Brandy, Paige, Ryan, Ally, Jessica, Ashley, Alex and Sarah; great –grandchildren, Olivia, Riley, Aleksander, Everett, and Madeleine brother-in-law Brian Dani and many nieces and nephews whom she loved and cherished.

As a young child Eleanor lived on the family farm in Champaign County. She eleanor2became a very accomplished croquet player. She graduated from Central High in 1956, was active in Walther League Lutheran Youth Association where she met her husband Bruce Dani. Eleanor was an accomplished organist and played in churches from a young age, playing pipe organs at St. John Lutheran, Immanuel Lutheran Tuscola, Lutheran Chapel University of Illinois, Lutheran Chapel Zweibrücken, Germany, Trinity Lutheran Temple City, Holy Cross Lutheran Scottsdale, Salem Lutheran Black Jack, Ascension Lutheran Tucson, Atonement Lutheran San Diego, Trinity Lutheran San Diego, and anytime she was needed or had the chance. She played the organ for 52 years. eleanor3Eleanor was blessed to have traveled in all 50 states and many foreign countries. While they were married, Eleanor and Bruce traveled extensively. They traveled around Europe when Bruce was in the Army where in Saltsburg, Germany they made a special trip to hear a pipe organ in the cathedral where Captain von Trapp and Maria were married (Sound of Music). They lived in several different parts of the United States. While living in San Diego California she worked as a Phlebotomist for many years and loved it. Eleanor was an active and longtime member of the LWML, attending meetings and conventions doing the Lord’s work. They volunteered with Lutheran Border Concern Ministries and helped build a church in Tijuana, Mexico.

Eleanor and Bruce were proud Petal Pushers and worked on the Lutheran Hour Float eleanor4and many other floats even becoming crew chief for the world-famous Rose Parade which she attended or watched whenever possible for the entirety of her life.

Most recently, she enjoyed all of the family that visited including spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. As the matriarch of the family, she will be greatly missed.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. John Lutheran Church.

Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


I am so sorry to hear about Eleanor's passing. We were 1956 classmates at CHS. We lost track of each other after graduation--I remember her as being quiet in school, but, enjoyed life otherwise. Funny our lives didn't cross in Europe. I was very near Zweibrucken while in the Army stationed at Baumholder. Also, we have spent 8 nights in Salzburg and loved it as I'm sure she did. When she and her husband were at the chapel where the Von Trapps were married, that's in Mondsee, Austria and is a beautiful church. We have a picture of the church hanging on our wall. Again, I'm sorry for your loss, but, I'm sure you have beautiful memories of her.

—Bob Welch


Condolences on the loss of Eleanor! She was a talented, Christian lady who I respected greatly. She substituted playing the keyboard for me at Christ Family Lutheran Church in Mahomet. So sorry for your loss. Happy that she is with the Lord. May you feel God's peace and love surrounding you and your family.

—JoAnne Carmichael


It was with a heavy heart when my phone rang and before I answered I knew it was this kind of news. Eleanor was a very kind hearted person that was such a blessing for Bruce and for those of us that had pleasure to know her. As her brother in law we had many family gatherings. When I graduated college and before my marriage they kindly allowed me to live with them. I was a baby sitter also for Phillip. Their moves took them to many places. Our last time together was for a family cruise to Alaska. 24 family members were on this trip. That trip was very special for all of us. Our sister, Diana, was with us for this cruise, she has since passed on. I suspect she was awaiting to greet Eleanor in Heaven.

—Brian Dani


We are sad for the loss of our dear sweet aunt Eleanor. We are joyful for the many shared memories of family events and gatherings, shared love and admiration, Godly examples of faith, love, and kindness in action. We are blessed to have witnessed a strong commitment of faith and perseverance of enduring love for life, family, and God. My fondest memory is the family gathering that often included card games with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins - during which, the sharing of family history and stories occurred. I like to think.....that somewhere in heaven, there's a growing gathering of another family event..... waiting just beyond the threshold of life...for the next love one....outstretched arms ready to show love and gather the next loved one into the recesses of Heaven. What a glorious thought! Thank you Father, for the gift of your love in action in the many family members that are present here and those whom have gone before us. May we be comforted by your Holy Spirit during this time of grieving. Fill us with the reminders of what is to come. Thank you for Eleanor and her wonderful example of a life of faith, love and dedication....we say farewell ...until we meet again in heaven.


Cudlip Family


My bond to my aunt Eleanor began on her wedding day to my uncle. I had just turned 4 and was so proud to be their flower girl. My parents, 2 year old brother, 20 month old sister were with me as we made the trek from Tomahawk, Albert Canada to Champaign, Illinois to attend their nuptials.

I admired my aunt and uncle greatly. She was just as beautiful and stunning as Marilyn Monroe and he was equally as handsome and dashing as Desi Arnaz.

Over Valentine's Day weekend of 2020 I traveled from my home in Seattle, Washington to visit old friends in central Illinois and also to visit my Champaign family on President's Day. I did not know it would be the last time I would see my aunt Eleanor alive or that the whole planet was about to experience the Covid-19 pandemic. During that short but very memorable and eventful visit, my aunt Eleanor gave me a beautiful Bible which she enscribed to me, her flower girl. A gift that I will truly treasure all the days of my life.

In between their wedding day of July 20, 1958 and our last telephone conversation on June 20, 2020 are all my other memories of my aunt Eleanor : a vast treasure-trove forged in great loving kindness.

—Rebekah Karlen


Please accept our condolences. We met Eleanor via Pastor and Diana Karlen in Prairietown. I guess Diana was the matriarch before Eleanor. She always talked about Eleanor and Phillip and the work they did out of so much love of Jesus. You know that is who she is with now. Blessing for all of you.

—Helen Flatau


My Aunt Eleanor and Uncle Bruce were my baptismal sponsors and I have many great memories of family gatherings and activities throughout my life. The one that stands out is how she showed her unwavering faith and love for family in everything she did. From daily devotions to Bible reading to the way she treated her entire family, Eleanor’s life was exemplary of a life well lived. My mom and her were like sisters and I know she missed mom very much after mom’s passing. Now they are together for all eternity in Heaven and I look forward to our reunion someday. I will miss her but I know that this “veil of tears” is temporary. Farewell Aunt Eleanor, till we meet again!

—Mary Hard


We are very sad and offer our sincere condolences to Bruce and family. During our 50 years in this country, We met Bruce & Eleanor many times. All of the gatherings were full of joy and fun.

These are some of the many that stand out:

First time I met in El Centro and then L.A. in 1971. I had just come to the country, but they were very welcoming, supportive and understanding.

Then in 1978, when Mina was pregnant with our first child Rahul. They visited us in Vicksburg, MS. We spent the night together and then we followed them to Dallas for Merrill's wedding. We met all the other members of the family.

In 1979, when we visited them in St. Louis, we had our baby (Rahul) and my mom with us (who was visiting the US for the first time and did not speak any English). She was very much impressed by Eleanor's hospitality.

We met them few more times in Iowa and then for their Golden Wedding Anniversary. All the gatherings were full of joy and memorable.

Eleanor we will really miss you.

Rest in Peace,

—Mina, Dinesh Dani and family.