Eleanor M. Mainz |
May 3, 1928 — Aug. 7, 2017
Eleanor M. (Zimmerman) Mainz was born May 3, 1928, in Norristown, Pa., the youngest of seven children. She grew up and attended school in Pottstown, Pa.
Attending Pottstown High School, Eleanor played basketball and sang in the Girl’s Glee Club. She was raised in the Methodist Church always singing in the choir, a church activity she continued into her early 80s. During the war years, she spent weekends singing in the local park with the band, providing free local entertainment. On weekends she would ride her bike to the nearby pretzel factory to buy her family a bag of pretzel pieces for a few cents, and pretzels always remained her favorite snack. After high school graduation, she worked as a secretary for the Insurance Company of North America in Philadelphia. She told wonderful stories about train rides to and from work in Philly. Around 1956, Eleanor moved to California where she was interviewed by Walt Disney himself, for a position as his executive secretary. Due to travel demands she declined his offer and began work as an executive secretary for Sunkist Corporation in Ontario, Calif. She married Harley R. Mainz on May 5, 1962. Retiring from Sunkist in 1970, Eleanor and Harley moved to Oconomowoc, joining the family plumbing and bath shop business. In 1994, they moved to Sun City West, Ariz., to enjoy warmer weather. They were active in church, enjoyed golfing and were avid Packer football and Phoenix Suns basketball fans. They traveled extensively including Europe, Alaska and a cruise through the Panama Canal. Harley passed away in 2005, after 43 years married to “the love of his life.”
Eleanor later moved to The Heritage Tradition Independent Living Center enjoying her active life there. Following a contentious legal battle with a Sun City West Fiduciary beginning in 2012, Eleanor achieved a legal victory in 2014 with the help of her family, and moved to McLennan Manor in Northridge, Calif., near her niece and nephew. While there, she went on trips to Santa Barbara and Las Vegas, attended performances at the music center, attended church and celebrated holidays and weekends with family. She enjoyed her life and maintained her quick sense of humor to the end, always saying, “Laughter is my best medicine.” She always expressed her gratefulness for God’s love and the love of her family and friends.
Eleanor passed away peacefully in her home on August 7, 2017, with her niece, nephew and devoted caregivers at her side.
Eleanor is survived by two sisters, Sara Woodcock and Marion Dean, and many nieces and nephews and close friends, all of whom she loved dearly.
God bless you Aunt Ellie and keep you in His care always. You are loved!
Her funeral/memorial service is Saturday, August 26, at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Granada Hills, Calif. Her committal will be at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, Sun City West, Ariz., at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Music Fund, 12227 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills, CA 91344, or www.BrightFocus.org for Macular Degeneration Research.