Eleanore Ida Schalles

Eleanore Ida Schalles, 92, of Waunakee/Tucson, Ariz. died on Saturday, May 24, 2008 in a Tucson hospital after a brief illness and surgery.

She touched many with her laughter, common sense, positive attitude and zest for life.

She is remembered for her famous fudge, Christmas stollen, and her lemon meringue pie.

Eleanore was a nurse, a seamstress, a dominoes and card player and people loved to hear her sing.

Eleanore met "Shorty" Schalles in high school, and they were married from 1936 until his death in September of l997.

What times they shared, from Barton/West Bend, where they danced at Gonring’s with all their friends, to their move to Madison and then to Waunakee, where they opened the Schalles Bakery in the early 1950s.

Eleanore worked for Dr. Curtis, M.D., in Waunakee, which led to opening the Schalles’ Antique Shop, well known on Main Street from the 1960s to the late 1970s.

They began short winter trips to Florida, then to Green Valley, Ariz. where Eleanore enjoyed almost 40 years of active retirement.

She won many trophies for shuffleboard and bowling, and enjoyed swimnastics and singing with the choir at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church for over 20 years.

For the past 11 years, Eleanore spent early summers at her daughter’s Indian jewelry shop, where many will remember her smile and greeting from the rocking chair at the front of the store.

She spent late summers with her daughter, Nancy and family in Arden Hills, Minn.

Eleanore was born on Sept. 22, 1915 on the family farm on Highway A near Barton, in the town of Farmington, the only daughter of Emil and Josephine (Docter) Daluge.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence "Shorty" Schalles; and her brothers, Harlan, Lester (Esther), Ralph and Francis Daluge.

Loved ones left with happy memories include sisters-in-law, Gwen Daluge and children, Rick, Peter, Amy Behm and Carla Voss; Carol Barnes and daughters, Susie and Jeanne; Betty and Bob Gintner and children; Joann Daluge and sons, Steven and Dan; Mary Jane Daluge and sons, Josh and Aaron Luck and families; Tom and Betsy Docter and all of the Docter family; Mary and Bob Bechwar and sons, Tim, Bob, David, Paul, Steven and daughter, Margaret Whatley and sons; Rosemary Schalles and sons, Robert, Dan and Tom; John and Beth Schalles and children, John, Caroline and Ted; and her godchild, Barbara Geib Hensen.

Eleanore is survived by two daughters, Kathleen "Kay"/ "Katy" Schalles of Madison and Nancy (Dale) Noyed of Arden Hills, Minn.; grandchilden, Wendy Haller of White Bear Lake, Minn. and Sean Haller of Minneapolis, Minn.

Also surviving are stepsons, Philip (Carrie) Noyed and their children, Molly and Katie; and Jeffrey (Krista) Noyed and their children, Stephanie, Brian and Lindsay.

The special friends whose lives were touched by Eleanore include, Lester "Kunu" Green and family, Mary Kwasigroch, Eduard Parsons, Ana and Damien Luyet, Jessica O’Leary Reed, Gina Zastrow Hayes, Kathy Foster, Margot Wenger, Tammie Lynch, Katy Plane and Annie Kalson.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 209 South St., Waunakee, with Monsignor James Gunn officiating.

Friends may call at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.

Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Barton, on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.

The Winn Funeral Home, Waunakee, is assisting the family.