Eleanor E. Gayan, 93
Oct. 9, 1922 — Feb. 1, 2016
Eleanor E. Gayan (nee Shefka), 93, of West Bend, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at the Samaritan Health Center. She was born Oct. 9, 1922, in Saxon to Anton and Anna (nee Konkol) Shefka.
She married Joseph W. Gayan in Chicago on March 18, 1945. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Bayonne, New Jersey. In 1950, they bought a farm outside of West Bend. She helped on the farm in addition to working at Enger Kress for five years and then the West Bend Co. until she retired.
Eleanor loved dogs, flowers, birds and walks in her woods. Her love of the outdoors came from exploring the woods as a child with her father and brothers in Ramsay, Michigan. However, the most important thing in her life was family. The frequent family reunions held over the years at “The Farm” brought her the greatest joy.
Eleanor is survived by her stepdaughter, Mingyon Townsend of Kewaunee; her son, Joseph A. (Kristine) Gayan of West Bend; four step-grandchildren, David, Roy, Theresa and Cathy; four grandchildren, Joseph P. (Amber) Gayan, Michael J. (Jennifer) Gayan, Caroline (Joseph) Kindt and Zachary T. Gayan; and five great-grandchildren, Sawyer, Hunter, Reed, Grant and Kate. She is further survived by her brother, Walter Shefka; two sisters, Jeanette and Loretta; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Anna Shefka; her husband, Joseph W. Gayan in 1972; her step-granddaughter, Carol Ann Townsend; and her siblings, Edwin, Evelyn, Tony and MaryAnn.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend. The family will greet visitors from 11-11:45 a.m. Burial will be in Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend. Memorials to the Salvation Army are appreciated.
The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.