Eleanor E. Tyler, 97, of Winona and formerly of Chester, Iowa, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020, at Benedictine Living Community, Winona, Minn.
Eleanor Elaine was born on May 2, 1923, in Ellendale, Minn., to Henry and Laura (Nikoley) Stevensen. She graduated in 1941 from Chester High School, Chester, Iowa, and attended St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., studying liberal arts. On December 25, 1941, she married Sanford S. Tyler in Rochester, Minn., and together they raised four daughters, Susan, Sharon, Sandra, and Kristen. Sanford’s teaching career took the family from Detroit Lakes, Minn., to Winona in 1946. After his retirement in 1982, they moved to Chester. Sanford preceded her in death on November 29, 2007.
Eleanor owned and operated a tropical fish shop for many years. She loved all of nature and was a lifelong avid gardener. She was the navigator for the favorite family activity of traveling and camping. She was a member of Central Lutheran Church in Winona, charter member of Hiawatha Valley Bird Club in Winona, and volunteered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banding birds.
Eleanor is survived by three daughters, Susan Stumpf, Sandra (John) Hess, and Kristen Tyler; five grandchildren, Ted Stumpf, Matt Stumpf, Joseph (Kalene Engel) Kaczorowski, Russell (Kelli) Hess and Heidi (Erik) Hess-Bynum; and two great-grandchildren, Jordan Kaczorowski and Kayla Jo Kaczorowski.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sanford; daughter, Sharon Kaczorowski; and a son-in-law, Marvin Stumpf.
A private family graveside service will be held. Interment will be at Chester Hill Cemetery, Chester, Iowa.
Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Crematory, Winona, Minn., and Fountain City, Wis. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com.