Eleanore Iman Dewald
June 03, 1916 ‒ May 20, 2004
MANSFIELD: Eleanore Iman Dewald, 87, died in Mansfield, Thursday, May 20, 2004 following a short illness.
She was born June 3, 1916 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Clifton E. and Eva (Hamilton) Iman.
In 1917 Eleanore’s family moved to Lima, and then to Crestline in 1927. She was graduated from Crestline Senior High School in 1934, and then attended Mount Union College in Alliance, from which she was graduated in 1938 with a B. S. in Chemistry.
While at Mount Union, Eleanore was president of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, and a member of Psi Kappa Omega scholastic, Phi Sigma biology, Alembroke chemistry, and Lauriger honorary societies. Following her college graduation, she taught in the Butler and Crestline Public Schools for four years.
In 1942 Eleanore married her high school sweetheart Donald W. Dewald. They moved to Cleveland, where Donald was a Resident and Teaching Fellow at Western Reserve University Hospital, and Eleanore taught pre-school at a settlement house.
During her husband’s military service inWWII, Eleanore lived in San Francisco, close to the US Army Hospital where he was stationed. They returned to Ohio in 1946, settling in Mansfield, where they resided the rest of their lives. In 1954 they permanently settled into a home they designed and built. There they raised their children, entertained grandchildren and friends, and celebrated 49 years of memorable family gatherings.
Eleanore’s constant faith was a central focus of her life. A 58-year member of First Presbyterian Church of Mansfield, she served as a Deacon, taught primary and junior high Sunday School for over ten years and volunteered on many church projects. She was a member of the Mary/Sarah Circle of the church.
She was a member and served as an officer in many civic organizations and clubs. She served on the State Board of the Ohio State Medical Auxiliary as a District Director. She also very much enjoyed her friends in PEO, The Women’s Club, Pleasant Valley Garden Club, and loved entertaining as hostess for these groups’ meetings.
Since 1984, Eleanore spent winters in Punta Gorda, Florida, where she was an affiliate member of the Burnt Store Presbyterian Church and a member of the Burnt Store Country Club, Charlotte Harbour Yacht Club, and Punta Gorda Boat Club.
Eleanore, along with her husband Donald, was very pleased to have been able to be the major donor for the Chapel building at Mount Union College, the building of a new Christian Seminary Library in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and the recently announced Dewald Community Center at the Mansfield Corps of The Salvation Army.
Donald, her husband of 58 years, preceded her in death on January 13, 2001.
She is survived by her son and two daughters, whose memories of their devoted mother will always be a treasured part of their lives. They are her daughter and son-in-law Diane and Larry Thomas of Pickerington; son and daughter-in-law Dr. Donald L. and Jennie Dewald of Mansfield; daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Gary Kirkham of League City, Texas. Also surviving are eight grandchildren Jeff Thomas of Dublin, Julie Thomas of Columbus, Jim Thomas of Pickerington, Nick Dewald of Silver Thorn, Colorado, Jason Dewald and Jon Dewald both of Mansfield, and Chris Kirkham and Greg Kirkham both of League City, Texas. She is also survived by a sister Charlotte Thompson of Mansfield, a niece Lynn Ahrens of Cincinnati, a nephew Richard Thompson of Mansfield; and a loving caregiver Cathy Green of Mansfield.
The family will receive friends Monday, May 24, 2004 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the parlor of First Presbyterian Church, 399 South Trimble Road. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10:30 am in the sanctuary of the church with the Rev. Dennis R. Allison officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Crestline. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or to The Salvation Army for The Dewald Community Center.