Eleanor Kroupa (nee Wallen) 1926 - 2018 Eleanor "Bitsy" Kroupa, 92, of St. John, IN passed away 11/21/18, survived by daughters Diane Ward, Jaci (Tom) Huth, Lynn (Gary) Miller and son Joseph (Betty) Kroupa; grandchildren Jennifer (John) Moore, Kelly (Mal) Paez, Alex Ward, Brad Williams Jr, Lisa Edwards, James Kroupa, SSG Joseph (Brooke) Kroupa III and Jesse Huth; great-grandchildren Jordan and Addison Siminski, and Kian and Joseph (LJ) Kroupa IV; sisters-in-law Louanne Howe and Rosemary (Ron) Verner; nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Joseph, parents Bernice & Joseph Wallen, brother Mel (Annella) Wallen, and mother and father-in-law Queen and Joseph Kroupa. Eleanor graduated from Hammond High School '44 and was employed at Pressed Steel Car Co. where Tanks were mfg. for the Army in WWII, until 1945 when she joined the Gov't Nurses Cadet Corps as a Registered Nurse. She graduated from St. Mary Mercy Hospital in 1948 and was employed there in the Pediatric Department until 1951 when she retired to raise her family with husband Joseph. She organized one of the first Girl Scout troops at St. John Evangelist School and took the Troop from Brownies to seniors. They were responsible for many service projects in the area and were recommended by the St. John VFW to Parent's magazine who awarded the Troop a plaque honoring their service. She also served as Area Troop Organizer and as Camp Nurse for Girl Scout Day Camp in Schererville. As Troop Leaders, she and Katherine Simanson took 20 Jr & Sr Scouts by train to the National Girl Scout Camp in MD for a week where they enjoyed sightseeing in our capitol in Washington, DC, Mt Vernon & many other places of interest. El returned to Nursing at Our Lady of Mercy in Dyer in 1969 employed in the Med-Surg & Ortho Depts and retired in 1991. She was a devotee at the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St John Evangelist Church, praying every Thursday 12-1pm. She actively participated in St Vincent DePaul and donated a bag of groceries every Thursday for 6 years. She thanks Florence Strong for passing them on to the most needy. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St John Evangelist Church-St Vincent DePaul Society, Best Friends Animal Society or your local animal shelter. Visitation Thursday, December 6, 2018 4-8 pm. Funeral Friday, December 7, 2018 at 9:30 am from the Elmwood Funeral Chapel 11300 W. 97th LN. St. John to St. John the Evangelist Church – Day Chapel (Corner of 93rd and 41). Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am. Interment Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. For more information 219-365-3474 or www.elmwoodchapel.com
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Kim And Bob Dawson
November 28, 2018 10:11 am
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Marsha and Bob Reynolds
November 28, 2018 5:24 pm
Marsha and Bob Reynolds
November 28, 2018 5:26 pm
November 29, 2018 5:29 pm
Jaci Kroupa, Tom & Jesse Huth
December 1, 2018 5:09 pm
A candle was lit by Kim Dawson on November 28, 2018 10:11 am
Eleanor, May you Rest In Peace.
A candle was lit by Rosalie Kutz on November 28, 2018 11:36 am
Diane and family, sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You have my deepest condolences.
A candle was lit by Jane Vance Lafuze on November 28, 2018 1:26 pm
Thinking of your beautiful "little" mom, she was truly a bright light to all...Hugs to you Diane and all your families you should all feel very blessed❤️
A candle was lit by Sandra Huth on November 28, 2018 3:32 pm
May your Mom Rest In Peace and the memories of her comfort you and your family now and in the days ahead.
A candle was lit by Marsha and Bob Reynolds on November 28, 2018 5:28 pm
Let this ever loving light shine on you and yours. Peace and love.
A candle was lit by Marsha and Bob Reynolds on November 28, 2018 5:29 pm
Diane, Alex and family, let her ever loving light shine on you. Peace and love.
A candle was lit by Jaci Kroupa, Tom & Jesse Huth on December 1, 2018 5:11 pm
Love you Always...keep the Light lit!
11300 W. 97th Lane
St. John, IN 46373
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Prayers at Elmwood Funeral Chapel
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 9:30 am
St. John the Evangelist Church - Day Chapel
Corner of 93rd and 41
St. John, Indiana 46373
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 10:00 am
Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens
8178 Cline Ave
Saint John, Indiana 46373