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Eloise E. Hjerpe

06 May, 2009 by Ed Ediger

Eloise E. Hjerpe, 82, of McPherson, Kansas passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Kansas Medical Center, Andover, Butler County, Kansas.

Eloise Engel was born the second child and only daughter to Ed and Bertha Engel on August 6, 1926, in Corn, Oklahoma. (Corn being a source of lifetime family jokes.)
She graduated from McPherson High School in 1944. As she didn’t want to work at Farmers Alliance, she opted to go to Trinity Lutheran Nursing School in Kansas City, Missouri, graduating in 1948. Her first nursing job was with Dr.’s Heaston and Dyck. It was during this time, her friend, Maree, introduced her to Bud. Bud and Eloise were married on June 13, 1948.
The following June, Warren was born. The rest of the children came at staggered intervals. Laraine in 1955, Linnea two years later, and Cecilia in 1963. All the kids’ growing up years were at the Myers Street house that Bud built. It seemed like it took fifteen years to complete, but Uncle Lynn said it only took that long for him to finish the brick work! There are many fond memories of riding tricycles down the long unfinished hallway and playing in the dirt yard and surrounding wheat fields.
Through the years of raising four children, Eloise did relief nursing for various doctors in town. Her main claim to fame was being the nurse that gave good shots at Dr. Pierson’s office. In between stints at Dr. Pierson’s office, she worked the evening shift at the Hospital. That worked out to the kid’s advantage when Bud was on the evening shift, also.
Eloise and Bud’s favorite pastime was traveling. They took many trips to California to see Eloise’s folks. Their favorite trip was going to Amelia Island, Florida and renting a beach house with Eloise’s brother Earl and his wife, Lois. Once in a while they even took the kids and grandkids on that one. They traveled extensively in Europe several times, the first time after Bud worked there for a year, the next time with their friends, the Weyand’s.
Eloise was a “celebration” person. Birthdays were made to be special. Easter, 4th of July, and taco parties at the Carlson’s farm are still talked about. Traditions no matter how small were her forté. “Crackers” at Christmas and wearing the paper crowns the rest of the day. Old fashioned valentine cards each year in the mail. May Day!! Our family’s most exciting holiday. She and Patty Engel built floats for the kids to pull.
Eloise was in a ladies poker club for years. She had a love for bowling until arthritis put an end to that. But her main passions were reading, classical music, opera and the arts. She was instrumental in the campaign to restore the Opera House. One of her latest pleasures was standing on the stage at the last Opera House Tour. Eloise and Bud were also able to celebrate their 60th Anniversary in the Grand Ballroom. She received several awards for her volunteer efforts there.
Eloise was a true example of a person that enjoyed life. She loved her family, her friends, her profession, and her pets. Her sarcastic sense of humor, her wonderful smile accompanied with a raucous laugh will be truly missed.
Eloise donated her eyes to the Kansas Eye Bank. It only seemed fitting to share the beauty of her life, as seen through her eyes, with someone else.
Eloise passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Kansas Medical Center in Andover, Kansas. She had attained the age of eighty-two years.
Surviving members of her family include her husband Floyd B "Bud" Hjerpe, of McPherson, Kansas; three daughters Laraine Erickson and husband, Steve, of McPherson, Kansas, Linnea Friend and friend, Kim Wagner of rural Burrton, Kansas, and Cecilia Cunnick and husband, Paul of McPherson, Kansas; two brothers, Lynn Engel of McPherson, Kansas, and Earl Engel and wife, Lois of Winder, Georgia; two grandchildren, Maisie Friend and Wiley Shearhart; other relatives and friends.
Eloise was preceded in death by her parents; a son Warren Hjerpe in 1990; a brother V.O. Engel.
The memorial service will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson, Kansas, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2009 with Pastor Thomas J. Hallstrom officiating. Michelle King will be the pianist and sing "Go Rest High On That Mountain," "Angel," and "Joy Comes in the Morning."

USHERS
Larry Smith John Holecek Harold Schlender




Each of us was made by God
and some of us grew tall.
Others stood out in the wind
their branches bent and fell.
Those of us who walk in light
must help the ones in darkness up,
for that’s what life is all about
and love is all there is to life.
Each of us was made by God
beautiful in His mind’s eye.
Those of us who turned out sound
should look across our shoulders once
and help weak ones to their feet.
It only takes an outstretched hand.

From Lonesome Cities

In accordance with Eloise's wishes, cremation has taken place.

Inurnment will be at a later date in McPherson Cemetery, McPherson, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be given to McPherson Opera House Company or Trinity Lutheran Church both of McPherson, Kansas and in care of Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid Street, McPherson, KS 67460.

Posted By Maisie Friend (grand daughter) on 12 May, 2009
Thank you all for your support!

Posted By Mimi Bailey Henson on 12 May, 2009
Dear Family,
I had the honor of working with Eloise at Memorial she was a willing teacher for those of us who where new to the nursing profession and willing to show us the ropes.She was a true professional RN. sorry for you loss.

Posted By Mimi Bailey Henson on 12 May, 2009
Dear Family,
I had the honor of working with Eloise at Memorial she was a willing teacher for those of us who where new to the nursing profession and willing to show us the ropes.She was a true professional RN. sorry for you loss.

Posted By Robbin Flood Clark on 11 May, 2009
Laraine,
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I lift you and your family in prayer during this very difficult time.

Robbin

Posted By Jan Cozine on 10 May, 2009
Cecilia, Laraine, & Linnea

I am so sorry for the loss of our mom. I remember that she and my mom were classmates and long time friends. I bet she and Lottie Lou are catching up. Find comfort in family and friends in this difficult time.

Posted By Guest on 10 May, 2009
Cecilia,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember going over to your house with Joni & Nancy. Your Mother always had a smile on her face. Your family is in my prayer.
Terri Koehler Larson

Posted By Donna Huddle on 08 May, 2009
Dear Cecilia, Linnea and family,
My deepest sympathy for your great loss. Hold tight to all your special memories of your Mom as they become more precious as time passes. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted By Sharon Shearhart on 08 May, 2009
Laraine, As part of your extended family and one of Wiley's aunt's. My thought's and prayers are with you, your Dad and your sister's. This is a sad time to get through. You were there when my mom and dad passed away. Want to be there for you.Let me know if you need anything.

Posted By Merry Carpenter Persinger on 08 May, 2009
Dear Bud and Family:

I am so sorry to hear of you loss. You are all in my prayers. I always thought she was an awesome lady.

Posted By Terri Turner Crampton on 08 May, 2009
Cecilia:

My thought and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted By Kerry Dallen on 08 May, 2009
Cecilia, I was so very sorry to hear about your Mom. My prayers are with all of you.

Kerry Dallen

Posted By Jeff and Shari Eichman on 07 May, 2009
Laraine and Family,
Your mom was a great lady, she always talked to Jeff and I. She had the best smile!!! She was so nice to me at the Drs. or when I saw her around the hospital when my mom was there.
Was sad to hear of her passing.
Our hearts are with you, if you need anything let us know!!
Jeff and Shari

Posted By Katie Wilga on 07 May, 2009
I'm terribly sorry to here of the loss of your mother.She was an amazing woman, who had the gift of always making the people aroung her smile.Our sincerest sympathy and condolences is extended to the entire Hjerpe and Engel family from all of us here at the lab.

Posted By SANDY STAPLETON on 07 May, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. What a neat lady Eloise was to everyone she met. I know most of your family, so this condolence goes to all of you during this difficult time. She will be missed. May our Heavenly Father bring peace to you all. A long time friend, Sandy "Hapgood" Stapleton

Posted By Marty Case on 07 May, 2009
It saddened me to hear of Eloise's passing. I have many fond memories of her. She was a great lady. May your memories comfort you at this difficult time. Prayers are being sent your way.

Posted By Judi Miller on 07 May, 2009
Linnea - So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You're in our thoughts and prayers!!!! Love ya!!
Steve and Judi

Posted By Nancy Ward on 07 May, 2009
Laraine, So sorry to hear about your mothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted By Betty Koehn on 07 May, 2009
Laraine,

My deepest sympathy at the loss of your mother. Thinking of you at this very sad time.

Posted By Steve Millard on 07 May, 2009
Cecilia, Sorry to hear about your mom, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted By Jim Thompson on 06 May, 2009
Gary's mention of your mom working for Dr. Peirson reminded me of some of those same memories, Laraine. That goes back a ways! I pray for God's comfort over you and your family.

Posted By Larry Karraker on 06 May, 2009
Laraine, So sorry to hear about your Mom. My prayers are with you and all your family.

Larry Karraker

Posted By Kris (Henry) Sandwell on 06 May, 2009
Laraine, I am sorry to hear about your mom passing away. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family as you begin your journey down this road.

Posted By Cheryl (Kassin) Harris on 06 May, 2009
Laraine,

I am so sorry to read of the loss of your Mother. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cheryl (Kassin) Harris

Posted By Gary and Donna McNally on 06 May, 2009
I will always remember Eloise from when I was a child and would go to Dr. Peirson for some reason. I always hoped she would be the nurse to do the check up because she always made me smile or laugh. It did not matter how bad I felt. She always made me smile.
Our sincerest sympathy is extended to the entire Hjerpe and Engel family.

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