Published DateMEREDITH — Eleanor B. Starke, 83, of Meredith, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 surrounded by her loving family at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia.
Born on July 10, 1929 in Queens, NYC, NY, she was the daughter of Ernest and Kuni (Engel) Ott. Eleanor, known as Ellie, was raised in Queens and attended local schools.
A few years after her graduation she married her long-time neighbor and sweetheart Walter W. Starke in 1949. They moved to New Jersey in 1957 to raise their family. Walter and Eleanor retired to Virginia where they spent many joyful years together; eventually they moved to Meredith to be closer with their daughter.
Eleanor was a devoted wife and mother whose family was most important. She loved travelling from camping, RVing, driving or cruising and did so often throughout the years. She enjoyed mahjong, was an avid bowler who was on many leagues, played bridge often with her friends, loved to entertain and made lasting friends throughout the years.
She is predeceased by two sons, Richard E. Starke, and Thomas J. Starke; three brothers, Ernest Ott, Frederick Ott, and Charles Ott.
Eleanor is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, Walter W. Starke, of Meredith; son, W. Stephen Starke, of Pasadena, MD; daughter, Kathleen A. Starke, of N. Sandwich, NH; five grandchildren, Tracy, Kara, Kristen, Ian, and Carrie; five great-grandchildren, Mason, Carly, Cassidy, Braden, and Brooklyn; and many friends throughout the area and country.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date, please check www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com for more details.
Donations may be made in Eleanor's memory to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2238 Parade Rd., Laconia, NH 03246 or to the NH Humane Society.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com