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Obituary for Eleanor Long

Eleanor (Simonton) Long age 85, of Demotte, IN passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at St. Anthony's Hospital Crown Point IN with her loving family by her side. Eleanor was born on March 2,1936, she was the 1st born child to Robert and Leona Leiva of Gary,IN. She had two siblings, her younger brother who preceded her in death and her loving little sister Pauline (Chuck) Braden of Crown Point, IN. Both siblings made her “Auntie Nore”, or “Auntie Eleanor” to her beautiful nieces and great nieces and nephews.

Eleanor graduated from Calumet high school in 1955, then married the love of her life Ross Simonton, they we’re married for 40 years and their union produced three children. Their 1st born pride & joy, a daughter & Ross’ namesake, Rossann (Simonton) Hammond. Rossann has made her parents so proud with her strong work ethic, her ability to do what needs to be done, and her incredible survivor skills! So much like Eleanor, her daily strength and genuine love for her children is always evident! 9- long years later Eleanor & Ross welcomed another daughter. Brenda (Steven) Kopka. Brenda always “wanted to be a mommy” and help children in need. She lives to achieve her goals as God blessed her & Steven with many beautiful, loving children & the amazing gift of incredible grandchildren! All of whom she loves beyond measure, as did her Mother Eleanor! Brenda married young and grew up with her husband of now 40 yrs. She’s been blessed with the opportunity to be a mother, mentor and even spare mama to many needing a mom figure. Brenda followed in her mother Eleanor’s footsteps with her lifelong desire to love, protect & teach God’s kids through many ministries. Brenda’s husband Steven, became a helper & a friend to Eleanor & the family. As well as being a son in law he truly became part of her family, a son, a brother, an uncle, and a grandson loved by Eleanor’s parents. Eleanor’s 3rd child so proudly arrived shortly after their second & Eleanor and Ross were blessed with a son to carry on the Simonton name. Robert (Bob) Simonton’s arrival warmed their hearts & as he grew, he’s continued to make his parents & all of his family so proud, with both his military service and his evident ability to be a fix-it-all guy. Bob has a gift! he can “see” what needs to be done & rationalize a solution. Bob is a very common sense guy. As adults, it’s finally begun to make sense why Bob would take his sisters toys & bikes apart, put them back together.. and have spare parts! Though he’s the baby of the family, because of his inner strength Bob has been viewed as the big brother type! The “don’t mess with his sister” kind of guy, even though they were older than he.. Bob has a backbone & many strong and caring qualities passed from both of his parents that he’s now passing along to his own children, a passion he also inherited as he’s been such a blessing to many of God’s children.

Eleanor’s blessings multiplied as grandchildren, great grandchildren and Great Great grandchildren continue to join the family circle... Jamie (Daniel) Talarek, Matthew Kopka, Erinn (Adam) Cook, Sheena, Adam, Hannah, Nathan, Chrissa and Benjamin Kopka. Howard and Jeffrey Mckinney, Kimberly Hammond & Amanda Ramos.
Samantha, Ross Jr, Christopher, William, AJ, Jasmine, Brennan and Jess Simonton. Branton, Marayah, Rideon and Eleanor‘s namesake “Ella” Leneave.

Years after Eleanor became a widow, in 1995, she was fortunate, her and her family was fortunate, to meet the second love of her life Carl Long, who so deeply cherished her, and after a time of “courting her“ they too were married. Their union produced three additional children, Angela (Mitchell) Leneave and twins Austin and Elijah Long. Her blessings continued much further as many beautiful great grand children joined the family circle, and she so deeply cherished the time she spent with them, she bragged about them every chance! She would attend grandparents day for as many years as she could until her husband Carl needed constant care, and she cared for him continuously until his passing. She also celebrated the births of two Great, Great grandsons.

Eleanor was a faithful Christian and for over 50 years she served the Lord by caring & sharing the love of Jesus with children, hosting good news clubs in her home, teaching Sunday school, children’s church and Bible school.
Even still, if the need arose, Eleanor would be willing & prepared to host children’s church, be silly, sing songs, play games and read stories with children. She was a hard-working go-getter. She worked at the nursing home in Roselawn for over 23 years, did part time housekeeping for the DeMotte schools, worked at the factory Permanite, and even at the Orville Redenbacher popcorn factory sorting popcorn. She did whatever was needed to make ends meet! Even helping with senior home care in her own spunky senior years! Eleanor continued living independently and active until her sudden passing.

Cherished by her children, who never doubted she was always there for them, her family asks for your continued prayers during this So many memories through the years! From caring for her children & her grand babies, her lifelong involvement in children's ministries, to picking out wedding shoes, to making her granddaughter laugh by slapping a raw turkey & making it dance, to snowball fights & jumping on a trampoline and Eleanor trying to learn how to ride a hover board with her grandchildren, to Eleanor embarrassing them by boldly asking their dates “what are their intentions with her grandchild!”

She adored her family! And many friends! And was determined to keep active and always wished & prayed for the same for anyone that needed, and everyone she loved! difficult time and unexpected loss.
Eleanor’s family often described her as “able to run circles around them”…

She adored her family! And many friends! And was determined to keep active and always wished & prayed for the same for anyone that needed, and everyone she loved!

Eleanor would’ve turned 86 March 2, 2022, and continued to be a source of strength for so many…
Mom, Gramma, GiGi, Gramma Great, Sister, Auntie, Family member, Sunday school teacher or Friend, Eleanor will be deeply missed & will remain forever near & in our hearts…Until we meet again!

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2022 4-7pm and funeral on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 11:00am at
Frazier Funeral Home located at 621 S. Halleck St. Demotte IN
A luncheon will be hosted (details to be announced)

In Lieu of flower's please make donations towards the future of Eleanor's grandchildren.

Frazier Funeral Home and Cremation Services have been entrusted with arrangements.