Eleanor Miltner was born May 13, 1919, in La Crescent, Minnesota, to Lilla and Edward Hasselbusch. On Nov. 9, 2021, she passed away peacefully at her residence in St. George after a long and fruitful life. After graduating from high school in La Crescent, she attended business college in Minneapolis, where she met her husband, Leo E. Miltner. They were married in Billings, Montana, where she was a secretary for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and eventually settled in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Eleanor and Leo were passionate travelers who covered most of the United States pulling mobile homes of various sizes. They also cruised to Hawaii and Alaska. After Leo died, she and her progeny were frequent traveling companions, venturing to Europe and many places in the US.
Leo and Eleanor will both be remembered by many for constantly leading by example. Eleanor was very active in scouting and 4H, and always quick to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. She organized many school carnivals and other fundraisers. After they retired, she and Leo were silver-haired legislators, serving as liaisons between Wyoming residents and the state legislature. After moving to St George, Eleanor devoted hours of service as a volunteer at the St. George Parish Thrift Shop.
Given her incredible listening skills, she was a person friends and family regularly turned to for compassion and advice. Eleanor was always hesitant to inconvenience anyone, and even though she was handicapped by blindness, she remained remarkably independent. She was a devout Catholic, a eucharistic minister in Sheridan and St. George parishes, a tireless volunteer- an exemplar par excellence of a true Christian.
Eleanor and her family are truly grateful for the kind help of Encompass Home Health and Hospice and the staff and residents of Sterling Court, who brought great joy in the last years of her life. A special thanks to Marylin Sugimoto a loyal friend who consistently provided support.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo; and youngest son, Nicholas Miltner. She is survived by daughter, Suzanne Olsen (Glenn); son, Leo Miltner Jr. (Pat); daughter-in-law, Mary Miltner; granddaughters: Teresa Pierre (Dr. Andrew), Dr. Cathy Stokes (Chris), Kristin Caruthers (Cliff), Kaitlyn Vondle, (Paul); grandsons: Greg Olsen (Julia), Dr. John Olson (Desa), Matthew Miltner, Gabe Miltner (Brooke); and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at 1 p.m., with a viewing prior at 11:30 a.m., at the St. George Catholic Church, 259 West 200 North, St. George, Utah. Interment will be at the Sheridan, Wyoming, Municipal Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary. Visit Metcalf Mortuary’s website at www.metcalfmortuary.com for condolences, complete obituary, and funeral listings.