As she lived; peacefully, quietly, Eleanor Ivankovich passed away during the night of April 12th.
Born to Selma and Dan Ivankovich, Eleanor was the third of five siblings all of whom grew up on East Commercial Street in Anaconda. Committed to her Serbian Orthodox faith, to her family and to her community, Eleanor lived ninety-six wholesome and productive years as a lifelong Anacondan. Her relationships were lasting and meaningful; her presence soft spoken and deep.
Educated in Anaconda schools, and following graduation from Anaconda High School, Eleanor accepted a scholarship to Colorado Women’s College in Denver where she spent the next two years. Transferring to the University of Montana she earned bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science as well as Education. Upon returning to Anaconda after college graduation, Eleanor taught journalism and served as librarian at Anaconda Junior High. To become fully accredited to serve as school librarian, Eleanor enrolled four summers in the University of Washington, earning her Master’s of Library Science while continuing what became a thirty-seven year career in the school system.
During her tenure, Eleanor not only continually expanded the library at Anaconda High School but established a Book Review Night for the general public. The gathering became a popular social event. Because of Anaconda’s lack of a bookstore, Eleanor brought in two travelling libraries one of which had a scientific leaning and lead to a science award of two hundred books for the high school. Dedicated to the young, to their education and to their general well- being, Eleanor forever spoke affectionately of her students, especially her student librarians.
Eleanor’s love of history, her curiosity and sense of adventure lead her to travel through Europe, to Alaska and to many parts of the United States. Always abreast of world events as well as the latest fashion, Eleanor had a sophistication and style all her own and endeared herself in social situations with interesting observations and wit. She even charmed an officer or two out of issuing traffic tickets for going too slow.
Eleanor unassumingly and generously supported every good cause or club or individual where support seemed important. A pillar of her Church and her community, she did not deviate from strong principles, but often surprised people with her mischievous and childlike sense of humor. In all of her ways, she guided her family, lovingly and generously and we will all miss her deeply.
Her survivors include: sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Harry Blencoe, Renton, WA; sister, Virginia Sheilds, Spokane, WA; cousin and spouse, Marilyn and Jay Rickmeyer, Saint Louis, MO; cousin, Dick Denda, Palm Springs, CA; cousin and spouse, Charlotte and Mick Gray, Stevensville, MT; nephews and wives: Danny and Linda Ivankovich, Anaconda; Mike and Lora Ivankovich, Hamilton, MT; Jackie and Nancy Ivankovich, Anaconda; Rick Ivankovich, Anaconda; Ted Ivankovich, Spokane, WA; niece Mary Susan Hurner; niece and spouse, Cathy and Jeff Dressler; nieces and spouses: Gayle and Mark Terry, Lisa and Steve McLane, Sherrilyn and Dan Bare; and numerous great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Selma and Dan Ivankovich; brothers and spouse, Mike and Helen Ivankovich and Floyd Ivankovich; aunt and spouse, Mary and Pete Miller; aunt and spouse, Inez and Bernie, Boynton; uncles and spouses: Mike and Helen Denda, Boots Denda and Roddie Denda; cousin, Jay Denda; and niece-in-law, Jackie Ivankovich.
Funeral Services will take place Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, 2100 Continental Dr., Butte, MT at Noon with Visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. Memorials: Holy Trinity Church or Shriners Hospitals for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Eleanor’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.