Eleanor Freemer passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life outside Philadelphia on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at the age of 92.
She and her late husband, Paul, were Philadelphia natives who moved to Atlanta in 1964 when President Lyndon B. Johnson transferred many federal agencies south. She returned to Philadelphia two years ago.
Eleanor was a writer and poet. Her poems and essays were published in the Jewish Exponent and Jewish Action Magazine, among other publications. In 1994 she and her friends the late Helen Tulis and Elizabeth Bowers published a collection of poems and memoirs, “Pieces of the Tapestry.” In 2014 her collection “All My Pretty Roses” was published on Amazon.com.
In addition to her writing, Eleanor was known for her painting, elegant sewing, and cooking and baking skills. In 1972 her apple nut cake won the Philadelphia Jewish Times cooking contest.
Eleanor was devoted to her three children, Nadine Bonner, Marcy (Martin) Karon and Philip (Edmond St. Romain) Freemer. She is survived by her children; nine grandchildren, Simcha (Randy) Lazarus, Miriam (Shimon) Simpson, Matti Bonner, Chana Bonner, Odelia Bonner, Rina Karon, Zvi (Chaviva) Karon, Aharon (Olivia) Karon and Nadav Karon; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Abramson Center for Jewish Life, 1425 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA 19454, or the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, 302 Ridgefield Court, Asheville, NC 28806. Arrangements by Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks, www.goldsteinsfuneral.com.