Eleanora Eva Fisher, 99, of O'Neill died Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Country Lane Retirement Village in O'Neill.
A memorial service will be given Thursday, July 2, 2020 via Zoom with Trevor Combs officiating. Anyone who wishes to attend may call 402-336-3729 for instructions on how to connect to the service.
A private graveside service will follow the memorial service at the O'Neill Cemetery in O'Neill.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill is in charge of the arrangements.
Eleanora was born Sept. 27, 1920 to Fred and Inez (Kohler) Bredehoeft in Beemer. In 1923, when Eleanora was a small child, the family moved to a farm three miles north of O’Neill. She was the third of four siblings.
She spent most of her childhood helping her father on the farm, milking cows, working alongside him planting and harvesting crops.
Eleanora attended country school about three-fourths of a mile from her home and graduated from O’Neill High School in 1938. Upon graduation, she worked in the Outlaw Grocery Store in O’Neill for a wage of $5 a week.
In 1940, she took a job in Birmingham, AL working as a bookkeeper at a hardware store where she earned $10 a week.
In 1942, she applied for a position in Washington, D.C. working for the Department of Labor. She enjoyed working in Washington and spending time with her great uncle, Nebraska Senator George Norris, for about a year. She was then transferred to the San Francisco, CA office where she continued to work till the war ended. She left the high paying government position to become the secretary of Sequoia High School in Redwood City so she could spend more time with her children.
Just before the war, while on a train trip returning to Nebraska from a visit to relatives in Oregon, Eleanora met Charles Fisher, a West Virginia native, and later married him on April 1, 1943 in San Francisco. To this union three children were born John, Virginia and Robert. The family resided in Redwood City until 1959, when they moved to Bassett. Charles was employed as a plumber by commercial plumbing contractors, building hospitals and schools throughout the state.
Eleanora and Charles were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1956. They were very active in sharing their hope for the future of God’s Kingdom. This conviction lead to their volunteering to assist in the expansion of the World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Brooklyn, NY in 1970-1972.
Upon returning to Nebraska, they lived in David City, Broken Bow and finally, returning to O’Neill in 1975, where Charles installed the plumbing in the new St. Anthony’s Hospital.
Eleanora lovingly cared for her aging parents till their deaths. At the same time, she cared for the books and answered the phone for the family’s plumbing business and kept busy in the ministry.
She lived a very active life gardening and canning, raising chickens, taking care of grandchildren and helping out anyone who was in need.
Eleanora is survived by one daughter Virginia Dawson of Houston, AK; one son Robert (Lucy) Fisher of O’Neill; eight grandchildren Della (Dan) Grass, Rhonda (Scott) Baldwin, Jesse Dawson, Jeremy (Amy) Dawson, Joseph Dawson, Laura (Matt) Franke, Abby (Nathan) Laughlin and Ethan (Jennie) Fisher; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister Lois Hudgeons of Tallahassee, FL; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Inez Bredehoeft, her husband Charles Fisher in 2000, one son John Fisher in 1968, one granddaughter Leah Dawson in 1985, one son-in-law Ray Dawson, one sister Hazel (Walter) Tomlinson and one brother Victor (Nadine) Bredehoeft.