Eleanor Frances Jokisch
Eleanor Frances Jokisch, 85, of The Plains, Ohio, passed away Thursday Aug. 2.
She was born March 20, 1933, in Springfield to Hariett Hatfield Wilcox and Charles M. Wilcox. She was the oldest of four siblings and the only daughter. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Loren, Charles (Chuck), and John.
Eleanor graduated from New Berlin High School in 1950 and from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1954. She majored in home economics and worked for the University of Illinois Home Extension Service in Morgan and Cass counties.
She married Reginald Jokisch Nov. 26, 1960, at her childhood church, New Salem Methodist Church near New Berlin. They settled in Virginia where they lived until 2012 when they moved to The Plains, Ohio, to be near their grandsons. Last November they celebrated 57 years of marriage.
She was the mother of three sons, Kevin, wife Lisa, of St. Louis, Mo., Mark of Phoenix, Az., and Brad, wife Anna, of Athens, Ohio. She was the grandmother of four: Elizabeth of St. Louis, Aleta (husband Morgen) of Tucson, Az., Silas and Yadier of Athens. She was also an aunt to several nieces and nephews.
Eleanor, also known affectionately as Ms. Ellie, raised her three boys and supported her family and community in countless everyday ways. As her boys grew up she began a 10-year career at Famous Barr in Springfield. She was a long-term member of the Virginia Park Board, and joined the Kiwanis Club of Athens when she moved to the area. She was particularly proud of her volunteer service at Memorial Hospital in Springfield and at Ohio Health O’Bleness Hospital, where many people in the area were greeted by her warm smile and jovial attitude.
She loved following her St. Louis Cardinals, University of Illinois athletics (and adopted Ohio Bobcats), gardening, flowers, birds, reading, playing bridge, baking, and most of all taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren (and watching Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy!). She was the biggest fan at her grandchildren’s sporting events. She had a strong Christian faith and was very active in the Lutheran churches she attended. She taught Sunday school, chaired a committee for a building expansion, and was a Congregational Nursery Roll Coordinator.
Everyone who knew Eleanor appreciated her kindness, thoughtfulness, and upbeat and encouraging attitude. On the day of her passing she volunteered at the hospital in the morning and then in the afternoon took care of her 6-year-old grandson recovering from a tonsillectomy, two activities that brought her joy.
Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 6, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Ohio, where she and Reg found a spiritual home and Christian community.
Christian burial will be Friday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. at Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Virginia, with the Rev. Dr. John Davidson officiating. Following the graveside service, the family will receive friends at the St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 170 N. Main St., Virginia, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at jagersfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers please consideradonationtoSt. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in the name of Eleanor Jokisch or Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lancaster.
Jagers & Sons Funeral Home in Athens, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements.