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Eleanor S. Steen

Eleanor S. Steen

Eleanor Severa Steen (December 30, 1932-June 13, 2018) died in Moose Lake, Minnesota.

Born to Lumir and Margaret (Deacon) Severa, Eleanor was a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated from Franklin High School in 1950. She attended Colorado College for two years then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania where she obtained her degree in occupational therapy in 1954. After residences in Norwich, Conn., Mt. Morris, NY, and Manchester, England, she began her career at the Mayo Clinic (St. Mary's Hospital) in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1957, Eleanor moved to Moose Lake to launch the occupational therapy program at the Moose Lake State Hospital. During her career, she also worked as an occupational therapist for the Moose Lake Public School.

In Moose Lake, she met and married Warren D. Steen (November 25, 1961), and they resided on Sand Lake where they raised their family.

Eleanor had been an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in Moose Lake, serving as the congregational president in the 1980s and singing in the choir for decades. She played the oboe in the Moose Lake Community Band and sang in Autumn Voices, a community choir. Other favorite activities include spending time with her grandchildren, traveling, canoeing, weaving, reading, history, bowling, bridge, and watching Twins baseball. She was a founding donor of the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids.

She is preceded in death by her husband and her parents. Her survivors include her four children and their families: Duane, wife Michelle, Ella, Max; Kathryn; Carla, husband Jeff Friedl, Lucy; Peter, wife Billie Jo, Emma, Benjamin, Joey. She is also survived by her sister Jean Heath and brother William Severa, both of Cedar Rapids, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church Choir, the Moose Lake Area Historical Society, or the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 1:00 PM until the 2 PM service in Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake. Burial in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Moose Lake.