Eleanor Jane Lebolo, 88, left this world for a better one on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Eleanor was born on Sept. 4, 1924, in Kemmerer, the third of four daughters born to Harvey Bryan and Iona May (Edmonds) Piper. She grew up in Kemmerer and Frontier and graduated from Kemmerer High School.
After high school, Eleanor worked at the telephone exchange in Kemmerer and later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she worked in an ammunitions factory making bullets.
Eleanor married the love of her life, Guido Joseph Lebolo, on Jan. 24, 1953, in Frontier. Eleanor and Guido moved to Moorcroft in 1960 and remained a part of the community until their deaths. After raising their children, Eleanor worked as a bookkeeper for Black Hills Glass and for Kissack Oil and Water in Rozet, Wyo.
Eleanor loved to use her talents to create gifts for others, including food, paintings, poems and quilts. She was an avid reader, which helped her become a master of crossword puzzles. Eleanor’s green thumb was legendary and her garden a source of joy. She had a sharp mind and quick wit through her last days. She triumphed over many struggles and medical issues in her life, never letting anything get the best of her. After 27 years of being separated by death, Eleanor and Guido were reunited for their 60th wedding anniversary.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, sisters and husband.
She is survived by her three children, Charlotte Holzwarth of Moorcroft, Arthur “Bud” Lebolo of Casper, and Ellen (John) Plemmons of Moorcroft; eight grandchildren, Tiffani (Tadhg) Breaslain of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Wendy (Jeff) Wendeborn of Highlands Ranch, Jodie (Roger) Clark of Casper, Matthew (Abigail) Holzwarth of Moorcroft, Katherine Holzwarth of Moorcroft, Amanda (Robert) Howe of Erie, Colo., Daniel Holzwarth of Gillette, and Joseph (Ryane) Holzwarth of Billings, Mont.; and seven great-grandchildren.
Eleanor will be laid to rest next to Guido at a family service on Monday, Jan. 28. Memorials and condolences may be sent in Eleanor’s name in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.walkerfuneralhome.com.