Wasilla, Alaska resident, Eleanor Riendl, 77, passed away on Jan 1, 2013 in Wasilla, Alaska, after battling complications of ovarian cancer.
A Celebration of Eleanor’s Life will be held 4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 19 at Amvets Post 9, 1591 N. Creste Foris St. in Wasilla.
Eleanor was born Aug. 18, 1935 in Terry, MT to Alexander Braun and Odelia (Huber). She attended beautician school in Moab, Utah. In 1962, Eleanor and husband, Paul Riendl, moved to Anchorage, Alaska. He worked in the oil fields and she opened her beauty shop, Eleanor's Curlaway, on Dimond Blvd. After Paul's death, she met Barney Locke and they moved to Wasilla Lake where she lived out her remaining days. She always said, “Only her guardian angel, Raphael, could take her from her billion dollar view.”
She volunteered at Bishop’s Attic for 21 years providing sorting and organizing of donated items in Palmer. She also served as a Court Baliff for the State of Alaska system in Palmer for over 10 years. Her family indicates she met many people through their jury duty service and truly enjoyed working with Judges and the Court System. Eleanor was known for her generous social nature, preparing food for anyone who dropped by, chatting with folks at garage sales, or visiting the Wasilla Senior Center. She was a member and active participant with the Wasilla Homemakers Club.
She is survived by son, Paul Riendl and spouse Robin Riendl of Anchorage; daughter, Corine Hickey and spouse Chad Hickey of NM; grandsons, Daniel Locke and Dalton Hickey, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins in the lower 48 states. She was preceded in death by her first spouse Paul Riendl in 1971; Barney Locke in 1995, sister Alice Guessen, brothers Archie Braun and Walter Braun; and her parents.
At her request, cremation has taken place with the assistance of Valley Funeral Home & Crematory. Please visit Eleanor’s obituary and online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com
Published January 16, 2013