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Obituary for Eleanor G. Robinson

Eleanor G. Robinson, age 95, of Onalaska, Wis., died on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at the Onalaska Care Center. 
Eleanor G. Kinney was born on April 9, 1916, in Onalaska to Howard and Mina (Christopherson) Kinney.  She graduated from Logan High School in 1934.  After graduation, Eleanor attended the State Teachers College where she received her teaching degree.  She taught school at Walker School, Elm Grove School, and the La Crosse Teachers College.  Eleanor married Ellsworth M. Robinson on November 30, 1939.  The couple lived in Onalaska their entire lives. She loved living on the land homesteaded by her grandparents over 150 years ago.  Eleanor was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of La Crosse.  She was very active in the church holding high offices in the John Knox Presbytery (70 churches) and Synod (six states).  She also participated in Mission work in South America and Sitka, Alaska.  Eleanor was very civic minded; she helped to start the Onalaska Area Historical Society and its museum, donating numerous pieces for display.  She held several offices in the Onalaska Area Historical Society.  Eleanor also served on the board and was Past President of the La Crosse County Historical Society.  She served as Grand Marshall for the Onalaska Sunfish Days Parade in 2001.  Eleanor served as treasurer for the La Crosse Area Flyers and was treasurer for the Shamrock Club, where she was named “Wild Irish Rose” in 1981.  She graciously donated acreage to the city of Onalaska to create Robinson Park on South Kinney Coulee Road.

Survivors include her daughter, Penny Robinson of Oronoco, Minn.; her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Mary Robinson of Onalaska; her granddaughter, Hannah Robinson of Onalaska; and other relatives and friends.  Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ellsworth; and her brother, Thomas.

A visitation will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 233 West Ave. So., La Crosse, on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and concluding with a memorial service at 7:00 p.m., officiated by Rev. Dr. J. Taylor Haley.  There will be no burial.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Onalaska Area Historical Society Museum, the First Presbyterian Church, La Crosse, or the Alzheimer's Association.  Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Woodruff Chapel), La Crosse, is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be sent at