Farewell to Eloise Stranahan, 1933-2008

Excerpt from the Chicago Tribune:

Eloise Stranahan was a former real estate agent in Park Ridge and a longtime volunteer whose service included a term as school board president.

Mrs. Stranahan was elected in 1971 to the board of Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 and was president in 1976-77.

“She was passionate about education,” said Mary Ann Irvine, a longtime friend. “She worked very hard on getting a balanced budget.”

Mrs. Stranahan, 74, of Lake Barrington died Friday, Jan. 4, of complications related to pancreatic cancer in Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. She had battled cancer for about 10 years, said her husband, Dick.

The couple lived in Park Ridge for 36 years before moving to Lake Barrington in 2000.

Born Eloise Smith, Mrs. Stranahan grew up in Galesburg and graduated from Galesburg High School in 1951. She went to Knox College in Galesburg, where she studied business, an unusual choice for women at that time.

“She and [another woman] were the only two women in business,” said her husband, who also was a student at Knox.