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Elinor Olive (Wenzelburger) Kirk, age 94, passed away peacefully at Royal View in Mecosta, MI on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 after a long illness.
She was born June 27, 1922 to Sara Olive (Confer) and Alfred Gottlieb Wenzelburger in Pittsburgh, PA.  Elinor met and married Frank Kirk in Pittsburgh on October 13, 1945. Frank and Elinor had a beautiful marriage and made many wonderful friends as they made homes in Pittsburgh, PA, Trenton, NJ, Minneapolis, MN, Merrillville, IN and Big Rapids, MI.  
Elinor was a valued employee of the Merrillville School Corporation for more than 10 years. She served as a secretary, office manager and a friend to the young students in the school. Elinor never met a stranger and she kept in close contact with her cherished friends throughout her long life. She led Boy Scout and Campfire Girl groups, was involved with church activities, led neighborhood women’s groups and loved having friends over for coffee or dinner.  
In the past few years, Elinor made her home at Royal View Assisted Living Community in Mecosta where she enjoyed the atmosphere, the caring professional staff and friends. Elinor was preceded in death by her parents and husband.  She is survived by her 2 children, Donald (Cathy) Kirk of Connersville, IN and Marilyn (Gregg) Shewan of Big Rapids; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and brother, Harold (Pat) Wenzelburger of Paso Robles, CA.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 7, 2016 at Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Big Rapids with Pastor Ken Krause officiating.  Visitation with the family will be from 9:30 a.m. to the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice of Big Rapids or Fellowship Christian Reformed Church. Envelopes will be available at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to the Mohnke Funeral Home of Big Rapids.  

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