Eleanor Alice Kemp, 96, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center.
She was born July 4, 1923 in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of the late William Burton and Clara (Bartow) Legg. Ellie graduated from Fenger High School in Chicago, IL with the class of 1940. She enjoyed singing in the high school choir, taking ballet class, and riding Harleys in her younger years. Ellie worked for Western Union in the Chicago Loop as a key punch operator until her marriage to Lester Arnold Kemp on November 26, 1949. He preceded her in death in 1982. She was a familiar face at Bay Pharmacy in Sturgeon Bay, where she worked at the checkout and helped with merchandising.
Ever since high school, she loved music and singing and was an accomplished pianist.
She was an active member of the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church for 70 years where she sang in the church choir, was active in various women’s circles of the church, and helped with the community food program, “Loaves and Fishes,” for 15 years. Ellie enjoyed sewing, knitting, and attending hearty conditioning classes at the YMCA in Y. She was a prolific writer who authored many poems.
Ellie will be missed by her two daughters, Jill (John Gunn) Kemp of Wisconsin Rapids and and Cory Kemp of Cincinnati, OH.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester; son, Kraig; and her brother, Burton (Joanne) Legg.
Ellie’s life will be honored with a funeral service held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church with Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp, Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Bayside Cemetery.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and will continue at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Memorials may be made in Ellie’s memory for Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church.
Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Eleanor may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.
Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church
323 S. 5th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235