Eleanor Josephine Franze Kindt, 99 of Bryan, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be Monday, June 25, 2018, beginning at 11:30 a.m., followed by a service at 1:00p.m. Both will be at the Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan, Texas. Burial will follow at Kurten Cemetery in Kurten, Texas.
Eleanor was born on July 7, 1918, on the family farm in the Kurten Community to Reinhold and Mary Josephine Gerke Franze. It was here that she learned about God’s creation, growing and caring for plants, taking care of animals, having a good work ethic, and the love of family. She had a wonderful childhood that she shared stories about with her family throughout her life.
On September 17, 1939, she married Emmett August Kindt at the Kurten Church where they both grew up and would continue to play an active role in the raising of their family.
Eleanor’s greatest passion was her family. She enjoyed being a wife, mother and grandmother. She spent many years volunteering her time to School and church activities. Her love of children led her to especially be active in the children’s Sunday School department where she taught and led the children’s music.
She was an avid gardener, earning the Brazos Beautiful Award one year. She was a great hostess and was especially known for her dill pickles and making butter pie from an old family recipe.
She was an incredible woman – a woman of great strength, strong faith and an encourager.
Eleanor is survived by three daughters, Norma Wheat of Spring, Texas, Karen Smith, and Cheryl Akins and husband Tim of Bryan, Texas. She is survived by five grandchildren, Shannon Wheat, Melody Wheat Laughbaum and husband Kyle, Caton Milstead, Jeremy Smith, and Heather Smith Barron and husband Collin. She is survived by seven great grandchildren, Morgan Smith, Madison Smith, Olivia Barron, Kara Laughbaum, Mitchell Laughbaum, Kassie Laughbaum, and Mason Laughbaum. Eleanor is also survived by a wonderful and loving caregiver of nine years, Helena Pantanggu.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett August Kindt, one daughter, Gail Eleanor Kindt, and three grandchildren, Caulder Milstead, Natalie Smith and Christopher Smith.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Meals of Love, Zion Church of Kurten, P.O. Box 41, Bryan, Texas 77808.