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Eloise R.  Brunnemer

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Eloise Rabon Brunnemer, an 18-year Westport resident, died Feb. 9. The family provided the following obituary:

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Eloise Rabon Brunnemer entered the last chapter of her long and happy life, just a few weeks ago, quietly closing the final page of her story book, Saturday evening, Feb. 9, 2013 around 5 p.m. Her age is, and still remains, as she would always say, “a military secret.”

She was comfortable and cozy in the arms of her daughter Mary Ann Hall with her son-in-law Bill Hall close by. Bill, Mary Ann and Eloise were together at The Hilton Garden Inn where they had taken Eloise during the snow storm, just in case they lost power.

Her family hoped that she would be present to greet her first great grandchild, but instead, she chose to send her spirit out to greet the new baby. This new baby, due any minute now is the first child of Westport native, Emily Rabon Hall and husband Nick Stevens.

Eloise’s last words, just a few days back were “baby girl, baby girl!” having been told that a baby girl would be named after her.

Eloise Brunnemer is a familiar face around town, sidekick and right hand woman to Mary Ann Hall, Founder and Creative Director of Mary Ann Hall’s MUSIC FOR CHILDREN & Beyond.

When Eloise moved to Westport 18 years ago, she was immediately involved with her family, including granddaughter Emily Rabon Hall and grandson Daniel Brunnemer Hall. She also jumped right into helping with MUSIC FOR CHILDREN.

She helped design the program’s Piano Books, made gifts and treats for the children in the school and most importantly, sewed over 300 round cloths that are used to set the scenes for the musical themes of the classes.

Eloise grew up on her family farm just outside Ridgeway, in Fairfield County, South Carolina, the last of twelve children.

To give you some idea of the awesome span of her life, she traveled to church in a surrey with the fringe on top, to high school on horse back, to the 1938 World’s Fair, NYC, by car with her late husband Curtis Mayhew Brunnemer, and later by train and plane to places around her beloved country and to many other destinations including a number of trips to Europe with the Norwalk Seniors.

She is a college graduate, a business woman, an entrepreneur, a gardener, a seamstress, a baker… and through it all, her first responsibility and the loves of her life were her family and friends. She never missed a Sunday at church, she never skipped exercise, and she fasted once a week on carrot juice.

In the words of her daughter Mary Ann, she was wonderful, wise, winsome, high spirited, our hero and role model. We will love her and honor her forever.

Eloise was the last of her generation in both the Rabon and Brunnemer families. She is survived by her immediate family Westport residents Mary Ann and Bill Hall, Daniel Hall (now living in Los Angeles), and Brooklyn residents Emily Hall, her husband Nick Stevens, their soon to arrive new baby, and 30 nieces, nephews, and their children.

Donations may be made in memory of Eloise Brunnemer to the United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston, 49 Weston Road, Westport CT 06880.

Her family will receive friends on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave., Norwalk.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m on Thursday, Feb.14, at the United Methodist Church of Westport & Weston, 49 Weston Road, Westport.

Burial will be held in Winnsboro, S.C. at a later date.

For directions or to leave online condolence, please go to Magnerfuneralhome.com.

Posted 02/12 at 04:26 PM

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