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Eleanor Santos
(1920 - 2011)


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Name: Mrs Eleanor Santos
Maiden Name: Anthenien
Gender: Female
Age: 91 years old
Lived: Sunday, 23 May 1920 - Saturday, 2 July 2011

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Eleanor C. Santos


Eleanor C. Santos was born to Anton and Louise Anthenien, on their farm in Evergreen, California. Her parents met on Ellis Island around 1900, her father from Switzerland and her mother from Austria. Eleanor was the youngest of six children, two sisters, Marie and Ann, and three brothers, August, Conrad, and Herman. Although her father passed away when she was just 6 months old, she has many happy memories of her brothers playing jokes on each other and the animals she had as pets. She often told her children why she began drinking coffee. She would sneak some hot coffee and pour it over her cereal to melt the lumps of cream her mother missed, after milking the cow.


She was working for the Coe family, as cook and housekeeper, when she was introduced to her husband Kenneth Santos, by his cousin and her friend LuVinna, Kidder. Kenny whisked her off her feet and they were married three months later in Santa Cruz, California, on October 2, 1953. They lived just five miles from her birth place, up a windy road in the hills behind San Jose, California. Eleanor enjoyed cooking, canning, and planting an extensive vegetable garden each year. Her cakes and pies were requested for all family and friend celebrations.   The barbeques and dinners she and Kenny prepared were legendary.  She enjoyed an exciting and wonderful marriage to Kenny for over forty-eight years. Going on adventurous campouts in the desert, cruises to Hawaii and Alaska, even a raft trip down the Rogue River in her mid-70’s.  Their biggest adventure together was growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ. They accepted Him as their Savior August 6, 1970. They also enjoyed working with children in the AWANA program at their church. Ken and Eleanor had three daughters, Deborah, Darlene & Kathleen, who blessed them with eleven grandchildren. Eleanor would have been a Great-grandma for the first time this October.


Her dear husband passed away in 2001 and the last words he spoke were to tell her he loved her. She continued to stay active and enjoyed traveling with her daughter, Darlene and her husband, David, on short trips till recent years. She enjoyed her days at Orangeburg Manor and her friend Nettie. 


The Lord gently took her to Heaven on July 2, 2011. She was a beautiful person and brought joy to all those blessed to have known her. She was greatly loved and will always be remembered fondly.

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Fathers Name: Anton Anthenien
Mothers Name: Louise (Meditz) Anthenien
Spouse's Name: Kenneth Santos
Children's Names: Deborah, Darlene, & Kathleen
Siblings Names: Marie, Ann, August, Conrad,& Herman
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: San Jose
Marital Status: Widowed
Religion: Born Again Christian



Place of Passing: Modesto, CA
Date of Passing: 2 July 2011
Place of Burial: Oak Hill, San Jose, CA
Plot Number: 313 - Next to her husband
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