Eleanora Dinges is the oldest resident here at Heritage Woods of Yorkville. She will be turning 101 in December of this year. We have had the great pleasure to have her as one of our residents over the past 2 years.
Eleanora is a widow now but spent 54 magical years with her husband. Together, they raised a beautiful boy, Russell. He died at 76 with cancer, but his love is still given through Eleanora’s 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
When speaking about her past time, Eleanora will tell you about her love of working on the farm with her family in West Brooklyn, IL. She oversaw the Corn and Soybeans, while her husband tended to the animals. They had your standard farm animals – Pigs, Chickens, Horses, and Cattle. Her favorite animal they owned though was a giraffe! She will tell you that they didn’t go “out” a lot because they were always busy on the farm, but she wouldn’t change that. Instead, they would enjoy playing cards and games at home with their dearest friends.
Eleanora was a homemaker that loves to cook and bake. She stated she never had to worry about food because of the amount the farm would produce. What she is most proud to talk about with you besides raising her son, is that she could drive a big tractor on the farm. She stated the whole community would tell you how hard she worked, they would say” you name, she did it”.
She has many memories over the last 100 years, and we are lucky to catch a small glimpse in her beautiful life.