Hastings resident Eleanor Roberts, 98, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018, at The Heritage at College View, Hastings, NE.
Rosary is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Butler Volland Chapel & Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hastings with Father Nathan Hall officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be given to St. Michael’s Catholic Church or AseraCare Hospice. Book signing will be one hour prior to the rosary on Wednesday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Eleanor (Dalluge) Roberts was born in the family home in Deweese, NE on March 16, 1920, to Amel and Theresa (Brym) Dalluge. Eleanor was the fourth of seven children. She attended the Deweese Public Schools for all 12 years. She graduated in 1938 as the only girl in a class of three.
Eleanor was a hard worker. While working in Hastings at the Swift Company wrapping butter for the troops in Texas for 25 cents an hour, she answered the call for women to work at the bomber plant in Omaha. She attended school to qualify as Rosie the Riveter and was hired by the Glenn L. Martin Plant building the B-29 bombers. She actually worked on the team that built the Enola Gay, the B-29 that ended WWII. She made 65 cents an hour and worked 12-hour days and was locked in and not allowed to leave until the day was done.
Eleanor married Dean E. Roberts of Harborcreek, PA on September 15, 1945, at the Assumption Catholic Church in Deweese. They moved to Girard, PA when her husband was discharged from the Air Force where he had been serving as a pilot based in Lincoln. They were blessed with two children; a son and a daughter. They raised their family in OH. After the death of her son and then her husband, Eleanor moved her wholesale sewing business to Hastings. She opened the Calico House Quilt Shop in 1979 in Hastings. She continued to operate both businesses until she retired in 1985. Eleanor was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, PEO Chapter GZ, Hastings Quilters Guild, and the Hastings Piecemakers. She enjoyed playing bridge and quilting.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son; and five siblings & their spouses. She had a special son-in-law that also preceded her in death.
She will be missed by her daughter, Patricia A. Tweedy of Hastings; sister, Darlene Schliep of Hastings; as well as a number of nieces and nephews; and three loving brothers-in-law and their spouses, David & Georgia of Wadsworth, OH, Kenneth & Donna of Ashtabula, OH and Jack & Jan of Marietta, GA.