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    Meridian, Idaho - Eleanor Jorgine Marie Leiran Bothman passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Grace Assisted Living in Meridian, Idaho with her family by her side.  She is now peacefully at home in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
 A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls.  
     Eleanor was born on Sept. 24, 1917 in Thief River Falls, the daughter and only child of John Selmer Leiran and Janna Amelia Moberg Leiran. She grew to womanhood in Thief River Falls graduating from Lincoln High school in 1935. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Church.  
    In 1935, Eleanor left for Oakland, Calif., where she attended and graduated from Merritt Business School. She returned to Thief River Falls in 1937 and worked for Land O' Lakes in the business department. She often mentioned that the ice cream coming directly out of the churn was the best she ever tasted.
    She later went to work in the business office of the Soo Line Railroad where she worked until her marriage to Henry Bothman on June 29, 1945.  After their marriage, Hank and Eleanor moved to Washington DC where Hank worked for the government.  They returned to Thief River Falls in 1949 when Hank became the manager of KTRF radio station.  They welcomed their daughter, Roberta in 1952.  
    Hank contracted polio in 1954 and  when he was released from the hospital in 1958, the family moved to La Jolla, California, thinking the weather would be better for Hank's recovery. When an electronics job opened at the Area Vocational Technical Institute, the family moved back to Thief River Falls.  During this time, Eleanor faithfully and joyfully cared for her husband and daughter.
    When Hank passed away in 1975, Eleanor began to work for Bergen Travel in Thief River Falls and enjoyed several years of employment with them. In 1987, Eleanor began to make her winter home in Mesa, Ariz., and enjoyed  the next 20 wonderful winters with close friends. In 2000, she made her summer home in Boise, Idaho to be near her daughter and family and, again, made many special friendships.
    Eleanor was a vibrant person with many interests. She genuinely loved people and visited with friends and strangers alike.  She loved music - both to sing and play.  As a young girl, she was chosen to perform a piano recital at the Minneapolis music hall.
    In later years, she performed casually with her close friend, Aasta, and the two performed often for their church group and retirement park in Mesa enjoying every moment. Eleanor also loved to write poetry and would often be asked to write poems for special occasions for friends. With the help of friends, she recently compiled her poems in a book and carried one or two books in her purse at all times to give to anyone she thought might enjoy them. She was an avid sports fan and could recite stats of many players. She loved to travel and especially loved Norway.
    Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Henry, and her son-in-law, Jeff Rostberg.  She is survived by her daughter, Roberta and son-in-law, Norm Cook, of Boise; seven grandchildren, Candace (Chris) McLean, Portland, Oregon, Kathryn (John) Mittleider, Boise, Jason Cook, San Diego, Jennifer (Drew) Lingle, Boise, Stephen Cook, Santa Monica, Gabe Rostberg, Boise, Michelle (TJ) Green, Challis, Idaho; five great-grandchildren, Hunter Mittleider, Maggie McLean, Ryder Mittleider, Miriam McLean, Karter Green.
    Eleanor will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who demonstrated care and thoughtfulness to all she met, treating all kindly with her gentle heart.  We rejoice knowing that this is "see you soon!" and not "Good-bye"!  “We will see you again in eternity and we love you!”    A00003B2012JN06