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Eleanor Koster

Eleanor Julia Vogel Koster

Eleanor Julia Vogel Koster of Canton, Illinois passed through the portal of death into life

everlasting on January 11, 2021. A blessed and abundant 100 years of life were granted to her

during her time on earth. Eleanor was born to George Christian William Vogel and Erna Maahs

Vogel on July 29, 1920. She was raised in a large, loving family with five brothers and three

sisters. She graduated from Madison East High School, attended secretarial school, and worked

for Vogel Brother’s Building Company before marrying. Eleanor met Carl H. Koster from

Sterling, Illinois at a Lutheran bible camp, and they married at St John’s Lutheran Church in

Madison, Wisconsin on June 16, 1940. Carl and Eleanor made Canton, Illinois their home in

1940 when Carl was transferred from the Rock Falls International Harvester plant to the plant in


Eleanor was devoted to raising her six children, however she also loved adventure, enjoying

flying lessons, jeeping through the Rocky Mountains on her 80th birthday, and traveling abroad

as life permitted. Her love for her church, Trinity Lutheran, where she served in many roles and

sang in the choir, was central to her life. She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter

JQ and served on the board of the Community Concert Association. Eleanor will be

remembered for many things, but her most lasting legacy and gift to her family was her deep

and abiding faith in Jesus Christ. Her 100 years of earthly life were distinguished by acts of

compassion, humbleness, patience, servitude, and tenacity. Throughout her life she was God’s

goodness and love made visible.

She is survived by her six children: John Carl Koster (Laura) of Richardson, Texas; Carol Ellen

Funk of Canton, Illinois; Mary Alice Atchley (Gary) of Jackson, Mississippi; Jean Marie Sprecher

(Rod) of Canton, Illinois; James Alan Koster (Maureen) of Champaign, Illinois; and Mark William

Koster (Melinda) of Amarillo, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren;

sisters, Judy Englebrecht of Waverly, Iowa; Martha Boyer of Richmond, Virginia;

and brother David Vogel of Madison, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her husband

Carl; sister Erna Stephenson; and brothers George Vogel, Howard Vogel, Harold Vogel, and Paul


Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Chestnut, Canton, Illinois 61520.

Graveside services for the immediate family will be held on January 29, 2021. A memorial

church service will be scheduled at a later date. To leave online condolences you may go to


  • Judy Spencer Brown

    Reply January 11, 2021 9:32 pm

    So sorry Carol and family for the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time🙏🙏💐

  • Dee Doubet

    Reply January 12, 2021 7:56 am

    Jean and Family — I was so sorry to learn this morning of your mother’s passing, and I’m sure she will be dearly missed by your family. Condolences to you and every one of them. 💐

  • Kim and Jane

    Reply January 12, 2021 2:03 pm

    Sending our sympathies.

  • Maria Orwig

    Reply January 12, 2021 2:55 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of Eleanor. She was a wonderful woman with a beautiful family. I was blessed to know her. Please know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Katie Matusik

    Reply January 12, 2021 3:45 pm

    So sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a joy to talk to and spend time with. We would visit when I brought ham loaves to her from our church. She loved her family and always enjoyed talking about them but was always interested in what was going on in my life. She always had a smile and greeted everyone by name at PEO. I know you have very special memories of her and will find comfort in them. God bless all of you.

  • Rick Atchley

    Reply January 12, 2021 4:46 pm

    So sorry Aunt Mary, Carol, Jeannie, Jim, and all you family. Your mom was a wonderful person and a true lady. Hugs and prayers to all.

  • Rick Atchley

    Reply January 12, 2021 4:48 pm

    So sorry Aunt Mary, Carol, Jeannie, Jim, and all your family. Your mom was a wonderful person and a true lady. Hugs and prayers to all.

  • Romy Randolph

    Reply January 13, 2021 10:56 am

    So sorry Jean and family for the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at

  • Max/Cheryl Scott

    Reply January 13, 2021 1:26 pm

    Our sympathy to the entire family, we feel honored to have known such a beautiful lady.

  • Kathie and Rich Hamilton

    Reply January 13, 2021 2:14 pm

    Jean and Rod so sorry of your Mom’s passing.

  • Richard S Courtney

    Reply January 13, 2021 8:35 pm

    sorry for the passing of a great lady. she made it to 100 and now going to see her maker

  • Kent and Kathy McDowell

    Reply January 13, 2021 8:44 pm

    As my brother Mark (Juliot) said, “What a blessing to have shared life with Eleanor!” Eleanor was a true servant of God in the way she lived! She was a matriarch of Trinity. She had a gentle, yet strong spirit that nurtured everyone around her💞. She will be missed by our church family and so many more! She and my dad (passed away in April) had a special bond of friendship, my mom, too! So many wonderful memories, forever in our hearts….our dear friend Eleanor, united with her beloved Carl💞. Our deepest sympathy to all who loved Eleanor. Keeping Eleanor’s loved ones in our thoughts and prayers🙏❤️
    Kathy and Kent McDowell

    Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

  • Briana Sprecher-Kinneer

    Reply January 14, 2021 3:59 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Koster family. Eleanor always made me feel like an adopted grandkid. My love to you all.

  • Nancy Howard

    Reply January 14, 2021 4:54 pm

    So very saddened to hear of Eleanor’s passing. I have such fond memories of her and most of them center around Trinity. She was truly a wonderful person and always had a smile! She is rejoicing with those who had gone before her. My sympathy and prayers to her children and grandchildren. Nancy (Forquer) Howard

  • Dale Morse

    Reply January 14, 2021 8:06 pm

    My prayers go out the family, as Elanor was a great friend of mine, and our group of four who spent many days a Dorothy’s house for lunch and games together.

  • Tammy Lockhart

    Reply January 16, 2021 10:03 am

    Jean,Carol and the rest of your family so sorry for your lost. I was glad to have known and cook for your mother. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of You. Tammy Lockhart

  • Carl Parrish

    Reply January 17, 2021 7:12 pm

    Sorry for your loss.

  • Jane Brodbeck

    Reply January 18, 2021 2:00 pm

    To the Koster family,

    Sympathy to you all on the passing of Eleanor. She and Carl were wonderful neighbors for many years on Sycamore Terrace. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

    Jane Brodbeck and family

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  • Eric Benson

    Reply January 23, 2021 12:23 am

    To Jim, Mark, Jean, Mary, Carol, and John. Please except my sincere condolences for the loss of your Mother. Many fond memories come flooding back from years ago growing up in Canton, especially around your family. As a classmate of Jim’s, and living close by, I remember having many good times at your house. Eleanor was certainly patient and kind, and most always kept her composure with all us rowdy young boys playing around. Very much made me feel like one of the family. There are few Mothers that are as good a parent as she was, a fine example to follow indeed. God bless.

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