Eleanor Maria Bache (née Krout) of Lombard, IL, formerly of Lavallette, NJ, a former tutor and homemaker, died on April 15, 2022, of natural causes at the age of 95.
Born in New York, NY to Marion Krout (née Good) and John Allen Krout, she graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1944 and Barnard College in 1948, then went on to complete a master’s degree in English from Columbia University.
Eleanor's commitment to education spanned the generations. Her father served as provost and, later, vice president of Columbia University; his service as provost overlapped with Dwight D. Eisenhower’s term as president of the university. While Eleanor admired Eisenhower personally, she disagreed with him politically, as evidenced by her attendance at the 1948 Democratic National Convention. Her political engagement would last throughout her life; she worked after graduate school for the League of Women Voters, where she edited the organization’s newsletter, and continued to attend local party meetings through the 1990s. Her political role model remained Adlai Stevenson, who twice challenged Eisenhower for the presidency.
Eleanor and the late Michael Bache, a Foreign Service Officer from 1951 to 1982, were married on January 28, 1954, and celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2004. The pair raised four children (Marion, Stephen, Nicholas, and Vivian) while posted in Munich, Germany; Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; Washington, DC; Stockholm, Sweden; New York, NY; and Bonn, Germany. Eleanor made many lifelong friends in those years abroad, sometimes during regular evenings of bridge — a game she continued to play with relish well into her 90s.
Eleanor and Michael spent twelve years in Washington, DC, where Eleanor worked as a tutor and Michael as a financial planner. In 1992, they retired to Lavallette, NJ, a town abutting the ocean where they had spent many warm summers. Michael, an amateur cellist throughout his life, played with the Garden State Philharmonic of Toms River and with various chamber ensembles; Eleanor, a lifelong lover of classical music (especially the music of Johannes Brahms), attended concerts locally and in New York. Her grandchildren remember many wonderful summers visiting Eleanor and Michael on the shore and joining them for walks on the boardwalk, evenings of puzzles and bridge, and trips to Salty’s for ice cream. In bringing her children to Lavallette for summer vacations and hosting her grandchildren there in her retirement, Eleanor fostered a tradition that continues with her great-grandchildren, who recently enjoyed their first few summers on the ocean.
With the passing of her husband in 2005 and the loss of her home in 2012 to Hurricane Sandy, Eleanor joined her daughter Vivian in Lombard, IL, where she found joy in reading, bridge, Jeopardy, attending musical performances in downtown Chicago, and the company of Quincy the family dog.
Eleanor Bache is preceded in death by her husband G. Michael Bache, their son Nicholas J. A. Bache, and their grandson Alexander D. Bache. She is survived by her children Marion D. Bache of Toms River, NJ, Stephen K. Bache (Laura Johnson) of Portland, OR, and Vivian B. (Joel) Quam of Lombard, IL; her grandchildren Kathryn Bache (Christopher Lotz) of San Francisco, CA, Justin Quam of Baltimore, MD, Elizabeth (Jonathan) Bay of Long Beach, CA, Cassandra Quam (Nathan Dexter) of St. Paul, MN, Christopher Bache of La Cañada, CA, and Seth Quam of Chicago, IL; and her great-grandchildren Theodore, Arden, and Iris Lotz.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at St. Paul Lutheran Church (545 S. Ardmore Ave in Villa Park). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Twenty One Plus Foundation, which supports community-based programs in New Jersey for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Arrangements by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Info www.brustfuneralhome.com or 888-629-0094.
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