Eleanor Lois Kirby

January 12, 1942 - February 19, 2020

           Eleanor Lois Kirby, age 78, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

          Born in Wilmington, DE on January 12, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Harvey T. and Dolores Biddle (Hanson) Anseaume.  Eleanor worked for the State of Delaware for 31 years as a Developmental Disabilities Program Case Manager for mentally handicapped adults, assisting the lives of many.  She enjoyed spending time with John and their visits to Lancaster.  Eleanor was a passionate animal lover.  Most important, her fondest memories were made spending time with her grandchildren.  Eleanor never missed a moment to lavish them with gifts to support all of their activities.

          She is survived by her son, Craig T. Kirby (Kristen); grandchildren, Madison R. Kirby, Jackson T. Kirby and Tyler H. Kirby; cousin, Robert W. Fraze; and companion, John N. Vaneschak.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Friday, February 28, 2020, in the chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am.  Interment will follow in adjoining cemetery.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Eleanor’s memory to Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804.


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  • My condolences to all the family, and to John, on Eleanor’s passing. She was a spunky woman who always seemed to know where she wanted to be. Although the last few years were not the kindest to her, she made the best of them. And her love of pets was unsurpassed!

  • Mr. Vaneschak,
    My Deepest sympathy in the passing of your companion Eleanor. May God continue to watch over her son and you!

  • Craig,
    I’m so sorry to hear that your Mom passed. For her it may be a blessing – she’s no longer slowed down by her physical ailments and she is with your mom-mom and most certainly Kirby is wagging his tail and covering her with kisses!
    For you mom & mommom are no longer here to talk to, to share your joys and challenges it’s a hard time . Hold onto to your memories and take joy in your children they are a good distraction. If you need anything please give me a call
    I helped ur mom in the past with cleaning or if you just need to remember. 302-3323166
    May peace follow you each day