MONTVILLE – Eleanor (Flipse) Avener died June 24, 2011. She was born on a farm in North Haledon, N.J., daughter of the late Marinus and Marie (Vliet-Vlieland) Flipse.
Eleanor maintained a lifelong love for and connection to the land and the natural world. She loved to fish, to raise her garden and especially to cut wood. She always kept her kitchen stove going with her bucksaw. She was a registered nurse, having returned to school in her mid-30s and graduating at the top of her class. She did greenhouse work for many years, was a nurse at Waldo County General Hospital, raked blueberries, worked at the Maplewood egg plant and for CB Manufacturing, both in Belmont. She was never an idle woman. She had a deep love for the state and the good people of Maine, where she had lived since 1972.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, John; sons, Daniel of Belfast and William of Highland Mills, N.Y.; grandchildren, Catherine of Aptos, Calif., Margaret of Philadelphia, Richard of Howells, N.Y., and Emily of Philadelphia; many nieces and nephews; a special friend, Tom Seymour; and her beloved dog, Annie. She was predeceased by her parents; three sisters, Marie Conklin, Jacoba Scialla and Ann Warner; and three brothers, Gerard, Peter and Marinus.
There will be a celebration of her life held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to People for People, P.O. Box 1, Thorndike, ME 04986-0001. Arrangements under the care of Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast.