Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — LELAND — Eloise Telgard Fahs, beloved mother, grandmother, great‐grandmother, friend, and lifelong resident of the Leelanau Peninsula, passed away on March, 30, 2013, surrounded by family. She was 84 years old.
The second child born to Leone and Martin Telgard, Eloise grew up in Leland, Mich. and met her husband, Harold Fahs, at a Leland High School basketball game. After their marriage she and Harold lived in Michigan and ultimately settled in Wisconsin until their retirement in 1987, when they returned to their dear spot on north Lake Leelanau. Together, they were the original owners of a Leland fixture, the Village Cheese Shanty, where Eloise loved spending her days in the heart of Fishtown.
A talented carver and painter, and a born artist in every sense of the word, Eloise had a free spirit, an infectious laugh, and a generous heart. She loved gardening and was endlessly proud of the changing seasonal beauty her front garden brought to everyone who passed by.
She had a voracious appetite for reading and kept close count on how many mysteries she consumed. Eloise loved socializing, and attending dinner and the Opera series, with friends, at the State Theater. She treasured her friends, her bridge partners, her fellow artists, and living on Lake Leelanau. She enjoyed her membership in The Little Garden Club, and for many years was active with the East Leland Property Owners Association, activities at the Old Art Building, Sons of Norway, and the Leland Historical Museum.
Faithful and never far from Eloise’s side was her constant companion, her little dog, Folly, with whom she established an uncanny sense of communication. Eloise thrived on learning more about her Norwegian heritage, through travel to Norway, spending many years investigating her lineage and the location of her ancestors. But more than anything, Eloise treasured her family, and was always proud of every accomplishment they made, no matter how small.
There was never any doubt her heart was full with the love she held for each member of her family.
Eloise is survived by two children, Karen Siemers (Jeff) and Tim Fahs (Donna); four grandchildren, Hannah Abney (Allen), Kathryn McGrane (Kevin), Jared Siemers, and Christian Fahs; two great-grandchildren, Jack Kendrick Abney and Wright Carlson Abney; sister, Bonnie Orr; sister-in-law, Nancy Telgard; niece, Heidi Kruse (Beverly); nephews, Chris Telgard (Kathy), Skip Telgard (Lynn); and her beloved friends.
Eloise was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Fahs; her parents, Leone and Martin Telgard; and her brother, Jim Telgard.
The family extends extreme gratitude to Jan and Terry Schmidt, Keith Ashley, Jack Priest, Mary Lou Piotrowski, and Sue Kelly for their unending love and tender care, which allowed Mom to remain living independently in the home she loved most.
A memorial service celebrating Eloise’s life is planned for 3 p.m., Monday, May 6, at the Leland Country Club. A reception at the Leland Country Club will immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Eloise’s name may be sent to: Fishtown Preservation Society, PO Box 721, Leland, MI 49654; The Old Art Building/Leelanau Community Cultural Center, PO Box 883 Leland, MI 49654 and/or the Leelanau Conservancy, PO Box 1007 Leland, MI 49654.
Please share thoughts and memories with Eloise’s family on their online guestbook at www.record-eagle.com/obituaries.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.