Eleanor's Story

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Eleanor Jane was born on June 12, 1933 in the small coal mining town of Pocahontas, Virginia to Charles and Dorothy Carter. Her childhood dreams were to someday have a cat and to travel to strange and exotic places. She accomplished both in full measure. Her father gave her a red, Persian kitten when she was six-years old. She later wrote that "Red" was the greatest joy of her childhood. As an adult, she provided a loving home to numerous cats, even adopting Dr. Eugene Searfoss's six cats and dog, Shaner, when he passed away unexpectedly. She graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1951 where she played tenor saxophone in the band and basketball on the girls' championship basketball team. After graduation, she attended Lewis Gale Hospital School of Nursing in Roanoke, Virginia. While there, she and her best friend Betsy Ferrell were selected for the All-City Women's Basketball Team. During that time, she also met her future husband Louis Goldstein on a blind date. She later joined Louis in Cincinnati, Ohio, and they married at Trinity United Church of Christ in Deer Park. She began her nursing career at Jewish Hospital where she served as the Emergency Room Supervisor for many years. Before retiring, she saw her second dream come true by traveling to Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, China, Thailand, India, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Scotland, Brazil and Peru. During retirement, she was an avid follower of Duke Basketball and enjoyed feeding the wildlife in her wooded backyard in Deer Park. She frequently said she accomplished everything in life she set out to do.

Eleanor was the beloved wife of the late Louis Goldstein. Cherished mother of Stephen (Beth) Goldstein, Keith (Marilyn) Goldstein, and Ellen (William) Baker. Loving grandmother to Jacey, Mark, Luke, Kevin, Joanna, Sara (Cain), Lauren (Scott), and Susan (Michael). Beloved sister to Charlotte (Ervin) Rich and Dorothy "Dottie" Musick. Survived by dear sisters-in-law Rebecca (Ralph) See and Mrs. Leonard (Gladys) Goldstein, numerous nieces and nephews, and her life-long friends Betsy and Charles "C.M." Ferrell.

Per her request, family will hold a private memorial service. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Strawser Funeral Home in Blue Ash. Interment will be at Rest Haven Memorial Park. Condolences may be expressed at www.strawserfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Save the Animals Foundation ("STAF") at staf.org or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at alzfdn.org.
Published on September 2, 2017
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