Ellen Elizabeth Van De Walle

September 14, 1942 - December 31, 2009
Ellen Elizabeth Van De Walle

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Ellen E. Van De Walle, 67 of Hendersonville died Thursday, December 31, 2009 at Four Seasons Elizabeth House.

Born in South Bend, Indiana she was the daughter of Gladys E. Van De Walle of Winchester, Mass. and the late Henry Van De Walle. She had been a resident of Hendersonville since 1995.

She received her BA from Ball State University in Indiana and her MA from the University of Colorado. She was an elementary school teacher for 34 years, teaching in California, Colorado, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

If a program involved doing something with children, she was there. Ellenís volunteer activities involved many different ways of supporting children. After moving here from Madison, WI, she was the director of the Head Start Program in Fletcher and volunteered with Child Care Resources and Referral. She was a substitute teacher at Hendersonville Elementary School. Recently she served as Co-Director of the childrenís Ministry at Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church and was a past president of Creative Beginnings Pre-School. She regularly taught Sunday School and Wednesday Night Pioneer Club activity classes. She was a member of the church choir, a soloist at times for church services and occasionally led ìThe Time with Young Disciplesî. She was very involved with Operation Christmas Child, leading the drive to have and help others prepare Shoeboxes to be distributed to children around the world. She organized and lead teams from our church to volunteer at the OCC distribution center in Charlotte. Along with her husband Glenn, she volunteered with the Vero Beach, Fla. Habitat for Humanity and the two of them led teams of volunteers to Gilwice, Poland as part of Habitatís Global Mission Program where she was drawn again to the children of Poland.

Surviving in addition to her mother is her husband Glenn Richardson; a sister Charlene Peterman of Winchester, Mass.; four step-children Debra Jurrens of Roanoke, Texas, Jeffrey Richardson of McFarland, Wisconsin, Wade Richardson of Orlando, Fla., and Phil Richardson of Atlanta, Georgia; four step-grandchildren Heather Stemick, Joshua Jurrens, Michael Richardson and Thomas Richardson; and one step-great-grandchild Lacey Marie Stemick.


Monday, January 18, 2010
12:00 AM

First Presbyterian Church of Hendersonville - Directions
699 North Grove Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • January 06, 2010
    Tina Stout says:
    Uncle Glenn, You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss Ellen so much. She was the fun reason I went to the Richardson reunion. I will miss her smile and laugh dearly. Love you Tina

  • March 14, 2010
    Judy (Mould) Toles says:
    I want to say how sorry I am about Ellen. My name is Judy Mould and I lived around the corner from you. I am going to try and come to the memorial on Sat. judithtoles@yahoo.com

  • March 14, 2010
    carroll heideman says:
    Yes, Ellen was indeed a fine teacher and advocate for children. (I taught with her for a few years in Madison.) She was smart and always ready to stand up for what she believed and thought was right. Sympathies to all the family⁄

  • February 14, 2010
    Eddie Chrisman says:
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Hope everything else is OK. If you ever get close to Louisville give me a call. Would love to see you. Eddie Chrisman bigdaddy04k@insightbb.com

  • January 18, 2010
    Leah Gordon says:
    Mrs. Van De Walle was my substitute teacher in 3rd grade. She was a fun and loving person. I miss you.