Ellen Elizabeth Van De Walle

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

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

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Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • January 09, 2010
    Gordon and Kathy Gilbert says:
    Our sincere sympathy in your loss. Amy's Dad and Mom

  • January 08, 2010
    Jo Ann and Mark Forbes says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Glenn. May the Lord bless you in your time of need.

  • January 07, 2010
    Dan & Marilyn Shumaker says:
    Glenn, our sincere sympathy to you and your and Ellen's family....she was very special and Heaven and Heaven's children are lucky to have her.

  • January 01, 2010
    Brenda Cork says:
    Glenn, our deepest sympathies reach out to you and your family over the loss of Ellen. May happy memories be your guide at this sad time. Brenda Cork and family

  • January 04, 2010
    Annie Odom says:
    I had the privilege of teaching with Ellen for several years at Leopold School in Madison, WI. After observing many low income children of color entering kindergarten & 1st grade without mastery of basic skills, we decided to initiate the STARS program - Summer Teaching to Advance Reading Success. Ellen was critical to our survival. She identified a sponsor that has remained with us and she wrote curriculum. STARS is 20 years old and has helped hundreds of pre-schoolers to become successful students. STARS is but one more tribute to a life extremely well lived. I will miss my friend.