A Sacred Moment


Eleanor Lita (Stroud) Rochat

February 04, 1923 - August 23, 2010

A Perfect Enneagram Type 1

Eleanor was born in February, 1923, the daughter of Effie (Gephart) and Edgar Stroud in Dieterich, Illinois. She graduated high school from Oswego, New York and received a bachelor’s degree and teacher’s certificate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She sang in a quartet with her sister when she was young and met Carl Rochat in a community choir in Illinois. They married in 1943 and lived in Gonzales, Texas before moving to Manhattan, Kansas in 1953. Eleanor began working at Kansas State University as an English Composition instructor in 1966 and later also assisted with and then supervised KSU’s Writing Lab. She especially enjoyed helping ESL (English as a Second Language) students with their writing and compositions. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honorary Society of women educators. Eleanor retired in 1985. She and Carl traveled every summer and after retirement—to visit relatives in New York, Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida; to see England, Scotland and Canada; to visit their children in the Pacific Northwest and Texas; and to enjoy the spring dogwoods blooming in the Ozarks. She read the newspaper every day and was an avid football fan of the K-State Wildcats. She loved reading mysteries and enjoyed swimming, shopping and Chinese food. Eleanor was interested in the Enneagram personality types, and considered herself a “perfect Type 1.” After Carl died in 2005, she moved to Washington state—Issaquah and then Marysville—to be near her children. She passed away on Aug. 23, 2010, at the age of 87 in Everett, Wash. She was predeceased by her husband Carl; three brothers, Rupert, Adrian and Gene Stroud; and one sister, Naidene Trexler. She is survived by sons Kevin Rochat of Seattle, Wash. and Kim Rochat of Camano Island, Wash.; and daughter Gena Reebs of Seattle, Wash.


Memorial remembrances may be made in Eleanor’s honor to your local library or a charity of your choice.


Just as the Wave Cannot Exist

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me. It is an uncomfortable doctrine which the true ethics whisper into my ear. You are happy, they say; therefore you are called upon to give much.

Albert Schweitzer

Looking into the portals of eternity

Looking into the portals of eternity teaches that the brotherhood of man is inspired by God's word; Then all prejudice of race vanishes away.

George Washington

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