She was born Aug. 30, 1921, in the village of Hulls Cove, the daughter of Chester and Gladys (Higgins) Candage. Eleanor grew up in Hulls Cove in a closely knit community where she played the organ at the Church of Our Father and attended school at the small, two-room schoolhouse before going on to graduate from Bar Harbor High School in 1940.
After graduation, she was employed as a bookkeeper at the Hinckley’s Boatyard during WWII. The boatyard was building mine yawls and picket boats for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Eleanor worked for the purchasing agent who was in charge of ordering materials necessary for building the boats. It was there that she caught the eye of a nice looking Coast Guardsman named Ignatius Stanley Krason. It was Stanley’s job to inspect the boats and take them out on trial runs. He would then stop by her office to send progress reports to the government, and soon asked her for a date. They became engaged in 1942, shortly after Stanley received word that he was being transferred to City Island, N.Y., to prepare for shipping out. Eleanor left her job and home, and moved to New York so she could be closer to Stanley when he returned to post. They were married in September of 1943, and Stanley left soon after for duty. Eleanor and the other chief’s wives would travel to meet the ship wherever and whenever it would come back to port in America. Sometimes Stanley would be gone for six to nine months at a time, and Eleanor would return to her parents’ home in Hulls Cove. Eleanor’s mother used to teasingly call her “Eleanor Roosevelt,” as she was always packing to go somewhere.
Eleanor and Stanley welcomed their first son, Lawrence, in December of 1946 and bought their first home in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, N.Y. Later on, they were blessed with another son, Donald, in July of 1958. They lived in New York until 1970 when the family relocated back to Hulls Cove, to care for Eleanor’s ailing father.
Eleanor was selflessly devoted to her family and friends. She loved to dance and sing, playing her beloved organ, and sewing and knitting. She could quickly solve any word puzzle. She was a wonderful cook and loved her family’s weekly tradition of church and Sunday dinner. Some of her greatest joys were her five grandchildren. She was never too busy to play a game, build a fort, or go berry picking.
Eleanor was a true lady. Her family has never known her to voice an unkind word. Her kindness, generosity, patience and wisdom were exceeded only by her absolute strength, and beautiful grace.
Eleanor was predeceased by her parents, Chester and Gladys Candage; brothers Bud and Roger Candage, and her loving husband of 58 years, Ignatius Stanley Krason.
Eleanor is survived by her children: Lawrence S. Krason and his wife, Darlene, Donald G. Krason and his wife, Pamela; her grandchildren: Carrie Mansolilli and her husband, Corey, Amy Pinkham and her husband, Scott, Diane Hindes and her husband, Daniel, Lawrence Krason and William Krason; her great grandchildren: Amaya Mansolilli, Aaliyah, Jaiden and Neveah Hindes.
A funeral Mass will be held for Eleanor at Holy Redeemer Church on Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow at The Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove.