Swan Funeral Home

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Eleanor S. Wimble

March 31, 1920November 21, 2019

Eleanor Schumann Wimble, 99, died peacefully at Connecticut Hospice in Branford on November 21, 2019. She was born March 31, 1920 in Madison, CT to Arthur and Martha Schumann. Eleanor lived on the land her parents farmed in Madison for almost all of her life. After graduating from Daniel Hand High School in 1938 Eleanor left for Mary Washington College, the first person in her family to attend college. She married Everette R. Wimble in 1941. Some years after returning from WW II Everette was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. To support their family Eleanor started Kiddy Kraft Nursery School in Madison in 1952, which she ran successfully until 1988 when Everette’s care began to take up more of her time. After Everette’s death in 1990, Eleanor went back to work at the “Depot” in Madison as Director of the senior lunch program. She finally retired in her 80s.

Eleanor was an extremely prolific amateur artist for many years. Her many interests included crocheting, pottery and painting. During her final years at the Hearth at Gardenside in Branford she spent many hours on her recycled plastic bag creations which she gave to family and friends. Most recently she developed an enthusiasm for writing poetry, completing her final poem only weeks ago. 
Eleanor is survived by her son Arthur Wimble (Heather) and her daughter Susan Rood (David). She is also survived by her grandchildren Jeffrey (April), Erica (Dave), Katherine (Tyler), Kristin (Jeff), Asa (Liz), Ian (Eileen), and Owen (Courtney), as well as great-grandsons Ethan, Paul, Lee, Zachary, Jack, Rowan, Henry, and one great-granddaughter Jane. In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her son-in-law Paul Wildermann and by her sister Marjorie. The family wish to express deep gratitude to Connecticut Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at Christ Church New Haven, 84 Broadway, at 10 AM on Friday December 6. Interment will follow at West Cemetery in Madison. Donations in Eleanor’s memory may be sent to the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, PO Box 248, Shelton, CT 06484.


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Burial Friday, December 6, 2019


Eleanor S. Wimble

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angela schmidt

December 5, 2019

Dear Susan and family: My condolences to all the family on Eleanor's passing. I am sorry that I cannot attend the funeral on Friday. I can no longer drive to New Haven. I recently found out that Eleanor was at the Branford Hearth and was planning on visiting her but came down with the flu and was unable to go there. Eleanor and my husband Joe grew up together and shared many good times with all the family. I still remember many afternoons when Aunt Martha and Eleanor would go to my mother-in-laws for coffee. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please remember me to Arthur and Heather.

Jacqueline Nicholas

November 28, 2019

A tremendous thank you to Mrs Wimble for our children's early education. We moved to Madison from England and our 3yr old son was so happy with you. Then our daughter came along and equally enjoyed her time with you. We returned to England 35 yrs ago but they still have happy memories of Mrs Wimble. Our condolences go to your family.

Mary Linton

November 27, 2019

I attended Mrs. Wimble's nursery school and have such wonderful memories from those days. How many adults can say they remember nursery school?? I am fortunate enough to because she created such a memorable, loving environment. I remember Daddy Wimble coming in to the classroom to sing to us, the big wheels track in the backyard, singing many songs such as Jimmy Crack Corn....so many wonderful memories. Mrs. Wimble's smile and warm hugs still bring a smile to my day. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She was truly an amazing woman.

Marie Bassett

November 25, 2019

Eleanor was a very special woman. I often said to her " I want to be like you when I grow up." She was very kind and talented. She will be missed greatly. I will miss helping her with her "projects" I will always carry fond memories of her with me. My thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends. R. I. P.