Eleanor June Adams

June 16, 1930August 23, 2018
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Eleanor June (Bachmaier) Judge Adams, "Ellie", "El", "Mom", passed into Jesus' presence on August 23, 2018. Eleanor was born in Astoria in Woodside, New York. She was the only child of Sophie and Joseph Bachmaier. She had a beautiful singing voice, singing publicly, while her mother accompanied her on the piano. Eleanor earned a BA from Our Lady of Good Counsel, now Pace University, but heard another calling. Eleanor was a dedicated nurse for over 40 years, retiring in 2009. Eleanor earned her RN from Nassau Community College in 1963, and her BSN in 1973 from Stony Brook University. Eleanor worked in the VA System over 28 years in such places as, Northport New York and the 3 VA's here in Arizona. Her nursing took her to some fascinating places also, such as, Saudi Arabia, Sitka Alaska, and San Diego. She finished her nursing career, working for Hospice of the Valley for 10 years. Eleanor was a tenacious nurse who didn't take "No!" from patients who did not follow doctor's orders, yet she was kind and compassionate to all who were in her care. She loved to mentor new nurses, passing on her wisdom, insights and love for the profession. Eleanor never gave up...or into adversity; rather seeing them as challenges and learning experiences. Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, Sophie and Joseph Bachmaier; and her cousin, Toni, who was a "sister" to her. Eleanor leaves her legacy, her daughters, Maryellen (Michael) Hodapp, Mary Elizabeth Young, and Eileen (Grant) Meneley; grandchildren, Tara (Tim) Tang, James "Jim" Hodapp, and Brian (Maria) Hodapp; and great-grandchildren, Annie, Joshua, Norah, and Lia. We cannot thank the staff of Orchard-Pointe Surprise Memory Support, or Hospice of the Valley enough, for their love and care for our mother. Visitation will be Thursday, September 06, 2018, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 W. Bell Rd., in Surprise, Arizona. Funeral Mass will be at St Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 17111 W. Bell Rd., in Surprise, Arizona, on Friday, September 07, 2018 at 10:30 AM. A Reception to include chocolate will be at Surprise Funeral Care immediately after the Mass. Please consider making a charitable donation to Orchard-Pointe Surprise Employee Fund, 15048 W. Young St., in Surprise, Arizona, and or to Hospice of the Valley, West Office, at 9435 W. Peoria Ave., in Peoria, Arizona. To sign the guestbook online, and to share your memories, and send condolences and well-wishes to the family, please visit,


  • Joseph Charles Bachmaier, Father
  • Sophie Eleanor Zalenski, Mother
  • Maryellen Hodapp, Daughter
  • Michael Hodapp, Son-in-law
  • Mary Elizabeth Young, Daughter
  • Eileen J. Meneley, Daughter
  • Grant Meneley, Son-in-law
  • Tara Tang, Granddaughter
  • Tim Tang, Grandson-in-law
  • James "Jim" Hodapp, Grandson
  • Brian Hodapp, Grandson
  • Maria Hodapp, Granddaughter-in-law
  • Eleanor also leaves great-grandchildren, Annie, Joshua (Josh), Norah, and Lia; and was preceded in death by her cousin, Toni, who was more like a sister to her.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Reception Friday, September 7, 2018

Eleanor June Adams

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Susan Morse

September 2, 2018

Dear El. I remember you fondly and was taken with you from the moment I met you at Hospice of the Valley. You were an inspiration to many. Your spunk was infectious. You were always the "lady", but never failed to show us your feisty side if you thought we needed to hear from you. A life well lived. Go in blessed peace.

Tricia Wagner

August 30, 2018

What an amazing women!! They say Children are a reflection of their parents and Eileen is evidence just how amazing, caring and loving Eleanor was as we worked together and went to school together. I also had the opportunity to work at hospice and experience the legacy of love Eleanor had for her members as her caring spirit was always brought up as well as Eleanor’s willingness to help us less seasoned workers when we needed a mentor. Eileen made a couple calls to her mom for advice when I was stuck as to the next steps I needed to take to help a member. Thank you for blessing all of us with your compassion and genuine caring for others!! I hope I can possess the same level of passion she still had for her job/members after years in the field. A great person to aspire to be! All my love and prayers surround Eleanor’s whole family.

Sophie Borowski

August 27, 2018

To Eleanor's family my heart is with you. I had a great opportunity to work with Eleanor in hospice. Eleanor was feisty & advocated for the welfare of others. She was a wonderful nurse and a compassionate person. I smile when I think of her, El will be missed. In peace & healing, Sophie