Eleanor Stohl Poelman
1935 ~ 2012
Eleanor Stohl Poelman, age 77, passed away on June 16, 2012.
She was born May 14, 1935 in Brigham City, Utah, to Lloyd
Oleen Stohl and Mary Ware Knight Stohl. Throughout her life
she was known to family and friends by her middle name,
Eleanor attended East High School and received a business
degree from the University of Utah. Following graduation,
she worked at Edward L. Burton & Company as an executive
secretary. She married Walter Squires Poelman in the Salt
Lake Temple on July 18, 1958.
Eleanor was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. She served for many years as secretary
in the Primary and Relief Society organizations. She was
a loving visiting teacher. Over the years, Eleanor enjoyed
her association with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
Eleanor and Squires were blessed with five children. She
was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, cousin, and niece
and enjoyed any opportunity to gather as family. Eleanor
was also a devoted daughter. She happily gave of her time
to serve her parents, especially in their later years.
One of the highlights of Eleanor’s life was the opportunity
the family had to live in Okinawa, Japan, from 1968 to 1973,
while Squires was employed as a civilian personnel specialist
for the U.S. Air Force. They made many friends and from
that experience developed a great love for the Japanese
people and their culture.
Eleanor was a thirty year breast cancer survivor. With
this trial and the many others she faced, she was an example
of courage and faith. Throughout her life, and even as her
health declined, she always kept a smile on her face and
had a willingness to serve and be a friend.
She is survived by her five children: Elizabeth (David)
Bunting, Pleasant Grove, UT; John (Miho) Poelman, San Jose,
CA; Catherine (David) Cox, Fairmont, WV; Brian (Carol) Poelman,
Sandy, UT; Christine (Mike) Ballard, West Jordan, UT; 25
grandchildren; one brother, John (Lana) Stohl, Salt Lake
City. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband. She
was widowed for 15 years and is now reunited with her eternal
The family would like to thank the staff of the Charleston
at Cedar Hills and the Ashford for their loving care to
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 23, 2012 at
12:00 noon in the Colonial Hills Ward Meetinghouse, 1455
South 1700 East, Salt Lake City, UT. A viewing will be held
at the Meetinghouse Saturday morning from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
prior to services. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.