News and Tribune

January 28, 2013

Eleanora Ploetner Graninger, 94; of Clarksville

— After a full and productive life, Eleanora “Nonie” Ploetner Graninger, 94, of Clarksville, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Funeral visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at E. M. Coots’ Sons Funeral Home, Jeffersonville. A Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Jeffersonville, with burial in St. Anthony Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 12, 1918 to Victor M. and Agnes Lynch Ploetner. She lived most of her life in Clarksville.  As a young woman, she was an avid tennis player. She also traveled on the L&N pass her father provided. She graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1937 and from Ball State in 1939. At Ball State she was a member of Psi Theta. She received her B.S. in Education and her Library Science degree from Spalding University. Her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education was from Indiana University.

Nonie began her teaching career in 1939 at Colgate School. Over the next five decades she taught or served as librarian at McCulloch, Wilson, Parkwood, Sacred Heart, and St. Anthony. She retired as librarian of Parkview Middle School. She loved teaching and being a librarian. She was also active in professional education associations. NEA, ISTA, GCEA and their political affiliates, and Delta Kappa Gamma.

Nonie married Charles E. “Ed”  Graninger on June 15, 1943. Ed died in 2006. During their 63 years of marriage, they raised five sons, celebrated the birth of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, operated a grocery in Watson, spent many summer days at their camp on the Ohio River, and helped acquire the land for St. Anthony Catholic Church to move to Clarksville. She also helped found the St. Anthony Credit Union. She regularly gave blood to the Red Cross. Always strong and independent, while Ed was away during World War II, Nonie purchased their first house. She had a deep passion for trees.

From those early travels on the L&N, Nonie had a terrific wanderlust. She traveled throughout the U.S. and regularly to Panama City Beach. She also traveled throughout Mexico, in Central America, China, the U.S.S.R., the Middle East and several times through Europe. She has a special fondness for Nafplion, Greece. She often traveled with her friends Mary Lou Myers and Pat Griffith.

Nonie is survived by her five sons, Chuck (Cathy), of Borden, Mike (Christine), of Zionesville, Pat (Elise), of Louisville, Colo., Chris (Leslie), of Clarksville, and Rick (Jeff Been), of Louisville. In addition, she is survived by eight grandchildren, Lisa, Trey, Kara, Kent, Amanda, Sean, A.J., and Christian; eight great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Nonie’s sister, Dr. Dorothy Lewis, preceded her in death.

The family requests no flowers.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the 3-2-1 Reading Program at Communities In Schools of Clark County, 1406 Frederick Ave., Jeffersonville, IN. 47130.