April 19, 1939 - November 15, 2020
With profound sadness we announce the passing of Eleanor Allen, a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to all whose lives she touched.
She passed away peacefully in Denver, Colorado, with her son (Paul) and daughter (Eva) by her side, just as she wanted.
She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1939, the daughter of Friedl Sternglass Formann (nee
Krieger) and Michael Sternglass, of Frankfurt, Germany. Her parents fled Nazi Germany for Argentina.
Eleanor made her way to the States via a cruise ship headed to New York after extensive travel throughout Europe. It was on this very ship that she met her best friend for life, Sharon Leuenberger, who introduced her to Ladd Allen, who would become her loving husband of 28 years.
Eleanor and Ladd built a life for themselves and their children, first in Ladera Heights, CA and then in Manhattan Beach, CA – the beach town that Eleanor considered home.
Eleanor was the beloved mother of Eva (Tom Leland) and Paul (Rebecca Boxer), very proud grandmother of Hannah and Lena Leland and Zoe and Sam Allen, and cherished aunt of Fabiana (Naor) Zifferman.
She was predeceased by her devoted husband Ladd, sister Esther Kahn, best friend Sharon Leuenberger and many other family members and close friends.
Eleanor loved to cook (her meringue cookies were the best), and she was highly skilled with a paintbrush as well as a calligraphy pen. She enjoyed gardening, entertaining friends, travel, and the arts. She was a devoted volunteer at St. Lawrence of Brindisi in Watts, California, where she taught poetry and assisted with their annual fundraiser. She was so beloved by St. Lawrence that her image was included in a large mural on the property for all to see. Eleanor was also an avid volunteer and fundraiser for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as well as other Beach Cities arts organizations.
Most of all she loved her family and instilled in her children strong values that have served them well. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
The Estrellita (Little Star) Scholarship Fund has been established by Eleanor's loving family to honor her life and to ensure that Eleanor's support of the fine arts, and her commitment to social justice, endure forever. The scholarship fund supports young immigrant women pursuing post-secondary education in the fine arts.
To make a contribution to the scholarship fund in Eleanor's memory, please
Published by The Beach Reporter on Dec. 15, 2020.