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Nora Belle Eschendal

January 11, 1935 - May 16, 2020


Nora B. Eschendal age 85 of Durand passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Olive Branch Assisted Living. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Nora and Herb will be buried together within the wall at Great Lakes National Cemetery.

Nora Belle Cook was born January 11, 1935 in McGirk, MO a daughter of Murrell and Hazel Cook. She was raised by her grandparents, Elisha and Isabelle Harrington. In 1953 she married Herbert Eschendal. He preceded her in 2018. Nora was a devoted wife of 65 years and a great mom to two girls. Raised by grandparents who taught her how to cook rivaling the best, her pinches, dashes and "a little of this" created an amazing strawberry rhubarb pie, southern biscuits and gravy, and any possible desert you could ask for. Another amazing fact about Nora, after her girls married and left the home, she returned to the workforce and never cashed her paychecks until her retirement. How many of us can say we did that these days?

Nora is survived by her daughters, Linda (Terry) Socia and Susan (Jim) Grohowski; grandchildren, Renee, Cory, Aaron, Nicholas, James and Casey; great grandchildren, Hannah, Fawn, Carson, Braylon, Stella, Eva and Kai; siblings, Marie Higgins, Joyce Guilky and Harry Trusler. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Eschendal; and her siblings, Marian Cook, Robert Cook and Leslie (Jeep) Trusler.

Nora has reunited with all her lost loved ones who went before her. You can be sure there is a lively card game of "screw your neighbor" going on already. She will be greatly missed until we meet again.

In light of the only pandemic we have seen in our lifetime, please send memorial contributions to Grace Hospice of Lansing. Online condolences may be sent at