Eleanor M. (Koke) Pratt

By February 15, 2017Uncategorized

7/9/1934 – 2/14/2017

Retired Teacher from Gretna Public Schools. Eleanor M. Pratt was born July 9, 1934 in Omaha, Nebraska to Joseph and Frances Koke. She attended District 26 Country School, Gretna High School, St Mary’s College and continued her education to receive a Masters Degree in Education. She had a life long career as a teacher with 35 years at Gretna Elementary School. She married Harlow E. Pratt on June 29, 1957 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Gretna. She was also a faithful member there, being a Eucharistic Minister and serving many funeral dinners (famous for her deviled eggs). She was an active volunteer with Gretna Optimist, Gretna Neighbors, many Christmas Giving Trees, Member of 55+ Club, Red Hat Ladies, American Legion Auxilary and Retired Teachers. She received many awards: Citizen of the Year 2006, Optimist of the Year 1999-2000 & 2002-2003, Irish Person of the Year 2013, Worthy Woman of the Year 2011, Achievement in Education Award 1992, and a 35 Year Congratulatory Award from Gov. Ben Nelson, to name a few. She passed away at Silver Ridge Assisted Living February 14, 2017. She truly enjoyed her family and friends and she will be greatly missed by all. Eleanor was Preceded in Death by Husband: Harlow E. Pratt Parents: Joseph & Frances Koke. Survived by Sisters: Doris Royal – Springfield, Ne. Darlene Kreifels – Lincoln, Ne. JoAnn Aschoff – West Point, Ne. Brother: Jack & Gloria Koke – Gretna, Ne. Many Nieces, Nephews & Host of Other Relatives & Friends. Visitation: Thursday(2/16/2017) 5:00PM – 7:00 PM with a Rosary: at 7:00 PM all at at St. Patrick Catholic Church  – 508 Angus Street. Funeral Service Friday (2/17/2017) 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church – 508 Angus Street, Gretna Nebraska. Interment Lincoln Memorial Park,6800 S. 14th St. Lincoln Nebraska at 2:00 PM. In Lieu of Flowers Memorials to Gretna School Foundation,Volunteer Firefighters Scholarship Fund, or Family Choice.

Roeder Mortuary, Inc. – Gretna Chapel

11710 Standing Stone – Gretna, NE – 402-332-0090



  • Antonius Tegethoff (Germany) says:

    Eleanor Pratt was my second cousin.She gave me some important information about the Koke family in Nebraska. She was a nice woman. I saw her in 2015 for the last time. I will remember her! In June 2017 I will come to Nebraska again and I will go to the cemetery..(Antonius Tegethoff from Germany)

  • Judy Bergman says:

    Eleanor was such an inspiration to all of us in the Gretna Optimist family. She was always a willing worker, above and beyond what was asked. She will be missed by all of us. Oh that we would all leave a legacy like Eleanor’s.

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