Eleanor (West) Lewis was born on September 30, 1918, in the tiny town of Jaroso, CO, as one of four sisters and one brother. From her youth, Eleanor relished hard work as she did the rest of her life. She was raised on a farm near Salem Corners, MN and went to high school in Rochester, MN. At age 21, she met and ended up marrying Ray E. Krofchalk. They had a successful 31 year marriage and had four children, Gary, Judy (husband, Charles), Kay (husband, Bob) and Jon (wife, Paula) all of whom have survived her. She also had six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren all of whom have survived her as well.