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LINCOLN -- Elvira Louise Fleming, 95, a
Lincoln native, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at The Christian
Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at
Zion Lutheran Church, with the Rev. David Ramirez and the
Rev. Mark Thompson officiating. Visitation will be one hour
before the service.
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln is
Mrs. Fleming had an
extensive career as an executive secretary at
Lincoln College and Chicago-area businesses.
She was born on July 11, 1916, in Lincoln to Hugo
and Mary Schulze Hoepfner.
She is survived by two nieces, Judith Markovitz
of Connecticut and Joan Mudd of Arizona, and a
nephew, Karl Hoepfner of Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her
sisters, Erna Jensen, Melba Hoepfner and Maria
Hoepfner; her brothers, Herbert and Hugo Hoepfner,
her children, David Carl Fleming and Martha Marie
Fleming; and a granddaughter. Elvira was the last of
her immediate family.
She graduated from Lincoln High School, Lincoln
Business College and Lincoln College.
After graduating from Lincoln College in 1936,
she taught at Lone Tree School in rural Hartsburg
and Atlanta Elementary School.
In the early 1940s she was secretary to the
Lincoln College president, William D. Copeland, and
the director of public relations, Loren Hatcher. She
was appointed director of public relations and
alumni secretary of Lincoln College in 1942.
Leaving Lincoln College, she served as executive
secretary to the vice president of public relations
at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest and advanced
to director of the alumni association.
She joined Harlee Mfg. Co. in 1951 as an
executive secretary, coordinator of the Tastee-Freez
franchise program, office manager and coordinator of
sales for Standard Business Machines, a small
Eighteen years later, she joined Bell & Howell
Co. and held the position of executive secretary to
its newly appointed president.
Leaving Bell & Howell temporarily, she spent a year
as legal secretary with a law firm in Chicago's
Loop, then returned to Bell & Howell as executive
secretary to the president of the International
Group. Following his retirement, she assisted
several executives in the International Group. She
was administrative assistant to the vice president
of International when she retired in 1989, after 19
years with the company, at the age of 72.
She returned to Lincoln in June 1989 with her
son, David Carl Fleming, who died that same year.
She then cared for her daughter, Martha Marie
Fleming, who died in 1999, and her sister, Maria
Hoepfner, who died in January 2000.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Lincoln
College University Hall Society, Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Oasis, Logan County
Genealogical & Historical Society, Lincoln College
Alumni Association, Bell & Howell Pioneer Club, and
the Zion Golden Heirs.
She received the Lincoln College Alumni
Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in the
Field of Business and Public Relations in 1970.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in
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