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“Cameron has been friends with Drew since they were young. Cam has fond memories of birthday parties, Adventureland trips, and ball games which...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Cam Adams and family - Solon, IA

“I always wished Ellie was my mother-in-law. I enjoyed her gentle humor, intelligence, patience, her love of animals, and marveled in her knowledge...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Sarah Hayden - Bettendorf, IA

“I am saddened to learn of Ellie's passing. I am a new member of the PAWS & More Animal Shelter board, and I'm told Ellie was a great supporter of our...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Julia Venzke - Cedar Rapids, IA

“Our prayers and condolences go out to all her family. She was a very special aunt to me, as she helped Mom (Norma) raise me as a toddler. Later on,...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Neil & Debi Ferguson and family - GA

“I knew from the moment I met Ellie that she had such a warm caring heart. I'm blessed to have met her and her family. I'm sure she is reunited with...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Tammy Holderness - Iowa City, IA

“What an amazing woman, I can't so much more AMAZING pretty much sums up your mom! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I've had a flood of...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Amy Holbrook-Jensen - Iowa City, IA

“Ellie believed in our country and what our ancestors fought and died for. God Bless America. Love and miss you... ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Mari - Albuquerque, NM

“I am sorry that I never got the opportunity to meet Ms. Ellie but from what I heard she was an awesome wife, mother and grandmother. May the Lord...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Judy Montgomery - St. Louis, MO

“Sarah and Family, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My mom passed last summer. Some things you can't prepare for, no matter...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Bill Mitchell - Iowa City, IA

“I lit this candle in honor of your mother, whom I've never had the honor of meeting but you told me so much about. I know she will be remembered...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Camille Tusing - St.Louis, MO

“On behalf of my brother Jeff and I, we wish to add our heartfelt sympathy to aunt Ellie's family on her passing. We are so sorry we can not make the...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Brian Rodemeyer - Algona, IA

“I imagine Ellie's joyful arrival in heaven, greeting John and all her beloved pets that went before her. Death is just a transition to eternal life...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Delaney - Washington, IA

“My sympathy to her children and all who loved her and will miss her. May she and John will again be together, in Eternal Peace with no more pain. ...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Sue Netser-Willcox - Washington, IA

“It is sad that such a wonderful woman has passed on. However knowing she no longer has pain and is now with her soul mate makes me feel better. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Lorrie Sullivan - Jackson, MO

“Dear Sarah, A mom is so special and I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom in April and can relate to some of what you may be going through. ...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: sharon wiser swan - Iowa City, IA

“There are so many wonderful things about Ellie for us all to remember. For me there are two things that stand out. Ellie was such a genuine person....Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Greg Vraspier - Iowa City, IA


Eleanore L. "Ellie" Horning, 76, of Iowa City, died Friday, July 6, 2012, at her home after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by her family and her beloved pets.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 13 from 4 to 7 pm at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, with memorial services to be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Ellie's memory to Paws & More (Washington County Animal Shelter). Online condolences may be sent through www.gayandciha.com.

Eleanore Louise Nolte was born June 26, 1936, in Dexter, Minnesota, the daughter of Otto T. and Mary Harriett "Hallie" (McCord) Nolte. She grew up in Hampton, Iowa and attended Hampton High School where she was the editor of the school newspaper. She graduated in 1953, and later attended the University of Iowa where she majored in Journalism. She married her soul mate John Robert Horning on September 2, 1956, in Hampton and they were married for 46 years before John's passing in 2002. The couple made their home in the Iowa City area, raising five children. Ellie worked for the University of Iowa parking department for over 30 years retiring in 2004. She was also active in AFSCME Local #12.She was also a longtime member of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City. Ellie was gifted with many talents and passions. She was a strong supporter of the Republican Party, was an avid reader of history and fiction, loved a variety of literature especially Shakespeare, and did the most difficult crossword puzzles in ink. She spent many hours researching her family's history and their involvement in the American experience. She was very patriotic and had great respect for those who serve our country, which she instilled in all her children. She had a great love of animals and opened her heart & home to many throughout her life. She was a gifted seamstress, making many wedding dresses, baptismal gowns, and other special pieces for family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, whether it was to Major League ballparks, Civil War battlefields, and abroad in countries like Austria, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Ellie was an enthusiastic fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals and was lucky enough to be in St. Louis when the Cardinals won both the 2006 & 2011 World Series.

Though Ellie's hobbies and passions were very important to her, her children, grandchildren and many three and four legged family members were her joy, her driving force and her greatest source of pride. Nothing was more important to Ellie than her family, to whom she gave her whole heart, her strength of character and her love.

Ellie will forever be a part of the hearts of her friends and her family, which include her children: Andrew and his wife, Lisa Horning of Solon; Paul Horning of North Liberty; Michael and his wife, Emily Hayden Horning of St. Louis, MO; Sarah Horning and Catherine Horning both of Iowa City; five grandchildren, Drew and Colin Horning of Solon; and Charlotte, Abigail, and Josephine Horning of St. Louis, MO; and Ellie's beloved sister, Norma Ferguson of Coralville. She is also remembered by her nieces and nephews, extended family and friends whom she proudly considered to be as close as family.

She was preceded in death by her parents Otto and Hallie Nolte, husband, John; brothers, David, Charles and Allen Nolte; and sisters, Doris Schmidt and Marian Rodemeyer.