Skip to comments.Eleanor Mondale, daughter of Walter Mondale, dies
Posted on 09/17/2011 9:02:34 AM PDT by Red Badger
MINNEAPOLIS -- Eleanor Mondale, a vice president's daughter who carved out her own identity as a broadcast journalist and gossip magnet, has died at her home in Minnesota. She was 51.
Family spokeswoman Lynda Pedersen says Mondale died Saturday.
Mondale had been diagnosed with brain cancer years earlier.
The daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale and his wife, Joan, Eleanor Mondale had been off the air at WCCO-AM in Minneapolis since March 2009. That's when she announced her brain cancer had returned a second time.
Mondale had surgery to remove the tumor in August 2009. After surgery, she returned to her Prior Lake farm, where she lived with her third husband, musician Chan Poling (PAHL'-ing).
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Too young. RIP.
Thats messed up. Peace to the Mondales....
Prayers for the repose of her soul.
:( sad when a life ends.
Prayers goes out to the Mondales and to The Suburbs and all of their fans.
Rest in peace.
This is the Mondale daughter that Monica thought was seeing Bill Clinton.
sad...she was pretty when a younger woman...damn
and no glee-sarcasm on the thread yet..thankfully
Prayers and RIP.
Wasn’t she visiting the WH about the same time Monica was doing Bill?
As I recall she was very pretty.
Eleanor was one of Billy Goat Clinton’s squeezes.
Her slipping into the White House aroused much jealousy in Miz Lewinsky.
It’s a terrible thing when a parent has to bury a child.
May The Lord comfort the Mondales and all who loved her.
A shame. Beautiful woman. Too young.
Concur completely. Just like Maureen Reagan predecesing both her parents, RR and Jane Wyman.
Odd co-incidence: another daughter of a famed pol has died, and she was also 51: Kara Kennedy (daughter of Ted)
Condolences to her family. I’ve known several who have died from brain cancer, the latest a young man with a family.
Ironically, Ted Kennedy’s daughter Kara, also 51, has passed away as well.
Cancer is evil. R.I.P.
Eleanor was Clinton's main squeeze for a while when he was President. I think Monica was VERY Jealous of her.
“Its a terrible thing when a parent has to bury a child.”
You have no idea. My daughter and only child died suddenly in October, 2009. She left a husband and 18 month old daughter. We will never get over it.
Oh man.....Maureen Reagan was a CLASS ACT!!! I loved watching her on C=Span.
Lost my sister, only sibling at 54. Small cell lung cancer. We think it may have been radon exposure, but it’s speculation. Still not over that.
Prayers for the Mondale family.
Prayers up for the family.
*PING* to those who want to pray for the family...?
...and any Catholics who pray for the departed
That is awful, only 51.
And a third tie-in: Sen. Charles Percy has died, who himself lost an adult daughter.
‘...My daughter and only child died suddenly in October, 2009..’
Please accept my deepest condolences. I pray for strength for you and your daughter’s family.
I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine the pain you must feel. Lean on the Lord, the only one that can sustain us. God bless you.
Very sad. Prayers being said.
I’m very sorry for your loss.
Knowing how devastating it was to lose my parents, I cant even begin to contemplate the horror of losing a child. Nor do I want to.
May The Lord comfort and keep you and yours.
In 1998, CBS News reported that Mondale was one of four women Monica Lewinsky expressed resentment toward in taped conversations because of attention President Bill Clinton paid to them. (Mondale issued a statement saying her relationship with the president and his wife, Hillary, was “purely a friendship.”)
She is in my age group. When she was young I found her strikingly pretty. I’m sorry she has passed and gone through such an ordeal. I’m sorry for the Mondale family.
51 is too young to die.
Especially since I am 57. When I look at that number (57) I realize I am on the "other half." May they both rest in peace.
Our son died almost ten years ago. Left a young, pregnant bride. His lovely daughter is now nine, his wife remarried to a fine guy. Life goes on, but there are days when I wonder how we do it.
I often think of this old poem:
They will not grow old,
as we that are left grow old.
Age will not weary them, nor
the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and
in the morning,
We will remember them.
One of the Kennedy girls just died at 51 too.
She was beautiful.
And a fourth: Valerie Percy who was killed was a twin.
Her sister Sharon is married to J.D. Rockefeller IV, Democratic Senator from West Virginia.
My dear fellow Freeper, please except my most heartfelt condolences on the tragic loss of your precious daughter. I too have an only child who is a daughter and, though I may try to imagine your feelings, I know that I can't possibly conceive of the level of pain that you have experienced and are still experiencing. All I can say is how very sorry I am you and your family and that I will remember you in my prayers.
I didn’t agree with her politics, but she was a very beautiful young woman...I remember being very impressed with her when her dad ran for President.
Rest in peace, Eleanor.
She was legendary in North Jersey/South NY in early 80s. Flaming lib, but wow, she knew how to have a great time. RIP.
Thank you for recalling for us all the beautiful “Ode of Remembrance” written in 1914 by the Englishman Laurence Binyon.
It was for the fallen of WWI but it is appropriate and comforting when thinking of other youthful lives cut short.
...One target of Lewinsky's wrath was Eleanor Mondale, the CBS newswoman and daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale. Lewinsky threw a fit outside the White House just weeks before her affair with Clinton became public, when she learned Clinton was meeting with Mondale at the same time Secret Service guards denied her access.
Words won’t comfort you, I know, but I am so sorry to read about your losing your daughter.