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Obituary: Witherell, Eleanor

Sun., July 28, 2013

Age 90

WITHERELL, Eleanor (Age 90) Of Spokane, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 23, 2013.

She died of natural causes.

Eleanor’s father, Henry Lungo (Enrico Ialungo) and his brother arrived in America from Italy in the early 20th Century.

They worked their way across America, building the railroad, and eventually settled in the state of Washington, where they each bought a farm in Chattaroy, Washington.

It was then that the brothers sent for their wives - two sisters - who arrived on the Queen Mary at Ellis Island.

The family came from a small town in Italy called Bagnoli del Trigno.

Eleanor Lungo was born on August 25, 1922, to her parents Henry and Filomena (Cimaglia) Lungo and was their second child.

Her older brother’s name was Alex who is also now deceased.

Eleanor attended Riverside High School.

During World War II, Eleanor was waitressing in Hillyard, Washington, when she met and married Archie Witherell, the love of her life, who is also now deceased.

In addition to raising four children, Eleanor worked at many jobs.

When the family was very young, she thinned and picked apples in Greenbluff, Washington.

As the children grew, she worked at Gonzaga University, preparing meals for the Fathers.

She was missed greatly when she left.

After that, she worked as a bartender at Mac’s Tavern in Mead for many years.

For the past 25 years, Eleanor worked at Cinola’s Bar and Grill, bartending, cooking and making her “Ellie’s soup of the day”.

Eleanor’s great passion was gardening and she would rather be outdoors any day than inside doing housework.

She always had a huge garden and would can her fruit and vegetables each summer.

She was an excellent cook and every Sunday her family was treated to fresh homemade bread and cinnamon rolls!

Eleanor and her husband Archie loved to fish, hunt and go boating together.

They also loved dancing and cut a fine figure when they did the jitterbug!

You never saw one without the other except when they were working.

They were inseparable.

Our beloved Mother is survived by her two daughters, Patricia Morosic of Scottsdale and Pamela Culp of Spokane; son Archie Witherell Jr. of Seattle; and stepson Jerry Collinson Witherell of Pasco.

Eleanor’s daughter Linda Tucker preceded her in death.

She is also survived by grandchildren Monique Schiff, Tiffany Parks, Kimberly Fullenwider, Kelley Wiseman, Ron Bruce, Don Culp, Dean Culp, Jennifer Johnson, Gabriel Witherell, Olivia Mora and Joshua Witherell; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at Cinola’s Bar and Grill in Mead, Washington, on August 3rd at 4 p.m.


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