With a gift for science and foreign languages, she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, with a double major in Biology and German, and a double minor in Chemistry and Russian.
She completed her Master’s degree in Teaching and Administration from Michigan State University, while also working as a model for the J. L. Hudson Company, and the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors.
Eleanor invested herself in a lifelong career in education in Catholic schools, serving primarily as a teacher in the classroom, but also working as an administrator.
Some of her fondest memories were from her many years at Lansing Catholic Central in Lansing, MI, as well as at Notre Dame Preparatory Academy in Pontiac, MI.
Her specialty was biology, with many of her students later studying for careers in science and technology.
Eleanor also often participated in many roles in the various Catholic parishes where she worshipped, including teaching CCD, singing in the choir, acting as a lay minister, and providing salads for the St. Martha’s Guild.
She was also an active supporter of the Nazareth Guild, as well as the College of Engineering at Gonzaga University.
After moving to Spokane, she joined the Compass Club, as well as the Red Hat Ragdolls.
She enjoyed needlework, and showed and sold her crafts at various craft fairs.
Another one of her hobbies was cooking, particularly pastries and selections from her many ethnic recipes.
She loved to garden, but most importantly, she especially loved raising her peonies.
She traveled extensively throughout the U.S.A. and Europe.
When she later lived in Germany while her husband was on a career assignment there, she discovered and adopted her first Bernese Mountain Dog, Heike.
Of all the breeds of dogs, the Bernese was her absolute favorite.
She is survived by her husband, James T. Weston.
Eleanor will have visitation at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home from 1:00-6:00 pm on Monday, April 21st, followed by a Rosary at the funeral home on Monday evening at 7:00 pm, with a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas More on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 11:00 am.
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