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Eleanor R. Colan

April 25, 1923 October 25, 2019
Eleanor R. Colan
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PEORIA - Eleanor Ruth Colan, 96, of Peoria, IL, peacefully went to be with her Lord on Friday, October 25, 2019 at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria.

She was born on April 25, 1923 in Omaha, Nebraska to Claude M. and Ethel D. (Kerr) Howell. Eleanor married William Francis Colan on November 19, 1944. He preceded her in death in 2008. Three sisters and one brother also preceded her in death.

Surviving are four sons, Richard (Jeanne), Mark (Joan), Patrick, and Philip (Beth); three daughters, Christina (Paul) Sullwold, Cynthia (Robert) Wegner, and Claudia (Willem) Van Dijk; twelve grandchildren, and seventeen great grandchildren.

Before marriage Eleanor (Elli) worked as a dental assistant and was a clerk at the Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha. She served in the Navy W.A.V.E.S. until the end of World War II. After marriage, she was a busy stay-at-home mom for 25 years. Throughout her years as a member of the Catholic Church, Eleanor served as Eucharistic Minister, lector, and choir member. She also served as Extra-ordinary Minister at OSF St. Francis in Peoria and was a member of Cursillo.

After earning an Associate Degree in performing arts at Illinois Central College, she became a ballet instructor at the College. She was also active in the Peoria Civic Ballet serving as its secretary, president, stage manager, and producer throughout the years.

Eleanor performed on stage and behind the scenes with Peoria Players, Corn Stock Theatre, Peoria Civic Opera, Caterpillar Productions, Illinois Central College, and the Peoria Civic Center Theater. She also appeared in television commercials and in print. In her retirement time at Hillside Village, she was active as a line dancer, a chorus member, and many other activities.

A celebration of life service will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church, 10811 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, Monday, November 4, 2019 at 11 am with visitation the hour prior, 10-11 am. Interment to follow at Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran Hillside Village Foundation-Benevolent Fund, 6901 N Galena Road, Peoria, IL 61614; St. Jude Catholic Church,10811 N Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL, 61615; or to Cursillo, 401 NE Madison Ave., Peoria, IL 61603.

Rest easy, mom. You will be missed. Rev. 2:10.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

4

Nov

10:00 AM 11/4/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/4/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. Jude Catholic Church

10811 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61615

St. Jude Catholic Church
10811 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Monday

4

Nov

11:00 AM 11/4/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. Jude Catholic Church

10811 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61615

St. Jude Catholic Church
10811 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States
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