Eleanor M. Mendenhall
Eleanor M. Mendenhall, 94, of Springfield, died at 2:20 am, Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Villa East Healthcare in Sherman. She was born February 22, 1921 in Springfield, to William and Lucille “Lucy” Harrison Oswald. She married Stuart C. Mendenhall on January 22, 1944 and he preceded her in death on June 13, 1965.
Survivors include two sons, James S. (Linda) Mendenhall of Springfield and Blane W. (Kolleen) Mendenhall of Williamsville; one daughter, Therese (Douglas) Schmidgall of Springfield; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and three sisters, Alberta Saladino, Lucille Hess and Maxine Kennedy and two brothers, George and William Oswald.
Eleanor was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church.
During her life she worked for Sangamo Electric; Sears Roebuck & Co and St. John’s Hospital. She owned Hilltop Acres a mobile home park on North Peoria Road. She loved to dance and danced with USO during WWII. She also worked as a caregiver for the elderly in Florida for a time and ran South Town Lounge for a few years after WWII.
Visitation: 10-11 am, Friday, June 26, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Church.
Funeral Mass: 11 am, Friday, June 26, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Church with Reverend Jeff Grant officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Villa East Health Care.