Eleanor Sauvola


11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
42905 US-41
Chassell, Michigan, United States

Memorial Service

1:00 pm
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
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Chassell, Michigan, United States

Spring Burial

Chassell Cemetery
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Chassell, Michigan, United States

Obituary of Eleanor Cecelia Sauvola


          Eleanor C. Sauvola, 79, a resident of Houghton and former Chassell resident, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

          She was born on December 28, 1939, in Chassell, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Cecilia (Beauchamp) Colombe. On September 6, 1958, she was united in marriage to Ronald H. Sauvola. The couple resided in Chicago for a short time and then returned to Chassell to raise their family. Ronald passed away May 6, 1995.

          Eleanor attended the Houghton Schools and graduated from Suomi College with a degree in Social Work. She had worked for many years as a Nurse’s Aide for Portage View Hospital and later provided shelter in her home for abused and neglected children. Six to thirteen small children and teens would be in the house at any given time.

          She is preceded in death by her husband Ronald, her grandson Louis, her parents, her stepfather Walter Colombe, her brother Lawrence “Duffy” Colombe and her sisters Mary Nelson and Kathryn Sauvola.

          Surviving are her Daughters;

Viki (Jack) DeMars of Champion, MI

                         Ronda (Mark) Metor of Escanaba, MI

                         Hope (Ron) Beilfuss of Batavia, IL

                         Julie (Curt) Judson of Chassell, MI

          Her grandchildren;

                         Shanna (Frank) Cherubini

                         Travis (Jennifer) Rothenberger

                         Niles (Jessica Giddings) Rothenberger

                           Amber (Jason Juntunen) Menara

                         Samantha (Tyler) Monette

                         Paige (Jay) Little

                         Haley Beilfuss

                         Bradley Beilfuss

          21 great-grandchildren

          Her brothers and sisters;

                   Rita (Gerald) O’Connell of Dodgeville

                   Bill Colombe of Fairmont, MI

                   Dorothy (Ray) Aho of Tapiola

                   Richard (MaryEllen) Colombe of Chassell

                   Ann Heckel of Lake Linden

                   Angie (Mel) Lyttinen of Tapiola

                   Genny (Ron) Kyro of Tapiola

                   John Colombe of Chassell

                   Pauline Pietila of L’Anse

          Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

          Eleanor lived a rich and full life as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She will be missed by the many family, foster children and friends whose lives she has touched.

          A memorial service in honor of Eleanor’s life will be held 1 pm Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell with Rev. Soren Schmidt officiating. Burial will take place later this spring in the Chassell Cemetery.

          Friends may call on Saturday, January 5, 2019, from 11 am until time of services at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell.

         In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that memorials be given to UP Foster Closet % http://www.upfostercloset.org.

          To view Eleanor’s obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net.

          The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Chassell are assisting the family with the arrangements.

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