Eleanor Curran

June 8, 1930November 19, 2018

Eleanor Curran, age 88, went to be with the Lord on November 19, 2018. Her passing was peaceful, as she was surrounded by many loving family members at the San Dimas Retirement Center in San Dimas, Ca.

From the moment of her birth in Brooklyn, New York on June 8, 1930, Eleanor was an extraordinarily sweet and caring person. The youngest child of Vito Scimeca and Grace Sarullo Scimeca, she grew up in New Brunswick, New Jersey, along with sister Eva Scimeca Girard, brother Guido Scimeca, and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was a devout, life-long Catholic, who regularly prayed the rosary and loved Jesus with all her heart.

Eleanor moved to California in 1951 with her mother and father in order to live closer to her brother and his family. Soon thereafter, she met the love of her life, John Henry Curran, in 1953 at the St. Augustine's Sinners and Saints Club - Eleanor always joked that "Johnny" was the Saint. She and Johnny had a whirlwind romance and were married on April 24, 1954 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Culver City. A couple of years later, Eleanor and John had their only son, Robert William (Bonnie) Curran. In 1959, they bought their home in Mar Vista, where they would live for the next 57 years. Two months after closing escrow, daughter Barbara Grace (Scott) Rosen was born, followed two years later by their youngest daughter, Catherine Ann (Mark) Johnson.

Eleanor so enjoyed going to the movies, listening to Engelbert Humperdinck, playing Bingo, and spending time with many of her 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She frequently treated her family by making the world's best mac and cheese, as well as showcasing her Italian roots with her extraordinary lasagna.

Eleanor and Johnny would often relive their first date by going to dances together at the Italian Federation. They also spent many mornings taking bike rides along the coast to Redondo Beach, or walking around Chase Park in Marina Del Rey. For the 65 years of their lives together, they were truly inseparable.

Eleanor is survived by her adoring husband, sister, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother.

The family extends their gratitude to all the staff at the San Dimas Retirement Center, as well as Mission Hospice who worked so hard to attend to Eleanor's every need and help provide for Eleanor's peaceful passing.

Funeral mass will be held at Holy Cross Holy Redeemer Chapel at 5835 W. Slauson Avenue in Culver City, Ca. on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Prior to funeral services, a rosary will take place at Gates, Kingsley and Gates, 4420 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City, Ca. at 10:00 a.m. that morning. Immediately following the funeral service, friends and family are invited to a reception back at Gates, Kingsley and Gates.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made in Eleanor's name to Mission Hospice at 2555 E. Colorado Blvd, Suite 301, Pasadena, Ca. 91107 or to San Dimas Retirement Center


  • Rosary Service Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Reception to follow Graveside Service Thursday, November 29, 2018

Eleanor Curran

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Karl Scimeca

November 29, 2018

I am Karl Scimeca, Eleanor's nephew,son of her brother Guido Scimeca. I have such fond memories of Eleanor & Johnny coming to all my Dads barbecues, some 3 a year and she would always bring her delicious pineapple upside down cake! I also remember some 40 yrs later how she loved her parakeets and when I would visit her she would display to me all the tricks she had taught her bird, especially how it could spin a ball point pen. She was always so sweet, and always such a wonderfull person and Aunt to me!! You shall be missed dearly by me and all familly!! Love your nephew Karl

Dawniel Curran

November 24, 2018

In this hard time of passing I look back at the many wonderful memories of my grandmother but the 1 that makes me smile the most was her amazing Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Which always came along side her Homemade Baked Mac n Cheese. Grandma, you had & will always have the BEST EVER Pineapple Upside Down Cake!
I am the Daughter of her only son Robert Curran, 1st grandchild to grandma & grandpa Curran & have the 1st great grandchildren also. I'm happy my first 3 children had the honor to meet her but sadden that my last 2children did not get to meet their great grandmother. I will give them some amazing stories of her to keep as one of their own memories. I did not see her in her last days or years before but I will always have great childhood memories of her, their home playing with my aunts old barbies & Mac n Cheese with Pineapple Upside Down Cake for dessert. You will be missed grandma, till we meet again in the Heavens above I Love You Always and Forever.