August 26, 1917 – December 21, 2011
Eleanor McConville. Passed peacefully on December 21, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Joseph E and loving mother of the late Joseph A. Eleanor was born on August 26, 1917 in Mount Vernon, N.Y, the first child of the late Hon Ralph and Pauline Carretta . She was raised there as the adoring older sister of the late Ralph Carretta, Jr. She graduated from Bucknell University in 1939 with a degree in Social Work. After graduation, she became a case worker for the Muncy Women’s Prision where she learned compassion and understanding which followed her throughout her life. Eleanor met her husband Joe in New York in 1941. Joe worked internationally for Columbia Pictures. After a whirlwind courtship, they married on August 8, 1941 and set sail that evening for Buenos Aires, Argentina. Over the next 35 years they moved progressively to Montivideo, where son Joey was born in 1945, Santiago, Rio di Janero, and Mexico City. Eleanor entertained film luminaries and dignitaries, but her favorites were always her “boys”, servicemen far from home needing a little TLC. Their life was magical, until the tragic accident that took their beloved son, Joey, in 1967. From that time on, she poured her endless energy into volunteer work and lending an always open hand anywhere she saw the need. She became Aunt Eleanor to everyone she met. In 1978 they retired to Sarasota, Florida, where they lived until Eleanor moved to Bloomfield in 2006 to be close to family. Eleanor is pre-deceased by her sister-in-law Janet (Mario) Garcia. She is survived by her loving sister-in-law Katherine A Carretta of Bloomfield Hills, MI, brother-in-law Donald McConville of New York City, nieces Ruth (Carlos Salamanca) Carretta, Joyce (Sean) Kashawlic, Carol (Steve) Phalen , great nephew Bryan (Patricia) Kashawlic and great nieces Erin Kashawlic, Nicole, Casey, Rachel and Amy Phalen. Visitation at 10:30 followed by a memorial service at 11 am will be held on Thursday, December 29th at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 4300 Walnut Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, the family request that you share a smile in her memory.
- Visitation Thursday, December 29, 2011
- Memorial Mass Thursday, December 29, 2011
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December 23, 2011
She was the one who could light up the room,
Her smile stretching from ear to ear;
Laughing, dancing, and talking,
She was always filled with cheer.
Her life was most extravagant,
Living up and down South America with Uncle Joe,
Inviting all the famous movie starts to dinner,
Her friendliness always managed to show.
Her favorites were boys and solitaire,
She could play cards for hours on end,
Also not minding the presence,
Of a handsome male friend.
Oh, Aunt Eleanor we will surely miss you,
You and your bright personality,
You were such a pleasure to be around,
Because you could turn any frown upside down.
Thank you for making this world a happier place,
We will always remember the joyful smile on your face.