Eleanor Marie Ruff Allen

February 2, 1916April 17, 2013

Eleanor Marie Allen, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and long time resident of Elmhurst passed away on April seventeenth. Born 2 February 1916, Eleanor Ruff to Lillian and George Ruff of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1936 with majors in mathematics and science. There she met her future husband Frank B Allen. They married in 1943 and lived on Berkley Avenue until 2005. Eleanor was a charter member of Christ Methodist Church in Elmhurst, an organist and director of the youth choir. She was active in the women’s auxiliaries of the Elmhurst Symphony and Elmhurst College where Frank became a professor of mathematics. Eleanor will be warmly remembered by many friends and her family. She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her son John Allen of Raleigh, NC, and daughters Marilyn Enderby and Barbara Allen of New York City; Grandchildren Joan and Elizabeth Allen, Gabriel Harris, Miranda Harris-Glocker; great grandchildren Amelia and Annabelle Glocker, and Addison Harris. Funeral services will be on Monday April 22, 2013 at Chapel Hill Gardens West Funeral Home and Cemetery at 10:30 AM, with visitation beginning at 9:30AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations are made to the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra or the Frank Allen scholarship fund for Math Students at Elmhurst College.

For additional information, please call the funeral home at 630-941-5860.



  • Visitation Monday, April 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 22, 2013


  • Burial

Eleanor Marie Ruff Allen

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Patty Catalano/Waeghe

April 24, 2013

I lived 2 doors down from Mr and Mrs Allen for 25 years. When I think of them, I smile! I use to go and watch their dog. Mr. and Mrs. Allen were caring, loving and left me with happy childhood memories. I will always remember them. I am happy that they will reunite in heaven now and yet sad for their family that will miss Mrs. Allen. God Bless her!

Frank and Marie Catalano

April 22, 2013

To the Allens Family
With Heartfelt Sympathy our prayers are with you. We lived two doors north of Eleanor and we missed her very much she was a wonderful neighbor.

Joan Ruff

April 22, 2013

I am thinking of you today and in the days to come. Aunt Eleanor was a lovely person. She deeply loved her children and grandchildren.

Love, Joan

April 19, 2013

May you draw close to God in prayer and find comfort in reading his Word.

April 19, 2013

To the Allen family and friends . Extending to all of you my sincere condolence . May the joyful times shared together soon replace the sadness you now feel . may all draw comfort from our merciful God and from each other in the days ahead.


April 19, 2013

May the strength only God can give be with the Allen family in the days ahead.