Eleanore Mae Riedel

June 29, 1920May 26, 2019

Eleanore Mae Riedel, 98, peacefully passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Lutheran Hillside Village. Born in Chicago June 29, 1920, to Joseph and Lillian Sandman, Eleanore married Raymond P. Riedel April 11, 1942, in Chicago. He preceded her in death on September 15, 1978. Surviving are three of their four children: David (Harriet) Riedel of Flanders, N.J; Thomas (Joyce) Riedel of Naples, Fla.; and Marianne (Shelley) Epstein of Peoria; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. One son, James Riedel, and two grandchildren, David Riedel and Jamie Epstein, two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Eleanore lived most of her life in the Chicago area, before moving to Peoria last July. She worked in the administrative office of Sears Roebuck for many years. She was a member of the Catholic faith. She loved playing Yahtzee and bingo (and she was quite good at both), and enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eleanore also took great joy in being a member of the Ginger Snap Girls for 90 years. A celebration of Eleanore’s life will be held at a Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, followed by her burial. Cremation rites have been accorded. Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home of Peoria is in charge of arrangements. Memorials to honor Eleanore can be made in memory of David Riedel to Eden Autism, 2 Merwick Road, Princeton, N.J., 08540,; the Jamie Epstein Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, 3625 N. Sheridan, Peoria, 61633,; or a charity of the donor’s choice. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto


  • Joseph Sandman, Father
  • Lillian Sandman, Mother
  • Raymond P. Riedel, Husband
  • David (Harriet) Riedel, Son
  • Thomas (Joyce) Riedel, Son
  • James Riedel, Son
  • Marianne (Shelley) Epstein, Daughter
  • ~ Nine Grandchildren ~
  • ~ Thirteen Great Grandchildren ~
  • She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Lillian Sandman; her husband, Raymond P. Riedel; her son, James Riedel; two grandchildren, David Riedel and Jamie Epstein; and two brothers and two sisters.


  • Celebration of Life at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet Saturday, June 1, 2019


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Denise Johnson

May 28, 2019

Heartfelt condolences go out to Eleanore's immediate family while she was a resident at LHV.