Eleanore Elizabeth Hennessy

August 10, 1933June 29, 2014

Eleanore E. (Sugrue) Hennessy, 80, of Ventura, passed away on June 29, 2014 following a prolonged illness. Eleanore was born on August 10, 1933 in Cambridge, MA to James and Eva (Hurd) Sugrue. She grew up in Cambridge and attended Cambridge High and Latin School. In 1957, Eleanore married the love of her life, Richard Hennessy. They spent their early years together in Cambridge, MA, eventually moving to the close-knit community of Burlington, MA to raise their three daughters. There they enjoyed their large extended family, wonderful friends and were surrounded with much love and laughter. Eleanore was not only a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, over the years; she was a successful real estate broker, a receptionist for Mercer Management Consulting and eventually volunteered for the Council on Aging.

Eleanore’s true joy came from her five grandchildren. “Gram”, as she was known to her grandchildren and to many of their friends, was most content when the grandkids were with her. Being Gram was her happiest role in life.

Though Eleanore and Rich recently moved to California to live with family, Eleanore remained a “Bostonian” at heart, often sharing stories from home and cheering on their beloved New England sports teams.

Eleanore is preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her brother, James (Sonny) Sugrue. She is survived by her daughters, Diane (Stephen) Frantela, of Ventura, Donna Johnson of Ventura and Paula Sable of Santee, CA; grandchildren, Nichole and Matthew Austin, Casey Johnson, Alex (Racheal) Frantela and Andrew Frantela; sisters Barbara Boudreau, Joan Sullivan, and brothers, Edward (Beverly), Mike (Polly), and Walter Sugrue. The family would like to thank Dr. Menon and her team and the CMH palliative care staff for their extraordinary care and compassion.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Our Lady of the Assumption, 3175 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA at 2:00pm Arrangements are under the direction of Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA. Condolences may be left at May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Eleanore Elizabeth Hennessy

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted


July 7, 2014

I was saddened to hear of Eleanor's passing. She was a lovely woman and very professional as a volunteer receptionist at the Council on Aging. So easy to talk to and laugh with. Rest in Peace Eleanor.
Debbie Gochis
Council on Aging (Burlington, MA)

Marge McDonald

July 7, 2014

We were shocked to read of Eleanor's passing. We loved having Eleanor volunteer for us. And we have missed her since she moved out to California.

I hope you are able to hold your memories of both of your parents close and let them comfort you during such a difficult time. You have my sympathies and I will be thinking of you.
Marge McDonald
Burlington Council on Aging

Bev and Ed Sugrue

July 7, 2014

Just want you all to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers - We really wish we could be with you at this time but we are glad we had the chance to visit in April. The obituary was a beautiful tribute to your Mom -

Cathy Hetzel

July 6, 2014

Very sad to hear you lost your Mom. What a tough year for your family! There is nothing to say at a time like this except to let you know you are in our hearts and on our minds. Love., JT and Cathy portland, Oregon

July 6, 2014

Thank you going through all the pictures, you were in so many of them with "Mar" and Dad and all those kids!! :-) We'll always love Uncle Lee and you'll always be a part of the family

Lee Sable

July 1, 2014

I express my deepest sympathiy's to the entire Hennessy family.Eleanor or as I called her Mar was always very loving and caring to me through the years.