BLOOMINGTON — Eleanor Dalton Newmister, 92, of Bloomington died at 2:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 30, 2013) at Martin Health Center, Bloomington.
Her funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Epiphany Catholic Church, Normal. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Merna. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to Kathryn Marie Albee Early Learning Center at Epiphany Catholic Church or KAMR (Kankakee Association for the Mentally Retarded) Parent Group of Shapiro Developmental Center.
Eleanor was born July 19, 1921, in Bloomington. She married Norlan E. “Curly” Newmister on June 22, 1946, in Merna. He died May 14, 2013.
Survivors include four children, Marvin E. (Jean) Newmister, Bloomington; Mona Elaine (Jim) Pualoa, Herndon, Va.; Melvin Newmister, Kankakee; and David (Cyndi) Newmister, Normal; one daughter-in-law, Denise O’Neill, Bloomington; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Lorraine (Louis) Danko, Streator; and a brother-in-law, Ron Newmister, Dayton, Md.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Monica Hayes Dalton of Merna; two brothers, Paul and Tom Dalton; and three sisters, Monica Carmody, Florence Donnor and Margaret Dalton.
Eleanor was a 1938 graduate of Cooksville High School, a 1943 graduate of Illinois State Normal University and received her Master of Education from Illinois State University in 1973. She was a lifelong educator and began teaching at Union School, which was a one-room schoolhouse near McLean. She later taught at Decatur, Central School in Normal, Morris and ended her career at ISU. She was particularly proud of her involvement in the Early Childhood Development Program while at ISU and Metcalf. Eleanor was instrumental in its development while teaching there. She was equally proud of being a stay-at-home mother for 24 years.
Eleanor was a member of numerous organizations, but three that were dear to her heart were Delta Kappa Gamma sorority, the Illinois Association of Retarded Citizens and the Altar & Rosary Society at both Holy Trinity and Epiphany Catholic churches.
Eleanor was a devoted Irish Catholic who wanted to instill that belief in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Westminster Village, Martin Health Center, Advocate BroMenn Hospice and Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home for their care and support in getting Eleanor’s family through this difficult time.
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