Obituary: MCREYNOLDS, ELEANOR

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 4:15 p.m. MDT

Eleanor Rockelman McReynolds 1/27/1918 ~ 12/12/10 Mom & John Together Again

Eleanor (Elon) Bator Rockelman McReynolds: Tough, compassionate and deliciously opinionated with an unwavering love of Catholicism. Our mother and grandmother died peacefully at home on December 12, 2010.Born, January 27,1918. Preceding her in death, her husband, John, parents John and Zuzanna (Foto) Bator; brothers, Steve, John, George, Clarence, Andy and Albert; sisters Ann Fenich and Mary Karstetter; son-in-law, Jim Cook. Fiercely independent, mom worked her way through business college and nurse's training; manned a forest look-out tower (filling in for a sick brother) and visited Mexico by herself on a whim. While working in the Navy Yard Puget Sound (Bremerton Washington), she met and married Al Rockelman, a Marine, serving on the U.S.S. Nevada (BB-36) which was damaged at Pearl Harbor and in Bremerton for repairs, both he and the Ship. Together they had three children, Michael (Mick), Craig and Tanya. They later divorced. Mom gracefully juggled nursing our grandfather who had cancer, while running our tropical fish business from home. She also volunteered for Civil Defense Triage Block Captain and was a faithful member of the Altar Society and Jednota Slovak Catholic Ladies League. She was generous, feeding men (hobo's) who came to our backdoor from the near-by railroad tracks. Mom and dad divorced in 1967. She later married John McReynolds. Mom and John were amateur gardeners enjoying the simple pleasures of getting their hands dirty in their beautiful flower garden. They loved visiting their children and grandchildren around the country, watching the Utah Jazz and supporting their beloved, yet stunningly disappointing Chicago Cubs. While experiencing ill health herself, including her second bout with cancer, mom devoted herself to nursing John during the last years of his life. He died in 2003. Her granddaughters and daughters were a great help to her, coordinating her health care, inviting her into their homes for long stays, and making sure she got the very best. We want to thank Millcreek Home Health Care for helping to take care of mom. Eleanor is survived by her children, Michael (Virginia), Craig (Marilynn), Tanya (Jim) Broadbent, former daughter-in-law, Sally Rockelman, step-daughters Donna (Rudy) Pino, Linda Cook, and Peggy (Steve) White. Grandchildren, Stacey (Steve) Myers, Kami Rockelman, Brooke (B.J.) Backus, Alexa George, Mark (Julie) Rockelman, and Todd Rockelman. Great-grandchildren Steven and Sophie Myers, Olivia and Avery Backus, and Erich and Lukas Rockelman. She also has two living brothers, Emery, who is 100 years old and Eddie who is 88 years old. G-G- Ma's wish was to be cremated. A Rosary and Funeral Mass were celebrated at the Carmelite Monastery and the Gregorian Mass will be celebrated at the Monastery of The Holy Trinity, Huntsville, Utah. Graveside services are pending for the Spring, mom's favorite time of year. Those wishing to leave condolences, please sign in at the www.legacy.com