ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — Eleanor R. Courteau, the widow of Arthur J. Courteau and formerly of Emerson Street in St. Johnsbury, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 at Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid. She had resided for the past year and a half with her daughter, Kathleen Conlon, in Lake Placid.
She was born in St. Johnsbury on Oct. 25, 1915.
Eleanor graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1933 and Brightlook School of Nursing in 1936 where she worked 1937-1940. She worked as a registered nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn. from 1956 to 1979. She and Arthur went back to live in St. Johnsbury in 1984. Eleanor was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, the St. Johnsbury Women’s Club and the Onamo Club.
She is survived by two daughters: Mary Roche and her husband Kenneth of Old Saybrook, Conn. and Kathleen Conlon of Lake Placid; five grandchildren: Elizabeth Colello and her husband Peter of Clayton, Brian Roche and his wife Bridie of North Bridgton, Maine, Timothy Conlon of Denver, Colo., Peter Roche and his wife Ayako of West Hartford, Conn. and Mary Lolar and her husband Carl of South Portland, Maine; five great-grandchildren: Serena Rose Roche, Charlotte Eleanor Colello, Beatrice Margaret Colello, Vivian Rain Lolar and Ken Ronan Roche; her sister-in-law Marion Rattigan of Peoria, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Fred and Myrtle (Maxwell) Rattigan, her brother Charles Rattigan, her sister Frances and husband Howard Willard and her son-in-law Ed Conlon.
A funeral Mass was held Monday, Jan. 26 at St. John the Evangelist Church in St. Johnsbury. Committal services will be held in the springtime at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. John the Evangelist Church, 49 Winter St., St. Johnsbury VT 05819. Memories and condolences may be shared privately at: www.saylesfh.com. Sayles Funeral Home in St. Johnsbury, Vt. was in charge of the arrangements.