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Born: Jun 28, 1934

Date of Passing: Aug 01, 2019

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1934 - 2019

On Thursday, August 1, 2019, Eleanor Marino left us to join her husband, Sam, and some of her family and friends in God's home.
Born on June 28, 1934, in Inglis, MB, Eleanor and the rest of the Fustey family moved to Winnipeg in 1943. Eleanor attended Earl Grey Junior High, graduated from Kelvin High School, and then achieved honours in stenography at Success Commercial College. She married Sam Marino in 1954 and worked at the Department of Veteran Affairs before retiring in 1959 to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother.
Eleanor and Sam resided in Transcona for over 40 years, where they raised their children, Jeannie and Joe. For many years she and Sam enjoyed curling together every Saturday night as part of the CNR employee mixed league and volunteering at Blessed Sacrament Parish to help with the church bingo. After Sam died in 1998, Eleanor continued to reside in the family home until 2006, when she moved to the Villas on the Seine condominium community. There she made many new friendships and kept her mind active by learning to play bridge in the ladies' bridge club. Later, when her health began to deteriorate in late 2015, "Ellie" moved to the Parkway Independent Living Retirement community where she enjoyed "not having to worry about anything" and "living like a queen". We would like to thank the Parkway staff for the kindness and consideration they showed Mom over these last few years.
To Eleanor, food equalled love and we looked forward with delight to the roaster full of mouth-watering holupchi she would happily bring to holiday meals and family gatherings. As children, the end of each week was deliciously celebrated with her signature dish - homemade spaghetti sauce, meatballs, and Italian sausage. Food preparation wasn't her only cherished skill: she was always there for her children - helping with school work, gluing broken toys and, later in life, providing an ear to listen with and a shoulder to cry upon.
Eleanor loved being a grandma and doted on her grandsons. She was a patron of MTC theatre centre for decades and enjoyed singing, listening to music and playing cards. Always fastidious about her appearance and rarely venturing anywhere without her hair being perfectly done, she loved fashion and enjoyed reading about trends so she could look her best.
Eleanor is survived by her children, Jean (Stu) and Joe (Margaret), her grandchildren, Sam and Peter, her siblings, Doris Osesky and Jim Fustey, brothers-in-law, Steve Semenchuk and Peter Marino, sister-in-law Nancy Porco, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Predeceasing Eleanor were her husband, Sam Marino, her parents, Mary and Andrew Fustey, and her siblings, Bill Fustey and Margaret Semenchuk.
A celebration of Eleanor's life will be held on Friday, August 16, at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. Interment will follow at the Chapel of Eternal Memories Mausoleum, 1501 Waverley St.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eleanor's memory to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation - Palliative Care Endowment Fund, C1026-409 Tache Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 10, 2019

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I heard today of the passing of this great lady, it saddened me to hear she left us but knew she was tired already. Stu & Jennie my thoughts are with you. I have never met a daughter so hard working for her mom. And a son-in-law always there for his wife when she needed strength. The time has come to pack a bag and think of you two now. Lots of love and hugs. Cathy. - Posted by: Cathy (Friend ) on: Nov 22, 2019

  • Saddened to hear of Eleanor's passing. She was a very nice person from a very good family as was Sam. My family's condolences to the Marino family and old friend Jim Fustey and family. May God bless you all. - Posted by: Bob Rendall (Old friend of the Fustey's and Marino's) on: Aug 14, 2019

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