Eleanore E. (Heitmann) Sjostrom, 101, of Hayward passed away Monday, June 10, 2019, at Hayward Health Services.
Eleanore Elizabeth Sment was born Feb. 14, 1918, in LaSalle, Illinois, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Klever) Sment. She attended St. Joseph School in LaSalle. On Jan. 27, 1940, she was united in marriage to Aloysius Heitmann. She worked many places, including Westclox in LaSalle and Western Electric in Aurora, Illinois. In 1964 they moved to Hayward with their three youngest sons and purchased Pine Shores Resort, which they owned and operated for six years. In October 1974 Aloysius passed away. On Sept. 18, 1976, Eleanore was united in marriage to Martin Sjostrom of Seeley. They loved to travel and go dancing. Eleanore retired in 1985 from Hayward Area Memorial Hospital after 15 years of service. She was also a member of the Altar & Rosary Society, VFW Auxiliary, Hayward Senior Center and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hayward.
Eleanore loved life and was extremely devoted to her family, friends and her faith, praying the rosary daily. She enjoyed dancing, especially a good polka, playing Bingo, watching Lawrence Welk and Wheel of Fortune every night, as well as playing any type of card game, with cribbage being a top favorite. Eleanore was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Cubs fan. Her lifelong dream came true when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016. Over the years she traveled to many places in the United States, including Hawaii, Alaska, Branson, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C. and California, but most of all Eleanore loved to go visit family living out of state.
Eleanore is survived by one daughter, Lois (Doug) Doermann of Streator, Illinois; three sons, Thomas (Mary Therese) Heitmann of Mendota, Illinois, Gerald (Carol) Heitmann of Reno, Nevada, and Richard (Beth) Heitmann of Hayward; two stepdaughters, Connie (Ken) Zimmerman of Boyd, Wisconsin, and Trudy (Doug) Morin of Missoula, Montana; 19 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren with number 40 on the way, and three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Eleanore was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Elizabeth Sment; husbands, Aloysius Heitmann and Martin Sjostrom; brothers, Robert Sment and Clarence Sment; a son, Jay Heitmann; a son-in-law, Larry Leonard; two grandchildren, Capt. Thomas Heitmann and Stephanie Mahar; and three great-grandchildren, Samuel Cochrane, Morgan Leonard and Bosco Benvenga.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at noon Wednesday, June 19, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hayward, with Father Adam Laski officiating, and visitation from 11 a.m. to noon prior to the church service. Burial will be in St. Theresa Cemetery in Earlville, Illinois, on Friday, June 21, with a gathering time at 10:30 a.m. and the burial service at 11.
Casket bearers were grandsons, Aaron Heitmann, Michael Heitmann, Eric Heitmann, Scott Leonard, Patrick Leonard and Russell Zimmerman.
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