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Eleanore TingwallEleanore Tingwall
August 09, 1926 - November 15, 2017

Eleanore's legacy of love, grace and family devotion brought warmth and joy to all, and will continue to enrich the family lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Eleanore was predeceased in December by her beloved husband John, with whom she celebrated almost 70 years of a devoted marriage. She is survived by daughters Linda Williams and Dawn (Tom) Schluentz; son John (Carol); grandchildren Mark, Jeff, Cathy, Allison and Eric; and great-grandchildren Ella and Owen. She was predeceased by her brothers Edward and Henry.

Born in 1926 in Detroit to Stanley and Catherine Bencala, Eleanore attended Chadsey High School, graduating in 1944. She met her soul mate John when both served as attendants at the wedding of friends Bill and Jean Toth. John and Eleanore were married on an unusually balmy 60-degree day on January 25, 1947, with their reception at Detroit’s Belle Isle Casino followed later that year with a honeymoon to Sweden. She and John raised their three children in East Detroit, later moving to Golf Trail subdivision in Troy and then to senior living at the Sanctuary at Bellbrook in Rochester Hills in 2014.

Eleanore was a wonderful and gracious spouse, mother and friend, whether enjoying morning coffee with neighbors in East Detroit, serving as elementary school room mother for her children, leading neighborhood initiatives to have streets improved, playing couples badminton, or dining out with their active network of friends. She was the quintessential proud mother and grandmother, sharing their photos and accomplishments with each and every friend --- and even first-time acquaintances when the opportunity presented. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, her favorite TV game shows like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, the news --- and generally staying up till the wee hours her entire life. Her wide network of friends loved her dearly, and her sweet nature kept her from saying a single bad word about anyone or anything.

“I think our mom was, in her own way, the definition of grace,” her son John said. “She was a beautiful person inside and out, always putting others and their well-being before her own. Simply, she WAS love and goodness.”

In their retirement years, Eleanore and John loved their time at their Higgins Lake cottage and evening card games of with good friends. Like their home, it was always meticulous, but time with friends was the highlight for both. Throughout their lives, Eleanore and John were active in their church communities at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in East Detroit and at Faith Lutheran Church in Troy.

Our family sends their enduring gratitude to the Bellbrook staff and Homestead healthcare community in Rochester Hills, where they sustained Eleanore and John with compassion and attentive care during the past 3 years.

Eleanore’s spirit of love, optimism and grace will provide an enduring legacy for the many lives she brightened.

Family will receive friends Saturday 11 a.m. until funeral service 12:00 p.m. (Noon) at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home (Price Chapel), 3725 Rochester Road (between Big Beaver and Wattles) 248-689-0700.

Family suggests memorial tributes to Faith Lutheran Church or Sanctuary at Bellbrook.


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