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Eleanor T. (McMenamin) Cushing  

ELEANOR T. (MCMENAMIN) CUSHING

Eleanor T. (McMenamin) Cushing, age 89, of New Castle, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, December 5, 2015. She was born in Chestnut Hill, PA, in 1926, grew up in Elkton, MD and later moved to New Castle, DE. She was the daughter of the late Daniel L. and Eleanor E. McMenamin. She graduated from Elkton High School and the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington, DE.

After graduation, Eleanor worked as a pediatric nurse in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA. She met her beloved Charles on a blind date in 1946 and married in 1949. They raised six children during their 52 year loving marriage. A devoted wife and mother, Eleanor was an active, founding member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish where she volunteered in various capacities including Sodality, Liturgy, Outreach, and all parish fundraisers. She always baked something for the bake sales. A life-long volunteer, she served Meals on Wheels for over 40 years.

Eleanor enjoyed baking, cooking, gardening, and crocheting. She loved spending time with family, especially during the holidays and the weekly summer barbeques. Many will miss her delicious Christmas gift of home baked cookies!

Her husband Charles J. Cushing died in 2002 and her brother Rev. John McMenamin, OSFS, died in 2009. She is survived by her sister Mary Jones and her brother Daniel McMenamin. She is also survived by her children and their spouses: Charles (Chuck) and Susan, Daniel (Tom) and Lori, John (Jack) and Maureen, Donna Soltman and Alan, Michael and Laura, and Mark and Kim; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the caregivers from Griswold Home Care and Heartland Hospice for their compassionate and loving care.

A viewing for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 am on Saturday, December 12th at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 801 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Interment will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Cherry Hill, MD.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Eleanor’s name to the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, 2200 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806.

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  1. Helen King(Gally), December 8, 2015

    Mary,
    I’m sorry that I cannot make the funeral but I’m not well enough to come. I notified the rest of our nursing school classmates.
    Love,
    Helen Marie King

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  2. Alice Alt, December 8, 2015

    Aunt Eleanor was an amazing woman. I consider her my spiritual inspiration. I know my mom felt very blessed to have her as a sister and I felt the same way about having her for an aunt. Her love & devotion to Uncle Chiefie & her family was inspirational. I considered her chocolate chip cookies legendary. I will truly miss her & I will think of her often. My deepest sympathy to all the family for such a deep loss- but nothing but happiness for Aunt Eleanor because now she is reunited with her beloved husband. Peace & Love

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  3. Joanna (Siekierda) Gore, December 11, 2015

    I have known Mrs. Cushing and her family for my entire life. She was a wonderful person inside and out. She was a great neighbor and friend to my mother for over 60 years and now they will both be reunited to bake and volunteer as they did here on earth. It is a sad passing for everyone who had the privilege of knowing Mrs. Cushing. And….I too would go over to my mom’s house and see those yummy cookies on a plate on the counter and ask, “are they Mrs. Cushing’s cookies”?
    My sympathy to all her family for their loss.

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  4. Virginia & Gifford Biles, December 11, 2015

    We offer our condolence to the family. We are dear friends of her sister Mary Jones.

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  5. Jeff Weaver & Family, December 11, 2015

    Michael & Mark, I’m sorry for the loss of your mother. Thinking back to the games we played, touch football, relieveo, working for your brother Jack. Take care.

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  6. Jan Tartaglio (Cecconi), December 24, 2015

    Cushion Family,
    So sorry for the loss of a great lady. I just found this out. She was the most kindest and a great friend to my mother Jane Cecconi.. God has gotten another angel. God Bless!!!!

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