ASHTABULA — Eleanor V. Kalinowski, age 92, of Salem, Ohio, passed away Monday, May 20, 2013, at Ashtabula County Medical Center.
Eleanor was born August 18, 1920, in Conneaut, Ohio to Clyde F. and Florence C. (nee Blood) Laughlin. She graduated from Jefferson High School class of 1938 and married Joseph L. VanSlyke on Jan. 28, 1940, and whom passed on Feb. 8, 1957. Eleanor married her second husband, Peter Kalinowski on Dec. 19, 1958, and he passed away on Oct. 13, 1989. She was long a time resident of Conneaut and Sheffield.
Mrs. Kalinowski retired in 1989 from the United States Postal Service, as Post Master in Kingsville, after 23 years of service. She was a member of the Kingsville Orion Eastern Star Chapter #12, Sheffield Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Richfield Grange, Sheffield Ladies Birthday Club, Ashtabula VFW Post #943 Auxiliary, and served as a leader for the Sheffield 4-H. She was also a member of the Sheffield Methodist Church.
Mrs. Kalinowski is survived by her daughters, Mary E. (Jim) Miller of Salem, Karen Gruzosky, of Minneapolis, Minn., Candace (Jim) Gately of Strongsville and Louneta (Norman) Hewitt of Jefferson; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Barb) Laughlin and William (Betty) Laughlin; and her “adopted” daughter, Martha (Lynn) Wetherholt.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Joseph L. VanSlyke and Peter Kalinowski; daughter, Elaine Peer; sister, Wilma Weagraff; and brothers, John, Clyde, Reid and David Laughlin.
A Celebration of Life will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, May 25th, at the Kingsville Orion Masonic Lodge #353, Corners of Rt. 193 and Creek Road, where a Eastern Star Service will be observed. Family will receive friends at the Kingsville Orion Masonic Lodge on Saturday from 12 Noon until time of Services at 1 p.m. Private inurnment at Gageville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Eleanor may be given to the Eastern Star- Orion Chapter #12, 2015 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or the Gageville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 439, Kingsville, Ohio 44048. Funeral arrangements entrusted to THOMPSON-SMITH-NESBITT FUNERAL HOME, 345 Main St., Conneaut.
Obituary and condolences at www.thompsonsmithnesbitt.com and starbeacon.com.