MERIDEN - Eleanor Setterlund Dinnan, 97, of the Bradley Home, wife of the late John J. Dinnan, died peacefully after a brief illness with family at her side on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at MidState Medical Center.
Born in Meriden, on May 28, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Ernest August Setterlund and Nellie Lindberg Setterlund, both of whom were born in Sweden. Eleanor graduated from the Meriden Hospital School of Nursing and Simmons College (Boston). She was employed as a nurse by the Visiting Nurse Service of Meriden, retiring at the age of 70 after fifty years of service. She was a veteran of World War II
, having served with the U.S. Army
Nurse Corps for four years in the South Pacific. She was a parishioner of Holy Angels Church, singing in the choir for many years and often attending daily mass.
Eleanor is survived by two daughters, Mary Alice Dinnan (Jan Bauer), of Rochester, N.Y. and Deborah Ann Dinnan,
of Bras D'Or, Nova Scotia, Canada; four sons, James Tracy Dinnan, of Penobscot, Maine, Terrence John Dinnan (Marty Illick), of Charlotte, Vt., Christopher John (Carie) Dinnan, of Wallingford, Vt., and John Edward (Karen) Dinnan, of Juneau, AK; eleven grandchildren, Nathan, Sadie and Eli Richards, Oliver and Eric Lutz, Tai Dinnan, Beth Wienert and Matthew Dinnan, Karl, Michael and Paul Bauer, and Tyler and Wesley Dinnan; ten great-grandchildren; two nieces; and one sister, Edith Setterlund Shaw, of Middletown. Eleanor was predeceased by one sister, Alice Setterlund Saleski, of Wallingford. Eleanor grew up with Meriden Mountain in her backyard. She always loved to hike and bike and swim and continued to be active her entire life. Eleanor felt herself gifted as she loved her work, especially when caring for newborn babies and their mothers, and she loved her family. Between 1949, to 1955, she gave birth to her six children. When the youngest child entered kindergarten, she resumed her career as a visiting nurse. She was a calm and collected presence in our world, with an easy smile and an active mind. She had a huge heart.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. at Holy Angels Church, 585 Main St., South Meriden. Burial will be private at St. Bridget's Cemetery in Cheshire. There are no calling hours, but there will be a gathering of family and friends at the Bradley Home on 320 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06451 on Friday, (TODAY), from 5 to 7 p.m. To honor Eleanor's life, memorial contributions may be made to the Bradley Home, where she lived for the last eight years of her life. Arrangements were under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St., Meriden, CT 06450. For online condolences please visit www.jferryfh.com