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Eleanor Lasinski, 92 of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, passed away January 6, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; father, Frank Simcakowski; mother, Regina (Petta) Simcakowski; brother, Ed Sims; sisters, Grace Shemanski and Mamie Zelinski. Eleanor is survived by her son, Robert; daughter, Diann (Gary) Swalve; brothers, Bernard and Phillip (Patricia Glodowski); sister, Lorretta Fisher; seven grandchildren: Jeff (Migdalia) Lasinski, Deb (Lyndon) Russell, John (JoAnne) Lasinski, Mike Lasinski, Kelly (Eric) Baltzell, Keelin (Albert) Swalve and Brandon (Kathryn) Swalve; six great grandchildren: George and Lyndon Russell; Alex, Emily and Natalie Lasinski; and Sofia Gasulla Swalve; nieces and nephews. Eleanor was born in Stevens Point on February 25, 1920. She married Benedict Lasinski in June, 1940. After a brief period in Milwaukee, they moved back to Stevens Point. Eleanor worked at the Point Bakery until she and her husband became owners and operators of several local taverns spanning a period of almost 30 years. Eleanor effectively managed to work full-time and raise a family long before it became common practice. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, gardening and long walks through the neighborhood. The past eight years, Eleanor lived in Wausau and just recently Tucson, AZ, near her children while receiving care through assisted living services. Her smile and quiet nature will be remembered by all who knew her. A private Prayer Service was held at Desert Sunset Funeral Home, 3801 W. Orange Grove Rd., Tucson, AZ on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. A Funeral Mass will be performed in April at the St. Bronislava Church in Plover. Ashes will be placed at the grave site in Guardian Angel Cemetery beside her husband, following the Funeral Mass. Memorial donations may be made to Casa de la Luz Hospice Foundation, 7740 N. Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ 85704. Arrangements entrusted to Desert Sunset Funeral Home.
Published in Stevens Point Journal on Jan. 11, 2013