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Eleanore Mary McComb

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Eleanore Mary McComb Passed from this Earth on August 7 2013. She was born Eleanore (Ilonka) Mary Lieskovec on 3 Oct, 1925 to Michael and Mary Liescovec in Chicago, Illinois. She had an older sister Mildred Lieskovec who died at a young age, a younger sister, Marianne Saas, who currently lives in Chicago, and cousins Marge Duris (Lieskovec) and Irene Benson (Lieskovec), who were raised as sisters with Eleanore and Marianne. Eleanore graduated from St. Comicille High School in 1943. After high school she worked at JP Molind Accounting as a stenographer in downtown Chicago. In 1944 she met the love of her life, William (Bill) McComb, at a USO dance for servicemen during his Army Air Corps training in the Chicago area. Bill and "Ellie" (he also referred to her with the endearing nickname "Patches") corresponded regularly during his deployment to the Marianas Islands. After the war, Bill worked for the Forest Service in Washington and would visit Chicago regularly to see Eleanore. Bill and Eleanore were married in Chicago on November 26, 1949. Their life together began with a move from Chicago to Shelton, Washington where Bill worked for the Forest Service. It was quite a change to go from the city of Chicago to the Pacific Northwest, but as with all things in life, Eleanore adapted very well. Cleaning and preparing geoduck, razor clams, deer, and fish became skills she excelled at throughout her life. As Bill's career with Simpson Timber began to advance, they moved from Shelton to Klamath. Soon after they moved to Crescent City, where their first child Sue and second child Jim were born. In 1957 the family moved to Korbel where she worked as a secretary for Simpson Timber for several years. In 1962 they made the move to Blue Lake where they had their third child Rick. They enjoyed 12 years in Blue Lake and in 1974 moved to McKinleyville. Here, Eleanore resided for the remainder of her life. Throughout her life, Eleanore loved to take care of those around her. This was most evident in the never-ending array of food she loved to cook. Her spaghetti sauce was a particular favorite, and at Christmas, the almond crescents disappeared as fast as they were made. She made many wild blackberry and apple pies, cobblers, jams, jellies, and syrups from the regular picking trips that Bill, the kids, and the grandkids went on; and her kitchen counter was rarely found without something cooling. Eleanore enjoyed annual trips with her family and friends to Hat Creek, near Lassen Volcanic National Park, and thoroughly enjoyed the vacations she and Bill took to Hawaii and Alaska. The numerous vacations with her sister and cousin to meet relatives in Slovakia and the Czech Republic and visits to other European countries were also highlights in her life. Eleanore was known for her devotion to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter and was always active in their lives. She was almost always in attendance for the constant football, soccer, volleyball, and baseball games over the years. She had a generous heart and there was always an open seat at a holiday dinner table for extra guests. She was active in Ladies Guild, Ladies Birthday Club, and many functions at her church. Her faith was very strong and she rarely missed a Sunday at church. Eleanore will be remembered as a woman with a generous spirit and strong will. She met life's challenges head-on and was always a pleasure to be around. Eleanore was preceded in death by Bill in 2008. She is survived by her daughter Susan Wright, son's Jim McComb and Rick McComb, grandchildren Clint McComb and his wife Alycia , Jenny Wright, Julie Wright, and Wesley McComb, and her great-grandaughter Ariah McComb. Eleanore's family wishes to thank Dr. Mahan and her office staff for their excellent care and the doctors and nurses at UC Davis Medical Center and Mad River Hospital. Her caregiver Linda Strong, who provided wonderful assistance, was incredibly helpful for many years and deserves more thanks than words can express. Friends and family are invited to attend a mass for Eleanore at 11 am on August 24, 2013 at St. Mary's Church in Arcata. Burial will be at Ocean View Cemetery Veterans Section on Monday, 26 Aug at 1 pm. Any donations please send to St. Mary's Church or Christ the King Parish. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com, click on obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Aug. 15 to Aug. 22, 2013
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