Eleanor Menichello

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Eleanor Menichello, 93, a resident of Riverside Nursing Center, passed away peacefully on Sept. 11, 2013.

Born in West Pittston on Oct. 27, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Carmella Denisco.

Eleanor was born and raised in West Pittston. When she married Mike in 1940, they settled in Old Forge, where she remained until she became a resident of Riverside Nursing Center in 2012.

Throughout her life, she remained devoted to both the Denisco and Menichello families.

She owned and operated Eleanor's Beauty Shop in Old Forge for 25 years. The slogan, "We curl up and dye for you," proved to be successful, and many of her patrons became lifelong friends.

El enjoyed her years of retirement with senior citizen activities, bus trips and activities and celebrations in both her families. She became especially fond of Atlantic City and the Mohegan Sun casinos.

She was proud of her Italian heritage and was delighted to teach her prized recipes to her grandchildren who, to this day, hold dear the memories of "cooking classes at Gram's."

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Michael Menichello, in 1978; grandson, Kristian Menichello; brothers, John and Sam Denisco; sisters Thomasina Clapps and Madeline Menchi.

Surviving are her loving son and his wife, Joseph and Dolly Menichello, Apalachin, N.Y.; grandchildren, Joe Menichello and his spouse, John Welch, D.O., Binghamton, N.Y.; Brian Menichello, M.D., and his wife, Monica Menichello, M.D., Naples, Fla.; Christina Wisnesky and her husband, Carl, Apalachin; great-grandchildren, Makala, Luca and Maia Menichello, Naples; sister Elizabeth Broccio, Pittston.

Funeral services will be held Saturday in St. Mary's Church, Prince of Peace parish, Old Forge, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:15 a.m. Friends may call 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Minooka.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Anthony Recupero Funeral Home, 406 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kristian Menichello Teaching Day, UHS Foundation, 10-42 Mitchell Ave., Binghamton, NY 13903.
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Published in Times Leader on Sept. 13, 2013