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Elenora Tucholski


1925 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Elenora Tucholski Obituary
October 11, 1925 - February 2, 2017 Elenora, 91, was named for actress Eleonora Duse, first woman (and Italian) on the cover of Time. Her mother Gina Torretto worked for Duse as a teen in Asolo, Italy. Her father Carlo Cassiol and his brother Joe, contractors from Padua, built many landmarks in Buffalo, NY starting in 1916. Her childhood nickname "Naughty" was a result of her mom's pronunciation of "Nori". A teacher at Kensington High got her a job at Curtiss-Wright Aircraft printing top secret documents during WWII. Her sister Italia "Tally" hammered war planes. Tally's son Jim Petrella has the hammer. Elenora wed Leo Tucholski in 1948. He'd served as Marine Sgt. in the Pacific. His family built locomotive trains in Dunkirk, NY. Leo, aerospace engineer, was hired by NASA to work on the Apollo, so in 1961 they took kids Lynn and Mark to live in California, where Tom and Mike were born. Leo worked on all the Space Shuttles until he died in 1992. Elenora is laid to rest with Leo at Riverside National Cemetery.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 9, 2017
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