Eleanor Miriam Gallagher
On Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, Eleanor Miriam Gallagher, 81, of Nanticoke peacefully passed away surrounded by family and friends.

Eleanor was born Aug. 3, 1933, in Nanticoke, and was the youngest daughter of Eric and Margaret Mann. She was a graduate of Nanticoke High School and held many jobs, including positions at American Chain and Cable, Nanticoke Hospital and Clarks Summit State Hospital. However, her most favorite and loved position was her role as the "lunch lady" at John S. Fine High School. Eleanor was known and loved by students and staff alike, and could always be counted on for a quick smile, a kind word and an extra helping.

After her retirement, she continued to be active and served as a foster grandparent with the Nanticoke School District. Eleanor was a regular blood donor to the American Red Cross who took great pride in knowing that her sought-after blood type was often used for infants in need.

Eleanor's greatest passion was her family, and she provided a loving and nurturing home for multiple generations. She could always be counted on for a listening ear and was the calm and safe port in times of adversity. She delighted in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren, and was their biggest cheerleader. She was affectionately known to one and all as "Nana" and was loved by all who knew her for her gentle spirit, quiet strength and kind heart.

Eleanor was a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and the family firmly believes that the recent separation of Dick LeBeau and the Steelers' poor performance this season might have inadvertently contributed to her demise.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eric and Margaret Mann, and brother, Eric Mann.

Eleanor is survived by her two best friends, daughter, Sheila Gallagher, with whom she resided, and sister, Mary Lou Andrews; daughter, Linda and husband, Michael; son, Shawn and wife, Jen; grandchildren, Nicole, Marissa, Chelsea, Sean, Cory, Shayne and Taylor; great-grandchildren, John Michael and Emilie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to the nursing staff of the fourth floor orthopaedic unit at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for their never-ending kindness and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Candy's Place or the American Red Cross.

Eleanor touched many lives and spread kindness and compassion wherever she went. We can think of no better way to honor the exemplary life that she led than by asking that you consider performing a random act of kindness for a fellow human being and smile.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the First Primitive Methodist Church of Nanticoke, 101 E. Church St., Nanticoke.

Arrangements are by Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., 14 W. Green St., Nanticoke.
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Published by Citizens Voice on Jan. 16, 2015.
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Great woman. She will still be a devoted Steeler's fan. I can see how she was sadden lay disappointed with Steelers this yr. Eleanor, you may agree with me that the Steelers need some rebuilding. I was disappointed in Tomlin's coaching, Ben who has no agility to move out of pocket, no running game and some old players who probably need to throw the towel in. Rest in peace Eleanor and pray for all of us on earth. Richmond, VA
January 25, 2015
Shelia
So sorry for the loss of your mother we
will together sometime.
Love Cindy and Vas
January 22, 2015
Very saddened to hear the news of Eleanor's passing.
Franco Harris
January 21, 2015
I didn't know your mom but she sounds like a lovely woman. My sincere sympathies are with the entire family. From one Pittsburgh Steelers fan to another
K Given
January 19, 2015
Sheila...So sorry to hear the loss of your mother. I enjoyed working around her at the Nanticoke Hospital.. I will never forget her.. God Speed to you and your family...
Jim Domyan Sr
January 18, 2015
We are saddened to hear of Eleanor's passing and deeply touched by her passionate support of the Steelers.
Dick LeBeau
January 17, 2015
Your Mom was a kind and gentle woman. I always remember her for her smiling face. My prayers are with you. Love to all,
Linda Williams Weidow
Linda Williams Weidow
January 17, 2015
Sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers with you and your family during this difficult time.
Jamie
January 17, 2015
Sheila, Shawn, and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I knew your mom from back in the day and she was always so lovely. Her obituary is beautifully written. Thoughts and prayers to you.

Linda Cerulli-McKarm
January 17, 2015
Sorry for the family's loss. Prayera n thoughts sent to ur family.
jane Cramer
January 16, 2015
May your family find peace and may God bless you all. Don't worry, Eleanor, we'll get 'em next year.
January 16, 2015
Dear Sheila and family, im so sorry for your loss. May your mom rest in peace. God Bless you all.
Margie Moore
January 16, 2015
Sheila and family...my deepest sympathy for your loss. She was a wonderful person and I will always remember her kindness. You are in my prayers. Sue (Kotch) Buck
January 16, 2015
Dear Gallagher Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom/nana. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficulty time. Love Sus Tagnani
Sue Tagnani
January 16, 2015
It is always a terrible loss for anyone to lose such a wonderful mother. Our thought and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time.
Tom Selecky
January 16, 2015
Marissa and Sheila,
I'm so very sorry of the loss of your Mom and Nana. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Elayne Clothier
January 16, 2015