Born: November 5, 1933 in Gunnison Colorado She was the only child of Silvio and Violet Caricato. Raised: In Crested Butte, Colorado until graduating from Crested Butte High School in 1951. Graduated: From the University of Colorado with a Medical Technology Degree in 1955. Moved: To Ann Arbor to work at the University of Michigan Hospital. Met: The love of her life, Paul Nierling and they married in Denver at Christ the King Church on June 15, 1957. Married life: Began in the Detroit area with Paul's job. Family life: Eleanor and Paul had 3 children. In addition to raising the kids, she was active in her church and community. Moved: Eleanor moved the three teenagers back home to Colorado in 1975, after the death of her husband in 1974. Life goes on: She volunteered at Lakewood Jr. High School with special needs children and in the community, and eventually worked 21 years at the Golden Police Department, before retiring in 2000. Retirement: She got busy with documenting the family history, volunteering at her church, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and enjoyed reunions with family and old friends in Crested Butte. She travelled to see family, and to Michigan, and made special trips to Italy with her granddaughter and cousin Gloria. Eleanor died unexpectedly but peacefully on May 8, 2015. She is survived by her son Greg and his wife Kitty, and their children Katie (33) and Cameron (28), her daughter Diane and her husband Jon, and their children Alex (24), Hannah (22) and Emma (17), and her daughter Sylvia.
Published by Colorado Community Media from May 15 to Jun. 14, 2015.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
I'm afraid I never got to meet Eleanor, but I have had the very, very good fortune to know her daughter Sylvia, who I believe to have many gifts and characteristics from her mother. Thank you Eleanor for producing an exceptional loving and wise human being! May your many gifts live on well beyond your years and may your time above be peaceful and most pleasant! Myfanwy DeVoe
May 12, 2015
The Nierlings were our neighbors in Harper Woods, Mich. and were among our very first family friends! Our parents were friends and we kids (my three sisters and me) grew up with Greg, Diane and Sylvia. How amazing that somewhere along the way, the Nierlings and most of my family ended up in Colorado! Mrs. Nierling was one of the kindest and most engaging women I've ever known. She exuded grace. She called me not too long ago just to check in and make sure my mom was OK. I'll miss you, Cary, and think of you often. Thank you for being part of my life. Rest in peace. Love, Jane Carroll Andrade
May 12, 2015
How much we loved you and your telephone calls to keep this big family together and informed. Please watch us from heaven and guide us. Josey and I loved you so much. I felt you were my cousin also and I wasn't just someone that had married into the family. Your smile will be the sun every morning that I wake up to. Josey and Sherry Carricato