Eleanor T. Gadomski, 92
CLINTON/LEOMINSTER - Eleanor T. (McGovern) Gadomski, 92, died on Sunday December 20, 2020 in UMass Medical Center, University Campus, Worcester, following a brief illness.
She is survived by four daughters: Cynthia Brown, wife of the late Alan Brown, of Ellsworth, Maine, Francine Gadomski-Gentry, of Sturbridge, Wendy Weinstein and her husband, Bruce, of Princeton, and Joanne Banys and her husband, Richard, of Newburyport; eleven grandchildren: Ben Brower, Erika and Dustin Brown, Brandon and Garrett Gentry, Rachel, Kayla and Joseph Weinstein, Kimberly Young, wife of Ryan Young, Krissy and Kate Banys; six great-grandchildren: Daniel, Logan and Henry Brower, Mya Leigh Gentry, and Kennedy and Colby Young. She was predeceased by her former husband, the father of her children, Frank J. Gadomski, and three siblings: Robert McGovern, Mary Carol Klukas and Phyllis White.
Eleanor was born in Clinton in 1928, the daughter of Stephen C. and Yvonne B (Paquette) McGovern. She attended grammar school at the former Our Lady of the Rosary School, and was a graduate of Clinton High School, Class of 1945.
As a young mother, she was active in the St. John's Mothers' Club, Girl Scouts and the local 4H Club. She was honored to be elected as the first Woman Master of the Sterling Grange, for the 100th anniversary. She served as matron of the Junior Grange and enjoyed many Grange trips to Europe, Mexico, Canada, and across the USA with Martha West and friends. Her children and their friends were her greatest joy and she hosted many backyard parties for them, including her famous Halloween parties, where she would dress up as a hobo. She was a fabulous seamstress, making many of her own clothing items, dresses and coats, along with wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. She could knit and do beautiful smocking as well.
In addition to raising her family, she was employed by the former Colonial Press in various positions. She served as a companion to the elderly for three years, and later pursued a career in electronics at Sprague Electric and Digital Equipment Corporation in semi-conductor manufacturing, retiring in 1990.
During retirement, Eleanor was a dedicated volunteer with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, serving as President of the Friends of the TSO, as Friends Representative on the Board of Directors, office volunteer and part of the "lunch bunch " with friends. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels for over 10 yrs. and served for 2 terms on the Clinton Cultural Council and the St. John's Church Restoration Committee.
A woman who lived life to the fullest, Eleanor loved hosting dinner parties for friends and family, spending time in Myrtle Beach in the winter months, summers at her camper at the Red Barn Campground in Maine. She was always happiest when spending time with her daughters and sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved attending the family cookout every summer and sharing steamers and lobsters. She also enjoyed decorating her apartment, and was an avid New England Patriots fan, loved family parties and holidays and looked forward to the CHS Class of '45 reunions.
Eleanor's funeral will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from the McNally& Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Lancaster. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a calling hour at the funeral home on Saturday morning, from 9:00-10:00 a.m., prior to the Mass. In accordance with current guidelines, the use of face masks and the practice of social distancing, will be required at the funeral home, church, and cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the Gadomski family suggests that memorial donations be made to: CARE Food Pantry, c/o St. John's Church, 149 Chestnut St., Clinton, MA 01510. www.mcnallywatson.com
Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 12 to Apr. 16, 2021.