Sister Eleanor Grace (Helen) Spiridilozzi, age 88, went peacefully home to God on Friday, December 21, 2018, at the Franciscan Villa. She was a Sister of Saint Francis for 70 years. Sister Eleanor Grace received a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies and History from Le Moyne College in Syracuse; a master’s degree in History from Marywood College in Scranton, Pa.; and Certification in Counseling from St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford, Conn.
Sister Eleanor Grace was principal and teacher in schools in the states of New York and New Jersey for 35 years. She was also Director of Religious Education in parishes in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for 16 years; Director of Volunteers at Rosewood Heights Health Center; Director of Senior Sisters Activities; and Visitor Coordinator of the Saint Mother Marianne Shrine.
Sister Eleanor Grace will be remembered in the hearts of those who knew and loved her for her warmth and caring and for her years of love, devotion and dedicated service to her community and to the field of education. She was very effective and enthusiastic in bringing people to or back to the Catholic Faith in the RCIA programs. But the program most near and dear to her heart was the telling of the story of St. Marianne to visitors at the shrine.
Sister Eleanor Grace was predeceased by two brothers, Frank and Jerry Spiridilozzi; two sisters, Jennie Chesebro and Mary Pontera; and her brother-in-law, Angelo Simone. She is survived by sisters Lucy Simone and Sister Jacqueline Spiridilozzi, OSF; many nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Saint Francis.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated at the Franciscan Villa Dec. 29. Donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mission Advancement Office, 6900 Buckley Road, Syracuse, N.Y. 13212.