Eleanor I. Deering
Eleanor Irene Deering, 91, of Traverse City, and a lifelong resident of the area, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Medilodge GTC in Traverse City.
Eleanor was born on Saturday, Sept. 8, 1928 to the late Joseph and Josephine (Kadrovach) Kaniewski in Maple City.
A 23-year employee of J.C. Penney, Eleanor opened the first catalog order center for them here in Traverse City. She retired in 1991.
She was a long-time member of St. Francis Catholic Church and volunteered her time at the St. Vincent DePaul Society and The Father Fred Foundation. She enjoyed working on ceramics, knitting, crocheting and needlework. She always enjoyed working in her garden, where she raised flowers and vegetables. Her greatest joy was her time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Eleanor is survived by her children, Michael P. (Rose Mary) Deering, Agnes K. Ochs, Patrick J. (Peggy) Deering, Gerald M. (Deborah) Deering and Mary Ann (Kenneth) Stein, all of Traverse City; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph (Vickie) Kaniewski of Wyoming, Michigan; a sister ,Adrienne Rudolph, of Traverse City, along with a number of nieces and nephews.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her sons-in-law, Steven Mann and Arnie Ochs; her brother, Richard; and her parents, Joseph Kaniewski and Josephine Kaniewski Babel; step-father, Joseph Babel; and brother-in-law, Joseph Rudolph.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at St. Francis Catholic Church, with The Rev. Father Donald Geyman celebrating the mass. Visitation will take place at the church beginning at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
The family has asked that Eleanor be remembered through memorial contributions to her favorite charities: The St. Vincent DePaul Society, 1207 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI 49686, The Father Fred Foundation, P. O. Box 2260, Traverse City, MI 49685 or for mass intentions.
Please share your thoughts and memories with the family by visiting Eleanor's online tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on February 11, 2020


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Kathy Fritz
Feb 12, 2020
My prayers to comfort your family. Mothers and Grandmothers are so special. Know She is at Peace flying with God's Angels.