Eleanor C. Sauvola
HOUGHTON/CHASSELL — Eleanor C. Sauvola, 79, a resident of Houghton and former Chassell resident, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on December 28, 1939, in Chassell, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Cecilia (Beauchamp) Colombe.
On September 6, 1958, she was united in marriage to Ronald H. Sauvola. The couple resided in Chicago for a short time and then returned to Chassell to raise their family. Ronald passed away May 6, 1995.
Eleanor attended the Houghton Schools and graduated from Suomi College with a degree in social work. She had worked for many years as a Nurse’s Aide for Portage View Hospital and later provided shelter in her home for abused and neglected children. Six to thirteen small children and teens would be in the house at any given time.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald; her grandson, Louis; her parents; her stepfather, Walter Colombe; her brother, Lawrence âDuffyã Colombe; and her sisters, Mary Nelson and Kathryn Sauvola.
Surviving are her daughters, Viki (Jack) DeMars of Champion, Ronda (Mark) Metor of Escanaba, Hope (Ron) Beilfuss of Batavia, Illinois, and Julie (Curt) Judson of Chassell; her grandchildren, Shanna (Frank) Cherubini, Travis (Jennifer) Rothenberger, Niles (Jessica Giddings) Rothenberger, Amber (Jason Jutinen) Menara, Samantha (Tyler) Monette, Paige (Jay) Little, Haley Beilfuss and Bradley Beilfuss; 21 great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters, Rita (Gerald) O’Connell of Dodgeville, Bill Colombe of Fairmont, Dorothy (Ray) Aho of Tapiola, Richard (MaryEllen) Colombe of Chassell, Ann Heckel of Lake Linden, Angie (Mel) Lyttinen of Tapiola, Genny (Ron) Kyro of Tapiola, John Colombe of Chassell and Pauline Pietila of L’Anse; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Eleanor lived a rich and full life as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She will be missed by the many family, foster children and friends whose lives she has touched.
A memorial service in honor of Eleanor’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell, with Rev. Soren Schmidt officiating.
Burial will take place later this spring in the Chassell Cemetery.
Friends may call on Saturday, January 5, 2019, from 11 a.m. until time of services at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell.
To view Eleanor’s obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Chassell are assisting the family with the arrangements.