Eleanor L. (Sugaski) Sanders, 84, of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, formerly of Pleasant Hills, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was born in Elyria, May 20, 1930, to Genevieve and John Sugaski.
She was the beloved wife of William H. “Bill” Sanders; dear mother of Debra Sumner of Newbury Park, California, Gary (Sharon) of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Bill (Terry) of New York City; loving grandmother of five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
After being raised with sisters Jean and Marian and brothers Lloyd and Donald, she became a wife for over 60 years, mother, school teacher, librarian, church volunteer and world traveler. She graduated from Ohio University with a teaching degree and taught in various Ohio school districts. After helping her husband obtain his college degree, they moved their family from Pittsburgh to Venezuela from 1963 to 1970 for an assignment with U.S. Steel. After returning to the U.S., she continued to teach and work for the local library in Pittsburgh, and raised her three children to be successful- Debra is a career nurse, Gary and engineer, and Bill is an investment banker. In addition to diverse talents, which included being on her collegiate women’s rifle team and winning multiple trophies as an amateur golfer, she enjoyed travel in South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She was an avid walker, a regular at the gym well into her seventies, and always ready to go exploring.
She is survived by her husband; sister, Marion and brother, Lloyd and Don Sugaski, all of her children, and grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staffs of Arden Courts and Celtic Hospice for their kind and compassionate care during the past year.
There will be no viewing, but a Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas A’ Becket Church on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association at 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite E201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.