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Eleanor A. Thorne

9/17/1927 - 11/26/2017

PEORIA ~ Eleanor Ann Thorne, 90, of Peoria, passed away at 4:55 p.m. Sunday, November 26, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. 
Born September 19, 1927 in Table Grove to Harry and Susie Hazel (DeMoss) Ritter, Sr., she married LeRoy R. Thorne on November 3, 1946 in Peoria.  He passed away in April 1971.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; one step-son, William Thorne; four brothers, Gene, H.J., Paul and Jack; and one sister, Betty Walters.
Surviving are her one son, Robert Thorne of West Peoria; three daughters, Carol (Terry) Schaffer of West Peoria, Linda (Art) Turner of Table Grove and Jo (Doug) Walraven of Prescott, Arizona; one step-daughter, Shirley Dunham of Kankakee; one step-son, Don (Jean) Thorne of Phoenix, Arizona; one step-daughter-in-law, Nancy Thorne of Highland Village, Texas; one sister, Mary Abernathy of Table Grove; many grandchildren, including Lori (Bill) Vaughan and Nathan (Caroline) Young, whom she helped raise; and many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Eleanor was of the Catholic faith.
She had worked as a time keeper for Caterpillar, Inc. in East Peoria.  She then worked in sales and inventory control for Bergner's.  Later, she worked for Methodist Medical Center in Peoria as a birth certificate clerk, a house mother for the Methodist school of nursing and last as a housekeeper in the emergency department.
Eleanor was a very kind and generous person.  She loved flower gardening, baking and cooking.  She cherished her family and enjoyed spending time with them.
Cremation rites will be accorded.  Burial in Swan Lake Memory Gardens will be at a later date.  Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of the donor's choice.