— SHAMOKIN — Eleanor Teresa Alleman, 89, of 719 W. Mulberry St., went to be with our Lord at 2:21 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, surrounded by her loving family in the home of her son, Roger Alleman, in Shamokin. She was suddenly taken ill on Wednesday afternoon at her daughter's house and was taken to the Geisinger Medical Center Special Care Unit, Danville. Eleanor's family stayed with her in the hospital the entire time, with our own special angels, Michele and Traci, monitoring her care and translating the medical jargon. She was brought home Friday to be surrounded by her loved ones until her passing. Eleanor died with dignity and grace, the way she lived her life.
Eleanor was born in Shamokin on Jan. 7, 1921, the daughter of the late James E. and Caroline (Hawley) McHugh.
She graduated in 1940 from Coal Township High School.
On June 28, 1941, in St. Joseph Church, Coal Township, she married Nelson Uriah Alleman, who preceded her in death in 1960. Mrs. Alleman raised four children by herself with quiet strength and guidance after her husband passed away. Throughout this time, she often remarked that when she passes "she was going to punch him in the nose" for leaving her.
Eleanor was retired. She worked as a housekeeper and cleaning lady, but her employers knew her much, much more. She was an excellent employee who did tremendous work. Eleanor was always "busy as a bee." She had worked for and was a dear friend to the Kelley family and the James Kelley Funeral Home, Coal Township, and also worked for Mountain View Manor and the Shamokin Area School District as a cafeteria aide.
Mrs. Alleman was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, Coal Township, and the Shamokin-Coal Township Senior Action Center. She loved to go to bingo on Thursdays at the Senior Action Center and being with her good friends, Olga and Joyce. She always looked forward to going out for dinner with Norma and Helen on Monday evenings.
First and foremost was her family. She enjoyed being with them every day; going to lunch with Deneen and having Barrie and Dawn visiting her at night. The highlight of her day was when Olivia sat on her lap and tried to feed her, but then taking the food back. One of Olivia's first words learned was "Mam Mam." Every Christmas, she made sure her family members received a present just to show them that their Mam Mam loved them.
Eleanor loved wildflowers, especially daisies.
Many people called her Mam Mam, and that filled her heart with pride knowing that was the type of person people respected. When she entered a room, she radiated goodness that people could not help but notice.
Mrs. Alleman is survived by her loving family, including children, Molly (Alleman) Paczkowski and husband Dennis, of Shamokin, Roger Alleman and wife Bonnie (Carpenter), of Shamokin, Barrie Kay (Alleman) Brocious, of Coal Township, and Nelson C. Alleman and fiancee Heidi Toland, of Mount Carmel; grandchildren, Dennis Paczkowski and wife Dawn, of Coal Township, Deneen (Paczkowski) Scandle and husband Gary, of Coal Township, Nelson R. Alleman and wife Traci, of Myerstown, Michele (Alleman) Chapman and husband Jack, of Mount Carmel, Wade Alleman and wife Brenda, of Shamokin, Daniel Dietz, of Coal Township, and Benjamin Toland, of Mount Carmel; great-grandchildren, Dennis Paczkowski, Jayde and Julian Deitrick, Abigail, Jack, Amelia and Ava Chapman, Wade and Uriah Alleman, Wade and Reese Alleman and Daniel Deitz; great-great-grandaughter, Olivia Paige; sisters-in-law, Eve Alleman and Marion Hockenbrock, who she considered her sister; and brother-in-law, David Alleman.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her beloved son-in-law, Albert Brocious.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the James Kelley Funeral Home, Coal Township, followed by a religious funeral service at 10. The Rev. Navin Satyavrata, pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Nelson R. Alleman, her grandson, will officiate.
Burial will follow in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.
God took a special angel who will only enrich heaven by being there; all will miss her and know she will still be by our side. May she be surrounded by the daisies and wildflowers that she loved. The words of wisdom that Eleanor lived by were I Corinthians: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. Love never fails.