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Eleanor L. Nordstrom

January 26, 1921 ~ January 11, 2018 (age 96)

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Eleanor L. Nordstrom of Cape Coral, Florida, formerly of Peoria, Illinois, passed away on January 11, 2018.  Eleanor was born on January 26, 1921 to Frank and Mary (nee Kuszynski) Szumnarski in Chicago, Illinois.

She met her husband, Gustave B. Nordstrom, a soldier in the Army, originally from New York City, at a serviceman's dance in Chicago during World War II.  Gus and Eleanor married in 1946 and moved to Montana where they began their life together.  Their journey took them back to Chicago for several years and they eventually settled in Peoria, Illinois to raise their children and enjoy many years in the real estate business before retiring to Florida.

Eleanor could play cards for days on end.  She also enjoyed slot machines, reading, tole painting, crocheting , and shelling endless Florida beaches.

Eleanor was predeceased by her adored husband, Gus.

Eleanor is survived by her three children, John F. Nordstrom of Clive, Iowa, Richard G Nordstrom (Peggy) of Peoria, Illinois and Mary E. Neilson (nee Nordstrom)(Bill) of Cape Coral, Florida; eight grand-children, and twelve great-children.

Eleanor will be remembered for her pure heart, unending love and support to her family and gorgeous smile.  She joins Gus in heaven.



Eleanor left a poem:

No person is ever truly alone.

Those who live no more,

Whom we loved,

Echo still within our thoughts,

Our words, our hearts.

And what they did

And what they were

Becomes a part of all that we are,


- Richard Fife



The family has entrusted Gallaher American Family Funeral Home in Fort Myers, Florida with arrangements.

Eleanor's life will be celebrated privately by the family at Florida National Cemetery - Bushnell where she will be laid to rest with her husband, Gus.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital in memory of Eleanor.

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