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Eleanor Mae Tustian Steele
July 26, 1931 ~ September 18, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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In Loving Memory of Eleanor Mae Tustian Steele
July 26, 1931 - September 18, 2023
With heavy hearts the family of
Eleanor Mae Tustian Steele announces her passing
on September 18th, 2023 in her 93rd year.
She leaves behind her daughter Anne Steele-Giffin, grandchildren Darcey (André), Connor (Courtney),
Stephanie (Logan), her great-grandchildren Alex
and Owen Giffin-Morin, sisters Pauline Tyres and Doris Aleick, her “summer son” Paul (Donna)
and her friend of almost fifty years Kay Nadeau.
She was predeceased by her husband Douglas,
her son Michael, and her granddaughter Skye.
Eleanor became a teacher and married Doug soon after graduation in 1952. As a new teacher, her first classroom was in Sudbury, but when Doug’s father’s health failed, they moved back to Meldrum Bay to help run a tourist camp and care for Doug’s father. She became the sole teacher for the one-room schoolhouse in Meldrum Bay and taught eight grades in the same room.
After the family moved to Gore Bay, she taught
at C.C. McLean Public School until her retirement.
When she wasn’t teaching, she helped run their hardware store, which is now Home Hardware today.
Eleanor loved to travel and she and Doug went on many adventures with friends and family.
From Alaska to Arizona, Florida, Ireland, the Bahamas, and trips to British Columbia and the Maritimes, Eleanor was always happy to be adventuring with Doug.
Eleanor was an avid curler and she and her friends curled until they could curl no more. She was sad the day she hung up her broom for the last time, but she would still attend the bonspiels to cheer on the women who came after.
Eleanor was a wonderful cook, baker, and a great hostess.
She had a wicked sense of humour and
truly enjoyed a good party with good friends.
She loved her family, friends, and communities of Gore Bay and Meldrum Bay as she and Doug
shared their time between them.
She will be missed by her family and her friends.
Love you Ellie Mae.
Family and friends will gather
on Saturday, September 23, 2023
Eastern Star service at 12:30pm
at Simpson Funeral Home
with visitation at 1:00pm
and funeral service to follow at 1:30pm
with Janice Frame officiating.
Donations in Eleanors name may be made out to Meldrum Bay United Church, DCIA Meldrum Bay (Hall Fund) and Lyons Memorial United Church (Food Pantry).