Eleanor Josephine Morrissette, age 92, of Voluntown, CT passed away peacefully at the Bridebrook Rehabilitation Center and Nursing Home in Niantic, CT, on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
Born March 15, 1927 in Norwich, Eleanor was one of seven children born to the late Sabrina Marie and Teofil Thomas Korenkiewicz, of Mohegan Park Road, Norwich. Eleanor attended Norwich Free Academy and was a majorette in the Drum Corps. After graduating NFA in 1945, she attended the Backus School of Nursing, graduating as a registered nurse in 1948. As a young woman, Eleanor met and fell in love with a young soldier, John Morrissette; the couple were married at St. Joseph’s Church in Norwich in 1950, after John returned from serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II. Eleanor and John made their home and raised their family in East Hartford. Eleanor was a nurse at Hartford Hospital for 37 years while John worked at Pratt & Whitney. In 1990, Eleanor and John moved to Voluntown to enjoy their retirement. The couple spent over 61 years together, until John predeceased her in 2011.
Eleanor was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; she most loved her husband and her family. She was the nurse on call for all of her extended family and friends throughout her life and was the one person everyone called on during a crisis. Eleanor was a force of nature who always worked to help everyone. She loved writing letters, sending cards, and watching the UConn Women’s Basketball team win National Championships.
Eleanor is survived by her children; Chris Brooks and her husband, Gene Brooks, of Virginia Beach, VA, Paul Morrissette and his wife Karen Woodis Morrissette of Colchester, and Lynn Szkoda and her husband, Edward Szkoda of East Hampton; seven grandchildren, Keri and Dan Barcus of Pittstown, NJ, Keith and Jess Morrissette of Glastonbury, CT, Mike and Sarah Brooks of Chesapeake, VA, Tyler and Kalie Morrissette of Old Lyme, Thomas and Kim Morrissette of Groton, Blake Szkoda of Columbus, OH, and Allyse Szkoda of East Hampton; eleven great-grandchildren, Kaylee Pierce of Newberry, FL, Ashley, Ben, John, and Logan Barcus of Pittstown, NJ, Luke, Beth, and Matthew Morrissette of Glastonbury, Grace and Isla Morrissette of Old Lyme, and Sawyer Brooks of Chesapeake, VA; many nieces and nephews; and numerous extended family members and friends.
In addition to her beloved husband and both of her parents, Eleanor was predeceased by her eldest son, John Jack Morrissette Jr, of East Hampton; all of her siblings and their spouses, Stanley and Lee Korenkiewicz of Detroit, MI, Raymond and Yola Korenkiewicz of Montville, Jean and Frido Urbinati, of Franklin, Loretta and Dick Custer of Franklin, Julian “Whitey” and Pat Korenkiewicz of Norwich, and Charles and Joan Korenkiewicz of Montville; and her granddaughter, Shawn Marie Brooks, of Williston, FL.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, December 9th from 9:30-10:30am at the Aurora McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd., Colchester, CT followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Andrew Church at 11am. Burial will follow in Pachaug Cemetery in Griswold, CT.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bridebrook Rehabilitation Center, attention: Recreation Department, 23 Liberty Way, Niantic, CT 06357. For online condolences, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com
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Bridebrook Rehabilitation Center Recreation Center
23 Liberty Way, Niantic CT 06357