Front, Eleanor C. Estep born in Wheeling, WV, on March 29, 1925, daughter of the late Clement W. and Emma M. Frohnapfel Estep died Wednesday, October 8, 2008, in St. Louis, MO.
In addition to her parents Eleanor was preceded in death by two brothers, Julian and Thomas Estep, two sisters, Mary V. Ginny Estep and Rita Nuzum.
She is survived by her husband Joseph R. Front; six children, daughter Eulalia M. Lale Virostek and husband Joseph and their children Margaret, Laura, A.J. and Katie of Pittsburgh, PA; daughter Anne P. Focht and husband Larry and their children Emily and Abbey of Columbus, OH; a son Joseph J. Front and wife Katrina and their daughter Ella of Asheville, NC; a daughter Mary E. Betsy Babb and her husband Brian and their children Molly and William of Cincinnati, OH; a daughter Eileen M. Schomburger and her husband Jeff and their children Isabel and Keenan of Fayetteville, AR; a son Vincent P. Front and his wife Rev. Victoria of Johnstown, OH; a brother Robert L. Estep of Vestal, NY; one sister, Sr. Eulalia Estep, CSJ, of Wheeling; her 11 Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was a very active member of St. Vincent DePaul Parish; served as President of the Christian Mothers Organization; the Pastoral Council and the Hospital Follow-up Committee; she was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Auxiliary.
In 1995 she chaired the St. Vincent DePaul Parish Centennial Celebration, nearly 1, 000 parishioners attended at no cost to the parish or the attendees. Eleanor was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy and retired from Columbia Gas.
Eleanor dearly loved her grandchildren and took great delight in sharing their activities as much as possible. She instilled in her children and grandchildren her faith in Christ, the value of honesty and the joy of doing for others.
Her humility and quiet strength are great examples for the entire family.
Friends received 7-9 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling.
Funeral Liturgy and Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 13, 2008 in St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Wheeling, with Rev. H. Joseph Wilhelm S.M. and Rev. Bill Seli S.M. as concelebrants.
Interment in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund or to the St.Vincent DePaul Parish Center.
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