Eleanor Irene Salonek (nee Lyrek), age 87, of Buffalo, formerly of Montrose, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the Annandale Care Center.
She was born Dec. 29, 1924, in rural Delano, the daughter of Peter M. and Genevieve Theisen Lyrek.
Eleanor was joined in holy matrimony to George J. Salonek of Montrose May 7, 1946, at the Church of St. Mary of Czestochowa in rural Delano. God blessed their marriage with 12 children.
Eleanor and George engaged in dairy farming south of Montrose on the Hill “N” Dale Farm until 1987.
Eleanor was an auxiliary member of Wright County VFW Post 1901 in Montrose, where she served in various capacities. She especially took pride in her sister members electing her as president. With other auxiliary members, she helped create many lap robes and other items through the years.
As a member of a serving group at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, she helped make quilts for the homeless, distributed by Peoples Inc.
Eleanor is survived by her loving children: Mark, Matt (Patty), Mary (Edward) Schmidt, Martha (Charles) Moy, George (Laura Teige), Michael (JoAnn), Monica (Douglas) Ruzicka, Muriel (Jeff) King, MaDonna (Dave) Robertson, and Marguerite Salonek (DJ Chawla); many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George J.Salonek; sons Peter and Myron Salonek; a grandchild, Justin Ruzicka; her parents, Peter M. and Genevieve Lyrek; brothers Eddie and Clarence Lyrek; and by a sister, Rose Hackenmueller.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Francis in Buffalo with Father David Hennen as the celebrant. Interment was at St. Mary of Czestochowa in rural Delano.
Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church.
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo served the family.