Eleanor Mae Pearson (“Tootsie”), age 91, of Watertown, passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church in Delano. Interment will be in the St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Cemetery in Delano.
There will be visitation Sunday, Jan. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the church, with a 3:45 p.m. rosary service. Visitation will continue Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church, prior to the Mass.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home.
Eleanor was born Jan. 13, 1928, in Delano, to Michael and Nellie (Cebulla) Farniok.
She was a lifelong member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church in Delano.
Eleanor was united in marriage to Clinton Jerome Pearson Feb. 23, 1957. To this union, five children were blessed.
A loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; Eleanor was also a hands-on farm wife. She loved gardening, cooking, and making things for her family; and raised chickens, calves, and many well-cared-for cats.
In her spare time, she enjoyed doing puzzles and word finds, and playing cards.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton; great-granddaughter Victoria Pearson; parents Michael and Nellie Farniok; siblings Mary (George Sr.) Motzko, Evelyn (Frank) Kruzel, Lorraine (Vernon) Duske, Clarence Farniok, Edwin Farniok, and Raymond Farniok; and brother-in-law Bernard Nieman.
Eleanor is survived by her children: Jerome (Sheila) Pearson, Kenneth (Donna) Pearson, Kevin (Christine) Pearson, Patricia (James) Dye, and Joan Pearson; 16 grandchildren: Herman Pearson, Jeremy (Gretchen) Pearson, Clinton (Dawn) Pearson, Elizabeth Pearson, Emily Pearson, Tim (Kim) Dye, Bob (Alison) Dye, Mike (Pearl) Dye, Brandon (Jennifer) Pearson, Dustin Bening, Nathanial Pearson and significant other Mandi Grafenstein, Derrick (Courtney) Pearson, Nicholas Millerbernd, Jonathan Pearson, Dillon Pearson, and Megan Pearson; and 15 great-grandchildren: Jordan, Owen, Mason, Morgan, Hailey, Stella, Avery, Raylan, Zachary, Mallory, Lucas, Benjamin, Alexander, Cadence, and Cleo.
She is further survived by sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Lucille Farniok, Vivian Farniok, Shirley Farniok, Rita Nieman, and Barb Sohns and friend John McDonough; step sister-in-law Mary Moore; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.