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Eleanor H. Staub

November 15, 1927 December 5, 2018
Eleanor H. Staub
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Obituary for Eleanor H. Staub

Eleanor (Ellie) H. Staub, age 91, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her children on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Born in 1927 on the east side of Detroit, she attended Eastern High School and graduated from Harper Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. Ellie was among the first nurses at St. John Hospital when it opened its doors in 1952. She began her career as a labor and delivery nurse and continued that career while raising six children. Ellie went on to become a nursing administrator at her beloved St. John, retiring in 1995.

A busy mom and nurse, Ellie was an extraordinarily accomplished and elegant woman. Known for her gentleness and grace, she was the very definition of a lady. Ellie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She wrote her autobiography as a legacy for her children. Like her father, she dearly loved music and was a gifted vocalist and musician playing the bass, cello and piano. Ellie was an incredible cook and found great joy in entertaining family and friends. As part of Volunteers in Medicine, she continued her work as a nurse for many years after her retirement. Faith was central to her life. She was a loyal parishioner and considered to be the heart of the choir at St. Francis by the Sea on Hilton Head Island. Ellie often expressed how truly blessed she was having a long and healthy life filled with love.

Ellie was predeceased by her parents, Stanley and Helen Szymanski, past husband Fred Gemmer, and current husband John Staub, sister Wanda Irwin, and son-in-law John Murphy. She leaves behind her sister Betty Foist, as well as her six children Laurell Pilkey (Robert), Linda Kahler (Mark), Leslie Stronati (Mark), Lawrence Pryg (Becky), Leighann Bishop (Terry), and Lisbeth Murphy, her twelve grandchildren: Dan Pilkey, Jackie Kahler, Jason Kahler, Anthony Stronati, Katie Schreck, Joseph Stronati, Kasey Felten, Lucas Pryg, Taylor Bishop, Troy Bishop, Trevor Bishop, Shannon Murphy and two great-grandchildren, Brooks and Reagan Kahler.

Memorial services will be conducted on Friday, January 4th at 2:00 pm at Edward Chapel located at Ascension St. John Hospital, 22101 Moross Road, Detroit, Michigan.

In honor of Ellie, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Ascension St. John Hospital, 22101 Moross Road, MOB Suite 102, Detroit, Mi 48236, benefiting the Nursing Support Fund.

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2:00 PM 1/4/2019 2:00:00 PM
Edward Chapel

22101 Moross Rd
Detroit, mi 48236

Edward Chapel
22101 Moross Rd Detroit 48236 mi
United States

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