Eleanor Peterson Heath went to Heaven on June 28, 2018. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 26, 1915, and lived in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Crescent City and Phoenix, Arizona, living independently until two weeks before her passing at 102 years and 10 months.
Eleanor is survived by daughters, Shari (Jim) Hanson of Calistoga; Nanc (Ted) Frazel of Eureka; son, Paul (Janet) Peterson of Redding; and son-in-law, Oscar (Helynn, deceased) Filgas of Santa Maria; as well as nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, a niece, and three nephews. Most of her family celebrated Mom/Grandma’s 100th birthday in Phoenix in 2015.
Eleanor was widowed by her children’s father, Del Norte High School teacher, George Peterson in 1990, and second husband, Chuck Heath in 1995. She was predeceased by two children at birth, daughter Helynn, son-in-law Steve Mulinix, and grandson Riley Frazel.
Eleanor will be remembered for the Christian life she lived, often opening the family home to her children’s friends who needed a place to stay. She was always active in local schools, the Methodist Church and Girl Scouts. She was a 75-year member of Eastern Star and a faithful supporter of many, many charities. Eleanor was a homemaker, a great cook, baker and seamstress. She did work several summers at Sea Wonders Alive Gift Shop in the ‘60s and ‘70s. In Chicago, she had worked in a candy store and as a “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II.
A family celebration of life was held in Modesto in July and her funeral was in Phoenix on what would have been her 103rd birthday.
At her request, there will be no services in Crescent City. Following her plans, Eleanor’s ashes will be interred in the Masonic Cemetery on Jan. 12 in a plot she’ll share with George and Chuck, in the same row as dear friends, the Knudsens and Sveums.
— Submitted by family