Mary Eloise Nash, 94, of Streator passed away Monday, November 9, 2020 at a private care home in Streator.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 A.M. Friday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator.
Visitation will be from 4-6 P.M. Thursday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Streator.
She was born in Streator on May 15, 1926, the daughter of Edmund and Jane (Farrell) Nash.
She attended St. Mary’s Grade School and was a graduate of Streator High School in the class of 1944. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minnesota and a Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University.
Eloise was a teacher of Spanish and English at St. Mary’s Academy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Plainfield High School and Mendota High School before teaching at Streator High School. She taught from 1957 until her retirement. She was in education for 34 years.
She was a lifetime member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, the LaSalle County Retired Teachers Association and the Alumnae Association of the College of St. Teresa. She was a member of St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered in the hospital gift shop for many years.
Through the years she served on the Streator High School Class of 1944 reunion committees. After retiring, Eloise taught English as a second language for Spanish speaking adults in the Streatorland area.
She was a member of the former Immaculate Conception Church and currently belonged to St. Michael the Archangel Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty (Nash) Craven.
She is survived by a nephew, Donald Craven of Streator; and a local cousin, Mike Ritter of Streator; several other cousins survive.
Memorials may be directed to St. Michael the Archangel Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.
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