She was born on January 14, 1925 in Schuylkill County and was the daughter of the late Stanley and Nell Mocknis Blewis.
She was retired from Penn State Capital Campus, Middletown, where she had worked in the cafeteria; was a member of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Middletown and its Parish Council of Catholic Women; she was a member of the Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus #3501, Middletown and a former member of Seven Sorrows PTO; and she enjoyed bowling and sports of all kind. Eleanor's greatest joy was watching her children in sports.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband John C. Cavanaugh, who passed away on September 13, 2000, two brothers Stanley Blewis and William Blewis, and two sisters Anna Barnoski and Florence Selick.
She is survived by her daughter Jewel H. and husband Jim Crea of Harrisburg; four sons Jack J., husband of Donna Cavanaugh of Lower Swatara Township, Thomas P., husband of Gail Cavanaugh of Harrisburg, William V., husband of Dar Cavanaugh of Hummelstown, and Frank M., husband of Rebecca Cavanaugh of Leola; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, at her church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as Celebrant.
Burial will be in Middletown Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday in the narthex of the church.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at The Middletown Home for the care and support of their mother.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Seven Sorrows Building Fund, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, PA 17057.
Arrangements by Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown.
Condolences may be sent to www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.