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Eleanora Mary Thomas

August 15, 1922 ~ August 25, 2020 (age 98)

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Eleanora Mary Thomas, age 98, of Mt. Lebanon, PA passed away peacefully on August 25, 2020. She was the daughter of Clara Kroll Thomas and Benjamin Walton Thomas. Her mother died when she was five years of age. Her father died at Walter Reed Hospital as a veteran of World War I when she was sixteen. At age seven, she went to live with her Aunt Mary Bell and Uncle Walter Siegwarth, who raised her. Later in life she was adopted by them. Eleanora was a native Pittsburgher living her entire life in the South Hills area. She was born in Carrick, lived in Knoxville and moved to Mt. Lebanon in 1948. Eleanora graduated from South Hills High School in 1939, received her Under Graduate Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1943 and her Masters Degree from School of Social Work at Pitt. She started her 45 years of social work at Family and Children's Service and ended as an employee with Pittsburgh Public Schools as a Social worker and Human Resource Consultant for 35 years. She retired in 1991. In 1989, she was named Pennsylvania School Social Worker of the Year at the conference in Philadelphia, receiving the honor from the Governor of Pennsylvania. Eleanora was an active member of Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church since 1949. Served on Session, a member of the Board of Trustees, taught adult class, "Character Builders," for 22 years. Eleanora was an active member of the 79ers Sabbath School Class, now known as Corner Stone Class. Eleanora was a Gold Card member of the National Association of Social Workers for over 50 years, a member of Women's Auxiliary of Salvation Army where she served as Chaplin, member of the South Hills College Club, past President of the Funeral Consumer Alliances of Western Pennsylvania, past President of Resident Council of Concordia of the South Hills, the retirement community where she lived since 2001, and member of council for six years. Eleanora and her numerous groups of friends enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and Europe. She supported the arts and cultural organization in the Pittsburgh area. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Stained Glass Window Fund of Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Interment Private in Allegheny Memorial Park. Arrangements entrusted to the Leo J. Henney Funeral Home, Carnegie. leohenneyfuneralhome.com

 

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