Eleanor J. Vega, 88, passed away November 18, 2020 in Chicago, IL. She was born September 28, 1932 in Mason City. Their parents were Miguel and Margarita (Ramirez) Vega.
A dual memorial service will be held for the sisters on July 27 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 722 N. Adams Ave., Mason City at 10:30 AM. Inurnment will follow for both of them at Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City.
Mickey, Eleanor, and their siblings grew up in the Lehigh Row neighborhood and graduated from Holy Family High School.
After high school, Eleanor moved to Notre Dame, Indiana, where she began her journey with the Sisters of the Holy Cross. During her time there, she earned her bachelor and master degrees in education fromm St. Mary’s Academy. After 20 years with the Sisters, Eleanor heard a different calling and moved to Chicago to be closer with her sisters and their families. There she enjoyed a long teaching career at Peter Cooper Dual Language Academy in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. She had the privilege of teaching English as a second language to many children who loved her and also served as Coordinator of Bilingual programs until her retirement in 1991.
Eleanor was a long-time, active parish member and volunteer at St. Matthias Church. She also volunteered her time at Misericordia , working with developmentally challenged residents. At home, she enjoyed reading, tending to her plants and visiting with her many friends and neighbors.
Eleanor is survived by her beloved sister, Cecilia (Ric) Nelson, of San Diego, CA; 18 nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved very much.