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Sr. Eleanor Caviston

October 4, 1917 ~ May 18, 2020 (age 102)


Sr. Eleanor Caviston died peacefully on May 18, 2020 at Marie Esther Health Center, Marlborough, MA. She was born on October 4, 1917, the daughter of Richard and Anna Caviston. She entered the Little Sisters of the Assumption on November 20, 1954 in Haverford, PA. She made her final vows in France on April 27, 1963. In her 66 years of religious life she served as a Registered Nurse in New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts and 25 years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sr. Eleanor’s dedication to and care for the families she served went beyond the physical care that was needed. The families became her family. She remained in contact by friendly visits and phone calls. In later years when failing eyesight and hearing limited her contacts with friends and family, she delighted in personal visits. She would hold onto your hand tightly with love. She was a deeply prayerful person with a devotion to our Lady and prayed the Rosary daily as a source of strength and consolation.

Sr. Eleanor had an incredible memory. She was the ultimate story teller sharing stories from her childhood and of her mission, often filled with humorous details.

Sr. Eleanor loved to dance. At any gathering she was the first one up and last to leave the dance floor. A must at every Little Sister gathering was the Charleston and the Mummers Strut, umbrella in hand!

Sr. Eleanor loved her own family deeply. A beloved Sister, Cousin, Aunt and Sister-in-Law, she made each of them feel special and loved. She never forgot birthdays or special occasions.

Sr. Eleanor is pre-deceased by her brother Hugh J. Caviston, parents, Richard and Anna Kelly Caviston, and her cousin George Weekes who was raised by her mother and nephew, George Weekes Jr.

She is survived by and greatly loved and admired by her sister-in-law, Barbara Walsh Caviston, her nieces Eileen C. Ryan (James), Maureen Caviston Leventhal (Michael), Karen C. M. Moynihan (Andrew) and Christine C. LLik (Robert). Also survived by her are Weekes nieces, Etta Di Marco, Sheelah Weekes, Stephanie Weekes and Tara W. Stout (Thomas). She was also blessed to have 17 great nieces and nephews and 1 great-grand niece.

Due to the pandemic, a private graveside service and burial was held on May 27th at St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery, Gardiner, NY. A celebration of Sr. Eleanor’s life will be held at a later date when gatherings will be permitted.

Donations in memory of Sr. Eleanor can be made to: Little Sisters of the Assumption, 137 Endicott Street, Worcester, MA 01610.

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