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Eleanor R. (D'Anjou) Kearney
October 09, 2021


SPRINGFIELD – Eleanor R. (D'Anjou) Kearney, 88, formerly of Gold Street in the Glenwood section of Springfield, was Called Safely Home on Saturday, October 9, 2021. She passed into Eternal Life at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield surrounded by the care and comfort of her loving family and her wonderful caregivers. She was born in Springfield on December 17, 1932, a beloved daughter of the late Ernest and Eva (DeVarney) D'Anjou. She was raised in Springfield, graduated from the High School of Commerce and had lived in the city for most of her life. She was employed for many years with the New England Telephone Company and later Verizon, where she held many working positions. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, Kim's Cronies National Multiple Sclerosis Society New England Chapter and a Life Member of the John Boyle O'Reilly Club in Springfield where she and her husband, Martin, were honored at the Holyoke Saint Patrick Parade as the Irish Couple of 2009. She was a communicant of the former Our Lady of Hope Church in Springfield where she was a member of the Our Lady of Hope Women's Guild and a longtime bingo volunteer, a former communicant of Mary, Mother of Hope Church and currently was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, all in Springfield. Eleanor was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt and friend who adored her family and showered them with her love and affection which was returned to her a thousand fold. She was predeceased by her beloved husband and soul mate, Martin J. Kearney who was Called Home on November 11, 2009. They were married at the former Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Springfield on May 16, 1953 and were blessed with over 56 years of happiness together. She leaves her five loving children, Martin E. “Marty” Kearney and his wife, Diane, of South Hadley, Ellen M. Kearney of East Longmeadow, Karen A. Estey and her husband, Chris, of Chicopee, Lynn A. Reigner and her husband, John, of Ludlow and Brian A. Kearney and his wife, Lisa, of East Longmeadow; her "daughter at heart," Kim Mierzejewski of Berlin, CT; her nine cherished grandchildren, Jason Kearney and his wife, Meghann, Ian Kearney and his wife, Erica, Kimberly Stella and her husband, Max, Nicholas Estey, Breeana Reigner and her fiancé, Brandon, Christopher Reigner and his fiancée, Tracey, Declan Kearney, Daniel Reigner and his wife, Jennifer, and Karyn Reigner; her 14 cherished great-grandchildren, Easton and Owen Kearney, Rieland, Keegan, and Cali Kearney, Lincoln Stella, Veda and Savina Allen, Colby and Lyanna Reigner and Haylie Baillargeon, Jackson and Braydon Reigner and Kamryn Thompson; her dear sister-in-law, Kathleen Kearney of West Springfield; and her many dear nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and extended family members in the United States and Ireland. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her cherished granddaughter, Kimberly Dawn Reigner who was Called Home on December 13, 1976; her cherished great-granddaughter, Sophia Paige Reigner who was Called Home on March 3, 2012; and her dear sister, Harriet Hebert and her husband, Arthur, and their son, Ronald. Her funeral will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. from the St. Pierre – Phaneuf Springfield Chapels, (413-737-1177), 7 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA 01107, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01104. Her burial will follow the Mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 421 Tinkham Road, Springfield, MA 01129. Her family will receive friends on Friday, October 22, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The family requests that masks be worn for services. Her family requests that memorial donations be made in her memory to the Sisters of Saint Joseph, 577 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104, the John Boyle O’Reilly Club, 33 Progress Avenue, Springfield, MA 01104 or the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England, 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA 01089. For more details and to leave condolence messages, please visit:

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St. Pierre-Phaneuf Springfield Chapels
7 Chapin Terrace
Springfield, MA 01107