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Eleanor Colletta (O'Malley) Johnson

June 29, 1939 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Eleanor Johnson Obituary

Eleanor Colletta O’Malley Johnson was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 29, 1939 to Michael and Mary (Call) O’Malley.  She was the eighth of thirteen children with five brothers and seven sisters.  She passed peacefully at home on November 27, 2023 at the age of 84.

Ellie and Cliff Johnson (her husband at the time) settled in Charlotte, NC in the early 1960’s, where they raised their four children.  She was a quiet and kind person who always saw the good in people.  She taught her children to always do at least “one good deed” each day and follow the Golden Rule.  Early in her life, she managed to make time for many interests including her Church at the time (Our Lady of the Assumption), Girl Scout Leader, Avon Lady, Waitress, and Nursing School.  Once a nurse, she worked at nursing homes until she retired.  She felt that the elderly deserved to be treated well and cared for with respect.  After retirement, she enjoyed dishing out food samples at Costco for several years.

She had many interests and was passionate about her family, gardening, reading, and sports.  Football was always on at our house and she enjoyed the Carolina Panther games (good or bad) with her son, Joe.  She was humble but very smart and very good at trivia, especially Jeopardy.  Oh!  She also loved to go to a casino (she was usually lucky) and was able to make one last trip with her daughter and Sister just a few weeks before her death.  Her sister, Jean Michalek, also moved to Charlotte with her family and lived only a few blocks away, making it easy for the two families to spend time together regularly.  Ellie also enjoyed visits to Ohio with her children to visit with everyone in Cleveland.

Her Irish heritage was important to her so St Patrick’s Day was an event every year for the family.  She loved to play Irish music while eating her annual corned beef, cabbage, and Irish soda bread. 

Ellie and her sisters planned “sister trips” for many years where they all got together to play cards, gamble, and spend quality time together.  She especially loved beach trips.  Her bond with her sisters ran deep until the very end and they were there to help care for her in recent months.

Although life was not always easy as a divorced mother of four, she was an extremely generous person and always had an open door for the neighborhood kids or when someone needed a place to stay.  Her faith was very strong and continued as she faced her illness and death.   Ellie knew that God had a plan for her and she accepted her fate faithfully.

Ellie is proceeded in death by her parents, sisters Margaret Haney (John-deceased), Patricia Dusick (John-deceased), Michealla Vavrek (Walter), Mary Jane Colleran (Edward – deceased), and brothers Martin O’Malley (Florence – deceased), James O’Malley (JoAnn – deceased), and Edward O’Malley. 

She was beloved mother to Meg Thompson, Denise Johnson, Patricia Johnson (Doug) and Joseph Johnson (JoAnn) and grandmother to Amy Hanks (Joey) and Sara Harycki (Joe).  She was great grandmother to Brennan, Harper, Liam, Jack, and Ruby.

Ellie is survived by her siblings Tom O’Malley (Marcie), Kathryn Garven (Chuck) Jean Michalek (Steve – deceased), Donna Moon (Larry – deceased) and John O’Malley (Carol).  She had numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.  

Ellie requested mass in her memory with her family, which will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, 12/11/23 at St John Neumann Catholic Church, 8451 Idlewild Road, Charlotte, NC 28227.  Her final resting place will be alongside her parents at Holy Cross Cemetery, 14609 Brookpark Road, Brook Park, Ohio 44142.

 In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to St. John Neumann Catholic Church (8451 Idlewild Road, Charlotte, NC 28227) or to St. Patrick Parish Death and Dignity fund (3602 Bridge Avenue, Cleveland OH 44113).

Irish Blessing

May the sun shine warm upon your face.

May the rains fall upon your fields.

And until me meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

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Memorial Mass
December 11, 2023

11:00 AM
St. John Neumann Catholic Church
8451 Idlewild Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28227


St. John Neumann Catholic Church
8451 Idlewild Road, Charlotte NC 28227
Tel: 1-704-536-6520

St. Patrick Parish Death and Dignity fund
3602 Bridge Avenue, Cleveland OH 44113
Tel: 1-216-631-6872


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