Heaven’s gate opened Thursday, July 28, 2022, with family and friends welcoming Eleanor Irene Rychlinski, 95, of Lower Burrell, into God’s glorious kingdom. Eleanor was born Oct. 5, 1926, in Natrona, to the late Emil and Apolonia (Mialki) Sobkiewicz. The youngest of four children, her father affectionately called her Honey. This nickname carried throughout her lifetime. Eleanor was an alumna of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Natrona. Upon high school graduation, she studied at Mason Felix Beauty Academy in Pittsburgh. After earning her beauty license, Eleanor opened, owned and managed her beauty salon in Natrona. She was married to Chester F. Rychlinski for 59 years. The happy couple resided in Lower Burrell, where they raised six close-knit children. Mrs. Rychlinski was a devoted, loving mother who reared her children with solid moral values and stressed the importance of living by the Golden Rule. She loved spending time with children of all ages, especially her grandchildren. Many days you could find her on the back porch spoiling them by sharing her homemade popsicles and playing games. As matriarch of the family, she hosted many family gatherings. Wigilia (Polish Christmas Eve) was her forte. She excelled in the kitchen with specialties like pierogies, sweet bread, chrusciki and paczki. All visitors to her home were immediately welcomed and made to feel like part of the family. She enjoyed listening and dancing to polka music, playing the board game, Scrabble, and partaking in couples and ladies card parties. A devout Catholic, Eleanor was forever faithful to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She never spoke an unkind word and always looked for the good in everyone. She was a charter member of St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Lower Burrell, where she formerly served as an active member of their quilting club and ladies guild. Eleanor will be greatly missed by her adoring family, her children, Charlene Rychlinski Mahu, of Lower Burrell, John (Tarrie) Rychlinski, of Tacoma, Wash., Michele (Alan) Jacobs, of Lower Burrell, Pola Rychlinski, of New Kensington, Sonya (Ed) Swiech, of Lower Burrell, and Rozlyn (Gregg) Franklin, of Danville, Calif.; grandchildren, Scott (Brandy) Ferguson, of Apollo, Brian (Poppy) Ferguson, of Jacksonville, Fla., Kevin (Cortney) Ferguson, of Natrona Heights, Edward Swiech III, of Lower Burrell, Heather (Mike) Wolford, of Chesapeake, Va., Erin (Ashley) Riggs, of Auburn, Wash., Ksavera (Jason) Thompson, of Winlock, Wash., Jon (Mandy) Rychlinski, of Bonney Lake, Wash., Hana (Johnny) Kriebel, of Ellensburg, Wash., Kane Franklin, of Little Rock, Ark., Gabriella Franklin, of Danville, Calif., Rutger (Monica) Mahu, of the Netherlands, and Stephanie Mahu, of Dubai. She was also blessed with 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Chester F. Rychlinski, siblings, Mary Tomko, Wally Sobkiewicz and Sophia Salata, and son-in-law, Felix Paul Mahu. Family would like to extend a special thanks and appreciation to the Amber Woods staff. Friends will be received from noon to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at THE RUSIEWICZ OF LOWER BURRELL FUNERAL HOME, 3124 Leechburg Road at Alder St., where prayers of transfer will be said at 9:30 a.m. Monday followed by Christian funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Margaret Mary Church, 3055 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. www.RusiewiczFH.com.
Published by The Valley News Dispatch from Jul. 29 to Jul. 30, 2022.