September 26, 1924 - March 09, 2019
Visitation: Monday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Devlin Funeral Home, North Hills
Service: Tuesday 11 a.m. at St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH
Elinor W. (Westhead) Irvin, known as “Ellie” by family and friends, of Ross Twp., died on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Wife of the late Daniel W. Irvin; loving mother of Barbara Irvin, Kathryn Seeds (David) and Daniel W. Irvin (Renee); sister of the late Jack and David Westhead; proud grandmother of Sarah Seeds (Josh Thorne) and Matthew Seeds.
Ellie was at the top of her class at Bellevue High School, where she met her future husband, Dan. They both played in the high school band. She excelled in all academic studies and focused her efforts on clerical and secretarial studies. Ellie was a WW II war bride who later supported Dan as he earned his degree at California State Teachers College through the GI bill. They made many lifelong friends during those years.
As her children grew, Ellie became very active in their educationand was the President of the PTA in both Hoffman Estates, Illinois and Perrysville Elementary School. She later enjoyed two distinct and rewarding careers as a Secretary for the North Hills School District and a Leasing Agent for Chateau Perry Apartments; where she lived from 1991-2015 after Dan’s passing. As a school secretary, Ellie was very active in the secretaries’ union where she helped fight for (and win) fair wages.
Ellie was the ultimate problem-solver for family and friends alike. Throughout her life, Ellie’s children relied on her unconditional love, advice and support; as well as her exceptional editing skills for their school reports! In fact, she was instrumental in helping Dan complete his book “Power Tool Maintenance” in 1971. Her dedication to excellence was profound. Ellie and Dan were very active at St. John’s Lutheran Church; singing in the choir and holding numerous organizational assignments. They also enjoyed many great friends from their North Hills Estates neighborhood where they lived from 1964-1991 and coordinated several block parties. Nearly every New Year’s Eve for well over 20 years, they gathered to celebrate with close friends Tom and Nancy Davies. Today we imagine them getting together to reminisce over old times. Ellie’s legacy lives on through her three children and their families. She was a loving grandparent, who regularly traveled to both Maryland and Virginia to spend time with Sarah and Matthew throughout their childhoods. Ellie was an incredible role modeland always went the extra mile for anyone who needed her support. She will always be remembered for her spunk and wit;especially by friends and caregivers at Vincentian Home/Memory Lane where she lived since August 2015. Their amazing contribution to providing a high quality of life for Ellie cannot be overstated. The family is in their eternal debt. Ellie was the ultimate friend, mentor and go-to person for sound advice and real world insight. Through personal success, strength and commitment, she dedicated her life to helping others thrive and succeed. The ongoing positive impact experienced by family and friends is profound and everlasting. She will be sorely missed by those knew and loved her.
Friends received Monday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at Devlin Funeral Home, Inc., 806 Perry Hwy, North Hills. Services in St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tuesday 11 a.m., EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Vincentian Home/Memory Lane or the Alzheimer’s AssociationGreater PA Chapter.