McDONALD - Ellen Alice Eldridge Surak, 83, died at 11:03 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the St. Elizabeth Health Center following an extended illness.
She was born Aug. 29, 1930, in Niles, the daughter of Fred E. and Laura Ellen Purser Engle Sr.
A graduate of McDonald High School, she worked for U.S. Steel McDonald Works, the DeBartolo Corp. and served on the McDonald Village Council.
She was The Lake to River Girl Scouts Woman of the Year, a Den Mother and a member of the Girard First United Methodist Church, the Girard-McDonald Historical Society and the Church Women United of McDonald. She enjoyed photography and always had two portable cameras in her purse.
Ellen is survived by three sons, Richard D. (Jeanne) Eldridge of Niles, Bradley T. Eldridge of Rome, N.Y., Christian M. Eldridge of McDonald; stepson, Joseph M. (Sharon) Surak of Liberty Township; three grandchildren, Laura (Ken) Dockery of Key West, Fla., Nicole (Jason) Cole of Niles, Michelle Surak of Niles; great grandson, Joseph Dockery; brother, Joseph W. Engle of Covina, California.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Richard Eldridge who died in 1972, and Joseph Surak who died in 1992; a daughter, Susan Eldridge, who died in 1958 and a brother, Fred E. Engle.
At her request, there are no calling hours or funeral services at this time. A future memorial service will be announced.
Arrangements by Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home, Niles.
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