Ms. Eleanor (Matonak) Chan passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at IRMC on Monday, September 28th, 2020 in Indiana, PA at the age of 60 years old.
Eleanor was born on April 5th,1960 in Butler, PA to Dolores and Andy Matonak.
She graduated from IUP with a B.S. and Master's Degree in Special Education. She taught at various locations in Indiana county for 10 years. She enjoyed helping children. She won many awards for photography including first prize at Three Rivers Arts Festival.
During their 32-year marriage, Eleanor and Ben enjoyed traveling with family to many destinations worldwide including Mexico, Europe, Hong Kong to visit relatives, and her favorite place Maui, Hawaii. Ben and Eleanor were inseparable, happy to spend days together in their comfortable home.
Family was always first for Eleanor, especially children. She loved to play with them and create occasions that always felt special.
She loved birthdays and holidays-especially Christmas. She decorated the whole house, made a special meal, and made an effort to get everyone a gift that they would enjoy.
Her brother Andrew recalls the time when he and Eleanor together faced their fear of roller coasters at Cedar Point.
Eleanor is survived by her loving husband, Benjamin Chan, step-daughters Tiffany Chan and Benay (Shane)Nachin; her step-granddaughter Charise (Ben) McNeel, and step-great-grandchildren Jaelynn, Aria, and Janie. She was the youngest of 7 siblings. Carol Moore of Baltimore MD, Andrew (Karen) Matonak of Myrtle Beach, SC, Evelyn (Tom) Kelly of Mars, PA, Mary (Steve) Rekich of Butler PA, and James (Bonnie) Matonak of Butler, PA, and many grand-nieces and nephews survive her.
She is preceded in death by her parents and sister Dorothy Matonak.
She will be greatly missed.
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