Obituary for Eleanor Joyce “EJ” Goodwin

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Eleanor Joyce “EJ” Goodwin

October 16, 1932 - May 8, 2017

Eleanor “EJ” Goodwin, 84,of Mesa, Arizona and formerly of St. Charles, Missouri, Fortified with the Sacraments of The Holy Church on May 8, 2017.  Preceded in death by her cherished husband, Harold “Hal” Goodwin; loving mother of Sheron (David) Balhorn, Gordon (Anne Marie) Goodwin, Pamela (Blaine) Tweed, Kimberly (Charles) Josar, Kristie (Robert) Cook, and Kitty Todd; survived by dear sister, Irene Fedorka and brother LeeRoy (Pat) Ceresa.

Eleanor lived a full, active and happy life. She enjoyed activity and rarely sat still. Music and singing were the stable downbeats to most of her existence. She sang to her first endearing audience when she was just 5 years old, beating her brother to the stage and earning her first nickel … singing Rosalie My Darling! Family events, weddings, parties, gigging at ValVista with the Just Us Band and entertaining the veterans with Tony Orlando were only a few of the places she often performed at. She was a regular song for each of us … teaching us soft lullabies for her grandchildren and great grandchildren and more times than you could imagine, she’d pull a song out of her memory and we’d all laugh and enjoy her so much. We were thankful God spared her memory after two strokes because the lyrics never failed her. Eleanor was strong, determined, opinionated, hard working, dream building and forever forgiving and optimistic.

She lived a big life.
She lived wholeheartedly and without excuse.
She lived and loved deeply and faithfully .
We will miss her terribly.

Visitation will be on Friday, June 9 from 4-8 pm at Hutchens-Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., St. Charles.  Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, June 10 at 9:15 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1355 Motherhead Road, Cottleville.

Memorial contributions have been suggested to: Val Vista Village-Eleanor Goodwin, 1148 Clydesdale Dr., St. Charles, MO 63304. The family wishes to keep her dream alive, in the community that she enjoyed so much.


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 am

Hutchens-Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center


5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63304

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017

Time: 9:15 am -

St. Joseph Catholic Church Cottleville


1355 Motherhead Rd.
St. Charles, MO 63304

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Born: October 16, 1932
Died: May 8, 2017

Condolences for Eleanor Joyce “EJ” Goodwin

Sandy Hennen posted on6/2/17

This was a woman I grew to love in the short time I knew her. Such a sweetheart was she. Colt and I loved visiting and helping her last summer. I was looking forward to being able to do it again this summer. I love and miss you EJ you blessed my life in more ways than one. See you again someday. So sorry for your loss Kim and family.


Cheryl Butkiewicz posted on6/1/17

I will miss your Mom. Eleanor was such a sweet soul. Always loved hearing her songs!