Eleanor Frances Carney Gruber, 96, of Wheeling, WV, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, Westerville, OH.
She was born October 30, 1918 in Wheeling, daughter of the late Frank J. and Elizabeth LaVelle Carney.
Eleanor was co-owner of Gruber Photography with her late husband, was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Sisters of Mt. St. Joseph Auxiliary and was co-founder of the first baptism committee at St. Michael’s, and was a very proud 27 year breast cancer survivor.
In addition to her parents, Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband Charles F. Gruber, Sr., in 1983, a daughter Cynthia Louise Gruber in 1994, a sister, Betty Carney and a cousin Helen Altmeyer.
Surviving are 6 children; Charles “Chuck” Gruber, Jr., and his wife Pat of Bridgeport, WV, Joseph Gruber of Wheeling, Robert Gruber and his wife Peggy of Martins Ferry, OH, Mary Patricia Gruber of Powell, OH, Judy Lee Lewis and her husband Randy of Lewis Center, OH, Jane Ann Kilpatrick of Lewis Center, OH, 10 grandchildren; Kirk Gruber and his fiance, Angela Muzic, Laura Battisti and her husband Greg, Catherine Gruber, Charles “Chad” F. Gruber III, Michael Patrick Gruber and his fiance, Julie Closson, Paul Randall Lewis, Scott Charles Lewis, Jessica Louise Kilpatrick, Jacob Frederick Kilpatrick, Julie Frances Kilpatrick, and 2 great grandchildren; Leo and Luca Battisti.
Friends will be received on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV 26003, where a vigil service will be conducted at 4:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 at 10:00am at St. Michael Catholic Church with Msgr. Jeremiah McSweeney as celebrant. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Liza’s Place, 308 Mt. St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003 or to the Sisters of Mt. St. Joseph, Pogue Run Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.altmeyer.com
Learning how to use a chain saw from Charles while Eleanor watched from a distance. Charles and Eleanor kissing between taking prom photos.
I am sad to just learn of Eleanor’s passing. I remember everyone in the family fondly as extended family members and am sorry I have not kept in touch better.
Keith A. Galloway
When I look at my Class of 1968 photograph and see the familiar Gruber Studio insignia I recall how your family sought perfection in their works of art. Your family legacy abides in the memories you created with each camera shot.
Kindest regards to you and your family as your mother returns to God’s loving arms,
Class of ’68
Chuck we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep your Mom, and you and your entire family in our prayers.
Chuck, it has been almost 50 years since we were in WC together, and while I did not know your Mother, it is none the less difficult to lose a parent no matter how old they may be. My sympathy to you and your family. – Bob (and Nancy)
Dear Family so very sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. Many thoughts prayers and concerns are with you at this time. Take care keep the faith and may God bless and comfort you with His peace and love. Sincerely Sylvia McNeil (Bilo/Markwas)
I was so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I met her when I first moved to Wheeling and was asked to help start the Baptism Committee at St. Michael Church. What a special and truly beautiful woman she was. She was always so joy filled and made you feel happier just for having talked to her. I know you will miss her but all you have to do is look around at the family she loved so much, and you will see her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Sorry to hear of Eleanor’s passing. She was always a friendly person to be around and such a good friend to my Mother. Take comfort in all the happy memories.
I was sorry to hear of your mothers passing. May you find comfort in knowing that she is in a better place, and the fond memories of her that you hold forever in your heart.
I just learned of Eleanor’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May Eleanor share in the fullness of eternal life. May your faith, wonderful memories and the love you share continue to sustain you.