Eleanor (Ellie) Myrtle Loyear


Eleanor (Ellie) Myrtle Loyear, 91 of Duluth died Tuesday, April 28th in Edgewood Vista Assisted Living. Eleanor was born Jan. 20, 1929 in Plainville CT. to John and Myrtle Painter. She graduated from Plainville High School in 1947.

She met and fell in love with Glen Loyear when he was in the Navy in Virginia and they married and settled in Duluth on Sept. 20, 1952.

Ellie was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church and a wonderful couples club there. Ellie and Glen were also very active in the West Duluth Moose 1478 Service Fraternity. Where Ellie became Senior Regent and Glen became Governor. They worked very hard to make the Club successful, Mom cooking dinners and Dad cooking breakfasts and organizing and working on countless charity events for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics and many other events for children.

Ellie was also in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation group in Duluth where she became Chairwoman and organized many events with Glen. She was proud to represent parents of CF children at the National Convention one year and became something of an amateur medical expert on the subject, speaking to nursing students and new parents of CF patients at area hospitals.

Mom was friendly and very bright and giving and she liked everyone. She loved to talk and visit and always cheered people up, because she was a person who was delighted to speak with you and help you in any way she could. She continued to make new friends right up until the end at Edgewood Vista.

Ellie was a child of the depression and World War II. She had the work ethic and family connection developed through hardship and perseverance and sticking together to get by in those days. Our Mom worked her whole life and once the kids were born also took care of the family at home, also caring for Gail with CF, and still found time for good works.

She showed she loved us by making us mind and eat all our vegetables and making sure we knew that God would be disappointed in us if we did wrong. She hugged us and put on the Band-Aids and made us cookies and let us play outside until dinner time and the streetlights came on and we all went on vacation most Augusts to visit relatives, where we saw lots of petting zoos and fairs, had picnics, set off fireworks, went to the beach. Thank you, what a good life we had because of you.

Goodbye for now Momma, we love you so much, and we know with God’s grace, we will all be together again someday.

Eleanor is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Glen Emmett Loyear married for 53 years and now reunited in Heaven. She is also preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Gail Ellen Loyear and her sister-in-law’s Leone Skorich, and Virginia Smith. She is survived by her children, Joanne Loyear, Glen Loyear and his former spouse Cindy Loyear, and John Loyear; grandchildren, Kristi, Cariann, Elisa, and Jonathan Loyear and Jesse Carter and great-granddaughter Isabella Damotta; her brother, John (Barbara) Painter; her cousin, Louise (Paul) Stokosa, many beloved nieces and nephews, and Dad’s sisters, Joanne Jacobson, Margie Moen, and brother Rod (Rachel) Loyear.

Contributions to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Private service held at Dougherty Funeral Home and celebration of life at a later date. Arrangement by Dougherty Funeral home, 600 E 2nd St. Duluth, MN, (218) 727-3555. Please sign the online guestbook at

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