Eleanor DeRosa

04/22/1931 — 07/14/2019

From Kennewick, WA | Born in Morgantown, WV


Sat, October 5, 2019, 2:00 pm
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Richland, WA 99352

Eleanor DeRosa

Eleanor Louise (Robison) DeRosa, age 88 of Kennewick, peacefully passed away surrounded by loved ones July 14, 2019. Eleanor was born April 22, 1931 in Morgantown, West Virginia to Frank and Gladys (Howell) Robison. She grew up in Morgantown, and moved to Richland with her family in 1944, where she graduated from Columbia High School and went on to study at Eastern Washington University. After her time at Eastern, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she worked at Bank of America in the real estate loan department, where she helped finalize the loan for Walt Disney’s Disneyland. While living in L.A., Eleanor enjoyed the Southern California lifestyle, filling her time in the summers at the beach, and winters snow skiing.

Eleanor moved back to Richland in 1960 and worked at Richland National Bank of Commerce. While working at Richland National Bank, she helped Sam DeRosa open a bank account. While setting up his account, the two hit it off and were eventually married on August 3, 1962. Eleanor and Sam made their home in Richland, where they raised two boys, James and David. Eleanor was a stay-at-home mother until the boys were in junior high School.  She then began to work as a baker for the Richland School District until her sons graduated.  Eleanor continued her career working at various part-time secretary jobs. Eleanor retired as an executive secretary from Westinghouse Hanford in 1996. In her retirement Eleanor enjoyed playing bridge, sewing, traveling all over the world, volunteering in the maternity center at Kadlec Hospital, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Eleanor is survived by her husband of 57 years, Sam DeRosa, step-sister Melinda Robison Smith, children James (Jennifer) DeRosa, and David DeRosa, grandchildren Andrew DeRosa, Heather (Manuel) Hernandez, Dylan DeRosa, and Sarah DeRosa. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Gladys Robison, step-mother Frances (Andrews) Robison, and sister Wilma Jean Robison.

A gathering to celebrate Eleanor’s life with a martini toast will be held 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 5, 2019 at Einan’s Event Center in Richland. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to:Fieldstone Memory Care 575 North Young Street, Kennewick, WA

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  • Farewell to Eleanor,
    In the fall of 1960, I accepted a position of School Psychologist for the Richland School District.
    But it seems like only yesterday when I went to the bank to open an account and meet you,
    Then my world changed.
    Thank you to rescue me from bachelorhood to the exciting world of marriage, the responsibility of parenthood, and the joys of being a parent,
    We shared our Pride of watching our children and then our grandchildren grow into maturity
    We shared daily events and planned family events during out “Martini Moments”.
    We started a Travel Saving account to pay for touring domestic & foreign countries in our retirement because of your eagerness to travel.
    I was fortunate to have you come into my life. Thank you, Eleanor for loving me and receiving my love in return.
    I shall miss your comforting skills, especially when life becomes very challenging.
    Thank you for the memories I will Cherish for ever
    You were a joy to be with and I will miss you
    Tooledoo, until we meet again

    Sam DeRosa
    October 10, 2019
  • Eleanor and Sam were the parents of two of “my” Troop 250 Eagle Scouts. Jim and Dave were blessed to have had such good parents.

    Jake Smart
    September 29, 2019
    West Richland, WA