Eleanore Antoinette (Brunelli) Heitmanek

Born: Sun., Jun. 30, 1940
Died: Sat., Sep. 27, 2014


10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 01, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Thu., Oct. 02, 2014
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Eleanore Antoinette (Brunelli) Heitmanek

June 30, 1940 – September 27, 2014


Ellie, as she was best known, was born of Vincent and Pauline Brunelli in East Providence, Rhode Island, on June 30, 1940.  She lived in the small town of West Barrington, RI, through her early years, and attended Bayside Academy there through High School.  She attended Johnson and Wales College in Providence for two years and earned an associate degree in Court and Conference Reporting. 

Ellie met her future husband in 1962 in Newport, Rhode Island, while he was attending Naval Officer Candidate School there.  They were married in Barrington, Rhode Island, on Halloween Day in 1964.

She went with him to his duty station with the staff of Commander, Service Group 73, homeported in Sasebo, Japan, and spent the next year and a half there with him.  When his tour of duty was over, in June of 1965, she returned with him to the United States and set up housekeeping in Corvallis, Oregon, while he attended graduate school at Oregon State University.  Their first child, Elise was born there, in late 1965.  After graduate school the couple moved to Springfield, Oregon, where their second child, Lucinda, was born in 1967.  After several years in Springfield, the Navy called again and they returned to active duty, moving again to Sasebo, Japan.  She and her husband decided that a career in the Navy was best for them and they spent the next 18 years in various duty stations from Grate Lakes, IL, where their third child, James, was born in 1970, to Topeka, KS, to Pensacola, FL, and finally to Eugene, OR, where he completed his career.

While they were in Great Lakes, near the end of their career in the Navy, Ellie decided to go back to school and again become a court reporter.  She graduated from Racine (WI) Junior College with an associate degree again in Court and Conference Reporting.  When the opportunity presented itself, she decided to take a job with the Circuit Court in Pendleton, Oregon.  She moved here with her family in early 1985 and took a position as an Official Court Reporter in the Circuit Court, under the Honorable Jack Olsen, and worked there for nearly 6 years. 

In early 1991, she decided to go out on her own, and with Jeanine Manny opened Manny and Heitmanek, freelance Court Reporters here in Pendleton.  She remained a partner with Jeanine until 1996, when she retired.

Ellie loved traveling, camping and fishing with her family and spending as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren.  She was universally loved by all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed.

Ellie is survived by her husband, Bob, and her three children, Elise of McMinnville, OR, Cindy of Lenore, ID, and Jim of Adams, OR, her brother Mark of Providence, RI, and her sister Elizabeth of Arnold, MD, seven grandchildren, and her cousin Rosemary, also of Arnold, MD, with whom she grew up and was always close to.

 Ellie was an active participant in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, occasionally playing the piano in accompaniment of children’s masses. 

Viewing will be held Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM, Thursday, October 2, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, followed by interment at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.  You may sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.  

Contributions in memroy of Ellie Heitmanek may be made to the Clearview Medical Disability Resource Center, 307 SW 6th Street, Pendleton, OR 97801.

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Charles Chase
   Posted Mon September 29, 2014


Condolences from all of us at the Eastern Oregon Mining Association

Charles Chase
   Posted Mon September 29, 2014

MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Chuck Chase .

Ellie you will be GREATLY missed!

fred f baker
   Posted Tue September 30, 2014

INDOOR GARDEN BASKET was sent by Sam and Shirley Baker.

Rest with the Angels sweet Ellie. Your friends Sam and Shirley Baker

Mary & Keith Harris
   Posted Wed October 01, 2014
Ellie - you will long be remembered for your loving smile and wonderful piano playing. I have fond memories of you and Bob at Great Lakes, Illinois, and the many stories he shared about the kids and Oregon. I never dreamed that we'd meet up here in Oregon after all those years after Bob retired from the Navy. God be with you and yours. I am sure that your Guardian Angel will guide you straight through to the heavenly gates.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Wed October 01, 2014
So sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Stephen Brunelli
   Posted Thu October 02, 2014
I love you Aunt Ellie. I cherish you and am grateful for the fond memories we made growing up. You will forever be a part of me and always be in my life.
. With love, Stephen

Jeff Capps
   Posted Thu October 02, 2014
I met Ellie at my first deposition after graduating and accepting a job in Pendleton. Ellie sensed my anxiety and told me that so long as I was prepared, things would go smoothly; of course she was right! Over the years we became friends as well as colleagues. I had not seen her recently, but will miss her all the same. Thanks, Ellie. God bless you.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Sat October 25, 2014
So sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

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