The Life of Eleanor A. Giachero

Eleanor A. (O'Leary Breneman) Giachero, 87, formerly of Blandon, PA, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Bridgeway Care and Rehabilitation Center, Hillsborough, NJ, surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of John E. Giachero, who died September 2, 2018. John and Eleanor celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on August 23, 2018. Born in Lebanon PA, Eleanor was a daughter of the late Teresa Carrie (O'Leary) Breneman and Harry Breneman.

Eleanor was a member of Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Kutztown, PA. A graduate of Derry Township High School, Hershey PA, Eleanor earned her Bachelor of Arts, English Education, degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Education degree from Rutgers University, NJ. She valued education and life-long learning. Eleanor taught for many years at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, NJ. She was active in the League of Women Voters, International Literacy Association, and American Association of University Women. Upon retiring from teaching, she and her husband spent many winters in Sarasota, Florida.

Eleanor's love of learning extended to showing her children the wonders of many natural and historical locations throughout the US which her children and grandchildren have come to love as well. An essay on writing she penned in 1980 was published in the New York Times. Eleanor cherished the Metropolitan Opera, Shakespeare in the Park, as well as The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Additionally, she enjoyed a good hand of bridge, late night TV, movies, a glass of wine, and sharing her love of books. She even took up golf in retirement to share John's passion of the sport.

Eleanor is survived by her children: Joseph H., husband of Susan Lynn (Mantyla) Giachero, Stokesdale, NC; John D., husband of Filomena (Pilandas) Giachero, Hillsborough, NJ; Nina L. (Giachero), wife of James M. Presuto, Lebanon, NJ; Jennie A. (Giachero), wife of Lee Begeja, Gillette, NJ; Carla M. Giachero, Bridgewater, NJ; and Anne M. (Giachero), wife of Timothy S. Sitarik, Blandon. Eleanor will be deeply missed by her ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Kathryn and brother Andrew.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 14833 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, with the Reverend Monsignor Walter T. Scheaffer as celebrant. Interment will follow Mass in Holy Savior Cemetery, Cornwall, PA. Relatives and friends may call Tuesday, May 7, 2019, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. in the church.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Lung Association of PA, 2200 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18104 or the Alzheimer Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601. A gentle request, please no lilies, thank you.


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so much love


As I grew up, you were always there with a strong, but gentle guiding hand.  I have learned the importance of family and know that your example will keep us, your six children, ten grandchilden and all their loved ones, together for many more years to come. I miss you and Daddy, but know that you are back together, looking down upon us still showering us with your love. Thank you for being such a wonderful mother. 

with eternal love,


Posted by Jennie B on 04/30/2019

Truest Love

Mommy, all my life you modeled what love is.  You glowed whenever you talked about Daddy and the lifetime you spent together. You raised six children who all wished only to find the same loving relationship, a love for a lifetime. Your unflappable answers to my silly teenage questions always made it safe to ask you for more. You never judged me. You supported me through the most difficult times of my life. You were always a rock for me.

I miss you beyond words. My consolation is you are with your truest love again.

Posted by Carla G on 05/12/2019