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Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont

Baenig, Eleanor (Dumm)




Eleanor (Dumm) Baenig Age 99, of Oakmont, formerly of Wilkinsburg, died peacefully at her home on December 24, 2020. She was loved by many and will be remembered. Eleanor always asked us to include in her obituary what she said was her only claim to fame, that she had “over 100 first cousins.” Of course, that was not her only claim! She was a happy, joyous lady who had an impact on the world around her. Her greatest accomplishment was sharing her happiness with everyone she touched. She was born at home into a wonderful family and lived a long and active life. She often said, “When I look over my whole life, I’ve had a good life.” She was the 4th child and 4th girl born to her parents, and she was close throughout life with her three sisters and two brothers: Jean, Ce, Ruth, Earl and Bill, all of whom predeceased her. She graduated from Wilkinsburg High School and attended business school, and then went to work in the early days of World War II. She met her future husband, Arthur Sullivan, and married in 1944. Left alone suddenly at age 40 to raise her four children, she went back to school and back to work. An outgoing, fun-loving person, Eleanor began attending Parents Without Partners events, where she met her second husband, Robert Baenig. They married in 1979 and had a happy life together until he died in 1994. The next year she moved to Munroe Tower in Oakmont, where she spent the rest of her life. There she volunteered in both official and unofficial capacities and enjoyed many lasting friendships. Eleanor was well known for her skill as a Bridge player and enjoyed playing cards and working jigsaw puzzles. She was a loving mother to Larry Sullivan (the late Diane), Art Sullivan (Margie), Mary Ellen Sullivan (the late Donald Fishel), and the late Paul Sullivan; grandmother to Dan Sullivan (Emmy), Katie Romeo (RJ), Emily Diop (Aimé), Liz Sullivan, Jake Fishel (Erika), Doug Fishel, Brigid Brown (Adam), and Max Fishel (Katie); and great-grandmother to 11 (Gail, Lilly, Anna, Sarah, Gavin, Hannah, Ryan, Nora, Luke, Emmett and Tucker). She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She always had the ability to see the good in everyone and focus on the happiness and beauty around us everywhere. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who are among the many for whom she has been a role model for optimism and faith. Due to the ongoing pandemic, a memorial service will be planned at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. Oakmont