Ellis, Lenore Keenan, a 40 year resident of Winnetka, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2011 in Northridge. Born in New Haven, CT, Lenore was 66 when she died. Lenore was a participating member of Delta Chi Omega Sorority, Retired Teacher's of LA, Delta Kappa Gamma, Pasadena Branch and The Republican Women Association. Lenore loved animals, fashion and travel. She visited many places such as Africa, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She was a great collector and had many things from her travels. She also had a huge collection of Teddy Bears. Lenore was an active person who loved to work out at the gym and get together with friends. Every summer she went to the beach with sorority sisters. Lenore is survived by husband, Roger Ellis of Winnetka, CA; mother-in-law Marion Ellis of Woodland Hills, CA; sister, Ilona Naczi of New Haven, CT; brother, Julius Naczi Jr. of Wallingford CT; sister-in-law, Bonnie Naczi; nephews, Noel Naczi of Brighton MA and Charles Mather of Kona, HI; and niece, Marysara Naczi of Medford MA. She was preceded in death by parents, Julius Naczi Sr. and Mary McNamara Naczi; sister-in-law LaRita Ellis Mather; and nephew Emmett Naczi. A gathering of family and friends will be held at McCormick Mortuary in Inglewood on Friday, September 23, 2011 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. The Service will begin in the chapel at 1:00 pm with a reception following from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Lighthouse Reception Room. Burial will be at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Pet Adoption, 7507 Deering Ave. Canoga Park, CA 91303. www.petadoptionfund.org. There will be a Memorial Mass on November 12, 2011 at 9:00 am at SS Peter & Paul Parish, 138 North Orchard St. Wallingford, CT.

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  1. My husband and I had the privledge of knowing Lenore through her sister, Ilona. She was a wonderful person and we will miss her a lot. Our sincere condolences to her family.

  2. Lenore was a beautiful person on the outside and inside. My condolences to the entire family. My memory is the banter I enjoyed with her about politics.

  3. Lenore was an incredible aunt. Even though she lived across the country, she always kept up with all our varied interests, visited our schools, and gave us the most thoughtful gifts. When I was studying abroad in Italy, she and Ilona came to see me in Florence and we had a great time exploring the city. One of my favorite memories of her is the two of us climbing the Leaning Tower of Pisa together(it was the first time for both of us!). She was always very involved in our lives and will be greatly missed.

  4. Lenore was my sister-in-law and while I was always taken with her thoughtfulness and generosity, it was never more apparent than when our children came along. Despite being so far away, she always knew what they liked, what they were interested in, what books they read, the movies they watched and even their current favorite color. She took an interest in them. It was evident in any gift she gave them and in her conversations with them. It never changed as they grew. She visited their college campuses. When Marysara had a semester of study in Florence, Lenore planned a vacation there. When Noel was making his way home from studying in Australia and had a layover in L.A., Lenore was there to meet him at the airport. I shall miss Lenore as a sister-in-law, but mostly I will miss the loving aunt she was to my children.

  5. Just wanted to say that working with Lenore at Lawrence MS was GREAT! She always had a positive thing to say, a great BIG smile and always started her class with cartoon/opener. She was an inspiration to many. Glad to have known her. Sorry to hear of her passing, but I know she lived life to the FULLEST, everyday. May God bless Lenore and her family. Peace and prayers.

  6. Although Lenore and I were only a year apart and grew up only a few blocks from each other in New Haven, we didn’t meet until we taught at Lawrence. I enjoyed our many conversations. Lenore was witty, insightful, engaging, and a wonderful problem solver. We often reminisced about our childhood neighbors on Fountain St. and places that we frequented as kids. I went to public high school, but Lenore’s parents sent her to Catholic girls’ school. That’s probably why she turned out to be such a kind and gentle soul. Lenore was an inspiration to a generation of students and to her former colleagues. She will be missed.

  7. Roger, Ilona, Johnny and Lenore’s family…..Lenore was a very special friend who I will miss very much….the memories of the laughter she brought to us all will fill the void in my heart. Love, Joanne

  8. I will miss all the fun I had with Lenore when she came here to Ct and on our Delta vacation weeks. She was one of a kind and always made me laugh.

  9. Lenore Ellis taught at Lawrence Middle School. She was a great Lady and was loved by many of the students, faculty and staff at Lawrence. I will always remember her great Halloween costumes. Dorothy from the Wizzard of Oz. I worked with Lenore as a staff member. Lots of Love to Roger, Marsha Minassian

  10. I will greatly miss my aunt Lenore. She may have lived furthest away of all my family, but no one could ever say she was distant from us. She always wrote to me and my sister for graduations, birthdays, and holidays. She visited our college campuses and joined our family for many Fourth of July celebrations. When I came back from studying in Australia, she was the first of any friends or family that I saw. Climbing up the exit ramp from the plane, jet-lagged and stiff-legged, it was a great comfort to see her face break into the familiar wide grin she always showed whenever she saw us. And although I am deeply saddened by the lack of contact between us in the time of her illness, I take solace in knowing that, in death as in life, she will never be far from us.

  11. Lenore was an exceptional woman. She had a wonderfully creative mind in the classroom and willing heart to share ideas. She enriched the lives of her students and all those around her.

  12. Roger, we send our condolences. We will be unable to attend the services. Carol called Elaine and let her know about Lenore. Thank you for thinking of Elaine. Elaine and Eric Rippon

  13. Lenore was a wonderful neighbor – we shared various talks and we had fun talking about WW (she lost the weight) I did but hot as much as she. Also she helped me and Judy Elliott start “Bunco” in the neighborhood which was always fun getting together. I’ll miss her. We hope we can help Roger that we know he misses her and extend to him and all the family our deepest sympathies. May “Shalom” Peace be with him – knowing she is not suffering.

  14. Lenore was a special person who was energetic, outgoing and enthusiastic. Her visits to Ct. where we shared many special events were marked by joy and laughter. One of the remembrances of her was the effort she always made to have her outfits match the occasion. We will all miss her. My deepest sympathies to Roger and their families. May our prayers comfort your hearts. Love, Jane

  15. I just came across this. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. Mrs. Ellis was my third grade teacher at Germain Street Elementary School in Chatsworth, CA in 1983. I have found memories of her.

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