September 4, 1921 ~ April 18, 2012
Leonora E. Kallok, 90 years of age, passed away Wednesday the 18th of April at 3:45 in the morning. Leonora was preceded in death by parents, Elizabeth and Leone Sillavo, her brother, William Sillavo, and her husband, John Kallok. Leonora was born in Chicago, IL. She attended Froebel High School in Gary, Indiana where she met the love of her life, John. She graduated from St. Anne's Hospital School of Loyola University in Chicago. After graduation, she and John married and began to raise a family. They soon settled in Torrance where they resided for 65 years. Together they created eight talented and loving children (six boys and two girls) who in turn blessed them with fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Leonora devoted her life to her family and her friends. Her nursing career focused on her own children and grandchildren. She was a "domestic engineer" caring for her family and husband of 63 years. Even with all that comes with a family of ten, Leonora managed to find time to be involved in the community. She was often a room mother for her children's grade school, a den mother for her sons' cubscouts, a girl scout leader for her daughters' troops, a member of the PTA at St Anthony of Padua School, a regular volunteer for the parish fiesta, an active member of the parish guilds, a regular volunteer at Serra High School and an active member of the Young Ladies Institute (YLI) at St. Anthony's. Leonora was a life-long learner - she was an avid reader, took up golf, learned to swim, attended adult-ed classes at El Camino, learned to play the piano, and learned to sculpt. She was also very crafty - from crocheting and sewing to papermaking and handmade ornaments there wasn't a craft project that Leonora did not try. She shared these passions with her children who continue to be involved in the arts – all have been blessed with either a musical, theatrical or artistic gift. The Service for Leonora will be held at American Martyrs Catholic Church on Saturday May 5 at 9:00 am with a reception to celebrate her life immediately following in the Blessed Kateri Room at American Martyrs until 12 noon. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation – Edmond R. and Virginia G. Doak Center for Palliative Care at: http://www2.providence.org/southbay/giving/Pages/donation-form.aspx .
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