Northborough – Eleanor Irene (French) Searl, 95, of Northborough, formerly of Marlborough, died Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Northborough, MA.
She was the daughter of the late Royal G. and Irene V. (Dudley) French. She was also predeceased by her brother, Royal French and her son-in-law, Richard Donohue.
After graduating from Marlborough High School, Class of 1944, she went on to graduate from Framingham State Teachers College in 1948 and eventually went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Education from Boston State College in 1970.
Working in the Marlborough School system throughout her career, Eleanor was a first grade teacher, the principal at the Hildreth School, Jaworek School and Richer School, opening all three schools and was the Title I Director of the District before her retirement in 1989.
Eleanor retired to Wells beach, ME, where she enjoyed golf with her dear friend Rosemary McCarthy. She also enjoyed entertaining family and friends at the beach and backyard barbecues. She became an active member in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wells Beach where she was a deacon. Eleanor was an avid golfer and was a prominent member of Cape Neddick Country Club in Ogunquit, ME, where she won many trophies and awards.
In 1997, Eleanor moved to Northborough to be closer to her family and became an active member of St. Bernadette Church in Northborough.
She is survived by her children, Deborah A. Donohue and her life partner George M. Sacco of Shrewsbury, David E. Searl and his wife Maureen of Marlborough, Kevin M. Searl and his companion Kathy Brosnahan of Douglas, Peter R. Searl and his wife Helen of Erie, PA, and Ellen I. Searl and her life partner, Michele Joyce of Charlton, MA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kristie, Geoffrey, Jared, Michael, Mark and Kaitlyn and her great grandchildren, Karla and Brody.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough, MA 01752. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 10:00 AM at St. Bernadette Church, 266 Main St., Northborough, MA 01532. Burial will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank the Staff at Beaumont in Northborough and Salmon Hospice for the care that was given to Eleanor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Chance Animal Adoption Center in Eleanor’s Name at www.secondchanceanimals.org