Eleanore Radzilowski Rega Bentley

  • Born: April 19, 1929
  • Died: November 14, 2021
  • Location: Pennsylvania

Saloom-Rega Funeral Service

730 W Main St
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666

Tel. (724) 547-2122

Tribute & Message From The Family

Eleanore Radzilowski Rega Bentley passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, November 14, 2021. She was 92 years young.

Eleanore was born in Everson, PA, on April 19, 1929, to Zygmunt Radzilowski and Louise Zajac Radzilowski. She attended St. Joseph School in Everson and graduated from Scottdale High School in 1947.

A diligent and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, Eleanore was known for her generous spirit that centered on her family and her Catholic faith. She was undaunted by challenges and exuded determination and endurance, especially when it came to her care for humankind. Eleanore saw and loved others for who they were. She always had an open heart for the most vulnerable, embracing them like family.

She is remembered as a woman who lived on her own terms. After her husband Richard passed away in 1981, she was the proprietor of Rega's Shoe Repair (originally Rega's Shoe Hospital) for nearly two decades. The "shoe shop" – as it was known to locals who gathered there – was a mainstay in Mt. Pleasant on South Church Street for 47 years.

Eleanore led a creative life with many interests, which continued well into her retirement. She loved ballroom dancing, was gifted in needlecrafts, and took pride in decorating her home to be a warm and welcoming place for all who visited. Her family fondly remembers how she preserved her own Polish heritage with her husband's Italian traditions over beautifully cooked holiday meals. She was a current member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant, and a former member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, the Assunta Club Ladies Auxilliary, and Everson and Bullskin Township Senior Centers. Eleanore was also affectionately known by her family as a "fashionista" who enjoyed the finer things in life and never lost her flair. There is a little less sparkle in the world without her.

In addition to her parents, Eleanore was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard A. Rega in 1981 and her second husband, Sherman Bentley in 2005; sisters, Genevieve Mazurik and Alice Capo; brothers, Eugene Radzilowski, Thaddeus Radzilowski, Sigismund Radzilowski, and several in infancy. Her family takes comfort in knowing their beloved matriarch has reunited with them.

Eleanore is survived and missed by her family, including her children Kathleen Kappel (William) of Pittsburgh, Richard Rega II (Elizabeth) of Mt. Pleasant, Melanie Pakulski (Richard) of Mt. Pleasant, and Celeste Rega of Ithaca, New York; grandchildren Angela Lucas (Joe), Mark Nemeth (Jennifer), Alex Rega (Amy), James DePalma (Mary), and Megan Kappel; great-grandchildren Allison, Natalie, Asher, Joseph, Olivia, Mina, Anthony, Archie, and Nyx; sister Loretta Capo of Connellsville, and brother Vincent Radzilowski of Cleveland, Ohio. She is also survived and missed by her devoted companion Allen Darr of Acme, 16 nieces and nephews, and 29 great-nieces and -nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm Friday at SALOOM-REGA FUNERAL SERVICE 730 W. MAIN STREET MT. PLEASANT where prayers of transfer will be held at 9:30am Saturday followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10am at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Pleasant. Interment will follow in the St. Pius X Cemetery. Please visit Eleanore's online memorial at www.saloom-rega.com to sign the condolence guestbook. Richard Rega, funeral director.


Condolence & Memory Journal

To the Rega Family...Mrs. Rega was a God send to me as a child. Sitting in the shoe shine chair everyday before starting my paper route, she would talk to me and encourage me all the time. She knew my situation and always knew what to say at the right time what I needed to hear. She was a wonderful woman and a great friend. I loved her for her generosity and kindness. Rick and family you have my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Kimberly Jacobs Gray    December 01, 2021

My sincere Condolences Rick to you and your family. I have been sick. My heart is with you today.

Posted by Linda King - Mt.Pleasant, PA - Friend   November 20, 2021

You will be saddly missed
I always looked foward too seeing you when i was in mt pleasant. Im really sorry i am not able to make it. 724 880 9977

Posted by Jim smith - Brownsville, PA - Friend   November 19, 2021

To the Rega family from cousin Bunny so I can't make it to the funeral my son has dialysis today.Will miss Eleanore's witty laugh and always giving her advice.I know she will be missed always a smile and her love for everyone.

Posted by Bunny Pradella Pradella - Perryopolis, PA - Family   November 19, 2021

I am so glad I got to know you and your wonderful family.

Posted by Tiffany White - Greensburg, PA - Acquaintance   November 19, 2021

Rick & family our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother.
I have the greatest memories of our chats when she came to the hair salon I was employed at during that time. God bless

Posted by John & Lori Shaw    November 18, 2021

Becky and I and Dad(Uncle Ray to family)express our deepest condolences and prayers to the entire family and loved ones. We have fond memories of Aunt Eleanore. We last got to meet in August 2010. Aunt Eleanore was such a sweetie and so kind. May she rest in peace. Till we meet again. God bless.

Posted by Raymond(Rayme) Rega - Canton, GA   November 17, 2021

Aunt Eleanor was always a sweetheart. She will be remembered for many things but most of all her love of family and kindness. May she rest in pease in the arms of Christ

Posted by Sue Capo - Irwin, PA - Family   November 17, 2021

Aunt Elanore is one of the true matriarchs of the Radzilowski family. She loved and trie to help everyone. She is deeply loved and respected. She will be truly missed. She was full of dignity and grace. May you Rest In Peace. The world was a better place with you in it. Angelo Capo

Posted by Angelo Capo - Irwin, PA - Family   November 17, 2021

My deepest sympathies to the immediate, and entire family for their loss of Eleanore.

Posted by Mark Vando - Dallas, TX - Family Friend   November 16, 2021