Elena M. Nordstrom, 73, of Hilton Head Island and wife of Thomas Nordstrom died on Saturday, March 10, 2018 after fighting a 40-year battle with multiple sclerosis. She was born on March 14, 1944 in Houston, TX to the late Michael and Virginia Widener O’Shea.
Elena was a graduate of St. Teresa Academy and Avila University both in Kansas City, MO. After 2 ½ years at Avila, Elena took a sabbatical and spent over 5 years as a TWA hostess, and with her qualification in French she was sent to fly “International” as soon as she finished her initial training. Shortly after Matthew was born in 1973, she returned to Avila and finished a degree in history.
In addition to her loving husband of 48 years, Elena is survived by her children, Matthew and Anne Nordstrom; granddaughter, Nina Elena Nordstrom and a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Mike O’Shea.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Greater Carolinas MS Chapter, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27609. Arrangements by The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. islandfuneralhome.com.
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