May 5, 2014


Elinor Alongi, 79, of Carroll, died Friday morning, May 2, 2014, at her residence.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carroll. Officiating will be the Rev. Cindy Johnson. Pianist will be Jan Potthoff. Casket bearers will be: Kent Middendorf, Brian Hulten, Mick Riesberg, Mark Sexton, Paul McGowan, and Matt Collison. Burial will be at Carroll City Cemetery.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Tuesday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

The casket will be moved to St. John Lutheran Church at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when visitation will resume.

Online condolences may be left for Elinor's family at

Born on Oct. 9, 1934, at Marseilles, Ill., Elinor Laurena was the daughter of Stanley and Ethelinda (Thompson) Holm. At a young age following the passing of her mother she lived with her aunt Laurena Larson and attended school in Rockford, Ill., graduating from East Rockford High School.

On Oct. 10, 1953, she married Phil Alongi at Rockford, Ill. The couple resided in Rockford where Phil was employed at Barber Colman. The couple later moved to Morrison, Ill., and Phil worked for General Electric, and in 1973 Phil's job with GE brought them to the Carroll community. Elinor was a devoted wife, mother, and in her spare time enjoyed attending her coffee group. She was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carroll and was a member of the Carroll Moose Lodge.

Elinor is survived by her husband Phil of Carroll; her sons: Allan Alongi and wife Debbie of Clarendon Hills, Ill., and Scott Alongi and wife Melissa of Des Moines; her grandchildren: Alexandra Alongi, Collin Minear, Sofia Alongi and Lilliana Alongi; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Margaret Lester of Scottsdale, Ariz., Joseph Alongi of Rockford, Ill., and Jack (Retha) Alongi of Rockford, Ill.; her special cousin whom she spent her childhood with, Betty Branca of Rockford, Ill.; as well as several nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives.

Elinor was preceded in death by her parents; and her stepbrother, Jack Dagget.