Just a few weeks after losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to part ways with longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. Those two things combined were quite hard on several Steelers fans and it looks like fan Eleanor Gallagher of Nanticoke took both especially hard.
Mrs. Gallagher passed away this past Wednesday at 81 and according to her obituary, the way the Steelers 2014 season ended probably was too much for her to take.
Eleanor was a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and the family firmly believes that the recent separation of Dick LeBeau and the Steelers’ poor performance this season might have inadvertently contributed to her demise.
Mrs. Gallagher was born Aug. 3, 1933, nearly one full month after the Steelers were founded as the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 8, 1933, by Art Rooney.
While Mrs. Gallagher may have indeed been very upset with the Steelers recently, at least she was able to witness the team winning six Super Bowls, eight conference championships and 21 division championships. She’s also seen the franchise place 22 people in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
While I doubt LeBeau will be in attendance, a celebration of Mrs. Gallagher’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the First Primitive Methodist Church of Nanticoke, 101 E. Church St., Nanticoke. In lieu of flowers, the obituary asks that donations be made to Candy’s Place or the American Red Cross.
Arrangements are by Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., 14 W. Green St., Nanticoke.