Reverend Eleanor Kalinsky

Obituary of Reverend Eleanor M. Kalinsky

Rev. Eleanor Martha Kalinsky, 63, went home to be with her Savior on Tuesday October 10, 2023. She is survived by her loving husband Rev. Jerry Allen Kalinsky.

Eleanor was born on November 11, 1959, in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. Daughter of Mable Pearl Saunders (Calbery) and the Late Dr. Rev. Philip P. Saunders. Her Family moved to Connecticut in 1968 and eventually settled in Manchester where she graduated from Manchester High School in 1979. She would later graduate from the International Bible Institute and Seminary in 1987 where she received her ordination.

Eleanor was a loving wife to Jerry since their wedding day 34 years ago on March 4, 1989, she was a caring dog owner to her dog Gracie and a fun Grammy K to her adopted Grandchildren. She enjoyed quiet early mornings on her porch, surrounded by the beauty of nature, cooking in her kitchen where everyone got to try her new recipes and entertaining crowds of people at her house.

Eleanor was the Pastor of the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church in Manchester Connecticut since 1998. She loved preaching the Word of the Lord to people and witnessing when a persons life was uplifted because of God’s love. Along with being the Pastor of her church, she was also the president of World Wide Lighthouse Missions, a humanitarian outreach in Manchester, CT. Eleanor was passionate about helping people in struggling countries to bring both spiritual and physical relief to their body and souls.

Eleanor was predeceased by her father Rev. Dr. Philip Saunders, her sister Marie Satagaj & her brother Peter Saunders.

In addition to her husband, Eleanor leaves to mourn her passing her mother Mable Saunders and 6 siblings and their spouses: Weldon & Jeanna Saunders of Tolland, CT, Mary Dion of Zephyrhills, FL, Sam & Beth Saunders of Barkhamstead, CT, Esther & Brett Creel of Manchester, CT; David Saunders of Texarkana, TX,  James Saunders of Norfolk, VA; special Nephew & his wife, Ben & Nicole Satagaj of Ellington, CT, & their 3 girls Gianna, Eliana & Elissa; special sisters-in-law, Robin Kalinsky and Susan Kalinsky, both of Manchester, CT, and brothers-in-law Gary Kalinsky of Manchester, Ct, David Kalinsky of Manchester, CT, & Neal Kalinsky of Manchester, CT; along with a whole host of nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved deeply. 

While Eleanor and Jerry never gave birth to biological children, they were blessed with ‘adopted’ sons & daughters, who blessed them with 5 grandchildren:  John & Adrienne Lautenbach & their children Anabelle & Theodore, and Benjamin & Renee Westry & their children Noah, Maxwell & Isaac.

Additionally, Eleanor leaves to mourn her passing the members and attendees of the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church, and countless Ministries, Pastors & Individuals both within the U.S. as well as overseas, who were blessed, encouraged, and supported by her love and ministry.

Relatives and Friends are invited to the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church, 745 Main St., in Manchester for a wake on Friday October 27, 2023, from 3pm – 7pm. A Funeral Service will be held the next day Saturday October 28, 2023 at 9am at the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church In Manchester. The burial will follow at East Cemetery in Manchester. For online condolences, please visit

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Calling Hours

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, October 27, 2023
Full Gospel Interdenominational Church
745 Main Street
Manchester, Connecticut, United States

Memorial Service

9:00 am
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Full Gospel Interdenominational Church
745 Main Street
Manchester, Connecticut, United States

Committal Prayers

East Cemetery
220 E. Center St
Manchester, Connecticut, United States
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