Eleanor Marie “Nonnie” Conway nee
O'Toole of Bethesda, MD passed away at the age of 90 of natural causes in
Bethesda on December 28th, 2017.
Nonnie was born on September 11,
1927 in Chicago, IL, the second of three daughters of Dennis J. O’Toole of Chicago, an attorney and
Army officer in WWI, and Eleanor O’Toole nee Fleming of Mount Vernon, NY, a
nurse in WWI. Nonnie graduated from Longwood Academy in Chicago and later
attended Lawrence College in Wisconsin.
On January 26th, 1951, Nonnie married Stephen S. Conway of Chicago, an
executive of Abex Corporation, at Christ the King Church. Nonnie shared
Stephen's career managing a household of what would become five
children--with travel and household relocations to Toledo, OH, Baltimore, MD,
St.Paul, MN, Birmingham, MI, Paris, France, New York City, Greenwich, CT, and
San Diego, CA.
After moving to Washington, DC in 1991, Nonnie became a volunteer in the Gift
Unit of the White House during the term of George H.W. Bush. Later she was a
volunteer at Sibley Hospital in Bethesda.
Nonnie stayed a prolific traveler, visiting her children and
grandchildren's homes throughout the country. Nonnie's other interests
were always social in nature, including regular games of golf with close
friends at The Kenwood Golf and Country Club. She also had a particular
interest in French Impressionism and would travel far and wide for exhibitions
with friends she made around the globe.
Nonnie is survived by her sister Denise Nietzel of Chicago, Stephen Conway of
San Diego, children Stephen, Bernard, James, John, and Catherine; grandchildren
Stephen, Bernard, John, Marie, Cormac, Galen, and Brian Conway as well as
Dashiell, Orson, and Otto Luessenhop.
Nonnie is predeceased by her sister Jean O’Toole, who passed in 2011.
The funeral will be held on January 3, 2018 at noon at The Church of the Little
Flower in Bethesda. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. before the service. The
internment will be at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery located in Alsip, IL, where she will be laid to rest alongside her mother and father.
A special thank you to Mina Bangura for her devotion to Nonnie over the past