Statement Regarding Eleanor Josaitis from Mike & Marian Ilitch of Ilitch Holdings

Aug 09, 2011, 08:26 ET from Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

DETROIT, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eleanor Josaitis was a dear friend and our community has lost one of its most determined supporters.  We'll miss her gentle demeanor and friendly smile, whether she was in a corporate boardroom or the soup kitchen.  She was a talented, passionate and courageous woman who truly believed in the good of the human spirit.

She was a role model, clearly demonstrating in everything she did that an individual, committed to a cause and belief and working with others, can make difference.   She found her "voice" at probably a most unexpected time in life, and in turn, followed her calling to build a legacy that will carry on forever.  Eleanor touched all of us – she encouraged all of us to stand up for decency and the common good and importantly, to help our fellow neighbor.

Our hearts go out to her family, and to her many friends and colleagues at Focus:HOPE.  We'll remember Eleanor fondly and truly believe that the greatest way any of us could honor her would be to carry on in her spirit, each finding our own "voice" to make a difference in the world.

SOURCE Ilitch Holdings, Inc.