Eleanor “Ellie” LeBeau Cooke

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Eleanor “Ellie” LeBeau Cooke, of Belleville, IL, died August 27, 2023, in Australia.

Eleanor was the much-anticipated fifth of eight children of David and Victoria LeBeau. She brought joy, exuberance, and an abundance of love into the world. The excitement and enthusiasm she lived every day was present from the first day of kindergarten at Blessed Sacrament to her time at Althoff Catholic High School and as a dancer at Murray State. Ellie, who called herself a “bad ass”, joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a pilot with the same zeal and commitment she gave to everything. It was in the Marines that she found her soulmate in Chase Cooke, who shared the same excitement for life as Ellie. They were married at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Louis, MO, surrounded by all those who couldn’t help but love them. Ellie will be loved and remembered with the same fervor and joy with which she loved us all. As people often commented, “There was just something about Ellie.”

In lieu of flowers, please continue to lift Chase up in prayers, love, and support. Memorials may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203, or online at https://www.nmcrs.org/. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2023, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Jack McEvilly officiating.

Burial with full military honors will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

A link through Cathedral’s Facebook page can be found here: Funeral service for Captain Eleanor LeBeau – YouTube

Funeral: Saturday, September 23 | Facebook


45 Comments on Eleanor “Ellie” LeBeau Cooke

Charlie Gili said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2023 at 5:50 PM

Hello, We would like to express our deepest condolences for your loss and to let the LeBeau Cooke Family know that we have sent a donation to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, in the name of Eleanor “Ellie” LeBeau Cooke US Marine Captain. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the American youth ice hockey community, their families, friends and many others who support our mission. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you safe and strong. Sincerely, Charlie Gili & Family On Behalf of our US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign

  • Egg Harbor City
  • NJ
John Holds said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2023 at 8:15 PM

Concolences to the parents and family. A woman doing great things dies in service. My entire office and I mourn with you.

  • St Louis
  • MO
Gwen Leiner said : Guest Report Sep 24, 2023 at 5:26 PM

I love you

  • Crystal City MO
L. Weik said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2023 at 11:04 AM

Semper Fi Marine, Semper Fi

  • New Baden
  • Il.
Douglas Yocks said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2023 at 9:15 AM


  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Lcpl Hill,Nigel C. (U.s.m.c.) said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2023 at 10:09 PM

I Never Had The Honor Or Privilege Of Knowing Ellie Or Serving With Her,But She Was & Is A Sister In Arms & From What I Hear From Everyone Else She Was An Amazing Person And An Outstanding Marine. She Has And Will Always Be Loved And Missed,But Forever In Our Hearts & Minds. To Her Wonderful Friends & Family You Have My Prayers & Condelences,Stay Strong,Because That Is What She Would Want You Too Be For Her & Yourselves.Semper Fidelis & Til Valhalla Ellie Rest Well.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
michael reeb said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2023 at 7:51 PM

may god bless you ellie my condolences to your spouse chase and to the entire lebeau family you were a angel on earth and the good lord decided he needed you in heaven

  • IL
Tunisia D Tooks-Smith said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2023 at 6:07 PM

I will continue to keep the entire family in my Prayers!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Ann Reece said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2023 at 5:53 PM

As the sister of a Marine that has passed I just wanted to express my utmost condolences. Til Valhalla…Semper Fi.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Melissa Janes said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2023 at 4:32 PM

I didn't know Ellie, but I know her family, so I know she was and *is* loved tremendously. May her memory be an enduring blessing. Wishing for care and comfort for Chase and the LeBeaus.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Becky Eisele said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2023 at 1:53 PM

My heart is broken for Ellie's family. I am so sorry for your loss! Thanks to Ellie for her services. Prayers for her family and loved ones that God will give them peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Barb Constance said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2023 at 12:52 PM

To all of you - my sincere condolences. As someone who has also lost a child - I feel your pain, However they are always with you in your heart and mind.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Charles and Kathleen DuMontier said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 11:59 PM

Victoria and David, Our hearts morn the loss of your beautiful daughter, who has given all to her country. May God bless you and your family with the peace of knowing she rests with Him.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mitzi Antonopoulos said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 5:19 PM

Ellie came to the gym on 74th Street. Always had a smile on her face

  • Belleville
  • IL
Roberta said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 4:29 PM

To the LeBeau & Cooke families, My condolences in your losses. She wasn’t just a grand-daughter, daughter, sister, wife, mother, a friend & marine, but a child of God’s. For all the wonderful things, places, & people she had touched. God has now called upon her where she may continue the loving things, places, people, & angels she has yet to do in Heaven. As a veteran it saddens 😢 me that I didn’t have the pleasure in meeting her. As a fallen marine.she will never be forgotten & her works will always be remembered. Roberta Auld US Army, Veteran

  • Nashville
  • IL
Sgt. Ricky Lovely said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 1:51 PM

With honors and respect Semper Fi Marine. Love and Blessings to your Family. 😇❤️

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kate (Hund) Engen said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 9:08 AM

THE PILOTS PRAYER Our Controller, Who art in Tower, Hallowed be Thy Sector, Thy Traffic Come, Thy clearances Be Done On the ground as it is in the air. Give us this day our radar vectors, And forgive us our poor R/T, As we forgive those who cut us off on final. And lead is not into adverse weather, But deliver us our clearances. For thine is the Tower, The approach, and the centre, For until you disconnect, Forever, and ever and out. Unknown

  • Cedar Rapids
  • IA
FRAN JONES said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 7:38 AM

Dr David Lebeau. My heart dropped when I heard the news regarding the death of Ellie. My body went numb. When I saw you afterwards, I could not speak as tears were seconds away. It was just weeks ago that we spoke about her. While smiling proudly you opened the computer and shared pictures of some of the fantastic places Ellie had been and where she was currently located. Amazingly, some of the same ones you ventured during your pilot days. Having lost a child I know the impact which many can only imagine.. This makes my heart bleeds deeper for you and the Lebeau family. There are no words to ease or erase this heavy burden. May you have comfort in knowing my heart is with you all. I believe you know how special the Lebeau’s are to me - thru you. I’ve always loved the connection you have with your family. You make it known. You are a special person. Remember all the super fantastic times your family shared, the smiles Ellie sent your way, the accomplishments she completed and the undying love she shared. My prayers are with you Francis Jones MSN, RN / TRH ER

  • East Saint Louis
  • Il
sharyn.fein@gmail.com said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 3:34 AM

On behalf of the Fein Family we send condolences to you Chase, Ellie's family and of course yours. We pray your strong commitment to faith, family and friends will see you through these days of deep sorrow. We hold space for you in our hearts and will pray daily for your comfort. We understand the commitment of service and know Ellie did not die in vane serving our country for that we are grateful, Warmly, Sharyn and Eric Fein

  • Dallas
  • Tx
Shane Southon said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 1:25 AM

Condolences to the family Your daughter was an outstanding usmc officer and pilot Her actions and those of rest of the crew certainly saved the marines onboard Semper Fi

  • Sydney Australia
  • NSW
Mitch Batman Col USMC Ret said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2023 at 8:04 PM

Rest in Peace Marine! We have the watch. Thank you and your family for your service to the nation. Semper Fidelis!

  • Leonardtown
  • MD
Greg Scott, MSgt USMC Ret said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2023 at 6:28 PM

God bless and rest your soul Captain. No sister or brother passes from this life without impacting us all. My deepest condolences to family and friends.

  • Jacksonville
  • NC
Don Moore said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2023 at 5:52 PM

Semper Fi Marine. RIP

  • Troy
  • Il
R. Werner said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2023 at 1:54 PM

So sad. We’re with you. Thank you for her service. RIP. Semper Fi. On 9/20/2023 watched her eulogized in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Mike Bost.

  • Boston
  • MA
Coral said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2023 at 11:42 AM

As a fellow service member, I am deeply sorry for your tremendous loss. May God bless Ellie and her family always and may God grant Chase the strength and healing he needs in this difficault time. Prayers, hugs, and love to the entire family. May Ellie rest in peace and watch over her family from the paradise of Heaven where she now is <3 God bless and be with you all.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joel Bonnette said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2023 at 4:30 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to you all in this difficult time, thank you for your service.

  • Columbia
  • Il
Joh said : Guest Report Sep 20, 2023 at 4:11 AM

I have read so much about Ellie & her abundant personality online. I send my condolences to her husband Chase, all of Ellie's immediate family, marine family & friends. I am so sad she died in the top end where I live, but she achieved many dreams in her young life. I send you prayers & kind thoughts.

  • Darwin, Northern Territory
  • Australia
Leroy Rushing said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2023 at 8:51 PM

You will Be sadily missed

  • E St Louis
  • Ill
Kay Woods said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2023 at 3:34 PM

Just a terrible, terrible loss. I am praying for comfort for all of her family, friends and her husband, Chase. My heart goes out to you Chase --way too young to be saying goodbye to your bride at the beginning of your lives together. The Wolfe/Woods family sends their love.

  • Richardson
  • Texas
Major Mohlman said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2023 at 10:25 AM

God Bless. May Ellie rest in peace and may you all be comforted and watched over at this trying time. I am sincerely sorry for your loss.

  • Salem
  • Utah
Joe Cygan said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2023 at 9:56 AM

I did not know Elle, but I too went to Kindergarten at Blessed Sacrament, high school at Althoff, and am an alumni of Murray State. Thoughts with the family and thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for our county.

  • Erie
  • CO
Crede & Laura Edens said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2023 at 12:20 AM

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers for you and your family at this difficult time,

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Aly D said : Guest Report Sep 18, 2023 at 3:36 PM

My condolences to the Lebeau family, and her loving husband. Ellie sounded like an amazing person! Thank you for your service ma’am from a grateful nation!

  • Brockton
  • Ma
Dwayne Hines said : Guest Report Sep 18, 2023 at 10:10 AM

Continue to Fly High young lady. Blessings to you and your entire family and of course your military family.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Susan Ecks said : Guest Report Sep 18, 2023 at 9:44 AM

Ellie I want to thank you for serving our country and protecting us. I love that you are a “badass.” May you fly high in heaven🙏❤️‍🩹 To your family I pray for all of you your daughter and wife is an Angel🙏

  • San Marcos
  • Ca
Barbie Whitehead said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2023 at 9:06 PM

I didn’t know Ellie as she is years younger, but as a fellow Crusader and Alpha Delta Pi sister, we mourn the loss of her. Fly high, sister!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Michelle Janes said : Guest Report Sep 16, 2023 at 2:37 PM

Ellie was a remarkable young woman from a remarkable, loving family. I am thinking and praying for all of her loved ones at this sad time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Sherron Pampalone said : Guest Report Sep 13, 2023 at 6:22 PM

I didn't know Ellie, but the bonds of Alpha Delta Pi holds us all together. My deepest sympathy on the passing of a beautiful person. God Bless each of you who truly knew her.

  • Crown Point
  • Indiana
Deanna said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2023 at 7:43 AM

Ellie always had a smile on her face and found joy in everything. She was the most caring, happy, nurturing, person and will be greatly missed. I hope you found the horses and are enjoying the ride sweet girl ♥️

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Trevor Donnelly said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2023 at 10:04 PM

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Capt Eleanor LeBeau Cooke and her two Marine brothers. I had been one of the hundreds of thousands of spectators who had been thrilled by the Marine flying display at the Pacific Airshow Gold Coast just one week earlier. I send to Ellie's husband Chase and her family my deepest sympathy in their loss. May it provide comfort to know that others are thinking of them at this time. Capt LeBeau Cooke's duty nobly done. Now called to higher duty.

  • Brisbane
  • Queensland, Australia
John Bouc said : Guest Report Sep 08, 2023 at 7:23 AM

In her life and in her death, Ellie embodied values that we hope to instill in all our students. Ellie is teaching them what it means to be the Crusader family. === We mourn with the entire LeBeau family and join them with faith in the resurrection. Althoff Catholic has a new hero.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Cheryl Palmer said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2023 at 10:15 PM

It is my sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathies extended to you and your family for the passing of your daughter, Ellie. I know how much she meant to you as I remember how your face lit up when you talked about her. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your entire family during your bereavement.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Tess Minor said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2023 at 9:46 AM

Ellie joined us as a chaperone on a mission trip to Honduras with Althoff students. It was there I saw this young lady shine. Her smile and gentleness brought joy to the children of Honduras. I first witnessed her strength and courage, during a final day swim our group was attacked by killer bees. Ellie swam to shore and ran up a huge hill to get help. She assisted many who were severely stung up the difficult climb and then assisted her father in treating the injured. She truly had a calling to care, serve, and save others! David, Victoria, Chase and Family you are in my prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mary Anne Wall said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2023 at 2:19 AM

I felt so bad when my sister, Jayne Orlet told me about Ellie. Jayne spoke of Ellie recently when we were together. You should be very proud of all that Ellie had accomplished in her short life. She was such a brave young woman who did so much for our country and she made the greatest sacrifice. You are definitely in my prayers.

  • Chicago
  • Illinois
Claire Hatch said : Guest Report Sep 05, 2023 at 8:52 PM

My prayers and thoughts are with all of you! She is a shining light and will be missed by all. She is a true hero in the hearts of all our Blessed Sacrament students.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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