As the years moved on, Eleanor used her imagination to change the curriculum slightly in order to keep the study interest high. She was able to better teach Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” by comparing them to the tragic couple of Tony and Maria in the ever popular “West Side Story.” Little things such as this and most importantly, recognizing the individuality of each student, made her a respected teacher. She stayed at WCS until 1981.
During her early years in Walton, Eleanor was an active member of the Truman C. Tobey Post 32 of the American Legion where she served as the first president. Later after her teaching career ended, she volunteered to work with the Walton and Delaware County Historical Societies. It was during this period that she took on the challenge to document the migration of seven Italian families from the small town of Chiaramonte, Italy, to the town of Walton, N.Y. She penned the book “Chiaramonte to Shepard Hill,” a small history of a group of Italian immigrants who arrived to better their lives by working on the railroad. Eventually after a generation, this group of immigrants became well respected members of the community.
Eleanor is survived by her loving family, her children, Steven (Ardean) of Fairbanks, Alaska; Linda Belmont of Walton; Andrea Anderson and David MacDonald of Auburn; her grandchildren, Allison and Mark Clark, Jenna and Jeremy Pettit, Ashley, Matthew, Kendra Collier, Jason, Jeremy, and Justin MacDonald; her great-grandchildren, Mason, Christian, Haydon, Camron, Elena, Timothy, Will, Peyton, Olivia; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by her sister, Imogene Scheer.
Friends and family are invited to call on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend St., Walton.
A mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Thursday morning, Dec. 6, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at St. John The Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 17-25 Benton Ave., Walton, NY, with the Rev. Edward J. Golding, celebrant. Burial will follow in the Walton Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to gather at the Belmont garage after the burial.
Memorial Contributions in Eleanor’s memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820, or Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 226, Delhi, NY 13753.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting www.courtneyfh.com.