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Eleanor Stillman of White Plains a retired White Plains elementary school teacher and assistant principal at Our Lady of Sorrows School died June 30, 2014.
Born in White Plains, moved to Greenburgh at the age of 12 and was a resident of the City of White Plains since 1997.
Eleanor married William Stillman Jr. in Mount Carmel Church, White Plains in 1941 and moved to Ardsley in 1954.
Her husband was the Fairview Fire Department Chief, who retired in 1976, and predeceased her in 1986.
Eleanor was a parishioner of our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ardsley and a former member of the League of the Sacred Heart.
Eleanor, an auxiliary member, volunteered at the Dobbs Ferry Hospital, the St. Agnes Hospital and a Life Member of the White Plains Hospital Auxiliary. She was also an active member of The White Plains Historical Society, White Plains Retired Teachers Association, Emma Lazarus chapter or Hadassah, the College Club of White Plains, The American Legion Auxiliary of Ardsley #0458, Ardsley Historical Society, Ladies of Charity, Catholic Daughters of the American Coalition #601, The Woman's Club of White Plains, The Dobbs Ferry Woman's Club since 1962 serving on the executive board for both the day and evening sections. She was a member of both the Friends of Ardsley and Friends of White Plains Public Libraries, and a Member of the Exchange Club of White Plains.
Eleanor was a former PTA executive Board Member of the Greenburgh School District #8 and the Ardsley School District #5. She served as a Republican district leader town of Greenburgh, president of the Ladies republic Club, member of the Fairview Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Den Mother for Scout Troop #98 Ardsley.
In 1974, she was nominated as an "Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America" which is a citation in recognition of the devotion to their profession. Eleanor taught her students to love, care, and share.
Eleanor was initiated into the SIGMA IOTA CHI Society Chapter at Savage School of Physical Education which is now known as New York University.
She believed "we all pray to the same God" and was a "people person who always helped others". The Ladies of Charity slogan fit her well, "To serve, rather than to be served".
Eleanor's family came first, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who's interests were quilting, bridge, gardening, the arts, and being of service to others.
Eleanor is survived by her two sons, William (Monica) Stillman III of Tulsa Oklahoma, Roger (Irene) Stillman of Putnam Valley, NY and four grandchildren, Kurt (Nancy) Stillman of Tulsa OK, Gregg (Teresa) Stillman of Miami, FL, Kate Stillman of Croton-on Hudson, NY and Lauren Stillman of Mahopac, NY. She is also survived by a great-grandchild, Daniel Stillman of Tulsa, OK; brother, Albert Spinelli of Stony Point, NY; and sister, Dolores Nix of Montgomery AL. Other siblings Santina Sharkey, Anthony, Spinelli, and Antionette Morello predeceased her.
Visitation is Sunday 6-8pm & Monday 2-4 & 7-9pm. Funeral Mass Tuesday 10am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ardsley, NY.
McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett
491 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605
McMahon-Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home Inc
491 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY 10605
Published in the The Journal News on July 4, 2014