Elinor Anne (Bliss) Wormer
1927 - 2020
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CANANDAIGUA - Elinor Anne Bliss Wormer, formerly of Portville, Wellsville and Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., passed away peacefully on Friday (July 24, 2020) in Canandaigua, at the age of 93.

Born May 14, 1927, in Syracuse, Elinor was the daughter of Julia A. Wahl and Hubert D. Bliss of Wellsville.

Elinor graduated in 1944 from Wellsville High School and in 1949 from the Ohio University School of Journalism. Post-college she was employed by Curtis Publishing Company in Cleveland, Ohio.

On July 11, 1953, she married Dr. Donald A. Wormer of Portville. The Wormer's resided in Buffalo while her husband attended medical school and completed his surgery residency. During this time, Elinor worked at the Osmose Wood Preserving Company to support the family.

The Wormers returned to Portville in 1960, where they raised their four children, and resided until 2011. During retirement, the Wormers resided primarily in Elinor's favorite place, Daytona Beach Shores.

Aside from her most valued roles as wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother, Elinor was active in many community organizations, including the Portville Central School Board; the Greater Olean Camp Fire Girls Council, as president and member; Cub Scouts den mother; Camp Fire Girls group leader; the Portville Historical and Preservation Society board; the Portville Marching Band Parents' Club; and the Portville School Boosters. A longtime member of Portville Presbyterian Church, she also taught Sunday school.

Elinor viewed her greatest community contribution as being her role in co-founding and organizing the American Field Service (AFS) group, to help send Portville students to other countries, and assist in finding host families for foreign exchange students coming to Portville. In 1975, the Wormers were the first AFS host family, hosting Dieter Harl of Germany. In 1976, Elinor served as president of the Portville AFS, an organization she remained active in for years.

In 2009, Elinor was inducted into the Portville Central School Hall of Fame, in recognition of her longtime service and contributions to the school and community.

Elinor's first love was for her family. Most of all, she enjoyed their get-togethers in Portville; Florida; the Chateau Woodlands in Halliburton, Ontario; Tall Timber in Pittsburg, N.H.; her children's homes; and, in later years, at Ferris Hills in Canandaigua.

Surviving is her brother, H. Mitchell Bliss of Janesville, Wisc.; her children, Carol (Timothy) Inglis of Pittsburgh, Pa., Dr. Thomas (Melissa) Wormer of Canandaigua, Susan (Edward) Chippero of Williamson and Julie (Douglas) Wright of Boston, Mass.; her loving grandchildren, Daniel (Olivia) Inglis, Bradley (Priscilla) Wright, Eric (Brittany) Wright, Andrew (Amy Boots) Inglis, Steven Inglis, Matthew Wormer, Margaret (Nathan) Ripoli, Samuel Wormer, Sarah Wormer and Summer Montanaro; her great-grandchildren, Benjamin Inglis, Isaac Ripoli, Giovanni Montanaro and Oliver Wright; and many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly.

Besides her parents, Hubert and Julia Bliss, Elinor was predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald; and her sister, Roberta Valentine.

The family had a private gathering with Elinor prior to her passing. A celebration of her life will take place at a future time. Interment will be with her husband in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Portville Historical & Preservation Society, PO Box 59, Portville, NY 14770 or the Portville Free Library, 2 N. Main St., Portville, NY 14770.

Arrangements are by Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home Inc., Canandaigua.

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Published in Olean Times Herald on Jul. 25, 2020.
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July 25, 2020
I was sad to hear about Eleanor’s death. I have good memories of her while growing up in Portville, and then reconnecting with her when she moved to Canandaigua. She hosted a wonderful dinner at the German restaurant in Canandaigua, and we had a lovely visit at her apartment at Ferris Hill. My condolences to my cousins and their families.
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