Eleanor Ruth Willis
Eleanor Ruth Willis

December 17, 1924 - August 30, 2017
Born in Glendale, NY
Resided in Hyde Park, NY


Hyde Park - Eleanor Ruth Willis, 92, of Hyde Park, NY, passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at home with her family by her side.
Born December 17, 1924 in Glendale, NY, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Freida Fischer Hoffman.
She was a member of the Fishkill United Methodist Church, where she once served on the board of trustees and sang in the choir.
In her 20's, Eleanor competed in speed skating and long-distance bike racing. Eleanor was an accomplished athlete and won many medals at skating and biking events throughout the northeast. Eleanor had a passion for music; she played the piano and loved to sing. She sang professionally and toured with the Phil Spitalny all girl chorus in the 1940's throughout the United States.
On December 3, 1949, she married Glen L. Willis of Charlevoix MI. He predeceased her in 1986. From the 1950's through the 1970's Eleanor was a devoted homemaker and a member of the Merrick Methodist Church, Merrick NY where she sang in the choir, and directed the Junior Choir and Cherub Choir. Eleanor loved the water, and enjoyed fishing with the family on their boat in the Great South Bay. Eleanor was also a member and soloist with the Long Island Choral Society.
Survivors include her daughter, Laurie Kohler of Hyde Park NY; son, Scott K. Willis of Dover Plains NY; three grandchildren, Amie Jo, Katie, and Christopher; and ten great-grandchildren.
There are no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday October 1st at 2:00 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall at the Fishkill United Methodist Church, Fishkill NY.
Eleanor's family respectfully requests memorial donations to Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Ave., Hyde Park, NY 12538 (www.dcspca.org).
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Memorial Service
Fishkill United Methodist Church
38 Broad Street
Fishkill, NY 12524
Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:00 PM


Dutchess County SPCA
636 Violet Ave.
Hyde Park, NY 12538