unknown - August 7, 2013
Eleanor Reith (Hamlin) Duke, of Liverpool, died on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Beloved mother, wife, sister, aunt and grandmother, Eleanor was predeceased by her first husband, Walter Hamlin and her second husband, Alec Duke. She is survived by her two sons, John (Jack) Hamlin of Liverpool, and the Very Rev'd Dr. W. Richard Hamlin of Lansing, Michigan, stepsons Kevin Duke of Manlius and Norm Duke of Marcellus, stepdaughter Connie Wozniak of Camillus, as well as grandchildren Eleanor, Margaret, Arwyn, Tony and Sarah. Eleanor enjoyed being a homemaker in the home where she lived for over 65 years and deeply loved her family. A devout life-long Episcopalian and parishioner of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Liverpool, for more than 50 years, Eleanor served on the church's Vestry, was active in the Saint John Guild and was a charter member of the Altar Guild. Eleanor volunteered with her first husband Walter for 16 years in bringing Sunday services to Trinity Episcopal Church, Constantia. She was also active in the Civic Social Club of Syracuse, was a life member of Crouse Hospital Auxiliary, and a charter member of the Community General Hospital Auxiliary. Eleanor had a great sense of humor and was a generous person who will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. In gratitude for her many blessings, Eleanor once wrote, "All these blessings in my life were only possible through the love and grace of my Lord, Jesus."
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at Maurer Funeral Home, Moyers Corners, 3541 Route 31 Baldwinsville, NY 13027. Service celebrating Eleanor's life: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 904 Vine St., Liverpool, with burial to follow in Pine Plains Cemetery, 8686 Henry Clay Blvd. in Clay. Contributions in Eleanor's memory may be made to St. Matthew's, Liverpool, or Hospice of Central New York.
“My life has been so richly blessed; first by having the most wonderful mom, who guided me and taught me, and then having a loving, caring husband Walter, the father of my two precious sons, Dick and Jack. And then, my grandchildren and their mothers, Claudia and Mary Jo. And after Walter's death, Alec came into my life and helped fill the terrible void by his understanding, patience and love ... and added to my family was Alec's son, Kevin, who has been like a son to me. And all these blessings in my life were only possible through the love and grace of my Lord, Jesus. Thanks be to God for all who touched my life.” - Eleanor Duke