Eleanor S. Cook


Rochester: November 3, 2013 at age 86. Predeceased by her husband Jerome C. Cook and sons, Michael and John. Survived by her sons, Joseph, Stephen, Paul (Sue Fridd), Thomas (Carolyn Lichtig), James (Sara Molyneux), Richard (Sandy); her daughters, Mary Jo, Lisa (John Howe), Ginny (Jamie Wilson), Maggie (Pat Oliver), 16 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and her brother, Bill Scheidt.

Eleanor was very active in the community joining Friends of Fight, organizing sing-alongs at the Rochester Psychiatric Center, serving as Regent of the Catholic Daughters, and founding the Sheen Housing Foundation. She was honored to become the first lay woman to serve as a Eucharistic Minister in the Diocese of Rochester.

Eleanor’s life will be celebrated with a Funeral Mass on Saturday, December 7th, 10:30 AM, at Blessed Kateri Tekawitha (St Cecelia’s, 2732 Culver Road.) 

For more information or to sign Eleanor’s online guestbook, please visit RochesterCremation.com.  Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623, 359-2300.

5 Condolences

  1. Cousin Millie Brothers on November 10, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    My dear Cousin Eleanor was the daughter of my Aunt Mabel Borgus, my Mother Charlotte Borgus’es younger sister. We had many good times together, including trips with the Alumi Ass. of Bishop Carney Hi-Schl., and her beloved friend, Sister Johanna. Eleanor will be greatly missed.

  2. Sue (Cullinane) Rath on November 11, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Sending condolences from the Cullinanes. My mother was pleased that we had the opportunity to visit Eleanor at the Fairport Baptist Home when she was here in July. I’ll always remember when she said “You were a wonderful neighbor” and tears gently rolled down Eleanor’s cheeks; it was a touching moment.

  3. Francella Quinn SSJ on November 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    The best friend anyone could have. Being part of the founding of the Bishop Sheen Housing Foundation with her back in the late 60’s and seeing how she reached out to the poorest of the poor and seeing that they received decent housing was so awesome! Your mother was always so proud of each of you and your families. May her love and example continue to be a part of each of you as you hold your memories and example of your dear Mother in your hearts each day. Love you all! Peace and prayers,
    Sr. Francella Quinn

  4. Sister Evelyn Breslin on November 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Hi everyone in the Cook family,
    I am sorry to hear of Eleanor’s death and am with each of you in prayer during this grieving process. Eleanor was certainly the glue in many activities including family, friends, activities in Rochester and SSND. She’s happy now with family and friends (Sister Johanna, too!)
    I’ll see you on Dec. 7.
    Sister Evelyn

  5. Rosemary E. Coleman on November 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Jean M. Smelt and family extend their condolences to Eleanor’s children and family. Jean and Eleanor were best of friends from the early days on Culver Road. They often shared the love of family and the experiences of raising a large Catholic family.

    Jean has missed Eleanor’s visits and conversations and will include her in all prayers going forward.

    Our very best wishes, condolences and love to all the children.

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