Eleanor Ruth Hafstad

August 19, 1931October 4, 2021

Eleanor Hafstad, 90, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021. She was born August 19, 1931 to Miriam (Hartwick) and Harry Draudt in Nyack, NY. She was a lifelong resident of Valley Cottage where she was always surrounded by family and friends. Ellie is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Harold (Hal) Hafstad, and her son Glenn Hafstad (Marcia) and her daughter Cindy O’Gorman (Jim). Her greatest pride and joy were her four grandchildren, Kyle Hafstad (Claire), Brett Hafstad, Kelsey O’Gorman, and Katie O’Gorman. She is also survived by her nephew Tom Collins (Sandy) and her niece Donna Tesoriero, many grandnieces and grandnephews as well as her grand dog Rosie.

Ellie graduated from Nyack High School in 1949. She continued her education at St. Luke’s Hospital Nursing School in New York City, graduating in 1952 with a Registered Nursing Degree. After graduation she started her nursing career at New York State Rehabilitation Center (Helen Hayes Hospital/Columbia Presbyterian Hospital) where she remained for 43 years. During nursing school Ellie met the love of her life, Hal, and they married in 1953. Together they built a life time of special memories and love, remaining always at each other’s side.

Through the years Ellie enjoyed her time traveling, volunteering as a Girl Scout Leader, and helping others at Grace Thrift shop. She loved attending many social gatherings with her family and friends including her time spent with Congers Senior Club, Monday Morning Music Club, and Red Hat. Ellie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and loyal friend who shined with positivity and strength. Her beautiful soul will be embodied in our hearts forever.

A memorial service will be held Friday, October 15th at 12pm at Grace Episcopal Church 130 1st Ave, Nyack NY followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Hi-Tor Animal Care Center or ASPCA.


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, October 15, 2021


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Helen Jin

October 12, 2021

Please accept the sincere condolence to Hal, Cindy, two granddaughters Katiee and Kel, and the rest of the family. I had the fortune to know Eleanor for the past 16 years every week. I loved her so much and I know she loved me too. She and I enjoyed each encounter very much. I learned a lot from her, especially I never heard of her complaints. She had a health issue and I asked her how she is feeling and she always replied, " I am fine" I Love you, Eleanor so much, I miss you and I will keep my life great without complaints. Just like you taught me over years.