OBITUARY

Eleanor Rickel

March 15, 1929October 6, 2018
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Eleanor Rickel, of Old Lyme, died on October 6 at her home. Born in Trumbull, CT in 1929, Eleanor and her late husband, George, moved from Stamford to Old Lyme in 1977. She was active in the Thames River Family Program, the Haitian Health Foundation, the New Life Prison Ministry and the Norwich Soup Kitchen. She and George were avid golfers and former members of Black Hall Golf Club. She was a faithful parishioner of Christ The King Church.

Eleanor is survived by her children Mimi Little, of Port Republic, MD, Penelope Rickel, of Boylston, MA, Pamela Rickel, of New York City, Paul Rickel, of South Salem, NY and her beloved grandchildren Elsie, Jake, Sam and Will and her great-granddaughter Del.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 4PM until 7PM at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10:30 AM in Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme, CT 06371. Burial will follow in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme.

In lieu of flowers, Eleanor’s family ask that donations be made to the Haitian Health Foundation, 97 Sherman St., Norwich, CT 06360 or Thames River Family Program, 1 Thames River Pl., Norwich, CT 06360.

Services

  • Calling Hours Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, October 13, 2018
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Melissa Bishop

October 13, 2018

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Melissa (Missy) Bishop

October 13, 2018

These pictures are from our last visit to Eleanor's house in 2014. She took us to the train station so we could take Sami to see the NYC Ballet rehearse. She took us out for an amazing dinner and cooked dinner for us one night too. It was so nice!

When Timothy and I were first married, she was one of the first to send us a card wishing us well.

When we traveled across the country and stayed with she and Rick, we were heading to Nantucket and she gave us money with strict instructions that it was only to be spent on dinner at a restaurant right off the ferry. It was one of the most wonderful dinners of our lives!

I also remember her coming to visit and taking me shopping for a complete new outfit (including shoes and jewelry) just like my grandfather had done for our birthdays past when we lived on LI. It was such a fun and special day.

We really were the "practice" grandkids and were so blessed!

We will miss you, Eleanor, so very much! <3

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