Eleanor Anne (Filson) Rowley, 82, of Sandusky, passed away at home with her loved ones by her side in the early morning hours Saturday Dec. 9, 2006. Eleanor was admired and loved for her joyful, determined, and positive approach to life. Her inherent courage and strong faith was evident in the manner in which she faced living with, and dying from cancer.
Ellie was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Ottawa, Canada, and grew up in Long Island, N.Y., and West Hartford, Conn. She completed a five-year baccalaureate nursing program at Simmons College in Boston. She married Charles Rowley in 1947 and the couple started their family in Pittsburgh, before settling in Southington, Conn., where they resided for 15 years. The family moved to Sandusky in 1967 following the path of Chuck's career at New Departure Hyatt, General Motors.
Ellie gained respect for her numerous leadership roles and community contributions over the years as a founder of the first local Learning Disabilities Chapter, a founder and former chairman of the board of Kinship House, all while serving in various roles within her Grace Church community. She enjoyed sports and was an active, successful athlete in her high school and college years. Locally, she enjoyed many years of pleasure in her golf community at Plum Brook Country Club. Ellie's theatrical flair and passions were displayed in the annual "Follies" fundraiser and throughout her modeling years and decades of community theatre involvement, where she assumed leading roles in Southington, Conn., as well as with the local Harlequins group.
Ellie is survived by three daughters, Joanne Rowley of Newburyport, Mass., Pamela (Dan) Ross of Flat Rock, Ohio, and Elizabeth (John) Moritz of Vancouver, Wash.; a son, Rob Roy (Marta) Rowley of Portland, Ore.; eight grandchildren, Rob's children: Jessica, Raven, Bonney, and Colleen, Pamela's children: Leon and Julia, and Elizabeth's children: Zachary and Gabrielle; and three great-grandchildren, Leon's children, Xavier, Izaac, and Mya.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church, 315 Wayne St., Sandusky, with the Rev. Earnest Matijasic officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ellie's name to Kinship House, 3920 E. Perkins Ave., Huron, OH 44839, or Stein Hospice Service Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.grofffuneralhomes.com.