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Eleanor DeWitt

Eleanor Cecile DeWitt of Accord, New York passed peacefully on August 20, 2011. Born in 1933 to Helen Margarethe Schauer and Harry Davis, she married Gerald Meade DeWitt in July 1955. A graduate of Kingston High School, she earned a bachelors in education from Geneseo Teachers College and a masters degree in education administration from SUNY New Paltz.

A lifelong educator who believed that any student could learn to read and write if presented with materials that were of personal interest, she taught in the Rondout Valley Central School district including stints teaching high school art, teaching 5th graders in the Accord Elementary School, and teaching 5th, 7th and 8th graders in the Rondout Valley Middle School. She also taught in the Giant Step/Head Start program in the Ellenville Central School District.

She was known for her direct manner, apple pie, Christmas breads, nut pastries, and hallway murals. Her life on Domino Farm allowed her the privileges and pleasures of multiple spoiled cats and dogs.

She is survived by her sister, Bette Anne DiOrio of Shelter Island, New York, her children Rocki-Lee DeWitt of Charlotte, VT, Margaret Anne DeWitt of Accord, Toni-Lynn Loveland of Rochester, NY, and Gerald Meade DeWitt and Anne Heather DeWitt of Accord, her grandchildren Robert and Andrew Loveland, Katherine and Amanda DeWitt, great grandchildren Alexa, Sarah and Hunter Herrera and many nieces and nephews.

Her courageous struggle with Alzheimers was graciously supported by family, the staff at Always There and a cadre of close friends. The family is especially appreciative of the care given by the staff at Blue Haven Family Home in Walker Valley where dignity, respect and kindness comforted her in her final years.

There will be no funeral or visiting hours. Friends and former students are invited to participate in a celebration of her life at an afternoon tea to be held from 1 until 4 pm on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at the High Falls Fire House. The family has established a scholarship in her memory; donations to the Eleanor DeWitt Memorial Scholarship, c/o Rocki-Lee DeWitt, 6181 Greenbush Road, Charlotte, VT 05445.

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Karen & Howard Osterhoudt - September 8th, 2011 at 3:16pm - Email
we are so sorry for your loss-Eleanor was a great lady and will be missed by all

Daniel K Myers, Wallkill - September 2nd, 2011 at 6:12am - Email
Dear Family, We have all lost very dear loved ones and know just how empty you are feeling at this time. My prayers are with your family at this time. Your old 4-h Friend, Dan Myers

Barry Greene - August 28th, 2011 at 1:25pm - Email
I worked with Eleanor in Rondout valley schools. She was always kind-hearted and foremost for the students who needed the most support. She was always a keen observer of human nature. Her time as a teacher helped so many children and made teaching that much better for those who were her fellow teachers. I am so glad I knew her. Blessings, comfort and prayers to her family and friends. Barry Greene Accord, NY

Sandra Roosa Burgdorf - August 27th, 2011 at 5:39pm - Email
I have wonderful, fond memories of Eleanor during her Middle School years. She never forgot to send birthday and Christmas cards. I am sure all of her family have wonderful memories also.

Betty Jo Smith, RVC76 - August 24th, 2011 at 10:07pm - Email
Heaven gained an angel this week. Mrs D's enthusiasm for teaching, her stories, laughter, and generous heart made a lasting impact in many of our lives. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family.

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