Eleanor M. Wood, 95, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, teacher and friend, of 68 School St., Westerly, RI, wife of the late Alfred F. Wood Jr., died peacefully on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the home of her daughter, Kathryn Piacenza.
Born November 23, 1917, in Albany, N.Y. she was the daughter of Adam and Catherine (Osterhout) Wise. Mrs. Wood graduated from N.Y. State Teachers College, Albany, 1935 with a BA in education in Latin, French, and English and earned a MA in Education in Guidance 1939-1943. In N.Y. State she taught for 8 years before moving to Westerly in 1948. Here she taught languages in the Senior and Junior High Schools, then was a counselor in the Junior High for 20 years before retiring in 1983.
Mrs. Wood was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, tutored for the literacy volunteers, served in the local AARP, belonged to the Senior Citizens Center, volunteered at the Westerly Hospital and served as a board member of the Westerly Armory.
She is survived by her loving family; one son, David Wood of Westerly, two daughters, Donna Cecchini and her husband Robert of Midlothian, VA., and Kathryn Piacenza and her husband David of Ledyard, CT. with whom she made her home during her final three months of life; six grandchildren, Jaime Wood, Rochelle Shawver, Ashley Wood, Paul Cecchini, Lisa Cecchini, and Robin Piacenza; four nephews, Charles and John Wood, Richard and Chris Wise; one niece, the Rev. Dr. Victoria Wood Parrish; a sister-in-law, Martha Lou Wood, and grand nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Warren Wise and her daughter-in-law, Dina Wood.
A remarkable example of the strength and character of a member of the “Greatest Generation”, Eleanor will be remembered with great affection by all who knew her.
A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 10 Park Ave., Westerly, RI at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 19, 2013. The Rushlow-Iacoi Funeral Home & Crematory, 64 Friendship St., Westerly, RI. is in charge of funeral arrangements.
For online condolences please visit www.rushlowiacoifuneralhome.com.
Reported: 01/15/13 (Show all obituaries for this day)
By: Rushlow-Iacoi Funeral Home & Crematory (Show all obituaries and information about this funeral home)