Obituary: Elinor Elsass Trumbore, formerly of Ridgefield

Elinor Elsass Trumbore died peacefully in her sleep at Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation, Fairfield on Thursday, July 25th, 2013.

She was the wife of the late Herbert C. Trumbore, formerly of Ridgefield, and the mother of Melanie Trumbore Brewster (Jason) of Worcester, Mass. and Melissa Trumbore of Trumbull.

Ellie was born in Anna, Ohio on March 19th, 1929 to Fred and Margie (Ludwig) Elsass.

She graduated from Anna High School in 1947 as valedictorian of her class, and continued on to Bowling Green State University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Education in 1951. She was an active member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Mortar Board honorary society while at Bowling Green.

Upon graduation, she taught Business Education at Miamisburg (Ohio) High School. She returned to Bowling Green to serve as a Graduate Resident Advisor, or “housemother,” where she met and married Herb in 1956. After Herb accepted a position with IBM, they moved to Appalachin and then Endicott, NY, where their two daughters were born.

Ellie and Herb relocated to Ridgefield, CT in 1967 and spent 20 wonderful years there. They were both active members of the Ridgefield Community Center, the Ridgefield Symphonette (now Orchestra), as well as avid bridge players.

Ellie was also an involved member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, especially as an alto in the Adult Choir. She was also active in worship and administrative activities as well.

She is remembered by many in Ridgefield as their eighth-grade typing teacher at East Ridge Junior High from 1973 to 1983. She was also an enthusiastic class and yearbook advisor, and was loved and admired by many of her students and peers.

In 1987, Ellie and Herb retired to The Landings, Savannah, GA, where they enjoyed an active social life as well as full participation in their new church, St. Paul’s Lutheran, in downtown Savannah.

Ellie and Herb’s passion was entertaining, both in Ridgefield and Savannah. For more years than one could imagine, they hosted parties and offered hospitality. They especially loved having visitors who were traveling back and forth from the South, many of whom just happened to “stop by” along the way, and were always welcomed with open arms and much food!

In 2002, Ellie and Herb relocated to Salisbury, MD to be closer to their daughters. Herb’s sudden death in 2003 necessitated Ellie’s move to Shelton, then Fairfield.

Ellie is survived additionally by her brother and sister-in-law, David and Mary Jane Elsass of Bowling Green, brother and sister-in laws James and Ann Trumbore of Long Beach, CA and John and Elinor Trumbore of Bethlehem, PA, seven nieces and nephews, and many loving and devoted friends and family.

Friends may call Wednesday 5-7pm in the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull. A prayer service will begin at 7pm in the funeral home. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution in her memory to The Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.

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