Eleanor S. Reynolds, 89, died peacefully at her home on Keuka Lake Friday, July 13, 2018, surrounded by her four children and many of her 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Eleanor’s life from noon to 3 p.m. July 30 at the Top of the Lake Restaurant in Penn Yan, with a memorial service beginning at 1 p.m. For those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Eleanor’s memory, please send them to The Penn Yan Theater Company, P.O. Box 106, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527; or Keuka Comfort Care, 35 N.Y. 54, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527.
Eleanor was born Aug. 10, 1928 to Hazel and Virgil Sutherland of Branchport. She was the first Girl Scout in Yates County to earn the Curved Bar award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. She graduated from Penn Yan Academy, and attended Rochester Institute of Technology for Interior Decoration. She married Bob Reynolds in 1947, and spent the rest of her life enjoying Penn Yan and Keuka Lake. Eleanor was a tireless community volunteer and served as President of the PTG, Treasurer of the Mother’s Club, Chairperson of the Yates County Polio Drive, as well as volunteering in Little League, Babe Ruth, Brownies, and Cub Scouts. Along with Bob, she sacrificed her vacation time to chaperone the Varitones on their singing tours for over 10 years. During retirement, Bob and Eleanor would spend each spring and fall at their condo on Siesta Key, Fla. But Eleanor’s true love was always Keuka Lake. In 1961, she and Bob hired contractors to build a shell of a year-round home on East Lake Road, then finished the entire interior themselves, working long hours after both of their day jobs. In 1994, she was stricken with lung cancer, eventually had one lung removed, and spent the remainder of her life battling cancer on her remaining lung. Considering her energy level, you would never know it. She would spend the rest of her days on Keuka Lake with her family, swimming, skiing, sailing, ice-skating, doing her patented handsprings off of the dock, and enjoying the beautiful sunsets.
Eleanor is survived by her four children, R. Parker (Brenda) Reynolds of Penn Yan, Marshall (Liana) Reynolds of Phoenix, Ariz., Kristian (Tricia) Reynolds of Virgil, and Kerry (Ernst) Meyer of Himrod; 13 grandchildren, Jennifer (Scott) Lial of Warren, R.I., Amanda (Alan) Hsu of Falls Church, Va., Kelley Reynolds of Penn Yan, Preston (Jo-Hannah) Reynolds of Dresden, Ryan (Kellie) Reynolds of Phoenix, Ariz., Adam Reynolds of Fort Collins, Colo., Kathryn (Collin) Clatanoff of Phoenix, Ariz., Paige (Gordon) Middleton of Brooklyn, Taylor (Josh) Tomko of Fairport, Kristian Reynolds of Virgil, Erin (Brian) Cunningham of Penn Yan, Alison Marshall of Penn Yan, and Patrick (Stephanie) Marshall of Rochester; 11 great-grandchildren, Parker, Mae, and Eleanor Lial, Kirin and Lily Hsu, Jenna and Porter Reynolds, Smith and Davis Reynolds, Landon Clatanoff, Kaila Marshall, and Harper Cunningham; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Eleanor was predeceased by her husband, Bob; and brother, Paul Sutherland of Penn Yan.