January 3, 1927 - September 11, 2016
Eleanor (Ellie) Palmer Van Vranken entered into the presence of our Lord and Savior at her home in Tunkhannock, PA on September 11, 2016. She was born on January 3, 1927 at New Berlin, NY, the daughter of Niles and Doris (Camp) Palmer.
Her early childhood was spent in Rockdale, NY. She was a graduate of Mt. Upton Central School, Mt. Upton, NY and Spencerian Business School, Newburgh, NY.
On June 6, l948 she was united in marriage to Francis Van Vranken, Van Hornesville, NY in the Rockdale Community Church, Rockdale, NY.
She was employed a short time by the U.S. Air Force at Stewart Air Force Base, Newburgh, NY, and ultimately by the New York State Police, Troop F, Monroe, NY as a Zone Secretary, for over 17 years. She retired in 1987.
In addition to gardening and reading, she enjoyed doing crocheting, knitting and quilt making. She also enjoyed visits with the children and grandchildren, as well as making cookies for her coworkers during the Christmas season. If the weather was mild, she usually took early morning walks. She also took much pleasure in working on church activities with her friends and singing in the church choir. Besides being engaged in various volunteer activities, she was a member of the Woodbury Senior Citizens and the Highland Mills United Methodist Church, Highland Mills, NY.
She is survived by two sons: Gary Van Vranken of Tunkhannock, PA, and Randy Van Vranken of Fairport, NY, and one daughter, Kathy (Mrs. Gregory Wenzloff) of Waynesboro, PA; five grandsons: Todd Van Vranken of Finneytown, OH, Jeff Van Vranken, of Dublin, OH, Brian Van Vranken of Hilliard, OH, Christopher and Jeffrey Van Vranken, both of Rochester, NY, and one granddaughter, Margreta (Mrs. Justin Flach), of St. Louis, MO; seven great-grandchildren: Teresa and Scott Van Vranken of Hilliard, OH and Elijah and Reagan Van Vranken of Finneytown, OH, Jacquelyn, and twins Megan and Seth Van Vranken of Dublin, OH; four brothers: James Palmer of Seneca Falls, NY, Irving and Richard Palmer, both of Bainbridge NY, and Robert Palmer of Jacksonville, FL, and one sister, Barbara (Mrs. Fred Gilbert), of Big Flats, NY, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Her beloved husband, Francis, passed away on October l, 2012 and in addition to her parents, she was predeceased by one brother, Marvin Palmer and two nephews, Robert Palmer, Jr and Douglas Palmer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Highland Mills United Methodist Church, Highland Mills, NY, Faith United Methodist Church of Waynesboro, PA or Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, Tunkhannock, PA.
Friends may call at the Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 South Broad Street, Waynesboro, PA, on Wednesday, September 14th, from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home, 117 Maple Avenue, Monroe, NY on Friday, September 16th, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral Services will be held on September 17th, 2016 at 11a.m. in the Highland Mills Methodist Church, Highland Mills, NY, officiated by Rev. Darlene Resling. Burial will follow in the Cemetery of the Highlands, Highland Mills, NY.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com.