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ELEANOR SPARER Eleanor Sparer, 86, passed away peacefully May 4, 2018, surrounded by family and friends, at her home at Merrill Gardens in Henderson. Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Rosaline "Kitty" and Solomon Weingast, Eleanor and her younger brother, Joe, spent their childhood in Woodmere, New York. Eleanor loved life, her family, her friends, boating, the beach, classical music, the theater, the opera, bicycling, bowling and especially action movies. Eleanor attended Monrovia College and Syracuse University before marrying and raising her three sons, Steven, Jonathan and David, in Woodmere, New York. The family spent every summer on the beach or on their boat, traveling all over Long Island, enjoying such ports as Fire Island, Tiana Bay, and even out to Greenport on the east end of Long Island. Her three boys were the light of her life, even when they would "take over department stores" in their youth. Eleanor spent her career working in office management, culminating as the office manager of DHL for many years at JFK Airport. She was privileged to fly on the Concord numerous times during her tenure. Upon retiring, Eleanor moved to Delray Beach, Florida, joining most of her childhood friends living within 10 miles of each other, enjoying the warm climate of southern Florida. The true testament to Eleanor's love of people were her circle of lifelong friends that date back to elementary school. There were so many of Eleanor's school classmates retired in Florida that they held their high school reunion 1,300 miles from the school. Eleanor was preceded in death by her mother, Kitty; father, Sol; daughter-in-law, Mary Sparer; and longtime companion, Joe Brooks. Eleanor is survived by her children and their spouses, whom she loved and cherished, Steven and Susan Sparer, Jonathan Sparer and John Klai and David Sparer; her grandchildren and their spouses, Philip Sparer and Elaine Gebel, Zachary Sparer and fiance, Katerina Satanovsky and Alison and Jimmy Mulligan; as well as seven great-grandchildren, with one on the way; her brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Sybil Weingast; three nieces; three nephews; eight great-nieces; and six great-nephews. There will be a celebration of life Sunday, June 24, in New York. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the MS Society through alisonsparer.com, Parkinson Research, Alzheimer's Research or the Association for the Blind. Mom, Grandma, Grandma Elephant, Momanor, Grammypants, Aunt Eleanor and GG (great-grandma) will be greatly missed. Her smile and sparkle in her eyes will be in our hearts forever.
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