Jan 24, 1927 - Dec 22, 2014
Trinity Glenn Nursing Facility
Eleanor Ann (Ellie) Brettle Kirsch, 87, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2014, in Winston-Salem North Carolina.
She was born in Buffalo, NY on January 24, 1927, the youngest of three daughters born to Marion Billings Brettle and Arthur Clemons Brettle. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her sisters Julia Brettle Junge and Barbara Brettle Bollinger. A 1944 graduate of Hamburg Central School, she attended Syracuse University and was honored as a 50-yr member of the sorority Alpha Chi Omega. She worked as a draftsman at Curtiss-Wright, then at the Buffalo Forge Company in Buffalo, where she met her husband, Raymond Charles Kirsch. They were married in 1951 and made their home in Hamburg, NY before relocating to Williamson, NY. After Raymond’s death in 1981, Ellie moved to Waterloo, NY, and later to Pine Harbour Assisted Living in Plattsburgh, NY.
She loved hiking, camping, climbing mountains, canoeing, and bird watching, all interests learned from an young age surrounded by the natural beauty of her two beloved family camps: Zoar Camp in Zoar Valley, and Keene Camp, in the Adirondack Mountains. Her fondest childhood memories involved outdoor adventures with her sisters and friends as well as time spent making crafts. As an adult these early interests developed into a special fondness for travel and the cultivation of her artistic abilities. A visit to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru with lifelong friend Nora Green was a favorite trip. Ellie was a talented watercolor painter, calligrapher, and craftsperson. She loved to sing and was a member of The Senior Follies Choir of Seneca Falls. She also attended breakfasts with her many good friends in the Single, Widowed & Divorced Group to which she belonged. She was known for her offbeat sense of humor and “Ellie-isms”- a unique brand of sharp wit that seemed to erupt effortlessly and unexpectedly from her otherwise reserved demeanor.
She is survived by four children: Catherine Kirsch (Jim Matthews) of Winston-Salem, NC; Arthur Kirsch (Kathy) of Canandaigua, NY; Virginia Kirsch (Jeff Hughart) of Bonners Ferry, ID; Thomas Kirsch (Donna) of Keeseville, NY; Five grandchildren: Emily Kirsch, Wylie Kuhn, Nash Kuhn (Gabrielle), Andy Kirsch, and Sophia Kirsch; one great-grand daughter, Audrey Kuhn; and the many nieces and nephews who make up her extended Keene Camp family.
Special thanks to the caregivers at Trinity Glen nursing home in Winston-Salem and Pine Harbour Assisted Living in Plattsburgh, NY for their loving and devoted care. A memorial service will take place at her beloved Keene Camp, date to be determined. Online Condolences may be made to www.salemfh.com
Mary Beth Stanley
A beautiful remembrance of a truly beautiful woman.