Eleanor Ziembinski Connell, age 97, died on January 5, 2023, at her home on the Hornby Road, Corning, New York. She was born in Manhattan on the 25th of September, 1925, the only child of Walter and Stanislawa Ziembinski. Mrs. Connell, very cognizant and proud of her Polish heritage, was called by her Polish diminutive name, “Dzi Dzi” (pronounced Gee Gee), by her parents and her grandchildren, and known as “Ellie” among friends.
Eleanor married Joseph A. Connell in Forest Hills, New York, June 26, 1948. Although brought up and educated in the metropolitan area, Eleanor and Joseph lived in rural Hornby since 1956.
Eleanor had a passionate and consistent interest in her community, specifically the Town of Hornby. She was a member of the Town Board and the Planning Board. Her public service included four terms as Councilwoman and one as Town Supervisor. Eleanor was also involved with the business affairs of her husband’s architectural practice in Corning.
In later years, her interest in global travel and genealogy gained importance. Mrs. Connell was a member of the Corning Women’s Club, Hornby Historical Society, the Kosciusko Foundation of NYC, the Polish Genealogical Society and the Polish Arts Club of Elmira.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Arthur Connell in 2017, grandson Lane Joseph Sweetman in 2020, and by infant son Walter Arthur in 1962. Surviving family members are son, Mark Ziembinski Connell (Liz Orosz), Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter, Ruth Connell, Annapolis, Maryland; daughter, Tracy Sweetman (Chuck Sweetman), Santa Fe, New Mexico. Grandsons: Warren Connell Cramer (Sarah Walsh), Alan Augustine Sweetman, Mark David Connell, and great-grandsons Henry Joseph Cramer and Arthur Wren Cramer.
A reception for shared remembrances will be held at 12:30 pm, Saturday, January 14th, at Eleanor’s house. Private internment will be at the Goodsell Cemetery in Hornby. Memorial gifts may be sent to The Kosciusko Foundation in NYC or to Planned Parenthood of Greater New York.
The Kosciusko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, New York 10065, Www.TheKF.org
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, 620 West Seneca Street, Ithaca, New York 14850, Www.weareplannedparenthood.org
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