Livonia: June 14, 2015 at age 92 years. Predeceased by her husband Remi “Ray” DeClerck in 1988. Grandsons: Nathan Sand and Joshua Price; siblings: her twin sister Catherine Dickson, Richard Weld, and Barbara Zwack. Nephews: Romy DeClerck, Gary Zwack, niece Beth Dickson, and son-in-law Paul Buckman. Survived by daughters: Sue (William) Sand of Lancaster, OH, Anne (Rodney) Clements of Livonia, and Becky (Lari Whiting) Price of Livonia. Grandchildren: Jason (Kris) Sand, Jeremiah (Emily) Sand, Michelle Litz, Aaron Clements, and Corbin Clements. Great-grandchildren: Alyssa Sand, Jacen Janes, Emma, Grace, Morgan, and Owen Clements. Sister-in-law Catherine Weld, several nieces & nephews, and many wonderful friends.
Ellie was born February 17, 1923 at Conesus Lake to Leon and Myrtle (Cole) Weld. She spent the first few weeks bundled and warming by the cook stove as she was the smaller twin. She and her siblings had an adventurous childhood at the lake with their loving Grandmother, Edith Cole.
She attended the one room school house on East Lake Road and graduated from Madison High school in Rochester.
The love of her life, Remi Robert DeClerck, asked her to marry him after a blind date and a short courtship. He came by one day and said, ” You had better put a hat on if we are getting married”. He was called to war very soon after. ( World War II)
During their marriage they built two houses from the bottom up and raised three strong girls! Ellie worked as a baker at Rush Henrietta schools as the girls got older. She fostered a true love of the outdoors by taking us for picnics in the woods and teaching us about the wildflowers . Her stories of tiny woodland creatures would have been fantastic children’s books.
Ellie was always active in the Methodist church and a very active member of the American Legion Ely -Fagan Auxiliary Post 1151.
In later years she thought of her children, in- law children, grands and great grands as her jewels. She loved her family and strived to be fair with them all. She listened to them and prayed without ceasing for them.
Her last years, when her health kept her in, her delight was to pack Operation Christmas Child boxes for children in poor, needy and war torn countries. She made countless washcloths for the boxes and organized the “Ladies” at Wild Briar apartments to pack over 20 boxes every year.
Truly a woman of great gifts and much love who cherished her family and her God.
Friends may call on Friday, June 19th, from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 21 Big Tree Street, Rtes 15 & 20A, Livonia, where services will be held on Saturday at 10am. Rev. Dave Geer will be the celebrant. Private burial to be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Ely-Fagan Post 1151, 260 Middle Road, Henrietta, NY 14467 or Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607. To send a condolence and for further information please visit: www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com