Eleanor G. Reich, who founded Concerned Ecumenical Ministry with her husband, Herb, died Sunday in her Buffalo home. She was 91.
The former Eleanor Crowley was a 1933 graduate of Fosdick-Masten Park High School. She became a secretary and worked at the Crippled Children's Guild and the Westminster Preschool program.
In 1968, she and her husband, a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra bassoonist, co-founded Concerned Ecumenical Ministry, a church-based human services agency on the city's West Side. Long active on the organization's Youth Committee, they helped start "Lots of Summer Fun," a children's program operated by various neighborhood churches.
Mrs. Reich wrote the column "From the Heart" for the weekly West Side Times. She was a member of Pilgrim-St. Luke's United Church of Christ for more than 50 years and was church historian. She also was active with Church Women United for more than 30 years and participated in its weekly Bible study.
Mrs. Reich, noted her birth in 1916 was the first recorded at Children's Hospital.
"She was a real presence in the church and in the community," said the Rev. M. Bruce McKay, pastor of Pilgrim-St. Luke's.
Her husband died in 1990.
Surviving are two sons, Stephen and Daniel, and a sister, Donna Tepas.
A celebration of Mrs. Reich's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Pilgrim-St. Luke's Church, 335 Richmond Ave.