Eleanor M. Logel of Strykersville, a former seamstress whose long life included running a farm and serving on the Wyoming County Board of Elections, died Wednesday (Dec. 17, 1997) at her home following a short illness. She was 96.
The former Eleanor Kirsch was born in Arcade and grew up on the family farm on East Creek Road in Strykersville. She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse and drove her younger siblings to class in a horse and buggy.
After graduating from St. Mary's Academy, she learned to become a seamstress and dressmaker. The trade became her hobby in later years.
She married Clarence Logel in 1923 and the couple bought a farm in Sheldon. That first year a fire destroyed the barn and killed much of their livestock. They rebuilt and farmed for many years while raising their two children.
Mrs. Logel was a dedicated Democrat and served on the election board for many years. She also was active in the Wyoming County Office of the Aging and a member of the Senior Citizens Club in Strykersville.
She was a member of the St. Mary Queen of the Rosary Catholic Church and the church Altar and Rosary Society.
In her spare time she enjoyed gardening and playing cards.
Her husband died in 1988.
Survivors include one son, David C. of Waleska, Ga.; one daughter, Karen E. Wells of Hayden Lake, Idaho; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in St. Mary Queen of the Rosary Church in Strykersville. Burial will be in the church cemetery.