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Obituary - Eloise J. (Stergas) Leaman

Eloise J. (Stergas) Leaman

Date of Passing: May 22nd, 2008

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Eloise J. (Stergas) Leaman, 79, of Bridgeport, NY and Orange City, FL, formerly of Stockwell, NY, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2008 in Florida. She was born January 1, 1929 the daughter of the late Edgar and Zada Truman Baulch. She was a graduate of Richfield Springs High School. On September 1, 1946, in St. Mary's Church, Cooperstown, she married Laurence C. Stergas. He passed away November 9, 1989. On May 17, 1991, in St. Bernard's Church, Waterville, she married William C. Leaman. For many years, Mrs. Leaman was employed as a Microelectronics Technician with General Electric in Utica, retiring in 1983. She was a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Bridgeport as well as a long time parishioner of St. Mary's Church in North Brookfield and St. Bernard's Church in Waterville. She was a member of the Country Village Red Hat Society in Orange City, FL. Eloise was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was born the year of the Great Depression and lived life with a great respect for God and a tremendous sense of family. She will be greatly missed by those who had the fortune to meet her. She is survived by her husband, Bill; a daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Bruce McMullen of Waterville; a son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Kathy Stergas of Fletcher, VT; four grandchildren, Geoff McMullen and his wife, Ann of Rome, Zach McMullen of Nantucket, MA and Sean and Julia Stergas of Fletcher, VT; Bill's family, Gary Leaman and his partner, Sandy of Bridgeport, Barbara Block of Bridgeport and Ruth Dibble of Chittenango; and a special nephew, Richard Baulch of Burlington Flats, as well as many other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Ward and Lysle Baulch and her sister-in-law Sarah, who was like a second mother to her. She also leaves many special friends in Country Village, Orange City with whom she and Laurence and then William had met over 25 years. She and her friends enjoyed entertaining, bowling, playing cards, golfing, Bocce, and talking about children and grandchildren. Eloise held a special place in her heart for close friends, Phil and Vera Barnes of Stockwell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 am at St. Bernard's Church, Waterville. Interment will be in St. Bernard's Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday from 4-7 pm at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville.


Laurie and Rick, I was so very sorry to hear about Aunt Eloise. She was truly a dear lady. You know how you always have a "Favorite" Aunt on your Mother and Father's sides of the family; well, Aunt Eloise is mine! We still kept in touch at Christmas time. I will always remember all the great times we shared while visiting you on vacation. Aunt Eloise, and you all , always made your home feel like our home and I will always have many fond memories of those times. I wish there were words to say that would ease the pain, but unfortunately there are none. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and with your families as well with Bill and his family. May God Bless and comfort you all. Love, Vonnie
Yvonne Stergas Bond

Eloise was my great Aunt. She and Bill spent many Christmas Holidays and other family times with us and she will be greatly missed by us. Our thoughts with Bill, Rick, Laurie and the entire Leaman/Stergas family.
ShariLou and Mike McConnell

Rick, My mom just phoned with the news of your loss. Our prays go out to you and your family. -Kevin and Sue.
Kevin & Susan Brown

Bill, We are so sorry for yourloss,Itis hard to imagine not having you and Eloise at the activity dances and Eloise at the Red Hat lunches. She was as beautiful inside as out. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Joyce and Richard
Richard & Joyce Billings

Laurie and Rick, I was so saddened to hear about your mom's tragic accident. I remember your mom's laugh so well; so cheerful and full of life. What a great time we had visiting you folks on our vacations north. My thoughts are with you and your families. - Jim
James M. Stergas

Bill and Family, We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim and Linda Traub
Jim Traub

Eloise Stergas Leaman was my aunt and was often a part of my life -- no matter the distance that separated us. I will miss her greatly and remember her laugh and the broad grin that accompanied it. She loved and enjoyed life. My condolences to her children (my cousins), their children, and Bill Leaman and his family.
Sharaden Stergas Schneider

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, Rick and Kathy. Your Mom was a terrific lady, Rick, and I'm so sorry for your loss.
Phil Kahn