Eleanor Edna Buzzell was born May 18, 1920, in Tuckahoe, NJ, to parents Rev. Henry Buzzell and Margaret Anna Finlay. She grew up in Cape May Court House, NJ, with her two sisters, Margaret and Agnes.
Eleanor graduated from Hillsdale College, in 1941. She taught Home Economics for one year and attended Temple University. Eleanor spent the war years as a Navy Inspector at the Lockheed Aircraft Factory in California. She then worked in Iowa as a youth director. She moved to Rochester, NY and studied Christian Education at Colgate Rochester Divinity School. She met and married Robert Pope (died 1981); they settled in East Rochester, and raised children Pam, Bob, and Ray.
Eleanor was active in the community volunteering in the schools, with scouts, and in Study and College Club. She attended Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church where her skills were used in many committees, circles, mission groups, as Christian Education Chair, Deacon and Elder, and as an active member of Church Women United. Each year she helped her church raise money for Heifer International. The grandchildren always received goats and rabbits and chicks for Christmas.
Eleanor volunteered as Director of the Rochester International Friendship Council for 20 years. She initiated the wives program and actively involved the schools and community in cultural exchange with her students. She earned awards from Church Women United, RIFC and Rotary including the Paul Harris Award. Her greatest honor was becoming “mom” to dozens of university international students and their families and many have continued to stay connected through the years.
Eleanor kept active and enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling and friendships. Eleanor died peacefully in her sleep at age 97 on January 10, 2018. She was loved and admired by her three children, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many international “daughters” and “sons.” Her life was a shining example of welcoming, understanding and serving others.