Eleanor R. Leslie

Eleanor Ruppman Leslie, 99, passed away peacefully at her home on Stone Ave, Bradford, Sunday October 18, 2020.  
 
Born on December 11, 1920 in Lindenhurst, NY, she was a daughter to the late Charles and Elizabeth (Schroder) Ruppman.
 
Eleanor graduated from Hunter College and attended graduate school at Columbia University.  She was raised in New York City where she met her husband, Robert Lloyd Leslie, a World War II Army Major and co-founder of Allegheny Bradford Corporation. 
 
On August 26, 1950 in Englewood, NJ, Eleanor married Robert Leslie. They were an extremely devoted couple and perfect role models for their family.  On August 26, 2020, the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
 
Eleanor, Robert, and daughter Alison moved to Bradford in 1960 when Robert accepted a position with Allegheny Electronics Chemical Company.  Eleanor was a gifted teacher who taught in the local school system for many years.  She thoroughly enjoyed her profession and working with children, substitute teaching into her eighties.  She touched thousands of lives through her profession and otherwise.
 
In her spare time, Eleanor enjoyed playing bridge, taking long walks, and playing golf at the Pennhills Club. She was a member of the Literary Club, Current Events Club, American Association of University Women, and the First United Presbyterian Church.
 
The family takes consolation in knowing that the family matriarch lived a long, happy and exemplary life.
 
Surviving are her husband Robert, of 70 years, daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Paul Steates of New Hartford, NY,  five grandchildren whom she adored: Lauren (Wesley) Cupp, Robert Steates, Andrew (Amy) Steates, Katherine Steates and Emily Steates.  She is also survived by two cherished great-grandchildren: Leslie Cupp and Ted Cupp.  
 
She was predeceased by her three brothers: Charles, Herman, and Elmer Ruppman.
 
The family wishes to thank Dr. and Mrs. Fayez Roumani and Eleanor's wonderful caregivers, especially Cathy Salerno, for their excellent care and compassionate support.  
 
There will be no public service at this time. A private family memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be held at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica, NY
 
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church of Bradford or the McKean County SCPA.
 
Online condolences can be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
 
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.
 

HOLLENBECK-CAHILL Funeral Home

33 South Avenue • Bradford, PA 16701

All Condolences -

Eleanor was my aunt and the last of her siblings to go meet her Lord. My father, Charles, and brothers Herman and Elmer were there to enfold her in their loving arms. As everyone knows she was an intelligent woman who loved deeply. I am sorry for her loss but consoled that her memory lives.
— Lynne LaHood

I had Mrs. Leslie as a fourth grade teacher at Custer City Elementary many years ago (1970). One of the best teachers I ever had, she was always kind, caring, and a truly wonderful woman. She made a difference in the lives of many many students. I am so sorry the world has lost such a wonderful soul.
— Darla Shembeda Oaks

Feeling so blessed to have known the worlds most caring and loving grandmother. She was such a strong woman and a true inspiration to all of us. She will be forever missed and loved by all who knew her.
— Emily Steates

Words cannot begin to describe how blessed our family is to have had Grandma in our lives for so many amazing years. She was such a wonderful role model and support system for all of her 7 grandchildren (and counting). Her sense of humor and compassion for all life on Earth will certainly be missed, but will never be forgotten. I love you forever and always, Grandma!
— Katie Steates

So sorry to hear of Eleanor’s passing. Prayers for your family
— Lynn Lunn

We were the most lucky and spoiled grandkids thanks to the most loving and caring grandma of all time. I will always remember the amazing memories we shared, and ‘going on strike’ so we would never have to leave grandma and grandpas. You will be missed by all and I will forever love you grandma.
— Andrew steates

Grandma was the strongest woman I’ve ever known. I will always remember her as kind, smart, witty and fun to be around. I feel fortunate to have grown up with such a wonderful role model that created so many fond childhood and adult memories. I love you always Grandma ??
— Lauren Steates Cupp

I was so fortunate to have Mrs. Leslie as a 4th grade teacher in Custer City. She was an amazing teacher and woman. Bradford has lost one of our best.
— Carolyn Boser Newhouse

Mr. Leslie & Family - I extend my deep condolences for Mrs. Leslie''s passing. God bless.
— Brad Gregg

Mr. Leslie, I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Leslie''s passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
— Eric Consiglio

Alison, I''m so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life she lived!
— Sharon Rowe Ross

Condolences

  • Eleanor was my aunt and the last of her siblings to go meet her Lord. My father, Charles, and brothers Herman and Elmer were there to enfold her in their loving arms. As everyone knows she was an intelligent woman who loved deeply. I am sorry for her loss but consoled that her memory lives.

    — Lynne LaHood
  • I had Mrs. Leslie as a fourth grade teacher at Custer City Elementary many years ago (1970). One of the best teachers I ever had, she was always kind, caring, and a truly wonderful woman. She made a difference in the lives of many many students. I am so sorry the world has lost such a wonderful soul.

    — Darla Shembeda Oaks
  • Feeling so blessed to have known the worlds most caring and loving grandmother. She was such a strong woman and a true inspiration to all of us. She will be forever missed and loved by all who knew her.

    — Emily Steates
  • Words cannot begin to describe how blessed our family is to have had Grandma in our lives for so many amazing years. She was such a wonderful role model and support system for all of her 7 grandchildren (and counting). Her sense of humor and compassion for all life on Earth will certainly be missed, but will never be forgotten. I love you forever and always, Grandma!

    — Katie Steates
  • So sorry to hear of Eleanor’s passing. Prayers for your family

    — Lynn Lunn