In memory of
Elinor (Bliss) Wormer
In memory of
Elinor (Bliss) Wormer
Elinor Anne (Bliss) Wormer CANANDAIGUA - Elinor Anne (Bliss) Wormer, formerly of Portville, N.Y., Wellsville, N.Y., and Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., passed away peacefully on the 24th of July, 2020, in Canandaigua, at the age of 93. Born on May 14, 1927, in Syracuse, N.Y., Elinor was the daughter of Julia A. (Wahl) and Hubert D. Bliss of Wellsville. Elinor graduated in 1944 from Wellsville High School and in 1949 from the Ohio University School of Journalism. Post-college she was employed by Curtis Publishing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. On July 11, 1953, she married Dr. Donald A. Wormer of Portville. The Wormers resided in Buffalo, N.Y., while her husband attended medical school and completed his surgery residency. During this time, Elinor worked at the Osmose Wood Preserving Company to support the family. The Wormers returned to Portville in 1960 where they raised their four children and resided until 2011. During retirement, the Wormers resided primarily in Elinor's favorite place, Daytona Beach Shores. Aside from her most valued roles as wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother, Elinor was active in many community organizations: the Portville Central School Board, the Greater Olean Camp Fire Girls Council (as president and member), Cub Scouts den mother, Camp Fire Girls group leader, the Portville Historical and Preservation Society Board, the Portville Marching Band Parents' Club and the Portville School Boosters. A longtime member of Portville Presbyterian Church, she also taught Sunday school. Elinor viewed her greatest community contribution as being her role in co-founding and organizing the American Field Service (AFS) group to help send Portville students to other countries and assist in finding host families for foreign exchange students coming to Portville. In 1975, the Wormers were the first AFS host family, hosting Dieter Harl of Germany. In 1976, Elinor served as president of the Portville AFS, an organization she remained active in for years. In 2009, Elinor was inducted into the Portville Central School Hall of Fame, in recognition of her longtime service and contributions to the school and community. Elinor's first love was for her family. Most of all, she enjoyed their get-togethers in Portville, Florida, the Chateau Woodlands in Halliburton, Ontario, Canada, Tall Timber in Pittsburg, N.H., her children's homes and, in later years, at Ferris Hills in Canandaigua. Besides her parents, Hubert and Julia Bliss, Elinor was predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald; and her sister, Roberta Valentine. Surviving are her brother, H. Mitchell Bliss of Janesville, Wisc.; children, Carol (Timothy) Inglis of Pittsburgh, Pa., Dr. Thomas (Melissa) Wormer of Canandaigua, Susan (Edward) Chippero of Williamson, N.Y., and Julie (Douglas) Wright of Boston, Mass.; loving grandchildren, Daniel (Olivia) Inglis, Bradley (Priscilla) Wright, Eric (Brittany) Wright, Andrew Inglis (Amy Boots), Steven Inglis, Matthew Wormer, Margaret (Nathan) Ripoli, Samuel Wormer, Sarah Wormer and Summer Montanaro; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Inglis, Isaac Ripoli, Giovanni Montanaro and Oliver Wright; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. The family had a private gathering with Elinor prior to her passing. A celebration of her life will take place at a future time. Interment will be with her husband in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Portville Historical & Preservation Society, PO Box 59, Portville, NY 14770; or Portville Free Library, 2 N. Main St., Portville, NY 14770. Arrangements are by Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home Inc., Canandaigua.
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Elinor (Bliss) Wormer
Elinor Anne (Bliss) Wormer CANANDAIGUA - Elinor Anne (Bliss) Wormer, formerly of Portville, N.Y., Wellsville, N.Y., and Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., passed away peacefully on the 24th of July, 2020, in Canandaigua, at the age of 93. Born on May 14, 1927, in Syracuse, N.Y., Elinor was the daughter of Julia A. (Wahl) and Hubert D. Bliss of Wellsville. Elinor graduated in 1944 from Wellsville High School and in 1949 from the Ohio University School of Journalism. Post-college she was employed by Curtis Publishing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. On July 11, 1953, she married Dr. Donald A. Wormer of Portville. The Wormers resided in Buffalo, N.Y., while her husband attended medical school and completed his surgery residency. During this time, Elinor worked at the Osmose Wood Preserving Company to support the family. The Wormers returned to Portville in 1960 where they raised their four children and resided until 2011. During retirement, the Wormers resided primarily in Elinor's favorite place, Daytona Beach Shores. Aside from her most valued roles as wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother, Elinor was active in many community organizations: the Portville Central School Board, the Greater Olean Camp Fire Girls Council (as president and member), Cub Scouts den mother, Camp Fire Girls group leader, the Portville Historical and Preservation Society Board, the Portville Marching Band Parents' Club and the Portville School Boosters. A longtime member of Portville Presbyterian Church, she also taught Sunday school. Elinor viewed her greatest community contribution as being her role in co-founding and organizing the American Field Service (AFS) group to help send Portville students to other countries and assist in finding host families for foreign exchange students coming to Portville. In 1975, the Wormers were the first AFS host family, hosting Dieter Harl of Germany. In 1976, Elinor served as president of the Portville AFS, an organization she remained active in for years. In 2009, Elinor was inducted into the Portville Central School Hall of Fame, in recognition of her longtime service and contributions to the school and community. Elinor's first love was for her family. Most of all, she enjoyed their get-togethers in Portville, Florida, the Chateau Woodlands in Halliburton, Ontario, Canada, Tall Timber in Pittsburg, N.H., her children's homes and, in later years, at Ferris Hills in Canandaigua. Besides her parents, Hubert and Julia Bliss, Elinor was predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald; and her sister, Roberta Valentine. Surviving are her brother, H. Mitchell Bliss of Janesville, Wisc.; children, Carol (Timothy) Inglis of Pittsburgh, Pa., Dr. Thomas (Melissa) Wormer of Canandaigua, Susan (Edward) Chippero of Williamson, N.Y., and Julie (Douglas) Wright of Boston, Mass.; loving grandchildren, Daniel (Olivia) Inglis, Bradley (Priscilla) Wright, Eric (Brittany) Wright, Andrew Inglis (Amy Boots), Steven Inglis, Matthew Wormer, Margaret (Nathan) Ripoli, Samuel Wormer, Sarah Wormer and Summer Montanaro; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Inglis, Isaac Ripoli, Giovanni Montanaro and Oliver Wright; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. The family had a private gathering with Elinor prior to her passing. A celebration of her life will take place at a future time. Interment will be with her husband in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Portville Historical & Preservation Society, PO Box 59, Portville, NY 14770; or Portville Free Library, 2 N. Main St., Portville, NY 14770. Arrangements are by Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home Inc., Canandaigua.
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