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06/07/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Eleanor Levinson Saunders

Eleanor Levinson Saunders
(21 Feb 1934 - 06 June 2011)

Newport News High School Class of  1952

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    We have more sad news today.  Eleanor Levinson Saunders, Class of 1952, passed away at her home in Virginia Beach on Monday, June 06, 2011, at the age of 77.  May her memory be for a blessing always.

   Eleanor's younger brother,   Buzzy Levinson, Class of 1956, died in Florida on Tuesday, July 01, 2003.

   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 06/21/11 - "NNHS death":

Eleanor Levinson Saunders, NNHS class of '52, died June 6 at her home in Virginia Beach. She was the sister of 
  Jerrold "Buzzy" Levinson. Her obit was in the Daily Press.
I have fond memories of Eleanor.
Peace & Blessing, Cheryl Mays Howard

   Thank you so much, Cheryl.   I saw this at the time, but could do nothing about it until now.

From the Daily Press - 06/07/11:


Eleanor Levinson Saunders


VIRGINIA BEACH - Eleanor Levinson Saunders, 77, died suddenly, June 6, 2011, in her home.

Mrs. Saunders was born in Newport News, Va., on Feb. 21, 1934, and had been a lifelong resident of the Hampton Roads area, with short stays in New York and Maryland. She was a member of Congregation Beth El and Hadassah.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Maynard Rutkin and Leon Saunders; along with her parents of blessed memory, Sol and Hilda Levinson; and her brother, Jerrold "Buzzy" Levinson.

Survivors include daughters, Jill Verdolotti and husband, John, and Cindy Cottrell; granddaughters, Morgan and Lindsay Verdolotti, and Rebecca Cottrell, plus nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, conducted by Rabbi Arthur Ruberg and Cantor Gordon Piltch. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the , 1660 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA
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Published in Daily Press from June 7 to June 8, 2011.
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June 06, 2011

My deepest sympathy goes out to all the family. Your dad, Leon, of blessed memory along with the late Howard Rosenblatt, were instrumental in getting me involved in the Men's Club at Beth El. They both along with your mom, will always be special to me and hold special places in my heart.
~ Norman Soroko, Norfolk, Virginia

June 07, 2011  

Dear Jill and Cindy, Your mom was a very special lady and I shall keep her in my heart. Take care of each other.

~ Marilyn Moren, Williamsburg, Virginia

June 07, 2010

Dear Jill and Cindy:
We were saddened to hear of you mom's death.( Your deceased Uncle Buzzy's daughter contacted us to inform us. ) She was our cousin, and even though we had not seen each other for years, we remained in touch. We haven't seen you two since you were little girls, and lived in Columbia, Md. Please be aware that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Jacqueline Fox Neiburger and Barry, Colin, Becky, and Par, Matthew, Ginny, and Joshua, and Mitchell.

~ Jacqueline Neiburger, Ruxton, Maryland

June 07, 2011

Dear Jill and Cindy,
My heart and prayers have been with you since getting the phone call early yesterday. Your mom and I shared our lives since 1965 as sisters-in-law and later as friends. She was a special person and will be missed by all those who knew her. Your memories will become more precious to you as time goes on. Just remember she isn't really gone. I love you girls and your daughters. Please take care of each other. Marilyn.

~ Marilyn Moren, Williamsburg, Virginia

June 07, 2011

I will miss you dearly, my friend. You were one of the most interesting people I have met. I loved your stories of places you've been and things you've done. I know you loved your family more than anything. I hope they know what they are going to miss not having you around. Cindy and Rebecca loved you so much. If there is anything I can do for you two, please let me know. Your mom / mommom was a great lady and will be missed very much. Love you 

~ Kimmie Jewell, Chesapeake, Virginia

June 08, 2011

Dear Family, I am so sorry to read about your loss. I grew up on Huntington Avenue near your mom's home. I admired and respected your grandparents and remembered Buzzy's cars in the driveway. Most of all I recall your mother's beautiful hands and nails. The family had a great history on the Peninsula. I am sorry our paths did not keep us in touch as much as we were in our youth. I send you many blessings and sincere sympathy on your great loss.

~ Joanne Kates Roos


June 09, 2011  

Dear Family, Your Mother was a part of our 1952 graduating class of NNHS. A group of us formed a group called the Old Friends Club and we meet monthly for lunch and fellowship. We were blessed to have your mother attend a few of our gatherings. We send our blessings and sympathy to you all.

Bobbie Hardison, OFC

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Eleanor's family and their friends at this time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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