Eleanor R. Ruzicka, 85 passed away with family and her faithful dog Annie by her side at her home in Lansing on March 14, 2016. Born November 5, 1930 in Lansing. She was the daughter of the late Dana and Ruth (Townley) Ludlow.Â Eleanor was married to Leland J. Ruzicka in 1951, and she and Lee enjoyed over 60 years of marriage before he passed away in 2011.
In addition to her parents and husband, Eleanor was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Countryman in 2012.
Eleanor lived a full life next to her family working, maintaining and enjoying the property. âStill waters run Deepâ, and this was Mom. She passed on her love of family, music, dance, nature, animals, and a strong work ethic to us. Nascar (88), soaking in the sun, boating, Harleyâs, shopping for and restoring antiques and day trips with family were some of Eleanorâs favorite things. Â She will never know how beautiful and strong she was inside and out. Â And if you told her, she would say, âYeah Rightâ! Â This never became more apparent than when her husband Lee was seriously hurt on the job and she kept the family unit and property going while still working at Cornell University where she finished her 25 year career.
Mom, we will never forget you and you will always be in our hearts, LUV, LUV, LUV!!!
Eleanor is survived by her daughters; Pam (John) Haring, Â Jan Ruzicka (Stephen Fazzary), Â Kim (Mel) McLachlan all of Lansing; Â grandson Ryan (Ali) Moore and great granddaughter, Amelia Reagan Moore all of Albany: Â Nieces, Brook, Monica and Lisa Ruzicka, Debbie Aldrich.Â She also leaves behind her beloved âLake Familyâ, with whom she shared many good times.
In keeping with Eleanorâs wishes, no public services will be scheduled.
In Lieu of flowers, for those who wish, memorial contributions may be directed to SPCA of Tompkins County, 1640 Hanshaw Rd., or Hospicare, 172 E. King Rd., both in Ithaca, NY 14850.
Eleanorâs family wish to personally thank the private care givers for giving us the opportunity to bring Mom home.