Eleanor (Ellie) Zielinski, 79, passed away peacefully at her home in Stratham, NH surrounded by her loving family on July 24th, 2018 after a two year battle with cancer. Ellie was born on February 2, 1939 in Lawrence, MA, the daughter of the late David and Georgina McLean of Glasgow, Scotland.
Ellie is survived by her husband, Joseph, and her two daughters, Greta Gauthier and husband William and their three children, Samuel, Laurel and Benjamin and Janna Rigatti and husband Matthew and their three children, William, Vivienne and Marielle, all living in Exeter, NH. She also leaves behind her brother David McLean and late sister-in-law, Mary McLean, of Norfolk, MA and her sister, Dorothy White and brother-in-law, James White from Kenova, WV, along with numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She graduated in 1962 from Lawrence High School and attended Merrimack College. Ellie worked in Boston for the John Hancock Insurance Company in human resources where she was one of the first women to work in management at that time. She met and married her husband, Joe, on Cape Cod, MA. Through forty-seven years of marriage, Ellie and Joe raised their two daughters in Fairfield, CT, Geneva, IL, Annapolis, MD and Old Saybrook, CT.
Ellie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who always put others first. She was an excellent listener and caring person who supported many charitable organizations. Her happiest moments were when she was with her family, which was the focus of her life. She was an avid reader and passionate about animals, especially dogs. Services will be held at the Brewitt Funeral Home at 14 Pine Street in Exeter, NH with visitation beginning at 10:00AM followed by a memorial service at 11:00AM on Thursday, August 2, 2018. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Ellie's name to the Guiding Eyes For the Blind, an organization which trains dogs to serve people with vision loss, at 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 or www.guidingeyes.org.