WATERTOWN, N.Y. —
Eleanor M. "Ellie" Toper, 89, formerly of
Schley Drive, Watertown, NY, passed away Thursday, Feb.
9, 2017, at Samaritan Summit Village.
April 12, 1927, in Watertown, a daughter of Perley and Ruby
Runions Bigness, she graduated in 1945 from Alexandria Bay
She married John Toper on Sept. 10, 1949, at Asbury United
Methodist Church, with the Reverend McClung officiating.
Ellie was an operator for the NY Telephone Company in
Watertown and also lived for a number of years in Malone,
before returning to Watertown.
Ellie enjoyed ceramics, flower gardening, golf, and spending
time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a former member of the Watertown Golf Club and the
Malone Golf Club for many years.
Surviving besides her husband John are a son, Jon A. (Cathy)
Toper, Amsterdam, NY; two daughters, Jill E. (Timothy) Cook,
Webster, NY, and Beth E. (William) Maguire, Adams Center,
NY; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; several
nieces and nephews.
A brother, Darwin Bigness, and a sister, June Wiswell,
both died before her.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.
14, at D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A memorial service
will be held immediately following the calling hours.
A private memorial service and burial will be hald at the
convenience of the family.
The family requests that contributions be made to Asbury
United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer's Association, in
lieu of flowers.
Condolences may be made
Information provided by D.L. Calarco Funeral Home and