Eleanor M. Toper

February 9, 2017  
WATERTOWN, N.Y.    Eleanor M. "Ellie" Toper, 89, formerly of Schley Drive, Watertown, NY, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Samaritan Summit Village.

orn April 12, 1927, in Watertown, a daughter of Perley and Ruby Runions Bigness, she graduated in 1945 from Alexandria Bay High School. 

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 to dlcalarco.com

Information provided by D.L. Calarco Funeral Home and Newzjunky.com, Watertown.