August 26, 2014
Eleanor L. Solar, 80, Brooks Dr., Clayton, passed away Tuesday afternoon, August 26, 2014, at Samaritan Summit Village, Watertown where she had been a resident since January 2014.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 320 John St., Clayton on Thursday, August 28, from 5 - 7PM. The funeral service will be on Friday, August 29, at 11AM at River Community Church with Revs. Charles Costantino and Tom Augliano co-officiating. A celebration of life will immediately follow the service at the church. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
Mrs. Solar was born in the town of Macomb on February 26, 1934, daughter of Alvin T. and Bertha Dane Washburn. She graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1950 and attended Jefferson Community College, completing courses to become a certified dental assistant.
On August 5, 1955 she married Barry J. Wicks at the First United Methodist Church, Gouverneur with Rev. James Keysor presiding and he died August 21, 1961. She then married John E. Solar May 23, 1968 at the First United Methodist Church, Watertown with Rev. John Kelly presiding and he died November 7, 2008.
Eleanor worked as a dental assistant for Dr. R. D. Lee, Gouverneur and Dr. Donald Emerton and Dr. E. Adams, both in Watertown. She also worked part time as post master relief for the U. S. Postal Service in Fishers Landing and Plessis.
She was a member of River Community Church and its Diaconate, had been a Sunday school teacher and church clerk, and a member of American Baptist Women's Ministries Group. She had been a member of Clayton Travelers Club and Literacy Volunteers, and also volunteered for many area organizations. She enjoyed walking, gardening, and cross country skiing.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol M. Wicks and husband, W. Butler Stringfield, Baton Rouge, LA; son-in-law, Stan Brill, Clayton Center; four stepdaughters, Cynthia and Ronald Hax, Thomaston, CT, Diana and Darrel Harris, Carthage, Deborah Hunter, Clayton, and Susan and James Parsnow, Central Square; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; three brothers, Richard D. and Elizabeth Washburn, Charles and Donna Washburn, and Arthur A. Washburn, all in the town of Macomb; nine sisters, June E. LaVack and Joyce M. Stammer, both in Gouverneur, Betty A. Rook, Lowville, Nilah J. Sias, Ogdensburg, Sarah E. and Ford Reynolds, Richville, Mary A. and Harold Bresett, Hammond, Anna C. Washburn, town of Macomb, Ada E. and Donald Bayne, Depyester, and Leona M. Jones, FL; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides her husbands, Eleanor was predeceased by her daugher, Catherine J. Whitton, March 29, 2013, two brothers, James E. Washburn and S. John Washburn, and sister, Joanne V. Washburn.
In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to either River Community Church, 38844 Bartlett Point Rd., Clayton, NY 13624 or Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, NY, NY 10018. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com