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Eleanor 'Ellie' Pope, 74, Formerly Of Ridgefield

Eleano "Ellie" M. Pope
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RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Eleanor "Ellie" M. Pope, formerly of Ridgefield, died Jan. 21 at her home in Bethel. She was 74.

Pope was born April 26, 1938, in Flushing, N.Y., to Johannes Zettelmayer and Eleanor Clara Ostwald. As a young woman, she worked at her parents' Long Island business, crafting wooden blinds and shades.

She later worked as an investigator for Equitable Life Assurance Company in New York City. After she and her husband relocated to Ridgefield, she focused on running the household and raising a family.

Pope also assisted her husband in the planning and production of many musical productions of the Charles Pope Choristers. She also performed as part of the group. For many years, she served on the board of directors for both the New York and Connecticut groups.

The full chorus and show group presented more than 1,600 concerts and staged more than 250 Gilbert and Sullivan productions and dozens of Broadway musicals.

Pope's favorite activities included taking cruises with her family, cooking, baking dozens of cookies at Christmas, gardening, boating, entertaining for large parties, horses and riding, crocheting, knitting and crewel work.

She also enjoyed home improvements, building additions, reading, sending political and humorous emails and swimming with her friends at the YMCA. She was an avid fan of UConn men’s and woman’s basketball.

Pope is survived by two sons, Christopher C. (Eileen M.) Pope, of Charlotte, N.C., and Jonathan A. (Jennifer N.) Pope, of Sandy Hook, Conn.; and four grandchildren.

There will be a  memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury. The family will be greeting friends starting at 10:30 a.m. Hull Funeral Service is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church's DGD Fund.

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