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Eleanor Kurtz "Duckie" Saylor, 88, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, formerly of New Castle, went home to be with her Lord and Savior the morning of Monday, May 22, 2017, at the O'Neill Nursing Home in Fairview Park, Ohio.
Born on Dec. 9, 1928, in Bellwood, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of John H. Kurtz Jr. and Eva Agnes Briggs Kurtz.
Eleanor was preceded in death on Oct. 13, 2009, by her beloved husband of 59 years, Donald Stuckey Saylor, whom she married on Sept. 4, 1950.
A graduate of Bellwood Antis High School, she received her registered nursing degree from the Altoona School of Nursing.
She was a former member of First Baptist Church of New Castle, where she often helped in the nursery and sang in the church choir.
Eleanor was very accomplished at knitting and crocheting. Her creations grace the homes of friends and family. She also crocheted baby blankets and outfits for the Capital Area Pregnancy Center. Lap robes were made with love for the returning wounded troops at the Walter Reed Medical Center.
She was commended for her donations to the troops by General Hackett of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command.
She is survived by two sons, Robert Dean Saylor of Mechanicsburg and Daniel Kurtz (Toni Lynn Aiello Saylor) Saylor Sr. of Grafton, Ohio; a daughter, Sharon Elizabeth Saylor of Mechanicsburg; a brother, John Henderson Kurtz Jr., of Bellwood, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Elsie Dingeldein of Altoona and Evelyn Dingeldein of Meadville; and three grandchildren, Dawn Michelle Saylor, Shauna Marie Saylor and Daniel "D.J." Kurtz Saylor Jr.
She received great joy in taking care of and loving Jenna (Cunningham) Flaim and Amanda (Cunningham) Bolinger, as she did her own grandchildren and welcomed Easton Flaim as she would her own great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Mary Lockhoff; and her beloved husband, Don.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
A funeral service will take place immediately following visitation at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Eleanor will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband Donald in Oak Park Cemetery.
Online condolences and shared memories of Eleanor may be offered at www.cunninghamfh.com.
The family suggests making a cash donation in Eleanor's name to Christ's Home, 1 Shepherds Way, Suite 100, Warminster, PA 18974-3701, an organization she loved and supported.
Published on May 24, 2017
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