Eleanor Teague McGlaughlin, 98, of Short Hills passed away at her home on December 10, 2014. Visiting hours at Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Ave in Springfield will be held on Friday, December 19th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9pm. Visiting hours at the United Methodist Church of Summit, 17 Kent Place Blvd, Summit, will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 10am to 11:15am followed by a Funeral Service. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery in Boonton will follow a reception at Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United Methodist Church of Summit, 17 Kent Place Blvd., Summit NJ 07091 in memory of Eleanor McGlaughlin.
Eleanor Teague McGlaughlin was born Emma Eleanor on April 6, 1916 to her Swedish mother Edna Anna Teague and English father George Teague in Boonton, NJ. Her father died while she was young and her mother took her and her sister Dorothy and brother George traveling during school vacations and visited all 48 states, many times traveling in a model T Ford. She graduated from Beaver College (now Arcadia College) in 1938. Since graduation she has served the college on many boards and committees, and has been active until the last few years.
She married her late, beloved husband James William McGlaughlin and settled in Short Hills in 1946. Eleanor taught 2nd grade in the South Mountain and Hartshorn schools of the Millburn school system for over 25 years during which time she instilled a good sense of worth and well being in many, many children while her husband James “Mr Mac” taught 6th grade at Wyoming School.
She received the Most Honored Member Award from Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sorority for Women Educators in 1985.
She is a current member of the Millburn Library Board of Trustees and was chairman of the Fireside Book Club. She served over 20 years on the Board of the Neighborhood House Nursery School and received the Good Neighbor Award in 2001. She has held every office of the Business and Professional Women of Millburn/Short Hills. Eleanor was awarded the Millburn Community Service Award by the Township of Millburn in 2000.
She was a very active member of the United Methodist Church of Summit. She was a Sunday school teacher, choir member, and on the Mission Commission. For many years she made sandwiches for the Friday Homeless in NYC group. She was an enthusiastic member of the Prayer Group and prayed every morning for a long list of names in need.
Eleanor was a founding member of the Busy Bees of Overlook Hospital that make wool caps for new born babies and other items for children at the hospital and was presented with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, with over 1000 hours of service.
She received a 20 year pin from the Red Cross in 2000 where she sewed, worked the blood drive, drove and did other volunteer work. There were many other organizations for which she was a volunteer.
Eleanor was the beloved wife of the late James (“Mac”). She is survived by two sons James and John. The family includes James’ fiancé Denise Zimber, and his children Kathy with mother Mary Anderson and children Joshua, Jamie, and Jason with mother Joanne McGlaughlin, and great grandchildren Brooke and Michael with his wife Alyssa and great great grandchildren Hayley and Hudson. On John’s side is wife Terrie and children David and wife Kelly, Kerry and husband Charles, and Sean, and great grandchildren Davey, Kaycee, Jacob, Skyla and Zachary. She is predeceased by her sons Jay and Robin, her sister Dorothy Schmidtchen, and her brother George Teague. Dorothy’s extended family considered Eleanor as their mother as well as the Stimmler and Sanborn families of Short Hills.