30 Jul

All the Saints, All the Time: Honoring Eleanor Jacobs of Lindenhurst, NY

The late Mrs. Eleanor Jacob was a devoted member of the St. Boniface Episcopal Church. She truly carried out our Lord and Savior’s commandment “To love our neighbor as He loves us.”

Eleanor’s devotion was exemplified by her acceptance of responsibilities in the Altar Guild, Episcopal Church Women, St. Boniface Society and other activities to fulfill the Church’s Mission.  Eleanor was so very generous; sharing books, recipes, baked goods and information with everyone.   Even as her health began to fail her, she continued to bake and bring gifts and mementos for shut-ins.

Eleanor also performed outreach to the community at large by participating within the various Senior Citizens’ Centers in the Lindenhurst, Babylon, Copiague and Wyandanch communities.  Her gleeful laugh would bring smiles to the faces of those around her and she was well known to the diverse communities she ministered to.

As President of the Boniface Society; our Senior Citizen Organization, she arranged for our ministry to the Seamen’s Church Institute.   She also encouraged the group to participate in The Institutes’ Mariner’s Project, a separate program to provide daily necessities to international long shore men.

The Institutes’ latest project was to develop a Christmas Card Program for their members. Under her leadership, monetary donations were given to social agencies at Thanksgiving and Christmas and gifts were distributed to the children of those less fortunate families in surrounding communities.

Eleanor coordinated our Palm Sunday worship with the preparations of the Altar, the palm crosses and the events leading up to Holy week.   Her efforts resulted in a joint project between the Altar Guild and the ECW which culminated into a day of fellowship, fun, work and lunch.  It is an eagerly anticipated annual event.   Eleanor was also very generous to the Altar Guild, donating linens and metal ware for use during the administration of the sacraments.  Her largesse continues as we are about to have consecrated an additional set of cruets, a chalice and a ciborium; her last gift to us.

Ellis, as she was lovingly called, was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who eagerly shared pictures of family friends and beautiful Bermuda.

We are truly blessed that Eleanor’s memory will live on through all of us.

Nominated by Deborah Richberg, May 2013. We are deeply grateful to Ms. Richberg and all the others who have nominated these outstanding women for the All the Saints, All the Time recognition through the Episcopal Women’s History Project.


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