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“Dear Lou and Family,Norie was a good, kind and sweet woman who loved everyone she knew, especially all of you! I am happy that in my life I got the...Read More »
1 of 57 | Posted by: Karen Geisler - Old Lyme, CT

“Dear Mr. Hage,I'm sorry to hear of you loss. My sympathy and prayers to you and your family. ”
2 of 57 | Posted by: Jim Cory - San Diego, CA

“Dear Lou and Family,We are so saddened by Nori's unexpected passing. She was such an inpsiration - and such a wonderful person. Our visits back to...Read More »
3 of 57 | Posted by: Lisa, Norman, Jennifer and Emily Trebilcock - FL

“Dear Elias and Family,I concur with my brothers thoughts and prayers. I also have found memories of our beach picnics and discussions. My sincerest...Read More »
4 of 57 | Posted by: David J Gorra - Syracuse, NY

“Dear Elias and Precious Hage Family,I am just now seeing the lovely and memorable tribute to your special NORI. She was so dedicated to all of you...Read More »
5 of 57 | Posted by: John Gorra - Lincoln City, OR

“To all the Hage Family,I am very sorry to hear of Eleanor's death. She was a lovely, kind woman, whose beauty shone from within. She was a great...Read More »
6 of 57 | Posted by: Honora Conn

“From our family to you and yours, Lou..Please know we are thinking of all of you as you pass through one of life's saddest moments. We hope through...Read More »
7 of 57 | Posted by: Joyce, Jim, Brad, Russ Hancock - CT

“To Mr. Hage and family:Please accept my condolences in view of Mrs. Hage's passing. She and I worked together at Mitchell College back in the 1980's...Read More »
8 of 57 | Posted by: Richard Ruth - Roswell, NM

“Dear Lou and the Hage family,Cynthia and I were saddened to hear of the sudden passing of your wife and mother. Norrie was one of our favorite...Read More »
9 of 57 | Posted by: frank Nappi - Bluffton, SC

“Our hearts go out to you and your family. Love, Dena, Stan, and Joseph ”
10 of 57 | Posted by: dena salsburg vogel - GA

“Karen and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Eleanor. The Lambs gatherings will not be the same without her smilling face. Karen and John...Read More »
11 of 57 | Posted by: karen & john matthews - waterford, CT

“I met Mrs. Hage while attending Mitchell College. She tutored me in history. She was one of the nices persons one could meet. ”
12 of 57 | Posted by: gary beebe - groton, CT

“To the Hage Family, We were deeply saddened to hear of your recent loss. We can only hope that vibrant memories of her love and service carry you...Read More »
13 of 57 | Posted by: The Tewksbury Family - RI

“To the Hage Family,We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. May your memories of her love, spirit and service comfort you in your time of need....Read More »
14 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“Our sincere condolences go out to the entire Hage family. Mrs. Hage was an incredible woman and role model that will be sadly missed by all those who...Read More »
15 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“Please accept my deepest sympathies. ”
16 of 57 | Posted by: Greg Wilkinson - Gales Ferry, CT

“Lou,My deepest condolences to you and your family. My rememberances of Eleanor and you were ones of total happiness. You both always made time for...Read More »
17 of 57 | Posted by: Pete McIvor - Watertown, CT

“John, Lydia, and Family, Please accept our condolences on the passing of your dear mother. She was a remarkable woman. We know that she will be...Read More »
18 of 57 | Posted by: Ornella and Richard Sweeney and Family - MA

“My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family over the loss of your wife. You will be kept in my thoughts and prayers. GOD bless you.Sandra...Read More »
19 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Lou, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your wonderful wife. We feel privileged to have known Nori for almost 20 years. She was such a kind,...Read More »
20 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“Johnny and family, . Sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. Your mom was obviously a very...Read More »
21 of 57 | Posted by: Mike & Mary Lane - Foxborough, MA

“Dear Mr. Hage, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your lovely wife Eleanor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. It was...Read More »
22 of 57 | Posted by: Jim Luce - Denville, NJ

“My condolences to the family. As a child, with Leg Perthy's disease, Mrs. Hage tutored me while I recovered from surgery. She layed on the floor with...Read More »
23 of 57 | Posted by: Jason McGrath - New London, CT

“Dear Lou,Your must be so proud of Nori and all that she has done for you and others in her life.It has been a blessing to us to have known her and a...Read More »
24 of 57 | Posted by: Lorraine & Peter Grader - Groton, CT

“Dear Lou and family,we want to express our deepest sympathy. We were so glad to see Nori when she was in Cincinnat in October. We always thought your...Read More »
25 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Mr. Hage and Family, We were so sorry to hear of your loss announced at Christ the King Wednesday night. Your tribute to her in today's Day...Read More »
26 of 57 | Posted by: Michele Dickey - Old Lyme, CT

“Mr Hage, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your lovely wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Each day as I stand in front of my classes, I...Read More »
27 of 57 | Posted by: Leslie Owen - Pensacola, FL

“Dear Lou, We are deeply saddened by the news of Nori's passing. She was a beautiful and kind woman. Her hospitality and warmth toward us will never...Read More »
28 of 57 | Posted by: Mel Foti - New London, CT

“To the entire Hage family- Words cannot begin to describe our heart-felt sorrow about hearing the news of Nori's passing. Through the years what...Read More »
29 of 57 | Posted by: Bill & Lisa McCooey - Amston, CT


30 of 57 | Posted by: Jhn & Barbara Mathieu - Madison, CT

“Lou and family.I am so sorry for your lose. She was a beautiful lady, I will miss seeing her swiming at Waterford Beach. I am so glad you will all...Read More »
31 of 57 | Posted by: cheryl sylvester - waterford, CT

“Lou and the Hage family, I am very sorry to learn of Eleanor's passing. It was a pleasure to be reacquanited with her and you at the OLHS '75 reunion...Read More »
32 of 57 | Posted by: Brad Wright - Jericho, VT

“Mr. Hage,So sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. May all of your memories of her and your family keep her in your heart forever. I know that...Read More »
33 of 57 | Posted by: Rosemary Lewis - Broxton, GA

“Dear Lou, Joe and family, We were so sorry to hear about Norri, you all will be in our prayers and thoughts. We will always cherish the memories of...Read More »
34 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hage family in your time of grief. May your memories of Norie bring you comfort. She was a wonderful...Read More »
35 of 57 | Posted by: - Oakdale, CT

“Dear Mr. Hage,I'm sorry to hear of your loss, but heartened to learn of your wife's extraordinary life of service. You're in our thoughts today, and...Read More »
36 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Lou and family,Your most touching memorial fairly captured Nori's extraordinary life. Thank you for sharing her with us. We treasure our times...Read More »
37 of 57 | Posted by: Gilbert Shasha - Delray Beach, FL

“Sorry for your loss Mr. Hage. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May Eleanor rest in eternal peace. Peace be with you. ”
38 of 57 | Posted by: Deborah Babcock Branigan - OK

“My deepest sympathy to you Mr. Hage and your entire family. I remember when living on seabreeze your walks together and your visits to the beach. I...Read More »
39 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Lou, We are so sorry to learn about the sudden, unexpected loss of Norri. We shall alway remember the wonderful times we have spent with both...Read More »
40 of 57 | Posted by: Anthony Pescatello - FL

“Elias & FamilyWe were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Eleanor. She was such a wonderful lady. Please accept our deepest sympathies. She...Read More »
41 of 57 | Posted by: Eve & Rit Manthous - North Port, FL

“Dear Mr. Hage,Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss. I have fond memories of Mrs. Hage helping you to chaperone our school...Read More »
42 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Hage. I am so incredibly sorry to hear of your loss of Mrs Hage. You, Mrs Hage and your entire family were always a role model to us students in...Read More »
43 of 57 | Posted by: Kristen Gould Case - Park City, UT

“Dear Mr Hage, I deeply appreciate having had the chance to get to know Nori, and to be inspired by her intelligence, concern for others, and...Read More »
44 of 57 | Posted by: Melanie Bailey - Chadron, NE

“Dear Joe and famly,My deepest sympathies for your loss.She was a colleague for so many years at Mitchell and was well respected.May her memory be...Read More »
45 of 57 | Posted by: A friend

“Our condolences to the Hage family. We enjoyed the company of Nori at various holiday functions at her son Joe's house. We feel blessed to have...Read More »
46 of 57 | Posted by: David Bednarz - Waterford, CT

“Dear Lou and Family, We are so saddened to learn of the loss of our dear friend, Nori. As a friend of over 40 years, Nori's energy, intellect,...Read More »
47 of 57 | Posted by: Fran and David Salsburg - CT

“Johnny, so sad to hear the news today. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and that you are not alone during these tough times.......Read More »
48 of 57 | Posted by: Joe and Diane Ames - Foxboro, MA

“Dear Lou, Please know that we are praying for you during this sad time. Your precious wife will always be remembered as a sweet and vivacious lady. ”
49 of 57 | Posted by: Art & Lynn Welch - Oakdale, CT

“We are so very sorry for you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Carl and Erica ”
50 of 57 | Posted by: Carl and Erica Zapatka - Old Lyme, CT

“My thoughts go out to the Hage family. I will always remember "Joe's mom" as a caring and thoughtful person. She always had something nice to say...Read More »
51 of 57 | Posted by: seth yarish - oakdale, CT

“Elias, Nori truly was "one-in-a-million." Her generousity of spirit will be deeply missed by this community. Nori's warm smile was her trademark. So...Read More »
52 of 57 | Posted by: Nate and Dee Lidestri - Naples, FL

“Dear Hage Family, Mary and I were very sorry to hear of your loss. The great kindness that Eleanor showed to all who ever met her and the good deeds...Read More »
53 of 57 | Posted by: Jeff and Mary Withey - Lebanon, CT

“From the "Pack" in CT and MD, we all send our condolences, prayers and love to Mr. Hage and family. ”
54 of 57 | Posted by: Vicky Haynes - Salem, CT

“Dear Lou and Family, Norie was such a driving force in so many ways. May her light continue to shine in our hearts. May we hold onto and cherish...Read More »
55 of 57 | Posted by: Peggy Comstock - Old Lyme, CT

“We are so saddened by this news this week. You are in our prayers always and Norie is forever in our memories. Much Love, Charu & Matt ”
56 of 57 | Posted by: Matthew Minucci - Weehawken, NJ

“Dear Mr. Hage and family, Our hearts go out to you all. We always appreciated Mrs. Hage's genuine interest in life. We were so glad to see both of...Read More »
57 of 57 | Posted by: Jack & Pam (Salsburg) Williams and family - GA


Waterford - Eleanor Nicholas Hage, 77, of Seabreeze Drive, wife of Elias Joseph Hage, died unexpectedly in Boca Raton, Fla., on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Eleanor was born on August 14, 1933 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the seventh of eight children to Lebanese immigrants, Naseem and John Nicholas . When John Nicholas died young, Naseem bought a small grocery store from money she made selling rags. It was here that Eleanor developed her bond to family, a tireless work ethic, and a homey sense of humor. A fall down a flight of stairs when she was 14 left Eleanor in a full body cast for a year and a rare genetic condition contributed to a lifetime of physical pain. She refused to let this defeat her. “If I sit down, I might not get up again,” Mrs. Hage quipped when she was asked how she kept going. A strong believer in betterment through education, she received her BA from Our Lady of Cincinnati in 1955 and worked on a professional level for The Girl Scouts of USA. In 1960, she married a high-school teacher, Elias Joseph Hage and moved to his hometown of New London, CT where they raised four children. In 1973, the family moved to Waterford, CT. Eleanor received her MAT from Connecticut College in 1983 and taught History at Mitchell College for 15 years. She and her husband loved to prepare food and entertain family and friends in their home. Mrs. Hage enjoyed reading books and discussing ideas, solving crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble, and engaging in wordplay. She taught herself how to use the computer as a way to save lesson plans and grades for her students and fell in love with the technology. She used the Internet to stay in touch with family and friends. A lifetime helping others Eleanor Hage was a devout Catholic who dedicated her life to helping others not only in the countless meals and baked goods she prepared for individuals and visits to shut-ins, but on a public level as well. Over the years, Mrs. Hage taught homebound instruction to troubled teens, sat as President and member of the Confraternity of Christian Women, was President of the Waterford Women’s Club, coordinated volunteers for the Soup Kitchen in New London, and served for 20 years as coordinator of the New London Area Food Pantry. While wintering in Florida, she volunteered as a docent at the local nature preserve. She had an indomitable will and an uncanny ability to get things done. Once, when she organized a canned food drive for a local charity, she noticed that people had cleaned their shelves of canned pumpkin. “What are poor people going to do with canned pumpkin?” Mrs. Hage asked. She sent everyone in the group home with cans of pumpkin and the instruction to make “Somethin’ Pumpkin” for a bake sale. The group raised over $500, which she then used to buy beans, rice, and meat for the food pantry. It was this kind of resourcefulness that inspired many others to donate their time and money to the causes she supported. No one person can know how many lives she has changed for the better. “Nothing was more important to her than her children, grandchildren, and her faith,” said her husband of 50 years. She is survived by her husband, her four children: Joseph Elias Hage, John Luke Hage, Sarah Marie Hage, and Catherine Ann Hage; five grandchildren: Lukas Hage, Joelle Hage, Isabelle Hage, Giuliana Hage, and Gabriela Hage, one sister Antoinette Nicholas Reilly and many nieces and nephews. The funeral will assemble at 10:15 A.M. Monday at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London, and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in St. Joseph Church at 11 A.M. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday from 5- 8 P.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Joseph’s School in New London or the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London. Please visit www.neilanfuneralhome.com for directions or to send a condolence message to the Hage family.

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