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Ellen D. (Demo) Wallack
May 27, 1942 - August 24, 2018

CROGHAN, New York ~ Ellen D. Wallack, 76, of 9714 State Route 812, Croghan, died on Friday, August 24, 2018, at the Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, New York.

Ellen, a daughter of former Assemblyman Benjamin H. and Elizabeth Keenan Demo, was born on May 27, 1942, in Lowville, New York.  After graduated high school from Fr. Leo Memorial School in Croghan in 1960, she went on to earn a B.S. Degree in Education from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York, in 1964.  Later, she did graduate work in teaching talented and gifted children at the University of Connecticut.  In August 1964, she married Pierre Wallack at St. Stephen’s Church in Croghan.  Although the marriage ended in divorce in 1984, they remained life-long friends.  Pierre died March 5, 2015.  Between 1964 and 1972, Ellen worked as a stay-at-home mother and a substitute school teacher.  In 1972, she began as a full-time elementary school teacher at Beaver River Central School in Beaver Falls, retiring in 2001 after twenty years of service, which included 4th grade and the Gifted and Talented Program that left a positive impression on many of her students.  Throughout the years, Ellen enjoyed many hobbies and interests including reading, solving puzzles, gardening, doing decorative painting, and especially spending time with family and friends.  In recent years, she took great pleasure in volunteering with the Croghan Food Pantry.

Surviving are two sons, Eric P. Wallack, and his wife, Denise Smith, of Toledo, Ohio, and Matthew J. and Lori P. (McNeil) Wallack, of Lowville; a granddaughter, Madison Wallack, of Lowville; a sister, Elizabeth Lofink Demo, of Carthage; two sisters-in-law, Helen Fredenburg Demo, of Buffalo, and Mary Alice Demo, of Massena; twenty-five nieces and nephews and several great nieces and great nephews.  She was predeceased by four brothers, Benjamin F., William, Rodney and Eugene Demo, and a sister, M. Patricia Bramhall Dustin.

Ellen’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan, with Rev. Donald J. Manfred, Pastor of St. Stephen’s Church, Croghan, officiating.  Her interment will follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Croghan.  Calling hours will are scheduled for Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 12 Noon until her 2:00 p.m. service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lewis County Humane Society, 6388 Pine Grove Road, Glenfield, New York 13343, the Croghan Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 405, Croghan, New York 13327, the Croghan Food Pantry, or to Lewis County Friends of Hospice.

Scanlon Funeral Homes, Croghan & Harrisville, New York, 2018.

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