Ellen D. (Demo) Wallack

Born: Wed., May 27, 1942
Died: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 30, 2018
Location: Croghan

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., Aug. 30, 2018
Location: Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan

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CROGHAN, NY ~ Ellen D. Wallack, 76, of 9714 State Rt. 812, Croghan, died Friday, August 24, 2018, in Lewis County General Hospital, Lowville, NY. 

Ellen was born May 27, 1942, in Lowville, NY, a daughter of former Assemblyman Benjamin H. and Elizabeth Keenan Demo, and graduated high school from Fr. Leo Memorial School in Croghan in 1960.  In 1964, she was graduated from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, from where she received her B.S. Degree in Education.  She later did graduate work in teaching gifted and talented children at the University of Connecticut.  

She married Pierre Wallack in August, 1964, 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 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 20 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, puzzles, gardening, 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 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; 25 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 also be on Thursday, August 30th, from 12 Noon until her 2:00 p.m. service.

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

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Jodi Bush Stocking
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Matt and family I am so sorry for your loss.

Randy Davis
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Forever in my heart!

Karen M Smith
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Matt and Lori, I was so sorry to hear about Ellen. She was such a creative, wonderful person. You are all in my thoughts. Much love, Karen

Fern wallack and family
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Our deepest condolences. Thoughts and prayer for you and your family.

With deepest sympathy,
Fern and family

Debbie (Maiellaro) Stine
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Eric & Matt, I am truly sorry for your loss of your mom. I remember both of your parents and their wit fondly! Take good care, my friends.
Love - Deb

Rosemary Campany
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Sincere condolences to Ellen's family. She was a friend and classmate. May she rest in peace.

Renee Scheve
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Marinos Pizzeria Family.

Sorry for your loss..Sending loves and prayers .. Joe Renee Sage Andrew

Cindy (Sally Bush’s sister)
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
Surely, Sally met Ellen with a huge hug as Ellen arrived in Heaven!

Erika Kuhl Smith
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
She truly was "a positive impression on many of her students", including me. Two of the best memories I have of her include the time spent filming an old western movie and the countless hours creating the very first BRCS Elementary Yearbook. She was a wonderful woman and never forgot her students. May the memories you share comfort you.

Kristin Johnston Leroux
   Posted Wed August 29, 2018
I am so sorry that I will not be able to join in person tomorrow, but I did want to say that I loved Aunt Ellen so much, she was such a crazy and amazing woman! I always enjoyed tagging along when Nanny went to visit as well as the occasional calls we had when I was older and moved away. Please know that I will be thinking of you all tomorrow and will be there in spirit. All my love. - Kristin

Patricia m bramhall
   Posted Wed August 29, 2018
Ellen was a Golden friend. Many, many will miss her sharp wit, delicious kitchen recipes, colorful socks, jigsaw puzzels, and wine with friends.

Judy Waligory
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018
Eric and Matt,
I worked with your Mom at Beaver River. Her students enjoyed being in her class. She was enthusiastic and had a special spark that made learning fun. I am sorry for your loss. Judy Waligory

   Posted Mon September 10, 2018
You were a great teacher, and you made the 4th grade a great place to learn and grow. Thanks for all you taught me and my fellow students.

Randy and alicia demo
   Posted Thu November 08, 2018
Sorry to hear about Ellen, we pray the family find comfort. Thinking of the family.

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