Eleanor Jean Effland

Eleanor Jean Effland


Eleanor Jean Effland, age 88, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at War Memorial Hospital.

She was born January 3, 1934 in Huntingdon, Pa., the only child of the late Alton Leroy and Hazel Elizabeth Wible Hooper.

She was a member of Trinity-Asbury United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School Teacher and served on numerous committees within the church. Eleanor was also a lay leader. Her family moved to Berkeley Springs when she was in high school. She was a cheerleader for the Berkeley Springs High School Indians, graduated in 1951 and then earned a Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in 1955.

Eleanor married Alonzo “Ted” Effland on December 26, 1955 and they had one daughter, Terri.

Eleanor taught in Morgan County for 34 years and taught at Berkeley Springs High School as an English teacher for 33 years. It has been said that students who graduated having had her for Senior English never had difficulty with college level English courses. She enjoyed bringing literature and grammar alive to her students. Eleanor handled high school graduation ceremonies and her students performed with precision and aplomb. Many of her students shared interesting stories about the preparation for graduation with her in charge.

Eleanor was a member of numerous organizations: Re Temple #118 Daughters of the Nile, Berkeley Chapter #77 Order of the Eastern Star, Morgan County Association of Retired School Employees, Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post #60 Ladies Auxiliary, AARP, Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Outstanding Women Educators, Lifetime Associate Member of Cacapon Resort State Park Foundation (past vice-president), Ye Towne of Bath Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (past Regent and recording secretary), Morgan County Community Education Outreach Services, Alpha Delta Pi Social Sorority, Morningside CEOS, and a volunteer for Morgan County Interfaith Emergency Care.

In addition to her organization activities, Eleanor loved to travel. She enjoyed many trips with her friends, both in the United States and abroad. Her favorite trips, however, were to Walmart with her friends and then having lunch afterwards.

Eleanor is survived by her niece, Lana Colleen Long and her husband John, of Williamsport, Md.; brother-in-law, Ron Barker and his wife Susie, of Coatesville, Pa., brother-in-law Alfred Howard and nephew Nicky Howard and his wife Mary, all of Hancock, Md. Also left to cherish her memory are the other Golden Girls, many dear friends and her little chickadees, Mabry and Mannix.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alonzo “Ted” Effland on August 19, 1992 and her daughter, Terri Lyn Effland on September 17, 2009.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20, at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 95 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., with Pastor Chuck Bergen officiating. Interment will be in Greenway Cemetery.

The family received friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday where there was an Eastern Star memorial service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Trinity-Asbury United Methodist Church, 108 Wilkes Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 or the Morgan County Student Aid Fund, % Becky Stotler, CNB, P.O. Box 130, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

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