In Loving Memory of Eleanor M. Stine

August 01, 1931
Bridgeport, CT
February 02, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Wednesday 4-8 p.m.

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

February 06, 2019


Holy Family Church

Mass of Christian Burial

700 Old Stratfield Road,
CT 06825

Thursday, February 7, 2019 10:00 a.m.


St. Thomas Cemetery

Mill Plain Road,
CT 06824

February 07, 2019

Family Gathering


Eleanor M. Stine

Eleanor M. Stine, age 87 of Fairfield, beloved wife of the late George E. Stine, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Compassionate Care Hospice in Hamilton, NJ. Born in Bridgeport, the daughter of the late Chester and Kate Szymkuc, she had been a lifelong Fairfield resident prior to relocating to New Jersey in late 2016. She was a graduate of Roger Ludlowe High School. Eleanor developed her love of music at a young age playing in her father’s Polka band. Her great passion for the piano and teaching others, she started teaching piano at a young age and did so for over 50 years. She was the music teacher at Holy Family School for 29 years. She also served as the organist and choir director of Holy Family Church for over 25 years. She directed many church and school performances as well as played in several dance recitals. She was a member of the Holy Family Parish Council, Ladies’ Guild and volunteered for many years at the church’s Bingo games. Eleanor loved teaching music and was so very fond of all her students, and took great joy playing music for all the church events from Masses to weddings and funerals. Her greatest joy however was spending time with her family. Survivors include three beloved children: Richard Stine and his wife Mary Ellen of Trumbull, Mary Ann Downey of Moosic, PA and Joanne Smart and her husband Jim of Pennington, NJ; a brother, Chester (Chet) Szymkuc of Fairfield; eight loving grandchildren: Chuck Stine, Maggie Henriques and her husband Jason, Richard Stine and his wife Mary Katherine, Jonathan Stine, Heather Bird, Timothy Downey, Michael and Kenny Smart; four cherished great-grandchildren: Kyleen and Crystal Bird, Wyatt and Presley Henriques and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Kathi Stine, granddaughter, Kate Stine and her sister, Carole Coarse. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 700 Old Stratfield Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers friends may consider a donation in Eleanor’s memory to The Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome Foundation (SADS), 4527 South 2300 East, Suite 104, Salt Lake City, UT 84117-4448. ( For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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13 Guestbook Entries for Eleanor M. Stine

  1. My deepest condolences to the Family on the lost of your dear loved one our average life span is 70yrs or 80yrs if especially strong (Psalm 90:10) Ms Stine lived beyond that living a full life may you find comfort in God’s promise that we will be able to see our loved ones again (John 5:28,29)

  2. To the Stine family: so sorry to hear about Eleanor’s passing. She was a good friend and neighbor. Many fond memories of her, growing up on Nutmeg Lane! God bless you. ❤️

  3. She was a wonderful neighbor to us. Her recipe for (cherry? strawberry?) fruity crumb sheet cake was the best and thank goodness my mother borrowed it from her. She loved her piano, her family, her church. She was a great lady. My heartfelt sympathies go to Richard, MaryAnn, Joann, and all of her grandchildren and family members.

  4. Dear Rick, MaryAnn, Joann and families-
    Please accept my sincere condolences on your mom’s passing. She was a lovely person and wonderful neighbor.

  5. Dear Stine Family,
    Mrs. Stine was a very special friend to our family – throughout our years at Holy Family School and Church we shared many special memories. We are thankful to have had her, and your dad in our lives. Please accept our sincerest condolences and know you are all in our loving thoughts and prayers. I can already hear her playing her heart out with the Angels’ Choir!

  6. I would like to express my condolences in the loss of your dear loved one. Death is such a hurtful thing that the bible calls it our enemy. [1 Corinthians 15:26]. But the bible also gives us hope of seeing them again in the promised resurrection to come according to [John 5:28-29] and [Acts chapter 24:15]. There is further hope found in scriptures like [Isaiah 25:8] and [Revelations 21:3-5] which says in part that Jehovah God will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, because God will swallow up death forever. I hope these scriptures will be of some comfort.
    With Deep Sympathy.

  7. Deepest condolences to the entire Stine Family. She was a lovely lady. Find comfort with family and friends during this difficult time.

  8. We will miss you. So many great memories of the old neighborhood. Our families were next door neighbors for over 50 years.

  9. Eleanor, we have not seen each other for a few years now, but you remain one of my most admired co-workers of all time. It was a pleasure to bring the children to your music class…I loved singing along too!! Practice for Christmas shows, Thanksgiving shows, Flag Day shows, Presidents Day shows…you name it and Eleanor had a show ready to go!!! All the kids loved you and coming to music class. May you rest in eternal peace in the hands of Our Lord. You are the BEST.

  10. My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Stine family and to family and friends for your loss,sending prayers that your mom and grandmother will rest in peace 💔😢🙏❤️

  11. Dear Stine Family – I worked often with your mother as a flutist for 20 years or so. She quickly became a dear friend instead of just a colleague. I always think of her at Christmas and Easter, as, for many years, working with her was a big part of my holidays. I will always remember her kindness.

  12. Dear Joanne and Stein family,
    I want to express my sympathy and let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  13. I will never forget Eleanor, or as I affectionately remember her as “Mrs. Stine,” for her kindness, generosity, and as a wonderful next-door neighbor when my family and I lived on Nutmeg Lane in Fairfield. God rest her soul.