NEW YORK, N.Y. — Eleanore Fuld died peacefully in her home in New York City on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at the age of 102.
She was born in Duesseldorf , Germany on July 15, 1908 to Johanna and Louis Elkan. In 1930 she married Fred Fuld and moved to Nuernberg. They had one daughter, Ann Lee, who tragically succumbed to cancer at the age of 19.
In 1937, Eleanore and her family immigrated to the United States. Three years later, she met Erwin and Margret Loewy, and was employed by them to look after their daughter, Brigitte. It is with the Loewys that Eleanore was introduced to Lake Placid in 1942. She spent the summer at the Marcy Hotel, where she first met Ted Frankel, the hotel manager at the time. The following summer she was a guest at the Grandview Hotel where she befriended the owner, Edgar Gilbert and his wife, Natalie. She also met Mai Bloomberg, Ted Frankel’s future wife, who worked at the hotel as a secretary. All these people became close friends and were to play an important role in her future activities in the village.
In 1944, the Loewys moved into the big gray house on the corner of Hillcrest Avenue and Olympic Drive, now the site of the Veranda Restaurant. Two years later, Eleanore began her own activity in the hotel business by opening a bed and breakfast at 14 Hillcrest Avenue.
In 1956, Edgar Gilbert persuaded her to move back to the Grandview to act as dining room hostess. In 1957, she purchased a home on Signal Hill and turned it into a guesthouse known as The Regent House. It became a favorite destination for an elderly, European clientele who stayed for long periods, returning regularly every summer. Dr. George Hart was the “resident physician” who was on call any time of day or night. It was sold in 1969.
From 1970 to 1979, Eleanore rented an apartment overlooking Mirror Lake at Razook’s, now site of The Gap. In 1980, she moved in with her close friends, Ted and Mai Frankel at Placid Manor, and became their dining room hostess. Since 1984, she has been spending every summer at Elmar, with Brigitte Loewy Linz and her children and grandchildren, in her favorite place on earth, the little boathouse with the big dock on Mirror Lake opposite Main Street.
Eleanore is survived by her nephew, George Reinemund of Cary N.C., and her niece, Mary Friedman of Santa Barbara Calif. and their families.
A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28 at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel in New York City.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, c/o Elise Cooke, 633 Third Ave. (28th Floor), New York, NY 10017.