Eleanor S. Cochran, 89, Tiverton


Eleanor S. Cochran, a long-time resident of Tiverton, died in Dedham, Massachusetts, on April 7, 2017, just shy of her 90th birthday. Funeral services were private, with interment in Tiverton.

Eleanor was predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald, and her brother, August Sapega, and is survived by her four daughters, Judith of Seattle, Janet (Fred Rosenberg) of New York City, Jennifer (Ralph Timperi) of Hyde Park, and Joan (Matthew Crellin) of St. Paul, as well as grandchildren, Michael Crellin (Alexandra), Theo Crellin (Emily), Corby Johnson, Evan Timperi, Evie Rosenberg, and Noah Rosenberg. Her life was further enriched by her nieces. Betsy (Bob) Lesnikoski and Ellen Sapega, and extended family, Allegra and Zachary Wilson, Jeff and Meg Timperi, and Beth Timperi, and their children.

Ellie was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the second child of Lithuanian immigrants August and Ellen Sapega. She attended Bridgeport Central High School, played violin in the school orchestra, wrapped bandages as a Red Cross volunteer, and enjoyed family visits to New York to attend the Metropolitan Opera. She received a B.A. in botany from Russell Sage College and was recruited to teach science at Chatham Hall School in Virginia.

Ellie met Don Cochran, then an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, in Philadelphia in 1950. They were married in Bridgeport May 12, 1951, and left that evening to drive to California, where Don was posted to serve on a minesweeper. The next several years were filled with Don’s Naval service, a move to suburban Baltimore, and the arrival of four daughters.

Don and Ellie lived 33 years in Carlisle, Massachusetts, and felt lucky to discover Tiverton in the early 1980s. Their home in Tiverton served as the family gathering place for over 30 years and was where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, taught their grandchildren how to ride bikes, swim, and identify sea birds, shared lavish family meals, and simply enjoyed the ever-changing natural world.


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