The Reverend Eleanor C. Cresson

The Reverend Eleanor C. Cresson


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Eleanor C. Cresson, 69, of Hatfield, MA who died on Saturday, September 25, 2021. She died at the Fisher House Hospice in Amherst, MA after a prolonged illness. During her last years Eleanor was supported by a large circle of friends.

Since 1989 Eleanor served in extension ministry as a counselor and clinician in various areas, including bereavement, hospice, independent living, out-patient substance abuse counselor, additional recovery services. Eleanor retired from her drug and alcohol abuse counseling position in January 2019.

Eleanor was ordained a deacon in the New York Conference in 1984 and an elder in 1986. Before moving to extension ministry, Eleanor served as associate pastor at Trinity UMC in Poughkeepsie, NY and as pastor at Naugatuck UMC in Connecticut.

Eleanor was an avid camper and took yearly canoe trips through the Adirondacks. She also traveled widely throughout the United States and was active in Contra Dance circles, a community chorus and Women Outdoors.

Eleanor is survived by a brother, Fred Cresson. Funeral or memorial service plans are not known at this time.