March 7, 1920 — February 4, 2019 QUEENSBURY — Eleanor Rowland Nobile, passed away very peacefully on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 at the Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs, at the age of 98. Prior to her residency at Wesley, Eleanor and her loving and devoted husband, James R. (Jim) Nobile, lived in Queensbury, in a home that was full of love, surrounded on the inside with her extraordinary art and on the outside with their beautiful flower gardens.
Eleanor was born, Eleanor King Dillaway, on March 7, 1920 in Saratoga Springs, and had fond memories of growing up on the family farm on Route 29, just outside of Saratoga Springs.
Eleanor earned a B.S. in art education at Skidmore College in 1968 and continued on to earn a masters degree in painting and printmaking at SUNY Albany. After a career in fashion design, she was employed for 17 years as an art teacher in the Glens Falls Junior and Senior High Schools. Following her retirement from teaching, Eleanor and Jim established a business at 21 Thompson Ave. in Glens Falls, known as ARTWORKS School of Art. It was there that she offered the community a venue for art education, a gallery, Gallery 21, where artists could display and sell their works, had a complete inventory of art supplies for retail sale and a matting and framing department for custom made services.
Following the sale of ARTWORKS, Eleanor turned her attention to painting full time and continued to paint into her 90s. Eleanor was a highly talented artist whose paintings reflected the influence of growing up in the Adirondack Region. She colored our world throughout her life through her paintings and made it a more beautiful place for her family, friends and her community. Eleanor’s artwork was included in national and regional exhibitions throughout the country and she received multiple honors and awards throughout her career. Nine of her paintings have become part of the permanent collection on display at Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls.
In addition, the Lake George Visitor’s Center has a large four panel mural that was conceived and created by Eleanor, along with two other artists that depicts the “Story of Lake George” and is enjoyed still by the many visitors who vacation at this beautiful lake in the Adirondacks.
Eleanor is survived by her husband, James R. Nobile of Queensbury; her daughter, Sandra ( Barry) Butler of Bolton Landing and Venice, Florida; her grandchildren, Maria (Tom) Pyfer of Orlando, Florida; Patrick F. DeVivo of Saratoga Springs; Jodie Hamlen of Harrison; Krista (Paul) Kelly of Lake George; her three great-grandchildren, Adrianna Pyfer, Juliette Hamlen and Eva Kelly; her sister, Linda (William) Hughs of Long Eddy; and one niece and nephew.
Eleanor was predeceased by two daughters, Fonda Kirk (Robert) Howard and Mary Jean Rowland; by her granddaughter, Kimberly Ann DeVivo; and one niece.
There will be no calling hours but a memorial in celebration of her life will be held in the spring at a place and time to be announced.
Please consider memorial donations in Eleanor’s memory be made to the Lake George Scholarship Association, 381 Canada St., Lake George, NY 12845; A scholarship in memory of her daughter, Fonda Kirk Howard, was established for graduates pursuing a career in the culinary arts. Donations may also be made to the Harrisena Church at 1616 Ridge Road, Queensbury, or the Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society, P.O. Box 323, North River, NY 12856.
For those who wish, a special remembrance may be made to the family by visiting www.sbfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, 407 Bay Road, Queensbury.