Eleanor “Ellie” Ostrinsky

August 4, 2013 

Eleanor Ostrinsky, 87, a retired mathematics teacher and accomplished bridge player, died July 19 in Durham after complications from heart surgery.

Born Eleanor Greenman in Boston, MA, she moved to Suitland, MD, in 1935, and was valedictorian of the class of 1941 at Surrattsville High School in Clinton, Md. She graduated from Wilson Teachers College in DC in 1945 and shortly thereafter began her career in education at Kramer Junior High School in Northwest DC. She married the late Nelson Ostrinsky in 1949 and was a homemaker in the 1950s and early 1960s, returning to the classroom at Sligo Junior High in 1963. She retired from Charles Woodward High School in Rockville in 1980.

Mrs. Ostrinsky moved to the Cedars of Chapel Hill in 2006 to be near her two daughters, Lynn Ann Schwartz of Raleigh and Carol Krucoff of Chapel Hill. An active member of the Triangle Bridge Club of Durham, she was a gold life master in the American Contract Bridge League and had been a member of the Washington Bridge League when she lived in Maryland. She was also an avid snorkeler and traveled to snorkel at coral reefs around the world. At the Cedars, Mrs. Ostrinsky was involved in numerous activities including line dancing — where she participated and also taught the class.

In addition to her two daughters, survivors include a brother Maurice Greenman of Boca Raton, Fla, five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Mrs. Ostrinsky was laid to rest on July 23 at King David Memorial Gardens in Falls Church, VA. A Celebration of the Life of Ellie Ostrinsky will be held at the Cedars Clubhouse, 100 Cedar Club Circle, on Saturday, August 3, from 3 – 5 p.m. The family requests that contributions in her memory be made to the Coral Reef Alliance, 351 California Street, Suite 650, San Francisco CA, www.coral.org.

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