HONORING ELEANOR (ELLIE) BLOCH; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 26
(Extensions of Remarks - February 07, 2020)

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                     HONORING ELEANOR (ELLIE) BLOCH


                           HON. JARED HUFFMAN

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                        Friday, February 7, 2020

  Mr. HUFFMAN. Madam Speaker, I rise today in memory of Eleanor (Ellie) 
Bloch, who passed away on January 15, 2020, at the age of 83 after a 
lifetime of public service to her community.
  Born in 1936 in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Hymen Stutman and Nellie 
Wiener Stutman, Ellie graduated from Brookline High School in 1954 and 
then attended Boston University as a music major. She later graduated 
from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. After meeting and marrying 
her first husband, Harry Salesky, who passed away in 1983, they moved 
to New York and then Tiburon, where she remained for the next 48 years. 
In 1985, Ellie married Don Spater, who died 1996. She met her third 
husband, John Bloch, through mutual friends, and they married in 1999.
  Ellie was elected to represent Marin County in the California Senior 
Legislature in 2004, and she served in this role tirelessly up until 
her passing. Among her many efforts, she worked hard to help pass a 
state emergency plan that included best practices for local governments 
and municipalities to evacuate seniors and people with disabilities. 
She served as one the vice chairs of the Joint Rules Committee from 
2013-2015, and was a member of the Housing and Transportation 
committee, spending days at a time in Sacramento advocating for seniors 
and people with disabilities. In 2017, Ellie was awarded the Moira 
Jackson award for distinguished service to the California Senior 
  In addition to her work with the California State Legislature, Ellie 
was a member of the legislative committee for the California Commission 
on Aging, served as president of the Tiburon Sunset Rotary Club, and 
from 2010-2018, she was an advisory board member for San Francisco 
State University's Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. 
She also served as a board member for Family Service Agency of Marin 
for 20 years, and she was a board member and secretary for the Marin 
City Community Development Corporation and Marin City Land Corporation 
for 15 years.
  Beyond her incredible community service, Ellie was also the co-
founder, coordinator, and mediator for Marin Mediation Services where 
she worked for 40 years. In this capacity, she was known for her 
ability to treat everyone who came before her fairly, toiling to reach 
resolutions that would benefit all parties involved. In her free time, 
Ellie could be found enjoying art, music, spending time with friends 
and family, participating in yoga classes, and at the Corinthian Yacht 
  Ellie is survived by her husband, John Bloch, and three sons, William 
Salesky, Joseph Salesky and Andrew Salesky, and stepchildren Julie 
Middlebrook, Jenni Hamilton, Andrew Bloch, Deborah Spater-Melnick, 
Cheryl Spater and Lori Munoz, as well as seven grandchildren, one step-
grandson, four great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. 
While she will be greatly missed, Ellie's legacy will live on through 
the indelible and positive impact she had on her family, friends and 
extended community. Madam Speaker, please join me in sending her loved 
ones our sincere condolences and warm regards.