Elisa Lieblein Ruroede of Orient, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died at home May 3 after a courageous, yearlong battle with uterine cancer. She was 64.
Born at Eastern Long Island Hospital on August 8, 1949 to William and Margot (Claus) Lieblein, Elisa grew up boating, skiing, and taking family trips to Vermont. As a young girl, her first job was counting worms and helping out at Port of Egypt, her family’s fishing station in Southold.
After graduating from Greenport High School in 1967, Elisa earned a degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1971 and then worked in Boston briefly before returning to the North Fork in 1972 to join Port of Egypt Marine. Not only was Elisa one of the only women in a male-dominated marine industry, she also went on to earn numerous national accolades from Grady-White Boats for excellence in sales and customer service.
Throughout her four decades at Port of Egypt, she wore many hats, including sales manager and president, Elisa’s career brought her great joy. She was a people-person who was truly passionate about sharing her love of boating with others, and many of her customers became personal friends.
Elisa loved being with her grandchildren and treasured spending time with family and friends – on the water, poolside, at “Garden Club” meetings, going to yard sales and walking her dogs, Sierra and Zoe, on the beach at Narrow River Road. She loved to travel and especially looked forward to her annual Aruba trip with her husband, Andy. The couple also enjoyed taking dance lessons together.
Elisa was an inspiration to her family and friends, remaining positive and resilient every step of the way. She is survived by Andy, her husband of 17 years; her daughters Erin Snyder and husband Shawn of Oregon, Lisl Reuschle and husband John of Mattituck, and Marta Thomas and Tom Cornell of Greenport; stepdaughter Sandy Martocchia and husband Jerry of Greenport; four grandchildren, Courtney, Logan, Jackie and Piper; sister Marlene Westhus of New Jersey; brothers Bill Lieblein of Shelter Island and Peter Lieblein of Vermont and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors Tuesday, May 6, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport.
Memorial donations may be made to Foundation for Women’s Cancer, 230 West Monroe Suite 2528, Chicago, IL, 60606-4902 or John’s Place (a shelter for the homeless), c/o St. Agnes R.C. Church, 523 Front St., Greenport, NY 11944.
This is a paid notice.