Eleanor Spiel

Obituary of Eleanor Bersin Spiel

Rejoice! Rejoice! Eleanor Bersin Spiel entered the gates of heaven March 9, 2020. The angels are singing “hallelujah!” Elly, as she was affectionately known, was born February 6, 1925 to the late Grace Hart and Benjamin Flynn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 AM Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bay Head, N.J. with Reverend Father Joseph Hlubik officiating.  Interment will be held 12:30 PM Saturday at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, New Jersey. The family will visit with friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, March 13th, 2020 at Van Hise and Callagan Funeral Home in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.

In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Bersin; second husband, Warren F. Spiel; sister, Patricia Williams; brother, William Flynn; sister-in-law, Mary Bersin.

Survivors include children, Robert L. Bersin and Judith, Elizabeth A. Corvinus and Tuck, Susan E. Bersin; stepson, Robert Spiel and Marilyn; grandchildren, Aaron Bersin and Robin, Emily Wash and Hunter, Lia Bersin, and George Bersin-Daly; great-granddaughter, Emma Bersin and twin baby girls due in May; step-grandchildren, Brian Corvinus and Jen, Michael Corvinus and April; step-great-grandchildren, Karissa, Colton and Caleb; sister, Rosemary Costello; beloved sister-in-law, Kathy Flynn, and numerous wonderful nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

Elly excelled academically exploring her love for literature and English at Montclair State. In 1948 Eleanor Flynn became Eleanor Bersin when she married the love of her life, George Bersin of New York, New York. She cherished her date nights walking across the George Washington Bridge. They loved raising their 3 children. There were many backyard BBQ’s, Lake George weekends and summer excursions to the Jersey Shore!

Elly made many friends in Bergenfield through her participation with her children in Cub Scouts, Little League, Girl Scouts, as a substitute teacher at St. John’s Elementary School as well as a member of St. John’s Parish. She continued joyful participation in functions at Immaculate Heart Academy with her daughters during their high school years.

Elly was lucky in love not once, but twice, when she married Warren Spiel in 1986. Life’s journey brought her to Bay Head where she loved the salt air and ocean breeze. She continued community service by being an active member of the Point Pleasant Women’s Club, past president and member of the Women’s Republican Club of Mantoloking and Bay Head and a passionate vocalist in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church choir. Elly was selfless and volunteered many hours to St. Gregory’s Pantry of Point Pleasant Beach as well as various fundraising events.

Elly was a fearless adventurer! Oh how she loved to drive! If there was a reason to go, nothing would stop her. You could always find her where family and friends gathered. Her friendships were deep and she cultivated them with love and care. Elly was especially proud of her participation in “Squad 2” sports class at Leonia High where she remained lifelong friends with her teammates. Eleanor never said an unkind word about any person. She was joyous and kind, always smiling. Elly will always be remembered for her grace and elegance.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Keda, Maura and all Hospice angels who guided mom with the kindest and most gentle care.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Covenant House or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.



4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, March 13, 2020
Van Hise & Callagan Funeral Home
812 Arnold Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

9:30 am
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
751 Main Avenue
Bay Head, New Jersey, United States


George Washington Memorial Park
234 Paramus Road
Paramus, New Jersey, United States