Eleanor M. Martens

CASTLETON - Eleanor M. Martens, 86, of Castleton, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Eleanor was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, the daughter of the late Herman and Marie (Stelling) Helms, her German immigrant parents. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 49 years, Christian Louis Martens. She grew up on Long Island and educated at Hempstead Public Schools before attending Art & Fashion Design School. She then became a professional clothing designer in NYC and worked at Vanity Fair and David Crystal. During her time in NYC, she married Chris and had 3 children before moving upstate to the Catskill mountain area. Eleanor became a Teacher Assistant for Greenville Central School District while raising her 3 children. She enjoyed quilting and made keepsakes for many family members. In her later years, she moved to The Spinney in Schodack with her beloved dog Bridie. We extend our sincere thanks to all of those that befriended her during her time there. She is survived by her sister MaryAnn Welch, two daughters Suzanne M.(Rick) Cumm and Nicole E.(Timothy) Ryan, and son Christian P. Martens. She is also survived by her 11 grandchildren: Katherine Ryan Gildea, Nathan Ryan, Timothy C. Ryan, Shannon Ryan, Lauren Cumm, Emma Cumm, Spencer Cumm, Anna Martens, Sarah Martens, Julia Martens, and Sophia Martens. Relatives and friends are invited for calling hours from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Thursday at the Wm. J. Rockefeller Funeral Home Inc., 165 Columbia Turnpike in Rensselaer or on Zoom Via link


The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday at the Funeral Home,  or via zoom link


followed by a private burial in The Catskill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Eleanor’s name to a charity of the donor's choice.