Ellen Nofer Sinclair, loved people, singing

March 15, 2023

Ellen Nofer Sinclair, 58, died unexpectedly Monday, March 13, 2023. She was born in 1964 in Abington, Pa., the youngest of four children of Anne and George Nofer. Ellen was a devoted mother, friend, sister, daughter, and wife.

Growing up in Upper Moreland and Abington, Pa. Ellen was joyful, energetic, and a gifted athlete, already exhibiting the impish grin and independent spirit which were hallmarks of her sparkling personality for the rest of her life. She graduated from Abington High School in 1982 and Susquehanna University in 1986. Later, she received a master’s in education and also achieved ABD status. She started her professional life as a paralegal, then taught elementary school for many years in Great Valley School District, where she was acclaimed for her dedication to her students and where she developed many lasting friendships. After her move to Delaware, she worked for Beebe Healthcare Family Practice, King Street Row, and most recently Cape Henlopen School District, Sussex Consortium, continuing her enthusiasm for working directly with children. Ellen was a remarkably fun-loving person who was passionate about singing, the beach, dogs, and her Christian faith. A special joy in her life was her participation in the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus and in their smaller, select ensemble. Ellen loved people, drew them in with her smile, and soon became their lifelong friend. A bright star in many people’s lives went out when she passed. Ellen believed fervently in and supported many causes, including Rehoboth Art League, Wounded Veterans, and the Humane Society.

Ellen’s devotion to her family was central to her life, including to her parents, her son, Liam; her husband, Leo; and her best friend, Wendi Schirvar, who was like a sister to her. She is survived by many friends and family who loved her dearly. 

A celebration of Ellen’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach.

In lieu of flowers, send donations in honor of Ellen to CAMP Rehoboth Chorus,

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