Eleanor A. Hinsch, a longtime Freeport resident devoted to child care and cooking who later compiled a multigenerational family cookbook, died Monday in a Charlotte, North Carolina hospital.

The cause of death was congestive heart failure, the family said. She was 67.

"She was a surrogate mother for all the children who entered her life through day care and friends, and [an] adoptive mother to any animal that crossed her path," said her daughter, Bethany Hinsch, of Fairfax, Virginia. "She was . . . a wonderful friend."

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Hinsch, a career day care worker in Freeport, moved to Huntersville, North Carolina, in 2006.

Her interest in cooking was gleaned from her parents, who ran a delicatessen, first in Brooklyn, then in Freeport on Atlantic Avenue, said a family friend, David Vieser of Cornelius, North Carolina.

"Eleanor was a special friend to both me and my wife, Gloria. She . . . introduced us in 1967," Vieser said. "She was a great cook, an avid card player and always took the time to discuss concerns and issues among her children, her friends and the many parents whose children she watched," he said.

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Hinsch self-published her cookbook, "German Recipes: Five Generations of Family Recipes," in 2013.

"If you can't find something yummy in these pages . . . you probably aren't looking," one reviewer wrote.

In addition to Bethany Hinsch, survivors include another daughter, Sara Hinsch of Bay Shore; a son, Jason Hinsch of Huntersville; and a brother, Richard Bohlen of Frisco, Texas.

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Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Hungerford & Clark in Freeport. A funeral service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. Interment follows at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.