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09/02/13 02:30 PM #1    

John Surre

Elaine a/k/a 'Meatball' continues to maintain a special place in my heart. Hardly does a day go by when I don't recall a special time, moment or place with Elaine. Jackie and I maintain a photo of the three of us on a shelf in our kitchen that was taken at Doug's house a year or two before she passed away. Her infectious smile is clearly evident as is our big grins. She had that magic to light up a room and make us all smile in her presence. A smile always comes to my face when I look at that photo and recall a special moment.

For me, it all started in the Fall of 1961 as a Maywoodian beginning his Sophmore year at BHS. Elaine introduced me to Jackie that year as I was captivated by Jackie the first time I saw her in that orange/grey plaid skirt, grey turtle neck sweater and grey knee high socks. I would talk to Elaine almost every night for hours. We became so very close and always put in good word for me to Jackie. After high school and our marriages in '69, Elaine, Woody, Jackie and I spent many wonderful times together. We both got married at the Fiesta, vacationed in Beach Haven and Lake George and enjoyed special times together while raising our children. Woody will recall the 'hot' shrimp cocktails at the '76 House and Elaine and he trying so hard to get up on water skis!

We are 'Aunt' Jackie and 'Uncle' John to Elaine and Woody's girls, Andrea and Valerie. Blessed to have been at both weddings within the last two years. Elaine's infectious smile is evident on their faces. And she would be proud of both men her daughters had chosen.

Miss you 'Meatball'!



09/02/13 02:41 PM #2    

Jacqueline Henry (Surre)

Elaine and I were best friends since kindergarten. We shared so much over the years—our hopes and dreams, joy and heartaches, weddings, the birth of our children, the passing of loved ones.  We laughed, we cried, we shared our deepest thoughts and secrets. We would talk on the phone for hours. She was the one who introduced me to John. In my high school yearbook she compared our friendship to a diamond, saying “diamonds are forever.” She was right—however, life is not.

Her passing at such a young age was tragic and to this day I can remember how I felt when Doug tearfully delivered the devastating news.  I am a better person for knowing her and feel the loss of her friendship every day.

I am so grateful that John and I have remained close to Doug, Woody, and Elaine and Woody’s daughters, Andrea and Valerie. Although we don’t see them often, the love and bond is there.

Elaine will forever be an important part of my life. I miss you, my friend.

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