Elaine W. Moran
92, of San Bernardino, passed away on June 6, 2014 in San Bernardino, CA.
Elaine was born in Red Lake Falls, MN to Arthur and Elizabeth (Schmitz) Wichterman on August 1, 1921. After graduation from Teachers College, Elaine taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Minnesota. Later, she moved to Minneapolis, MN, where she worked for a time as an office professional. She married Kenneth Moran in 1946 and moved to Duluth, MN where they raised 7 children. In 1969, Elaine and her family of 9 moved to Southern California. While she raised her family, Elaine was a working mother. Elaine worked for the County of San Bernardino where, for 18 years, she was Program Manager for Nutrition for Seniors, which operates the Meals on Wheels and Senior Transportation programs for San Bernardino County. She retired in 1996. During her career, Elaine received congressional recognition from the United States Senate and the California State Senate and numerous awards for her selfless dedication to seniors. In 2001, at the age of 80, Elaine climbed to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
Elaine was active in politics, serving on the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee and was a guest of the Presidential Inauguration and Ball in1993. Elaine was awarded "Citizen of Achievement" by the United States Congress and the League of Women Voters.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; Kenneth; brothers Ben, Louis, Alvin, Harvey and Andrew; and sister Lorraine Olson.
Elaine is survived by her sister Adeline Wichterman; her son Mark (Lisa), and her daughters Julie (David, deceased) Pierson, Debra, Mary (Lee) Nemnich, Michele (Ed, deceased) Wasniak, Claudia (Bill, deceased) Emmons, and Kimberly (Carl) Pawley; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Villas at San Bernardino and Interlink Hospice, who cared for Elaine at the end of her long life.
A lifelong, devout Catholic, Elaine's life will be celebrated at a memorial Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, 2525 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, on Wednesday, June 25th at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the church hall.
Condolences may be left in Elaine's online guestbook at Legacy.com.
Throughout her life, Elaine was a model of service and kindness to others. Elaine's generous and giving spirit will continue to touch lives through the Donated Body Program at UCLA.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on June 22, 2014