Elbare, Dorothy Jeanne Blume
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Sep. 27, 1923 - Jun. 24, 2012
Jeanne Elbare, 88, of Sarasota, FL formerly of Syracuse, NY, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her daughters and looking forward to a reunion with the souls of her beloved husband of 62 years, Thomas J. Elbare and her parents, Ernest E. and Loretta Lyons Blume who preceded her.
Her most celebrated accomplishment among many was the nurturing of five daughters who survive her: Terri Derr (Frederick M.), Rita Holbrook (Terry R.), Cathy Greene (Bradley), Peg Elbare and Lisa Elbare, all living in Florida. Cherished grandchildren include Matt Greene, Katie Greene Rankin, Terri Ellen Holbrook Sisler and great grandchildren, Emily Gillespie and Hunter Greene.
Jeanne studied nursing at Crouse Irving Hospital in Syracuse, NY. In 1952 Jeanne and Tom moved to Sarasota, FL with the growing family, then four girls.
With a serious interest in art and design, Jeanne's creative talent manifested itself in original fashions, ball gowns for the girl's proms and doll clothes for an entire wedding party one Christmas. She managed a women's clothing store, decided to try hair styling and eventually found an outlet for her creativity with the Sarasota County Extension Homemakers Council teaching quilt design and construction as well as judging entries for the County Fairs for many years. She loved her friends in the quilting circle which made quilts for foster children to keep as their own. She created a quilt, registered and nationally recognized that toured the United States on display.
Always rising to the top of whatever endeavor she dared to pursue, it was she who made straight A's and raised the bar for those who followed. With seemingly endless energy and the fearless desire to try new things, she was a cherished friend, Mother and wife. Jeanne was a lifelong Catholic who with her husband insisted on sacrificing luxuries to provide a private school education for five daughters.
Arrangements are being handled by National Cremation & Burial Society. A celebration of Jeanne's life will take place in the fall at a date to be announced.
The family is grateful to TideWell Hospice, Inc. 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238, whose compassionate care was invaluable.
Published in Herald Tribune from June 30 to July 1, 2012