Elaine Ernestine Bost Froehly died on Aug. 11, 2013, in Houston, Texas.
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Dates for visitation and services in Vandalia, followed by burial in Arlington National Cemetery, will be announced at a later time. Miller Funeral in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Evans Public Library, 215 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471, or Kaskaskia College Foundation, 27210 College Road, Centralia, Ill. 62801. Online memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.millerfh.net.
Mrs. Froehly was born on Dec. 10, 1917, in New Orleans, La., the daughter of Dr. Ernest James Bost and Ella Hoffman Bost, who were raised in Fillmore Township.
Elaine's family moved to Vandalia when she was 3 years old. Her father began practicing dentistry in New Orleans after graduating from Tulane, but soon a letter from his wife's uncle, John Schenker, then president of the Farmers and Merchants bank in Vandalia, brought the family back to this area. A dentist with offices above the bank was retiring, and Dr. Bost moved his family to Vandalia and moved his practice over the bank. The family lived at 321 W. Randolph St., and Elaine completed grades 1-12 at Central School, directly across the street.
Elaine excelled at softball, basketball, swimming, tennis and the equestrian arts. She and her father owned thoroughbred horses and showed them at county fairs. She and her horse, Mickey, were such close companions that she took the name "Mickey" as her own nickname and was so known to her friends.
She entered MacMurray College for Women in Jacksonville with the intention of becoming a physical education teacher. After one year, she changed her mind and transferred to Washington University in St. Louis, where she completed the five-year program for the dual degrees of B.S. and R.N.
After graduation, she worked at Barnes Hospital in the operating room and, with the outbreak of World War II, joined Washington University's reactivation of the 21st General Hospital Unit as a second lieutenant for deployment in the war.
She met her future husband, Bertram Froehly, an Army Air Corps pilot, at Ft. Benning, Ga., before being shipped with her unit to England and then to North Africa. In Algeria, she worked as an anesthetist in the operating room. There, also, she was reunited with Bert, and with permission of her commanding general, General McNair, they were married. It made the New York newspapers, Lowell Thomas's national radio show and The Saturday Evening Post.
Her husband remained in the Air Force after the war. His last assignment before retiring was at Scott Field in Belleville, allowing them to live in Vandalia.
Vandalia also became their retirement home. They lived here in a house next to the eighth fairway of the Vandalia Country Club for 45 years, and Elaine was a devoted golfer throughout that time.
Besides being a member of the Vandalia Country Club, Elaine was a member of First Methodist Church, American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary and Daughters of the American Revolution.
She and Bert were world travelers, visiting even remote places such as Antarctica and Siberia. After Bert's death in 2006, Elaine moved to Houston, Texas, to be near her daughter.
Elaine's death represents the severing of a link to the area's pioneer past. Her Bost ancestors, Jacob Bost Jr. and Margaret Cress Bost, came to Montgomery County by covered wagon from North Carolina in 1836, and her family has farmed in Southern Illinois ever since.
Elaine leaves behind her sister, Yvonne Bost Pickett of Bozeman, Mont., her daughter, Susan Froehly Teich of Houston, Texas, and a son, Dr. Bertram M. Froehly Jr. of Riverside, Calif. She also leaves son-in-law, Leonard M. Teich, and grandchildren Dr. Andrew F. Teich of New York City, Alexander B. Teich and his wife Jamie Comenole Teich of Houston, Dr. Abigail T. Fahim and her husband Dr. Daniel K. Fahim of Northville, Mich., Brittany Froehly Link and her husband Frank Link of Livermore, Calif., and Courtney Froehly of Santa Ana, Calif. She also leaves great-grandchildren David J. Fahim and Sophia E. Fahim.
She was predeceased by her parents and her husband.
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