NEW IPSWICH, N.H. - After a courageous fight, Elaine Hoiska succumbed to illness on March 27. She was 70 years old.
Born Elaine Joan Klinker, she grew up in South Deerfield, MA. After graduating from Frontier Regional High School, she attended UMass Amherst. In 1965 she graduated magna cum laude and was Phi Beta Kappa.
She received an MA in Sociology from Columbia University in 1971 and an MS in Accounting from UMass Amherst in 1973. She passed her CPA exam on her first sitting and became a CPA in 1976.
After working in accounting for eight years, she was appointed Tax Commissioner for the State of Vermont in 1981. Her consulting career began in 1985, when she left government service to become Director of the State and Local Tax Practice for New England at Arthur Young in Boston.
In 1988, she founded her own tax consulting firm, the State and Local Tax Institute. Here she provided tax services for 25 years to corporations and small businesses. She was also an active member of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs where she taught numerous seminars.
Elaine was a dedicated runner, finishing over a dozen marathons, including Boston and New York City, with several near three-hour times. She was an avid reader, a student of public policy, and a classic movie buff.
Elaine was devoted to her family and friends. We will miss her generous heart, inquisitive mind, playful wit, and irrepressible spirit.
She is survived by her husband, Bentti Hoiska; son, Tjalling Hoiska; daughter, Tuula Fai; brothers, Ronald and Brian Klinker; grandson, Trevor Fai, and aunt, Gladys Shattuck.
All are invited to attend a memorial service for Elaine that will be held on Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at the Cournoyer Funeral Home in Jaffrey, N.H.