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Elaine Marie


Elaine passed on to be with God and her daughter, Julie, on Sunday, February 17, 2013.

She was born September 6, 1935, to David and Valeria (Polek) Dumas. She attended St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School, and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1952. Elaine married Bill, the love of her life, on October 1, 1955. They met on her 16th birthday, and she waited for him while he served in the Korean War. They celebrated a glorious golden wedding anniversary party at the Valentine Theater in 2005 where Bill and Elaine danced to, Weren't We Lucky. Their love created 3 children, Colleen, Tim, and Julie. Elaine loved and was proud of her children. She instilled a love of life, family, and respect for others in them. She always made birthdays and holidays special with her homemade chocolate cake, her famous paper doll cookies, and the stuffed Santa on the front porch.

Elaine was a member and past president of both the Dramatic Readers Club and St. James Rosary Altar Society. She was also a long time member of and served as President of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, St. James Council. She was a lector at St. James and her current parish, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Elaine worked for the City of Toledo Clerk of Courts. She was a secretary at St. James Catholic School where she was also a speech coach for 16 years and had many students take first place. She volunteered for Heartbeat of Toledo, and read a radio program for the Sight Center for 20 years in service to the blind.

Elaine completed the daily crossword puzzle and was an avid Scrabble player with her dear friend, Viv, and the folks at the Friendship Park Senior Center. She enjoyed her monthly Bunco game with her dearest friends and daughters. She was a voracious reader all her life and was especially fond of Catherine Cookson period novels. Elaine was also an accomplished ventriloquist who gave programs to delight others with her figure, Zachary. She enjoyed a good game of cards. Pinochle was a Saturday night tradition for Bill and Elaine for many years around the kitchen table with their friends and family - Bernie and Don, Martha and Larry, and Norb and Jane. She taught her children and grandchildren how to play Canasta and many a Saturday evening was spent in merriment with them as well.

Elaine loved to swim whether it was at Riverside Park as a kid, Baw Beese Lake in Hillsdale where she packed ground bologna sandwiches for picnic lunches on summer Sundays and sang memorable songs to her kids all the way home, or at the Carr's cottage where she loved to just float and relax. Elaine and Bill especially enjoyed attending the annual Shakespeare Festival in Stratford where musicals and William Hutt were her favorites.

Elaine reveled in the exquisite tea parties she gave and attended with her daughters and granddaughters. She was an accomplished crocheter and all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the recipients of her beautiful handiwork - each afghan theme especially chosen for her loved ones. We will miss you dearly, Sweet-heart/Mom/Grandma. Say, "Hi" to Julie for us. We're glad you're not suffering anymore. Be at peace. Anon.

Elaine is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Bill; their children, Colleen (Leo) Florkowski, Tim (Kim) Crippen, and son-in-law, Paul Holewinski; grandchildren, Deirdre (Josh) Jones, Leo Florkowski III, Madonna Florkowski, Tony (Angie) Crippen, Jeremy Crippen, and Adam and Alex Holewinski; great-grandchildren, Noah and Madeline Jones, Jared Crippen, and Joshua Crippen; sister, Carol (Duane) Spain; sister-in-law, Dee Dumas; brothers, John (Joyce) Dumas, Jim Dumas, Joe (Linda) Dumas and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Valeria (Polek) Dumas; brother, David Dumas, and daughter, Julie Holewinski.

Visitation will be held at Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, from 2:00-8:00 p.m. with recitation of the rosary at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Services will begin on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. in the funeral home and continue with the Funeral Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Point Place at 10:00 a.m. Internment will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.

Elaine always insisted she did not want flowers at her funeral. The money, she said, should be donated to St. Vincent De Paul to help the less fortunate. Donations may also be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

The family wishes to thank her devoted caregiver, Connie, and the caring team at Hospice. Online condolences can be share at

Published in Toledo Blade on Feb. 19, 2013
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