Elaine M. Flores passed away peacefully on January 17, 2013 at Dominion Village of Williamsburg where she had resided since 2010. Prior to her move to Virginia, she lived in Shillington, Pennsylvania for over forty years.
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She was the widow of her beloved husband of 68 years, Brig. General Anthony Flores, who passed away on January 27, 2003. Elaine was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 27, 1918 and graduated from the Girls Commercial High School. Prior to her retirement she was employed as a secretary at the Wernersville State Hospital in Pennsylvania.
She grew up in a loving Italian family with three brothers and two sisters, and the special nurturing of her mother, Nellie. Her early married years were spent setting up households at numerous Army bases, including West Point and Fort Benning. Elaine enjoyed a long and happy retirement, wintering in Florida and traveling with her husband to Europe, Mexico, and South America.
Her life was dedicated to the loving care of her husband Tony, her three children, nine grandchildren and an extended family of nieces and nephews. She was an enthusiastic host of family social gatherings and possessed a distinctive sense of humor and style of expression. Elaine loved singing, listening to Italian opera, and playing a vigorous game of tennis. She and Tony enjoyed long evening strolls, walking hand-in-hand along their neighborhood streets.
She is survived by her son, Richard A. Flores, Esq., and daughter-in-law, Donna A. Caniano, M.D., of Williamsburg, Virginia, and her son, Donn S. Flores, of Phoenix, Arizona. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Dr. Toni Flores and four siblings. Elaine is survived by her brother, Joseph Mucci, of Sacramento, California and grandchildren, Christopher A. Flores of Hampton, Virginia, Matthew Flores, of Reading, Pennsylvania, Jessica Ravich and Ashley Sanchez of Phoenix, Arisona, Adam Fratto of Los Angeles, California, Kristen Flores-Fratto of Rochester, New York, Andre Fratto, and John and Anthony Belliveau-Flores of New York City. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will gather in Williamsburg in April to celebrate Elaine's life. A special appreciation is extended to the staff of Dominion Village of Williamsburg for the kindness and care they provided for Elaine in her final years of life. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made to your local Public Broadcasting Station in Elaine's name. She was a lifelong devoted supporter of PBS. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.
Published in Virginia Gazette from Jan. 22 to Feb. 21, 2013