Elaine Gedanic
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Elaine Gedanic

Gedanic, Elaine. Died of natural causes after 94 wonderful years of life on March 5, 2021. The eldest of three children born to Mary and John Perry in Durango Colorado. She attended Ft. Lewis College for two years and earned her Bachelor's degree from CSU in Ft. Collins. She worked in Dayton, Ohio as a department store buyer and a social worker. She met and married Joseph Gedanic in Dayton where they had their first two girls. They moved to California where the last two girls were born, for a total of four daughters, the 'perfect' family. They moved to New Mexico in 1972 and she lived in Albuquerque until 2018. Elaine was an excellent seamstress and cook, baking thousands of delicious bread loaves. She took daily mesa walks, played tennis till her knees hurt, and then switched to water aerobics. Elaine logged thousands of hours as an SCCV volunteer, visiting hospitals, libraries, UNM, and the police dispatch with her dogs Max and Pepin. She easily made friends in every arena of her life. She was an avid reader and followed current events closely. She is survived by daughters Laure (Steven) Sinclair of Dallas, TX, Daly Shuster (Jeff) of Albuquerque, Eve Gedanic (Steve Raugust) of Vail AZ, Alison (Stephen) Schultz of San Clemente, CA, and six grandchildren. A memorial picnic will be held at a later date.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2021.
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March 30, 2021
We will always remember the Thanksgiving dinners we shared so many, many years ago in Albuquerque with the whole family. Elaine was a amazing cook. Our prayers are with you. God Bless You
Steve and Brigitte Taylor, Albuquerque
Steve Taylor
March 28, 2021
I am heartbroken to lose such a precious friend and kindred spirit. Elaine and I had so many wonderful times together in all the places we visited with our therapy dogs. She had such a quick wit and a twinkle in her eye. We always had great discussions about books, movies, politics - she was simply a joy to be with. My heartfelt condolences to her lovely family.
Patrice Schooley
Patrice Schooley
March 28, 2021
My most heartfelt thoughts and prayers as the family fills this huge hole in their hearts with only the best, most fun memories of their Mom and Grandmother. I have missed this smiling lady on our many Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteer Therapy Dog visits. And, I loved seeing her when I'd drive through the Plano, Texas area. Those will be some of my best memories.
Elaine accepted her life as it unfolded and always said, "I have the best girls. They take such good care of me!"

Elaine, Max and Pepin are doing their walks together again.
Karen Green
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