Elaine Toscanini, 85, most recently of Canaan, CT, died on January 17, 2019 at Geer Village.
Born in New Haven on October 1, 1933, the daughter of Anna Schmidt Troostwyk and Leo Troostwyk, she attended Gateway High School and was a graduate of the Yale School of Music.
A homemaker and accompanist, Elaine raised three daughters in New Rochelle, New York, volunteered in local schools, and adjudicated for vocal and instrumental competitions including the Puccini competition. As a coach/accompanist, she worked with many singers, collaborated with soloists from the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera, and performed in the U.S. and Italy.
She was an accomplished chef and enjoyed entertaining, doing the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, and practicing piano for several hours every day right up until the age of 84.
She is survived by daughter, Liana and her husband Richard of New Marlborough, MA, daughter Maia of Baltimore, MD, and daughter Cia and her husband Murdoch of Bronxsville, NY, grandsons Wyatt and Liam, several nieces, nephews and cousins, and her dear friend and caretaker Frederick (Chris) Allen of Wellfleet.
She was predeceased by her husband of over 50 years, Walfredo, and her brother Lee Troostwyk.
FUNERAL SERVICES. Funeral services for Elaine Toscanini will be private.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 22, 2019.