Elaine Toscanini
1933 - 2019
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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.

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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 22, 2019.
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September 3, 2020
I was partner of Donia Carey, a singer and musician who both worked with Elaine, and was at school with her in their younger days. I remember a very sweet time at a musical gathering in Wellfleet, with many mutual friends performing together, and much excitement, around 2006. Elaine knew how to entertain, in the most wondrous way! My impression of Elaine was of the type whose feelings of competence and confidence is natural and obvious for all, and one felt it around her immediately. Adding some ziz here: I was accepted, bemusedly, of having been Donia's piano student at age six, forty five years earlier. But so it goes with musicians. Sweetness to all in Elaine's life, from me, and also speaking for Donia's gentle spirit.
Charles Scheltema
March 26, 2019
Dear Toscanini family, we were so sorry to hear of Elaine s death.We were saddened to hear that she had to leave her Wellfleet home to go into a nursing home.Joseph and I were planning to go and visit her, but health emergencies prevented us to do so.May God be of comfort to all of you!Love, Joseph and Anna Possavino
anna possavino
March 19, 2019
May the God comfort strengthen your family during this time of deep sorrow. God will remember those who pass on in death because they are precious in his eyes. John 6:40.
January 25, 2019
I am so saddened to read of Elaine's passing. I met her first at my cottage in Wellfleet, although I live in the Berkshires as well. She often walked by as our dogs greeted each other. Often we ran into each other while shopping in Orleans. I enjoyed our brief times together. Please accept my warmest condolences.
Ann Spadafora
Ann Spadafora
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