Elaine K. Cusic
1928 - 2021
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Elaine K. Cusic

Born: November 13, 1928; Jacksonville, Florida

Died: January 19, 2021; Sycamore

Sarah Elaine Knight, known as Elaine, was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL to Colon Worley Knight and Rosa Surrency Knight, the third child of eight and the eldest daughter. After graduating from high school Elaine came up north to Illinois to attend Aurora College (now Aurora University), graduating in 1952. It was there that she met her husband, Gene R. Cusic (1928-1995). She had a beautiful soprano voice, she was active in the college choir, musicals, and directed church choirs for several years.

Elaine was an excellent cook and homemaker, mother of 3 girls, grandmother, and great grandmother. She also worked as a librarian, starting at the Hinckley Big Rock High School, then Colegio Roosevelt in Lima, Peru, moving on to the Cordova Public Library in Illinois, and finally the Pine Island Public Library in Florida after relocating to the North Fort Myers area. While in North Fort Myers she was active as a volunteer for several local organizations, was an avid ballroom dancer, and enjoyed a wide variety of musical events as well as visits from her daughters and grandchildren. Elaine relocated to DeKalb in 2013 to be closer to immediate family.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Albert, Howard, Earl Wayne, and sister Patsy Knight Snyder.

Her surviving family misses her beautiful smile, sense of humor, and LOVE of ice cream. She is survivied by sisters Celeste Cook, Sybil (Errol) Gillette, Judy (Oscar) Nichols, all of Florida; her daughters Barbara (Jeff) Parness of DeKalb, Carol (Ron) Holzner of Chicago, and Rebecca (Morris Kenneh) of Washington, DC; grandchildren Sandi Willrett Pettet, Heather Willrett (Russ) Johnson, and Scott (Erin) Willrett; step grandchildren Rachel Parness, Aaron (Alma)Parness, and Mohammed Kenneh; great grandchildren Keegan Apocada, Andrew Bocklund, Grayson and Josie Willrett, and Adriana and Amelia Parness.

Elaine passed peacefully with family at her side. A celebration of life and scattering of ashes will take place at a later date in Jacksonville, FL. The family extends their deepest appreciation to the wonderful, caring staff at Lincolnshire Memory Care in Sycamore for the excellent and compassionate care Elaine received, especially during this pandemic.


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Published in Daily-Chronicle on Feb. 17, 2021.
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