Elspeth "Elsie" Hoban
Skokie, IL
Elspeth Hoban nee Maxwell, age 81, of Winnetka. Beloved wife of John Patrick Hoban; loving mother of James Maxwell (Barbara) Hoban , Anne Hoban (Jeffrey) Moore , and Michael Patrick Hoban; caring grandmother of Maxwell & Finn Hoban and Charles & Kara Moore; devoted sister of Cathy Cora and Sister Susan Maxwell; kind aunt & great aunt to countless Hobans and Coras. The eldest daughter of Mary Elizabeth Putnam Maxwell and John Morice Maxwell, Elsie was born in 1937 in Evanston, Illinois.Elsie had a life long love of literature & learning. She graduated from Highland Park HS in 1955, Bradford College in 1957, and earned her BA in Literature from Skidmore College in 1959. After graduation she was a Classification Librarian at Cornell University. For most of her adult life she was a member of the same book club. She particularly loved fiction and easily plowed through dense and challenging works.Elsie first met John, under the clock at the Biltmore Hotel in New York City in 1955. They were married in August 1960 and settled in Winnetka. While raising her three children, Elsie made time for the Girl Scouts, PTA and even chaired the popular Winnetka Children's Fair. Her love of cooking, music and laughter led to countless dinner parties and large family gatherings out in the backyard. She worked at Village Carpets of Winnetka for many years as the office manager and bookkeeper. If you were fortunate and became Elsie's friend, she was there for you always with kindness and support. Her lovely smile will be missed by all. Special thanks to the caring staff from 3 Cross Home Care Corp.A Celebration of Elspeth's life will take place Saturday May 11, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Room 101 at Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, Illinois 60093. Interment private, Rose Ridge Cemetery, Naples, NYIn lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014. Funeral Info: www.donnellanfuneral.com or (847) 675-1990

Published by Chicago Tribune on May 8, 2019.
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Celebration of Life
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL
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Anne - condolences on the loss of your mother. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Stacey Roach
May 14, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss Anne, wishing you and yours patience and strength to get through this difficult time.
May 12, 2019
Anne, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing.

I am praying for peace and joyful memories for you, Jeff, Charlie and Kara, and particularly for your Dad during this difficult time.
Norm Donelson
May 9, 2019
Norm Donelson
May 9, 2019
Anne my thoughts are with you and your family. May the cherished memories of your mother help carry you through this difficult time.

Scott Miller
May 9, 2019

I am sorry to hear about your mom. I am praying for peace for you and your family in this difficult time.
Oscar Ruiz
May 9, 2019

I wish you and your family peace in this difficult time.

All my best

John Celidonio
May 8, 2019
Have a cherished memory of Elsie during her visit to sister Cathy's home. She looked radiant with her flawless skin and perfectly polished nails that she had done herself. Elsie had a quiet strength in front of talents going in many directions. I remember a spontaneous laugh that would just pop out and make me laugh too. Very grateful for the childhood memories of Elsie and the Maxwell home which are a large part of my own history. Blessings.
Nikki Keogh
May 8, 2019
A cherished memory of "Elsie" during her visit at sister Cathy's home. Elsie looked radiant with that flawless skin and polished nails she had perfectly done herself. Elsie had a quiet strength in front talents going in many directions. Loved her laugh that would unexpectedly pop out and make me laugh too. Very grateful for all the memories of Elsie and the Maxwell home which are a large part of my own history. Blessings.
Nikki Keogh
May 8, 2019
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