Elvera Margaret Hornung, born in Chicago, Illinois on 06-02-1928, aged 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 20th in her home in Avila Beach California with her two "Cosmic" daughters at her side. A woman of substance, Elvera held a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was an early pioneer in the recognition and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is forever held in the highest esteem by the men who served and were held prisoners of war during WWII. Her devoted service in council of more than 30 years at the Veteran's Hospital, Westwood Ca., is only part of her great legacy. Her life was full, bold and filled with passion. Possessing a fearless wanderlust, and despite her limited mobility from childhood tuberculosis of her left knee, she traveled the world often in solo and independently with great courage, curiosity and compassion and would return with rich stories and meaningful observations of the human spirit. Her retired years were never idle. She devoted much of her time to mentoring young undergraduate Social Work students at Cal Poly University, and held leadership positions with the local chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of University Women and volunteered for years as a psychotherapist with the Community Counseling Center of San Luis Obispo. Each classical music season, volunteering many evenings, she ushered hundreds of guests through the doors of the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center in support of her beloved local philharmonic orchestra's performances. Always an advocate for social welfare of so many in need, Elvera exemplified the true meaning of compassion and hard work, forged with her fierce love of life. She will be missed by scores of devoted friends, admiring colleagues, her two loving "Cosmic" Daughters Nancie and Rozae, and by her life long friends Bruce, Debbie, Shirley, Ray, Gail and Diane all whom she loved dearly. In lieu of flowers, Elvera would have been grateful if contributions would be made to her beloved Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The "Tribute Program of Lurie Children" page is an On-line platform to make a donation in memory of Elvera Hornung. Foundation.luriechildrens.org
- Elvera Memorial A memorial service to celebrate Elvera's life and achievements will be held on August 16th, 1pm at the Country Club in San Luis Bay Estates in Avila Beach Ca.
Published by Los Angeles Times from Jul. 28 to Aug. 2, 2015.