E. Elaine Neu Congdon
CUBA - E. Elaine Neu Congdon, 140 W. Main St., Cuba, formerly of 8988 Farnsworth Road, Cuba, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Cuba Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility.
She was born Nov. 22, 1931, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Raymond W. Neu and Grace Gordon Neu. She married Dean V. Congdon on Nov.26, 1949, in Cuba. He predeceased her Oct. 1, 2014.
She graduated from Wellsville High School, Class of 1949. She was a member of Our Lady of Angels Church in Cuba and the Altar and Rosary Society.
She worked as a legal secretary in Wellsville and Cuba and then as a medical secretary for doctors in Cuba and Olean.
Although genealogy was her passion, she pursued a variety of hobbies, including reading, photography, sewing, quilting, arts and crafts, word searches and yard sales. She was a long-time volunteer at the Cuba Historical Society.
Her favorite quote was "Bloom Where You Are Planted." God planted her in Cuba Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility, where she joined the Blanket, Book and Buddy program and she made nearly 2000 fleece-tied blankets for Allegany County children in trauma. In January 2019, the Allegany County Grange voted her volunteer of the year.
Most of all, she enjoyed her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.
She is survived by three sons, David (Nancy) Congdon of S. Easton, Mass., Steven (Jan) Congdon of Cuba and Thomas Congdon of Dunlap, Ill.; and four daughters. Jo Ann (Guy) Tredway of Cuba, Marcia (Bill) Gray of Sun City West, Ariz., Sue (Brian) Lynch of Vernon, Conn. and Cathy (Ken) Chase of Cherry Creek; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Gordon (Betty) Neu of Lakewood, Wash. and Stanley (Diane) Neu of The Villages, Fla.; a very special nephew, (#4) Tim; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Richard Raymond Neu on May 12, 2005; her sister, Edith J. Colligan on Jan. 5, 2011; a son-in-law, Dale E. Rhodes on Jan. 30, 2003; a niece, Denice Colligan Ricci on Jan. 1, 1979; a grand-nephew, Shane T. Colligan on March 21, 2003; a great-grandson, Palmer N. Strong on May 17, 2017; and a great-great grandson, Vincent Dean Rowland on July 20, 2021.
The family would like to acknowledge the excellent care given to Elaine at the Cuba Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility, which made her later years enjoyable.
There will be no visitation. Elaine donated her body to medical science. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorials may be made to the Cuba Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility; The Cuba Historical Society; or to the Diabetic Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home, 9 Bull St., Cuba.
Published by Olean Times Herald on Oct. 14, 2021.