Elvera Hornung Elvera Margaret Hornung, 87, born in June 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 20, 2015, 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, Calif., 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 lifelong friends: Bruce, Debbie, Gail, Diane, Shirley and Ray all whom she loved dearly. In lieu of flowers, Elvera would have been grateful if friends and family would contribute to her beloved Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Donations may also be made to the "Tribute Program of Lurie Children" in memoriam of Elvera Hornung: Foundation.luriechildrens.org/goto/elverahornung
. A Memorial Service to celebrate Elvera's life and achievements will be held on August 16, at 1:00pm at the Country Club in San Luis Bay Estates in Avila Beach, Calif. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
Published by San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Jul. 29, 2015.