Friday, October 24, 2014
Elayne Schoke of Delray Beach, Fla., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 22. She was 90.
Born Aug. 28, 1924 in Chicago to Sol and Mae Rich, she graduated from Senn High School. She married James “Jim” Asher Schoke March 25, 1945 at the Covenant Club in downtown Chicago during World War II, when he was in the Army Corps of Engineers assigned to work on the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago.
In 1959 the family moved to Westport, and she restarted her pursuit of a college degree. She graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a BA in education and received her MS in special education from Fairfield University.
She taught part time and became a Girl Scout leader. With her husband, she formed and led the first Temple Israel of Westport Youth Group, in which their daughters participated as teenagers.
Her daughters remember her as a kind and gentle mother who encouraged them to pursue their loftiest goals. She loved playing the piano and was an accomplished pianist, even playing late in life.
She loved tennis and was an avid gardener at all three of her homes. In Florida, she delighted in her orchids, bromeliads, banana and other fruit trees.
She volunteered and worked for many charitable organizations. She was a United Jewish Appeal “Lion of Judah” a Hadassah “Keeper of the Gate” and an ORT-America “Golden Circle” member for many years of caring contributions.
She and Jim were longtime, passionate collectors of art, and she was a docent of the Boca Raton Museum of Art for 15 year. She became a trustee of the museum and chaired or co-chaired eight major fundraising events, for which she was honored.
She served at various times as a trustee and officer of Temple Israel of Westport and was an honorary trustee.
She and her husband of 69 years were sweethearts since their freshman year in high school.
Survivors include her husband, children Lynne S. Weinberg, Barbara S. and Donald Accetta, and the late Carol S. Rothke of Morton Grove, Il, as well as Lesley and Aaron Levenson, Robert and Victoria Weinberg, Deborah and David Pedersen, S. Valerie Accetta and Aaron Rothke. She was sister of Sheldon Rich and aunt of Jennifer Rich. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren: Alex Weinberg, Lauren Levenson, Jack Weinberg and Leif Pedersen.
Her funeral is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road. Interment will be at the Temple Israel Cemetery, 295 Richards Ave., Norwalk. Following the cemetery service, mourners are welcome to join the Schoke family to honor and celebrate Elayne’s life at the Stamford residence of granddaughter Lesley and her husband Aaron Levenson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Family Service of Stamford, 733 Summer St., Stamford, CT 06901. (203) 921-4161.
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