In Remembrance of Elaine Utan

Elaine Utan

Elaine Utan

Dunmore, PA February 2, 1930 ~ March 5, 2014 Date of Service: March 9, 2014

Elaine Utan, born on February 2, 1930, died after a noble struggle with pancreatic cancer on March 5, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 57 years Attorney Edwin Utan, and sons Charles of Washington, DC and Adam of Phoenix, Arizona, three grandchildren, Natalie Rose, Nicholas and Nathan, a sister, Velma Felder and brother, Yale Shanfeld.

A magna cum laude graduate of Marywood University, Elaine was an active community leader, serving on numerous boards including Hadassah, the Century Club, Mostly Opera and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elaine had a keen mind and a passion for fine literature, both fiction and poetry. A voracious reader, she delighted in membership in book clubs and conversations about the nuances and complexities of the works she read. She served as the head of the literary department of the Century Club and developed stimulating literary programs in that role.

In the last year of her life, Elaine was surrounded by loving family and friends who did all in their power to prolong her life and make the quality of her life all that it could be. In honor of her love of literature and the knowledge she gained from it about life and death, Elaine  would appreciate  Shakespeare’s wisdom on death from his play, Julius Caesar:  “ It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”  With family close around her, Elaine died fearlessly and peacefully in hospice at the Community Medical Center.

The funeral will be Sunday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore with a service at 11 a.m. by Rabbi Moshe Saks.

Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment in the Dalton Jewish Cemetery, Dalton.

The family will receive friends during shiva on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. at the family’s residence.

 In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to send contributions to charities of their choice.

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Larry Mark
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In Remembrance of Elaine Utan
Reply #25 on : Mon March 10, 2014, 19:41:06
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I recall Henry VI: "Thus yields the cedar to the axe's edge, Whose arms gave shelter to the princely eagle; Under whose shade the ramping lion slept: Whose top-branch overpeer'd Jove's spreading tree, And kept low shrubs from winter's powerful wind.

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Elaine Utan. Her events and parties for the preteen, early teen classmates of Charles exposed us to the wider world, and she brought more culture to a community where it was lacking.

May you be comforted at this time of loss by family and friends and the memories of happy times.
Peggy and Lee Benjamin
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Dear Friend Elaine
Reply #24 on : Fri March 07, 2014, 16:00:50
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Dear Edwin and family,
We will surely miss Elaine. She was a dear friend to us. Her participation in our "girls dinner bridge club" was so meaningful and loving. Bless her soul...
Love
Peggy and Lee
Lenora Delvecchio
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Re: In Remembrance of Elaine Utan
Reply #23 on : Fri March 07, 2014, 14:40:48
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Dear Edward and Family--so very sorry about Elaine's illness and passing. My sincere sympathy to you and yours.
Tamara Ron
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Re: In Remembrance of Elaine Utan
Reply #22 on : Fri March 07, 2014, 10:52:42
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Dear family,
I did not know Elaine personally, but I wanted to express my deepest sympathy. At times like this, I have personally found Jesus Christ's words at John 5:28,29 to be truly comforting where he promised that "the hour is coming when all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out...to a resurrection of life." I look forward to that time so much. Again, I'm so sorry for your loss and I will keep you in my prayers.
Jacques Deutsch
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Re: In Remembrance of Elaine Utan
Reply #21 on : Thu March 06, 2014, 18:48:34
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Edwin,
I have many fond and wonderful memories of Elaine and you when I was a child visiting the Hanover's with my parents and brother Henri. As I grew older, I remember baby sitting for the boys. Over the years, we have shared many holiday meals at my father's. Stay strong. My deepest condolences to you, Charles and Adam.
Jacques
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