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ANDOVER: Elaine Katz died on December 9 of natural causes at Edgewood. A memorial service will be held in her memory this Sunday, March 15; for more information, please email nkatz@aimlp.com.

Born in Cincinnati in October 1934, Elaine grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in Education. She taught high school science in Columbus before her husband, Dr. Richard Katz, was drafted into the Army in, of all lucky places, France.

After five years living in the forest outside Paris, which might have been the most fun years of her life, they moved to Andover in 1962, where they quickly became a part of the fabric of the town. A lifelong environmentalist, she helped establish Andover’s curbside recycling program, one of the first in Massachusetts. She also served on both Andover’s zoning committee and on the board of AVIS (the Andover Village Improvement Society) for many years.

She was a force of nature, even after suffering a ruptured aneurism at age 43 that put her into a coma and left her partially paralyzed, but never dampened her determination, her resilience or her sense of humor. She delighted in the fact that “half the churches in Andover” had prayed for her, even though she was Jewish. And, even though she lost her ability to carry a tune, she never stopped singing. Later in life, as her hearing began to go, she used to joke that “what I hear is so much more interesting than what you say.”

She is survived and missed by her sister, Joan Marks of Columbus, Ohio; her three daughters, Carolyn, Nancy and Elizabeth Katz; and her four grandchildren, Hailey, Eli, Anna and Noah, all of whom she loved completely, enthusiastically and unconditionally. She also loved the Patriots, folk music, everything French, the outdoors, cooking, restoring historic houses, searching for hidden treasure, the town of Andover, and our planet as a whole. A true fan of snowstorms, she would have been the only person in Massachusetts sad to have missed this winter.
Published on  March 12, 2015
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