With profound sadness, we announce the passing of our mother, Elaine G. Meyers Wolsky, on November 9, 2021 in Cottage Grove, MN.
Elaine was born June 2, 1941 to Lewis and Veda Meyers in Huron, South Dakota. She attended Huron public schools, graduating in 1959. Elaine loved music and was a natural leader. As a talented and dedicated musician, Elaine was recognized with the John Philip Souza award. She was also selected for Girls State.
Elaine’s deep love of music and natural abilities led her to Vermillion, South Dakota, where she attended the University of South Dakota from 1959 to 1963, earning both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music, with an emphasis in Music Education, the latter in 1970. Elaine was a lifelong member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and enjoyed staying connected to her Theta sisters. Some of Elaine’s favorite college memories took place while playing alto saxophone in the USD marching band. She was also a talented piano player, which she enjoyed until her later years when her hands wouldn’t cooperate.
After college, Elaine married Charles Wolsky in August, 1964. They resided in Vermillion, raising their family. Elaine taught choir at Vermillion High School from 1968-1976. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion.
Elaine and her family moved to Sturgis SD in 1978. She loved her years in the Sturgis community, developing lifelong friendships. Elaine was dedicated to sharing her time and talents with the community through her many volunteer activities. Elaine directed choir for the Grace Lutheran church for 9 years and served as the State Chairman for the South Dakota Junior Miss pageant. She helped to run Job’s Daughters, coordinated the After Prom Parties, and was involved in many other volunteer activities throughout her years in Sturgis.
In 1966, Elaine was initiated into the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an organization dedicated to the education and advancement of women. PEO was a huge part of her life, and she served as an Officer many times for the different chapters to which she belonged over the years. After moving to Minnesota in 1988, Elaine was the State Convention Co-Chair in 1996, and was a member of the Minnesota State board from 1998-2004. During her final year on the state board, Elaine served as the Minnesota State President. She loved her years as a state officer and enjoyed traveling throughout the state of Minnesota, visiting with various chapters and meeting many friends along the way.
Elaine was a devoted mother to her three children and any other children who happened to be nearby. She delighted in being a generous hostess, whether it was a child’s birthday party or a delicious multi-course meal with business associates. Nobody ever left her house hungry, and--typically using her humor--she had the ability to make anyone feel immediately at ease.
Her sense of humor was unmatched. Even in these last few years as it became harder for her to get her words out, you knew when an Elaine zinger was coming. Her wry smile and side eye was a clear indication that something great was on the way. You just had to patiently wait for it.
In early October of 2017, Elaine was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (www.psp.org). Since then, as the disease ravaged her physical body, her mind remained sharp and clear. She loved having visitors, musical programming of any kind and watching college sports. She will be so dearly missed by so many.
Elaine, 80, was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Fred Schmiesing. She is survived by her beloved children, Susan (Jeff) Urban of Hopkins, MN, Luke (Melissa) Wolsky of The Woodlands, TX and John (Mindi) Wolsky of Woodbury, MN. She was grandmother to Sydney Urban, Charlie & Sarah Wolsky, and Nicholas, Henry, Joseph & Margaret Wolsky. She is also survived by Mary (Conrad) Solberg, Mark (Pat) Meyers, Dave (Charlene) Wolsky and Carol Schmiesing. She cherished her many nieces and nephews and their children and delighted in their visits.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in honor of Elaine Wolsky to
MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome
Recipient: Charlie Wolsky
Cure MDS: The 401 Project
67 Under Cliff Road
Trumbull, Connecticut 06611
Visitation will be at 1:00pm on December 3rd, with a memorial service following at 2:00pm. Services will be held at Woodbury Lutheran Church, Valley Creek Campus, 7380 Afton Rd, Woodbury, Minnesota.