Elaine S. Skoler

31 août 19322 juin 2021

Elaine Skoler, 88, of West Yarmouth, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2021, after a short illness. Born during a solar eclipse on August 31, 1932, Elaine was the daughter of the late Morris and Mollie Singer, and the sister of the late Stanley Singer. She graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, NY, and Hunter College in New York City, and studied journalism as a graduate student at the University of Illinois.

Elaine’s early career included stints as an assistant director of research for a public relations firm in New York City, and as an editor for a trade magazine publisher. She met her husband Edward Skoler (1927-2015) during a vacation on Nantucket. They made their home in Springfield, MA.

As her children grew older, Elaine went back to work—first as a researcher for the Springfield newspapers, then as the editor of the Valley Vane, the Valley Bank employee newsletter. After moving to the Cape in 1972, she worked in Congressman Gerry Studds’ Hyannis office for many years.

Elaine was a Renaissance woman. She was a potter, a needle pointer, a book maker, and a quilt maker whose work was featured in many local exhibits. She was a Scrabble queen and a crossword puzzle devotee. She was a world traveler and a patron of the arts. She was an avid gardener and a fantastic cook. She was an active member of the Cape Cod Synagogue, and a stalwart volunteer for good causes. She hardly ever missed a meeting of her book group in over 40 years, and she loved a glass of wine at happy hour.

Elaine is survived by daughters Deena Skoler of Hyannis and Jane Skoler (Tom Shoff) of Berkeley, CA; cousin Lenore Glaser of Jamaica Plain, MA; brother-in-law George Skoler of Danbury, CT; nieces Dina Singer, Judi Masci, Ellen Garfing, and Lisa Uffer; nephews Steven, Fred, and Richard Skoler; numerous extended family members; and dear friends of all ages and from all walks of life.

Graveside service at Mosswood Cemetery, Cotuit, on Friday, June 4 at 11AM, with reception at Cape Cod Synagogue to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cape Cod Synagogue, Duffy Health Center, or the food bank of your choice.


  • Graveside Service

    vendredi, 4 juin , 2021


Elaine S. Skoler


Sue Colozzi

14 juin , 2021

I am so sorry to hear of your loss! I knew Elaine from the SAQA Cape Pod quilting group, where she was a quiet but very friendly and supportive member. I enjoyed talking to her, particularly at our holiday lunches. She will be greatly missed.

Betsy Smith

6 juin , 2021

Reading the other memories, I was saddened to realize that I only knew Elaine in a very limited context. She was a wonderful member of our play reading group the first Monday of every month. I wish that I'd also known that she was a Scrabble enthusiast--we could have had some high scoring contests.

Fred Skoler

5 juin , 2021

Aunt Elaine was "family" to me. She will forever be part of my fondest memories smiling, creating, and sharing her warmth and joy. She is deeply missed but never forgotten.

Ro Morrissey

4 juin , 2021

As a member of Uncommon Threads I always loved being with Elaine. She was such a bright creative force for us. She was always happy in our group. Although I now live in South Carolina, and have not seen her in three years, her smile and her love of purple and green fabrics will remain in my heart forever.

Ro Morrissey

Marcy Burman

3 juin , 2021

Jane and Deena,

My deepest sympathies go out to you. Losing your mother who was a remarkable woman, talented, kind and a dear friend has to be difficult.
I'll miss her sincerity and knowledge of literature and her quiet way of doing things.
Please be proud of who she was and try to emulate those attributes.
With heart felt condolences,
Marcy Burman

Stan & Eileen Elias

3 juin , 2021

Elaine 'quietly' touched so many lives, including ours. Her loving ability to listen and provide suggestions, only as asked, is a tribute to Elaine's patience and loving nature. We will miss her wise counsel and Friday night Shabbat greetings.
With great care to Jane and Deena.
Stan & Eileen Elias

Jeanne Oakley

3 juin , 2021

I always had nice talks with your Mom, Jane and so much fun when we went to see Hand of God. She was such a good sport, and an amazing lady.
I see where you got your sense of humor, your creativity and intelligence. I am sorry for the loss of your Mama, Deena and Jane

Love always,

Judy Sebastian

3 juin , 2021

I’m so sorry to hear this news. Elaine and I were part of an art quilt group. I loved her art and being around her.