Elaine Elizabeth Vosburg
June 11, 1926 – March 21, 2020
Elaine Elizabeth Vosburg (nee Fredricks), 93, passed away in Alexandria, VA on March 21, 2020. Elaine was married to the late Karl William “Bill” Vosburg for fifty-eight years. Elaine is survived by four of her six children: Linda Marie Javorski (Joe), Carol Ann Horn (John), Elizabeth Louise Welsh (Mark), Pamela Jeanne Tirrito (Bob). She was predeceased by her daughter, Trisha Marie Knuth (Tim), and her son, John Jay Vosburg (Ellen). Elaine had 17 grandchildren, Jennifer Marino, Jamie Deppe, Joseph Javorski, Kathryn Coneway, Kimberly Fazio, Brian Horn, Mark Welsh, John Welsh, Matthew Welsh, Liz Beechinor, T.J. Knuth, Billy Knuth, Patrick Knuth, Robert Tirrito, Christopher Tirrito, and Michael Tirrito, She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Brianne Marie Knuth. Elaine also had twenty-three great grandchildren. Born in New York City, Elaine graduated from Cathedral High School in New York. After graduation she worked for IBM. She met Bill Vosburg during WWII. Bill grew up on a dairy farm in East Smithfield, PA, joined the US Navy, and was sent to Navy Flight Engineer School in Jackson Heights. He served in the Pacific and they married right after the war. After his discharge from the Navy, Bill became a flight engineer for American Airlines. His first assignment was Boston, Ma and they bought a small Cape Cod house in Natick. Later Bill was transferred to New York and they settled in Oyster Bay where they raised their growing family. Once the children left home, and Bill retired, they started spending their winters in Naples, Florida. They lived in a golf community six months of the year and thoroughly enjoyed the golf, the beach, and many good friends. They also loved to travel and visit their children and grandchildren both here and abroad. Elaine was an award winning artist who painted over 200 works in oil and acrylics. Her paintings reside in the homes of family and friends throughout the United States. She won numerous awards for her paintings to include the prestigious Salmagundi award. Her subjects are varied and include florals, sailing ships, grandchildren, country scenes, and still life. Elaine was a devout Catholic. She attended mass and was active in the choir and guild of St. Dominic Church in Oyster Bay for much of her life. After moving full time to Naples, FL, she became actively engaged in all aspects of the golf community, from fashion shows and golf events to beautification projects and art shows. Those who knew Elaine knew of her love for Bill, her family, the beach, birds, seashells, and flowers. She was a beautiful, creative soul with boundless energy, enthusiasm, and a love for life that will continue to live on in her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
A memorial service and Arlington burial will be scheduled as soon as the current restrictions are lifted.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Army Retirement Residence Foundation – Potomac 9140 Belvoir Woods Parkway, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
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Elaine Elizabeth Vosburg
Rob Tirrito Jr.
March 26, 2020
I have so many good memories of Dee Dee, but this is one of my favorites. She took my brothers and I out to play golf one afternoon and on the 2nd hole, the group behind us hit their tee shots and one of the balls landed about 10 yards behind our cart. She drove our cart in reverse directly over the golf ball, stopped, and then drove the cart forward to run over it once more. That ball was so far under the ground it would've taken a shovel to retrieve it. She looked over at me and said, "That should be the last time they hit into us." It was.... I laughed it off, and it taught me a valuable lesson: Don't mess with Dee Dee! She had the heart of an angel and was tougher than anyone I knew. We'll miss all of our times together with her.
Pat and Bill Tierney
March 25, 2020
We have fond memories of the Vosburg family during our St.Dominic years. I remember when Pamela was born. Several of our nuns went to see her in her crib!!! Taught Betty, Trisha and John.
Elaine touched my life not only as a dear friend but as an artist. When Jonathan Livingston Seagull was popular, she painted me a beautiful oil of a seagull flying over the ocean. When Bill and I got married, she sent two more paintings with the same theme. These framed paintings have graced a wall in our house for more than forty years. A woman who loved her family and her faith so very much. May she Rest In Peace.
The Hoffman Family Hoffman
March 24, 2020
To the family of Elaine Vosberg,
Sincere condolences for your loss. Know you are comforted by such lovely memories of a classy, talented, wonderful lady.
The Hoffmans and Mary DeWitt
March 24, 2020
Dear Carol and John,
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I will always remember visiting with her at your house and enjoying her stories and admiring her many beautiful paintings. This is such a loss for all of you. I hope all the special memories you have of your mother will comfort you in the days ahead.
With our deepest sympathy,
Joyce and Dennis
March 24, 2020
So I asked God, why are you taking me through troubled water? He replied, ‘Because your enemies can’t swim.’
What a powerful message this is...it reminds me of DeeDee. She knew the power of God in a very matter of fact kind of way. Trouble comes…you work through it….the burden is heavy…..you carry it….…don’t expect it to be easy…but you do expect it to eventually work itself out….by some curious, roundabout, indirect way…the enemies we face would tire long before we did….if we just keep moving on….slow and steady…..just keep moving on and focusing on the good Lord.
There is a Chinese proverb that says: “Being deeply loved gives you strength. Loving deeply gives you courage.” Dee Dee understood that love is a gift ….she never felt entitled to it….in fact, she was humbled by receiving it…..and yet so freely and courageously gave it to others.
The Lord gives us strength to build a boat through any troubled water….he gives us the strength to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things….knowing that in the end….the enemy can’t swim….and he sure can’t fly...because the enemy…though he may be quicker, slimmer, lighter on his feet….can’t love….and LOVE makes all the difference.
For love is love is love is love is love is love is love.... love cannot be washed away. Much love to Dee Dee and the beautiful family she created and nurtured! Our deepest love and prayers are with you. Amen. the Padgetts
Al and DeCotis
March 23, 2020
Dear Linda, Joe, and Family, Sending you our Deepest Sympathy, prayers, and Love, Linda and Al De Cotis