Elaine Josephine Tworek SLW

May 21, 1940March 31, 2021

Elaine Josephine Tworek, SLW was born May 21, 1940 in Lindsay, Nebraska and passed away March 31, 2021. Sr. Elaine was preceded in death by her parents Alois S. and Helen D. (Kosiba) Tworek and her brothers Raymond S. Tworek and Leonard R. Tworek. Sr. Elaine is survived by her sister Dorothy (Jack) Greene of Omaha, Nebraska and her brothers Marc J. Tworek of Greenwood, IN and Jim J. Tworek of Cincinnati, OH and 15 Nieces and Nephews, 37 Great-Nieces and Nephews and 32 Great Great-Nieces and Nephews. Sr. Elaine was a teacher and principal at many schools including St. Thecla Elementary School in Chicago (1961-1962 and 1978-1980), St. Casimir Elementary School in Chicago (1962-1963), St. Mary of Angels Elementary School in Chicago (!963-1965), Resurrection High School in Chicago (1965-1973 and 1980-1988), Queen of the Rosary Elementary School in Elk Grove Village (1973-1978), St. Joseph High School in Westchester (1988-1994) and St. Mary High School in Remsen, IA (1994-1998). Sr. Elaine was the Coordinator of Ministry for Sisters of the Living Word (1998-2002) and Pastoral Minister at St. Mary’s Parish in Lower Brule, SD (2003-2011) working with the Lakota Native Americans. Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, April 16, 2021 from 11:00 AM until the time of the Memorial Funeral Mass at 12 Noon at St. James Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Sisters of the Living Word, 800 N. Fernandez Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 appreciated. The funeral mass will be livestreamed beginning at 11:50 AM on Friday, April 19 at


  • Memorial Visitation

    Friday, April 16, 2021

  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, April 16, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021


Elaine Josephine Tworek SLW

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Debbie Del Monego

April 12, 2021

My sympathy to your family, your friends and all those whose lives you touched. You have always been a powerhouse with your presence and by your example. Your life has paved paths for religious women. You lived His love, you carried His cross and now, Sr Elaine, you share in His Resurrection!!!

Joan Etheridge

April 12, 2021

Elaine loved nature and showed it with decorating her room with pictures of flowers birds and things of nature. She was very fond of a Christmas crib she had from her time with the Lakotas. She loved to find things that her family would like and send it to them. She was so appreciative of all the gifts etc. from her family, especially on her 80th birthday. She was thrilled and described it all to me.
One of her favorite authors was Richard Rohr and we shared
his meditations and books. Even in her pain she was gracious and loving. I knew her Mother in Nebraska and she was like her in her love and sharing. My sympathy to her family and friends. We will meet again.

Joan Graf

April 12, 2021

I remember Elaine from class at Resurrection High School. She had just entered the convent at time. We were not allowed to talk to the postulants then so I never got to know her. I just remember she was so gracious. She was a good example. May she rest in the arms of our risen Lord.

Marisa Gilbert

April 10, 2021

Dear Elaine,
You left this world peacefully in your sleep early morning during Holy Week. How grateful we are that you were not suffering like a few months ago.

Unfortunately, as fate would have it, John and I were in town and scheduled to window visit you that day. We were bringing the pepperoni pizza (no peppers, no onions!), as you had requested! But, the heavens called your name instead...

Elaine, you were my mentor, my friend, my sister. During 40+years, we shared the many joys and challenges of life. You were by my side for the funerals of my parents, for our wedding as our 'sister of honor', for the birth of our four children. You always remembered every moment to celebrate with cards and gifts, always so generous and kind.
I will miss you dear friend but ever so grateful for all that we shared.

The words from a well known song, 'For Good' from Wicked come to mind...
"I've heard it said that people
come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn,
And we are led to those who help
Us most to grow if we let them and
We help them in return.
I know I'm who I am today because
I knew you.
Who can say if I've been changed
For the better?
I do believe I have been changed
For the better, and because I knew
You, because I knew you (Elaine), I
Have been changed for good."

On behalf of John and I, my children, John, Luke, Mark and Jenny, we extend our love and peace to the Tworek family and to all of Elaine's sisters, as we celebrate the beautiful life of Elaine, well lived and deeply loved.

Lorraine Gawlik

April 8, 2021

Oh, Elaine, we were to have a conversation centered about your experience on the reservation there in South Dakota on the Missouri River. We will some day. These days I’m remembering your Mom, her ever present smile, enthusiastic but gentle laugh, and Nebraska-style hospitality. She was always helping someone. Literally and figuratively, her door was always open and so was the frig. You learned that presence from your Mom, it seems. At Res, as Dept.. Chair you knew how to lead collaboratively. The updating of the curriculum, content, diverse instructional models,, the prayer room, Fr. Bob, led us. Thank you. And you sure knew how to get the little kids in my family out of control. They, parents themselves now, still call you, “spider lady.” Elaine the church is clearly more fully human, because of you living after the model of Jesus. You once referred to yourself as a little sparrow doing what she could. Fly, sparrow, fly. Thank you.
My love and sympathy to Dorothy and the boys, their families, and to her friends in community and about.

Stephanie B;aszczynski

April 7, 2021

May you know the joy of the Risen Lord. Thank you for your service to so many people in the Church. Thank you for your commitment as a dedicated religious woman. Thank you for your friendships and our common journeys. With prayer, Sister Stephanie Blaszczynski, CR