Elayne Robin Wadman Spiegel peacefully passed on March 26, 2021 in Newton, MA. She was born on October 26, 1929 in Boston, MA. She was the daughter of Maurice (deceased) and Beatrice Robbins (deceased). Elayne was one of three sisters: Elayne, Robin Wallace and Barbara Ecker (deceased). She was married to Robert Wadman (deceased) who she had two children. Barry Wadman (deceased) married to Viviana Kraulitis and Richard Wadman married to Claudia Goulding (deceased). She was remarried to William Spiegel (deceased) and cared for his two children Bobby Speigel (deceased) and Frannie Wolfe as her own.
Elayne was a staple of the Newton community. Elayne raised her children in the Albermarle neighborhood through formative years; she was actively involved in community events and projects. She was also a member of Temple Emanuel where she was an active congregant for several decades. She worked for the Census Bureau and Jordan Marsh all within Newton. Elayne was an integral member of her community because she loved interacting with people.
Elayne has friends everywhere. It was important to Elayne to build relationships and friendships. At the supermarket, her retirement facility, Verizon store or anywhere she would travel, Elayne built great friendships which created happiness for her and her companions. This was true to the end of her life where nurses and caretakers became friends.
Elayne loved to share stories. She would tell stories to connect with friends, children and grandchildren. As an avid sports fan, she would share stories of Red Sox games from generations past. Stories of her sons’ basketball games and summer camps. She had great collections of newspaper clippings from memorable life moments that were either personal or historical events.
Lastly, Elayne was a perfectionist when it came to events and holidays. Whether a Passover meal with her children and grandchildren or a Thanksgiving with Bobbie and Frannie, the preparations were impeccable. The melon balls were perfectly round, the hard-boiled eggs firm but not overcooked and the table was set well in advance to allow for tinkering to ensure perfection.
Elayne is survived by her son Richard and grandchildren Erica Moody, Craig, Andrea and Donna Wadman and seven great grandchildren. When friends and family come together for holidays and the table is set perfectly and the stories begin, Elayne will be smiling and in our prayers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Red Sox Foundation (https://www.redsoxfoundation.org) or Temple Emanuel (https://www.templeemanuel.com).