OBITUARY

Elaine Oakley

May 24, 1935October 28, 2020

Elaine Marie Oakley (Siurek), 85, formerly of Highland and East Chicago, IN passed away peacefully on October 28th, 2020, at home at Wellbrooke of Westfield in Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years John B. Oakley, and is survived by her brother, Thomas Siurek (Mona) of Frankfort, IL, and four children Jon (Lori) of Sun Prairie, WI, Michael (Maureen) of Frederick, MD, Steven (Michele) of Westfield, IN, and Joseph (Michelle)of Schererville, IN. She also had six treasured grandchildren, Jacob, Alex, Dylan, Lauren, Nathan and Madeline.

Elaine spent her life serving her community as a registered nurse and a precinct committee woman in Highland and attending 1000’s of sporting events in support of her children. She was a crazy Hoosiers fan and IU graduate, which was complicated by the fact that her husband was a three sport athlete at Iowa.

She was delighted when she finally had granddaughters, since she had four sons, and was finally able to share her love of dolls. The American Girl doll store is very appreciative of this as well. Both Dad and her loved attending IU football games, and capping off the weekend at Oakleys bistro, enjoying the specialties of their son Steve, especially the Stanley’s meatloaf named in honor of Elaine’s dad, Stanley Siurek. She was a great cook and her family benefitted from her love of cooking, especially her “famous” mushroom soup and cheesecake.

Mom loved going to Florida and hanging out on the beach and enjoying cocktails at the Beachcomber restaurant. Elaine was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Highland, IN and worked for many years there as school nurse.

The family will be holding a service to celebrate Elaine’s life at a future date when it is safe for her friends and family to attend.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Share Foundation. SHARE Foundation with the Handicapped PO Box 400 Rolling Prairie, IN 46371 Phone: (219) 778-2585 www.sharefoundation.org

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Jon Oakley

November 18, 2020

Mom’s high school graduation from East Chicago Roosevelt.

Jon Oakley

November 18, 2020

Mom’s first communion.

Gina Farrar

November 9, 2020

Great photo I found of Elaine, mom (Linda) and Arlene Kotecki -
Indianapolis Museum of Art, June 1995 (our wedding reception)

Nicole Nicosia Goodrich

November 5, 2020

Dear Oakley Family,

So very sorry to hear about the passing of Elaine. Your Mom was one in a million , as you all know. I was always enamored by her strong will, compassion and loyalty. She was a true friend to my parents, especially my mother and although miles divided them, I still remember phone calls that would tie up the line long before cell phones. Your mom always made me feel welcome and safe ,while also challenging me to be a better, stronger person. You will be in my thoughts . May her memory be eternal.

Gina Nicosia Farrar

November 5, 2020

To the Oakley boys - we are so very, very sorry to hear of this. Elaine and your dad were such a pivotal part of our childhood and such great friends to our mom and dad. I remember all of the late night political talks at the house, dinners out on the town, and much more. I always thought Elaine had the best hair of any of my mom's friends :)
Please let me know about a future service; I'd love to see you all. You're in my prayers.
Gina Nicosia Farrar

Tiffany Nicosia Lin

November 1, 2020

Dear Oakley family,

I am so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Both her and your dad were such wonderful friends to my parents and family and always so gracious (to this day whenever I hear Hawkeyes I think of your dad!) I have many memories of your mother from when I was growing up to when I was an adult, from visiting your house in Indiana to your family visiting Florida. However the thing that most sticks out in my mind was her compassion, friendliness and genuine spirit. May she rest in peace with your dad forevermore. You all are in my thoughts.

Sincerely,

Tiffany Nicosia Lin

Michael Oakley

October 31, 2020

The start of Mom's career as a nurse

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