Elaine Thelma Skara

July 4, 1930June 8, 2018

Elaine T. Skara born 7-4-1930 died 6-8-2018

Born in Chelsea, MA pre-deceased by husband of 60 years Edward J Skara and her parents Edward F Cotter and Thelma E (Ball) Cotter. She has 4 siblings Edward G Cotter (TX), Lawrence R Cotter (FL), Dennis M Cotter and Patricia Cotter.(deceased). Survived by 4 children Patricia E Jones, Susanne T DeSanctis, Lawrence E Skara and Lauren E Heres (husband Butch). She has 6 grandchildren Dennis (deceased), Alyssa, Jaclyn, Karalyn, James and Katie and 3 great-granddaughters Addison, Everett and Taylor.

Elaine retired from AT&T after 28 years of service. She started her career as a long distance toll operator in downtown Boston. She transferred to Florida in 1979 to work on the Department of Justice case to break up Ma Bell. After the case was settled, she was promoted and ended her career as Technical Documents Writer.

Elaine was the epitome of a giving person of both her time and resources. She loved to shop especially during the holidays. She was a real life Mrs. Claus She shopped so often, the sales associates knew her as Nana as she was always shopping for her grandchildren. She loved her jewelry, music and dancing. She also enjoyed cheering on her Boston Red Sox and even met Robert Redford at a playoff game. However, she let Robert know that he was no match for her husband Ed.

She loved traveling, playing cards, bingo and socializing with her family and lifelong friends. Her travels included trips to Hawaii, Germany, Switzerland, England, Portugal, California, Cape Cod, Maine and many cruises to the Caribbean.

Elaine was also known as "Cookie" from when she was a little girl. The reason was obvious for this nickname, she simply loved cookies. In high school, she was a cheerleader for the Chelsea High football team. She was also a long time member of the Church of the Annunciation. She was a long time member of the Polish American Veterans (PAV) club in Chelsea, MA.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to either St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Alzheimer’s Association.

She is truly an angel and will be greatly missed.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, June 15, 2018

Elaine Thelma Skara

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Patty O’Neil

June 13, 2018

I always enjoyed visiting with Elaine at Lauren and Al’s get togethers. She always remembered me and wa so much fun to talk with. Such a great lady! God Bless her and the Family.

Wendy Bordes

June 11, 2018

My daughter Darlene was nanas care giver and I was a helper. But nana was our nana , apart of our life’s for 4 blessed years. We loved her so much and still do in heaven. Every where we took her as for her hair,nails, eating ha everybody just loved her. Her singing had lots of clapping from others , wherever we were. Her smile and loving friendlyness touched so many friends and strangers hearts!. Her son was the most amazing son in this world as the love,singing,hugging,support and more ,he gave her always!!! Nana will always have a huge part in our 💕 hearts!

Patti Decowski Hughes

June 10, 2018

We are so sorry about the loss of your mother. May she Rest In Peace in the arms of our Lord.
With deepest sympathy
The Decowski Family