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Elaine Therese LeFort

April 18, 1935February 11, 2021
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Elaine Therese LeFort, of Harwich Port, Massachusetts passed away on February 11th at Cape Cod Hospital after complications from a recent illness. Born the daughter of Joseph William LaPoint and Anna J. Coleman of Dorchester, Massachusetts, she was predeceased by her eldest son Leo J. LeFort, III and her husband of 54 years, Leo J. LeFort, Jr. as well as her siblings, Janet M. Manning and William J. LaPoint, Sr. She is survived by her children Lorraine L. O’Halloran, Michelle A. Lavelle, Mark J. and Michael J. LeFort; her 9 prized grandchildren, Madeleine, Gabrielle, Genevieve, Hugh, Grace, Aidan, Martine, Adelaide and Leo; sons-in-law, Brendan J. O'Halloran and J. Francis Lavelle as well as daughter-in-law, Melissa A. LeFort.

Elaine raised her family for 35 years in Akron, Ohio before returning to her beloved New England and Naples, Florida for many well-deserved years of “retirement” -- though her “work” never ended. Until her final day, she joyously gave her love, laughter, spirit and wisdom to her greatest legacy...her family, to whom she was fiercely devoted. Driven by a tremendous faith in God, she was a beacon of strength. Her light will shine forever. The family would like to thank Mom's dear Cape, Naples and Akron friends with whom she shared her wonderful life and the Cape Cod Hospital, particularly the loving nurses.

A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held Friday, February 19th at Holy Trinity Church at 246 Main St, West Harwich, MA at 10am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, in the name of Elaine T. LeFort. Visit for more information


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Michael LeFort

February 27, 2021

Hello to our many family members and friends who have posted here on this lovely memorial! I definitely speak on behalf of my siblings when I tell you all what a comfort and joy and great distraction it has been to read all of your kind words from all over the country. Much much love to everyone in Akron, Naples, Cape Cod and beyond.

My 4-year-old daughter Adelaide told us the day after Mom died that she had a dream about Grandma. She said she was, "sitting at an invisible desk." I asked if she said anything to Adelaide and my daughter said very matter of factly, ", she seemed too busy."

No doubt the newest angel in Heaven with a voice that could match any angel is busy indeed looking over all of us.

She certainly was tickled up above looking down on all of "the girls" choosing pieces of Gram's jewelry to wear to her Funeral Mass:)

With great love and thanks to you all,

Michael LeFort and Family

Mary Jean Simpson

February 26, 2021

Dearest of all Families, LeFort:
The moment I heard the sad news I began to hear your Mother & my Father singing their infamous duet of ,"If I Loved You". How much fun did we have listening to them sing together, usually at the end of an evening of one of our Mothers' dinner parties or your wonderful New Year's Eve parties. The sparkle in your lovely Mother's eyes reached down to all of you LeFort kids; and I see from these pictures, into all grandchildren as well. But of course. ⚘ Love and hugs to all LeForts with sincere gratitude for the privilege of knowing you all but especially Mrs. What smiles, love & happiness she put out into the world, always. Now, as you have all done the same; maybe just do a wee bit more. Love always, M.J. Simpson
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Chris Simpson
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Cynthia Mohr

February 24, 2021

Dear Family members of Elaine,

Your mother (grandmother) was a beautiful woman who lived her life with grace, compassion , wisdom and beauty. I always admired her in the many years I had the good fortune to get to know her at Wychmere. I remember having lively conversations with her over the latest fashion trends that were initiated by colorful jackets I had bought in Italy .Elaine especially loved one that I wore in Naples. Whenever I don that lavender paisley blazer I will always remember dear Elaine and her love of life and fashion with great fondness.

My heart, prayers and deepest sympathy go to Elaine’s beautiful family and all those who loved her.

Cynthia Mohr

Steve Klein

February 23, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to the entire family over the loss of your mother. Mrs. LeFort created such an inviting home in Akron where I always felt so welcome when I would come over to visit my good friend Leo. She was a very special lady of faith who cared so deeply for her family and friends. Mrs. LeFort and the entire family are in our prayers. May she rest in peace.

Dorothy Torresi

February 23, 2021

I have known Mrs. LeFort since the 8th grade and High School in the late 70's and the early 80's while growing up with Michelle and her fun-loving wonderful family in Ohio. I have the best memories of going over to their home to hang out. I can still remember to this day how Mrs. LeFort made me feel whenever I special and welcomed in their home. It was a pleasure to see her in Naples FL many many years later and reminisce about those good old days. Family was the center of their world and I was so lucky to be a part of it so long ago until now!

Sharon & Ray DEVITA

February 22, 2021

We are so sorry for the loss of your dear Mother. Elaine was a beautiful person, kind friend and sweet neighbor. We met your parents 23 years ago and they were so kind to welcome us to our neighborhood.
Elaine was so easy to talk with about any subject. We met at the beach and had lunch in FL; met at Wychmere Harbor for a day at the beach and lunch. Enjoyed the many visits we had together.
Elaine spoke often of her children and grandchildren. She was so proud of her family.
When we lost our son, Elaine had such wonderful words of comfort, and I loved her for that. I will miss my friend.

Kathleen Wagner

February 20, 2021

To the family of Elaine, I have so many memories of your parents on the beach in Naples. Always ready to talk, give advise and go to lunch. Your Mom made me this beautiful wreath that hung in my bathroom for ever. What I loved was their love of life and ready for a laugh at every turn. The world is a sadder place today. God bless. Kathleen Wagner (Murdoch)

Paul F. LeFort II

February 19, 2021

My Dear Aunt Elaine was an incredible woman. Some of my earliest memories of Elaine & Leo and our gaggle of cousins were Christmases in Akron and summers on the Wychmere beach. After playing in the waves and leaping over the boulders on our way to the end of the jetty, Elaine and family would have fluffernutters ready & waiting for us. Then, it was time to collect all the red plastic cups & return them to the snack shop in return for a "free pop". In our adult years & with our expanding families, this evolved into 4th of July celebrations, often at Elaine's house in Harwich. And over my 5 decades, the warmth, connection & love was always the same. One could not be present at these gatherings without finding themselves one on one with Elaine, even for just a few minutes, where she'd inquire: "so, Paul Francis, what are you up to?" Her genuine love for, and interest in the lives of her children, grandchildren, nieces & nephews was evident. That was my Aunt Elaine. Our love & prayers to all the LeForts, Lavalles, O'Hallorans as we celebrate a life well lived. God bless.

Kristin Cole-Sposato

February 19, 2021

I loved the story about how Elaine wanted to be a nun and how for years Leo was captivated by her inner and outer beauty and wasn't going to let her slip away. Just look at his smile in their wedding picture. We all admired Leo for his brilliance yet his tenacity and perseverance for Elaine's heart was the smartest thing he ever did.

At some point in Elaine's young life, she was blessed with the ultimate belief in faith which infiltrated her being. I remember running into her at the market in Harwich Port. Her son Leo wasn't well. As she updated me about his condition, she calmly looked at me with her sparkling eyes and said, "Kristin, it's in God's hands now", and she was at peace with this.

And at some point in Elaine's young life, she mastered the art of humble confidence. Elaine believed everyone was amazing, that everyone had incredible gifts. It didn't matter to Elaine where you went to college or how much money you made. And it certainly didn't matter how thin or attractive you were because everyone was beautiful to Elaine and she made a special point of letting all of us know just how beautiful we were in important ways. Elaine made everyone see what was special about them every time she saw them. Every time.

We've lost a great woman. And I have said this many, many times. I am the one receiving the greatest gifts of her legacy through my friendships with Lorraine and Michelle, Mark and Michael, Brendan and Jim, and all these amazing grandchildren.

I am grateful for Leo for chasing his dream bride and for Elaine who lived her best life through family and faith.

Wendi LeFort

February 18, 2021

What a beautiful tribute to your mother. I have such wonderful memories of visiting the Cape & the special talks we had. Teaching me several recipes of your mothers that everyone enjoyed & summers at the beach.

I’m so sorry for your loss. She was truly a beautiful, giving person & I’m sure she will make a wonderful angel.

My prayers go out to each one of you, it is truly a great loss & she will be dearly missed.


Grammy and the littlest Leo


Gram and the girls


Gram’s annual book club