Margaret Elaine Grazioplene, 97, went to her heavenly home on Monday, February 14, 2022 after spending her last few days at the Aurora House Comfort Care Home in Spencerport, NY. Elaine was a loving and joyful person, who embraced life with enthusiasm and graciousness. She cherished being with family and friends and, even while facing declining health, impaired eyesight and restricted mobility, made the most of any gathering.
Elaine enjoyed games, particularly the card game Quiddler, one in which her many years as a crossword puzzler gave her a stockpile of obscure words. Well into her early nineties, she would adventurously climb into a canoe or kayak, compete in a bocce game or get down on the floor to play with great grandchildren. Elaine loved milkshakes, homemade pasta, Grace Livingston Hill books, Jeopardy and traveling adventures. She was a devoted sports fan, closely following her Buffalo Bills, professional golf and the Olympics.
Elaine’s faith in Christ was evident in her daily life. She was devoted to reading Scripture and loved listening to hymns and worshiping with her Edgewood church family. She was a bright spot for the many who knew and loved her. Although her presence on earth will be missed, she eagerly anticipated her new home in heaven.
Elaine was born on May 12, 1924 in Hornell, NY, the daughter of the late Carman and Frances Beaird Solo. She graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1946 and started her career teaching elementary students in Oakfield, NY. She later taught middle school at St. Mary’s School in Batavia and then tutored math students at Genesee Community College until she retired at the age of 87.
Elaine is survived by her son, James (Ann Marie) Grazioplene; her daughters, Mary Margaret (Walter) Fleming, Elizabeth (Dean) Powley, Christine (Wil) Franz; her sister, Patricia Emerson and her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Grazioplene; her son, Thomas (Holly) Grazioplene; her sister, Catherine Solo and her brother, Frances (Lucy) Solo.
A Service to celebrate Elaine’s life and Christ’s faithfulness will be held on Sunday, February 27 at 2:00 PM at Edgewood Church (111 E Jefferson Rd, Pittsford, NY 14534). Live streaming of the service will be available via YouTube (search for Edgewood Church Rochester NY).
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Edgewood Church or to the Aurora House Comfort Care Home (495 S Union Street, Spencerport, NY 14559). To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.