Elaine Jelescheff

Elaine S. Jelescheff (Thompson)

December 31, 1937 - December 30, 2019
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Elaine Sylvia (Thompson) Jelescheff, 81, recently of Townsend and former longtime resident of North Chelmsford, died peacefully in her home in the company of her daughter on Monday, December 30, 2019, one day before her 82nd birthday. She was the beloved wife of the late Jelescho "Jeff" Jelescheff, who died in 2011.

She was born in Brockton, MA on December 31, 1937 and was a daughter of the late Robert and Sylvia (Conrad) Thompson.

Elaine grew up in Mansfield, MA and was a graduate of Mansfield High School. She earned her BSEd in Music Education from Lowell State Teacher's College and attended the Graduate program at Syracuse University. Early in her career, Elaine was employed as a Music Supervisor for the Rehoboth Public Schools and Taunton Public Schools. After taking a sabbatical to raise her family, Elaine returned to teaching as a Music Supervisor for the Nashua Public Schools. She later worked as an Executive Secretary at Wang Laboratories before returning to the classroom as a Music and Classroom teacher for Trinity Lutheran Church Pre-school in Chelmsford. Elaine was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church for many years and enjoyed sharing her passion for music with the congregation and the children she taught over the years. She also enjoyed camping with her family, singing in choruses and choirs, and the time she spent in various volunteer activities.

Elaine is survived by her sister, Roberta Lee Najjar and her husband, Kenneth, of Texas, her children, Elena "Dede" O'Hair and her husband, David, of West Townsend, MA; Robert Jelescheff and his wife, Inga, of Gainesville, VA; and Scott Jelescheff and his wife, Rebecca Kennedy, of Freeport, ME; grandchildren Jessica O'Hair and her husband, Omar, of Hubbardston, MA; Deborah O'Hair of West Townsend, MA; Nicole Underriter of Gainesville, VA;
Scott Underriter of Seattle, WA; Jillian Underriter of Chantilly, VA; Kevin Underriter and his wife, Elise, of San Diego, CA; Alec Jelescheff of Freeport, ME; and great-grandchildren Cassandra O'Hair, Kollin Sharpes, Caleb Harrell, Annabelle Underriter, Jack Underriter, and Isaac Underriter.

It being her wish, visitation has been omitted. Family and friends are invited to gather at Trinity Lutheran Church, 170 Old Westford Road, Chelmsford, MA on Friday at 1 o'clock for her Funeral Service. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, North Chelmsford. In lieu of flowers, donations in Elaine's memory may be made to The Senior Group at Trinity Lutheran Church, 170 Old Westford Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824 or Lowell Humane Society, 951 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854.
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  • Funeral Service

    January 3, 2020 | 1:00pm
    January 3, 2020 1:00pm
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    170 Old Westford Road
    CHELMSFORD, MA 01824
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  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    Main Street/Twiss Road
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Cheryl Sweeney

Posted at 03:40pm
Elaine was lovely. I have many fond memories of her as a child when she visited my mother June (her cousin), and later in life when I was able to spend time with her, my mother, and Dede over a few seafood lunches by Elaine's place in Chelmsford. We had some good times and laughs. May fond memories give all in her family some comfort during this time.
Thinking of all of you at this time. Cheryl Sweeney

Kimberly King

Posted at 03:28pm
I will always cherish the moments I had with Elaine. Especially the last time I was alone with her. Just sitting together, making fun of the stupidity on television, and enjoying each others company. You will be missed. Peace.

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