Elaine A. Holbrook
Elaine A. Holbrook
SALISBURY — Elaine Annette Holbrook, age 75, died Monday, February 4, 2013, at her home in Salisbury.
Elaine Holbrook was born in Middlebury on August 12, 1937. She was the daughter of Concetto and Dorothy (Bigelow) Poalino. She grew up in Middlebury where she received her early education and had attended Middlebury High School.
September 4, 1953, she married the love of her life, Charles Holbrook I, in Middlebury. They moved to Salisbury in 1955, where they lived and raised their family. Charles predeceased Elaine on November 1, 2002. In her earlier years, Elaine had worked at Abram’s Department Store in Middlebury. She had been an Avon Representative over 40 years, proudly winning many awards for her sales. Elaine was a cancer survivor who had been a member of the Ova Chick’s Relay for Life team at Middlebury College since 2004 with her daughter, Amy. Elaine proudly raised thousands of dollars each year for the American Cancer Society. Elaine loved gardening so much, in fact, that a double-knee replacement did not keep her from it. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury where she loved singing in the church choir. But, what Elaine loved most in life was her children and her grandchildren.
Surviving are three sons, David S. Holbrook and his wife Lynda of East Middlebury, Charles E. Holbrook II and his fiancée Louise Smith of Ripton, James P. Holbrook and his wife Mary of Colchester; three daughters, Cheryl A. Holbrook of Tampa, Fla., Amy R. Holbrook of Salisbury, Becky L. Holbrook; a stepson, Everett C. Holbrook and his wife Denise of Otisfield, Maine; three brothers, Concetto “Junior” Poalino and his wife Shirley of Fair Haven, Robert Paulino and fiancée Marci Mends of Hamburg, N.Y., and Richard Paulino of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Dian Fiegl and her husband Eugene of Williamsville, N.Y., and Irene Stoller of Corfu, N.Y. Eighteen grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive her.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by an infant son, Gary Michael Holbrook; a brother, Carl Paulino, who was killed in action in Viet Nam; and a grandson, Raymond Charles Holbrook.
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. The Reverend Justin Baker, pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church in Rutland, will be the celebrant. A private graveside committal service and burial will take place at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Following the ceremony, the family will receive friends at Middlebury American Legion Post #27, for a time of fellowship and remembrance.
Friends may call Thursday, February 7, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.
Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made in her memory to Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association, 19 Elm St., Middlebury, VT 05753; or to the American Cancer Society, via her Relay for Life teammate and daughter, Amy Holbrook, PO Box 707, East Middlebury, VT 05740; or Relay for Life Vermont Division, 43 Swift St., South Burlington, VT 05403.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.