Elaine was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved life and being surrounded by her family and friends. She never met a stranger and was so proud to be a military wife and shared the memories and stories with all of us. No matter where we lived, she made it our home and dedicated her life to our family. She also loved her close family at Countryside Manor.
Elaine was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry “Butch” Muniz, whom she was married to for a brief time until his death in 1957; her husband of 45years, Daniel R. Elrod, whom she married on September 5, 1959, and who died on January 31, 2005; her parents, Louis and Rachel, nee Simpson, Flake; four brothers, Roland, Louis, Joseph and Robert Flake; and a sister, Dolores Howard; two nephews, Larry Flake and James “Jimmy” Flake.
She is survived by her four children, Donna (Craig) Roper of Centralia, IL,
Lori (Jerry) Burch of St. Louis, MO,
Daniel (Net) Elrod of O’Fallon, IL,
Lisa (Terry) Miller of Freeburg, IL;
three grandchildren, Megan (Michael) Diekemper,
Jordan (Andrea) Roper,
and Joel (Noel) Elrod;
a great-grandchild, Case Diekemper;
a sister, Rose, nee Flake, Bennett of Belleville, IL;
and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, to the Belleville Area Humane Society, or to the Aviston Countryside Manor Activity Fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017, at St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017, at St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL, with Fr. Jim Deiters officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Fairview Heights, IL.
Sending love and comforting thoughts to you and your family during this difficult time.
Leigh Fanning, Granite City, Il, 62040
Donna and all the Elrod family, We are so sorry for your loss. It was our pleasure to get to know your Mother while at ACSM with her. She was a great lady. May God hold her in his loving arms now that she is at peace. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
Darleen (& Harry) Nelson
Darleen Nelson, Aviston, Il, 62216
Sorry to hear of Elaine’s death. I used to bowl with her and also knew her from St. Clares.
Please accept my sympathy.
Carolyn Wottowa, O’Fallon, IL, 62269
Elaine was such a wonderful lady. She was so full of life and enthusiastic and she loved to talk!!! She will be greatly missed.
Almeda Burch, Arnold, MO, 63010
Lori and family, Please know that we have you all lifted in prayer. Your mom’s spirit continues to shine through in the wonderful sense of humor you all share, your commitment to each other as family and the kindness you demonstrate daily to others in the community.
Brenda Wrench, St. Louis, MO, 63109
To Elaine’s family, she was an amazing woman that always had a witty remark. I am so glad that I got to know her in her time at aviston countryside manor. You are all in my thoughts.
Kristen harris, Mascoutah, IL,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We are blessed to have known your mom. May God’s peace be with all of you.
Nancy Tonies Heidel and Family, , ,
Lori, our deepest condolences to you and your family. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Michelle & Sonny Tribout, Belleville, IL, 62226
Donna, Craig and Family, we are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Lee & Nancy Kinsey, Sesser, IL, 62884
Lori (Jerry) and Family, I am sorry for your loss, I’m sure the world won’t feel the same anymore. I’m so encouraged by your family and how you simply love each other (e.g., the TV sitcom themed celebrations & more); you all honor Ms. Elaine in doing so. Lori, your kindness, your protection and your patience of those that surround you make you a stand out. I’ve definitely been impacted by Mary Elaine Elrod’s influence; for that, I am grateful.
Jennelle James, St. Louis, MO, 63122
We are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was very proud of her family. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Cindy & Mike Gagich, Granite City, Illinois, 62040