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Elaine (Grabiak) Suppes

January 4, 2013
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Elaine (Grabiak) Suppes, 77, passed away peacefully on Dec. 5, 2012, near her beloved home of Sanibel Island. Born to Dr. Charles and Virginia Grabiak on April 27, 1935, in Johnstown, Pa.

Elaine was an accomplished dancer in her youth and student of the Gene Kelly School of Dance. She began her career at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and became one of the first people in the country to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She then went on to acquire a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Pittsburgh before becoming one of the first women to graduate from the West Virginia University School of Law while working as a nurse administrator for the United Mine Workers Health and Welfare Fund. Elaine was a member of Florida State Bar, WV State Bar and PA State Bar and Florida Nurses Association.

Most importantly, Elaine was a loving mother who is dearly missed by her surviving daughters Courtney Droz, Melissa Pottinger, Lesley and Hilary Suppes, as well as her grandchildren Syndey, Olivia and Billy Droz; Riley, Torin and Becket Pottinger; and Ben Jensen; her niece Maria Thiele, nephew William Thiele (Wyo.), great-nephew Ian Marple and first cousins Teddy and Bobby Grabiak (Fla.).

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Elaine (Grabiak) Suppes

Elaine was preceded in death by her cherished son Frederick Stokes Suppes III, her devoted sister Karol Grabiak Thiele and her beloved nephew Greg Thiele. Close to her heart and with her in her final hours was her faithful friend Leeanna Mottern, who will forever be in our prayers.

Elaine's family would also like to thank her F.I.S.H. family and countless friends on Sanibel Island, especially Maggi Feiner, and Saint Isabel Catholic Church. Private services were held by the family. Your memory is our keepsake with which we'll never part. God has you in His keeping, we have you in our hearts.



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