Elaine Finestone

Elaine Finestone

Friday, January 3rd, 1930 - Friday, May 21st, 2021
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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Elaine Ditchek Finestone, may her memory be for a blessing, on May 21, 2021. Elaine died in Orlando, Florida surrounded by her children and many of her grandchildren.
Raised in Brooklyn, NY by a large and loving Jewish family, Elaine graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brooklyn College, the first woman of her family to attend college, where she majored in history. She married Dr. Alvin William Finestone, z”l, in 1950, and for the next few years they lived in many locations as Alvin finished his medical training. In 1961, Elaine and Alvin and their three children moved to Clifton Forge, VA, a small town in the Allegheny Mountains. Together they created a rich life of dear friends and community service. Elaine was very active in the local Red Cross, the local library, the community Arts Center, and other local organizations. After getting her master’s degree in History from Hollins College in Roanoke, she taught History and Western Civilization at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College for many years. She was a beloved and inspirational teacher to hundreds of students. Elaine and Alvin also traveled to several countries together, including many trips to Israel. After Alvin’s death, Elaine moved to Boston, MA, where she lived for several years. She then moved to Orlando, Florida, where she spent the last three years.
Elaine lived life according to a positive and loving philosophy. She taught all who knew her how to be more practical, loving, accepting, and more flexible for all aspects of life. She was the person who kept all parts of the family connected, and everyone sought her wise counsel. She was adored and loved by all.
Elaine is survived by her three children, Dr. Doug Finestone, Rabbi Sally Finestone, and Lisa Finestone; their spouses Rabbi Boaz Heilman and Dr Robert Dabrow, their grandchildren Sara and Reid, Anna and Nathan, Lea
and Brad, Hannah, Jonathan and Trevor, Rachel, Michelle and Josh, and David, and by her two great grandchildren, Jude and Ethan. The family and all who were blessed to have known Elaine will miss this wise and loving matriarch forever.
The family requests any contributions in her memory be made to the tzedakah (charity) of your choice.
A Graveside Funeral Service will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 in Temple Emanuel Cemetery, Roanoke, Virginia. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.oakeys.com.
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Service Details

  • Graveside

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 1:00pm
    Temple Emanuel Cemetery
    2906 Orange Avenue NE
    Roanoke, VA 24012
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    Graveside Service at Temple Emanuel Cemetery
    Rabbi Sally Finestone
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Steve Backels

Posted at 05:46pm
Mrs. Finestone may have been the most giving person I have known. She was a wonderful, caring person with a positive attitude that brightened up everyone's day. So sorry for your loss Doug, Sally, Lisa, and your families.

Jocelyn Hall

Posted at 05:57pm
I am sad to see sweet Mrs Finestone gone. She was great to me and my family and my middle name was named after her. I will forever care deeply for Doug, Lisa & Sally plus kids. You all will always be a part of my family. Since grams passed i have all you all pictures my grams always took of you all so i will keep them in safe keeps for great memory's.

Love to all
Jocelyn Hall

Linda Adams

Posted at 11:06am
Elaine was such a bright inspiration. I knew Elaine from Dabney S Lancaster Community College. I was the faculty secretary to her and others. We were all in one classroom (converted into faculty office space). I always enjoyed Elaine's positive input and her wisdom. She loved her family and spoke highly of her children. I am sorry for your and our loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers as I extend my heartfelt sympathy. Linda Adams

martha g edwards

Posted at 09:45am
What a wonderful person !! What a fine neighbor ;-) We have already missed Elaine for quite awhile, but we still talk of her many accomplishments here in Clifton Forge. She loved her family whole heartedly ! May they each find blessings and peace in their many loving memories of this significant lady.
Martha Edwards
1608 Jefferson -- her across the street neighbor since 2005.
Clifton Forge VA

Sharon Rose

Posted at 09:10am
We send our deepest condolences to you on your loss. May your memories help sustain you through this time. Sharon and Marty Rose

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