Elaine Deffenbaugh

May 24, 1948 - May 8, 2008

05/24/1948 - 05/08/2008

Past Services

Sunday May 11, 2008
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home ï¿_ Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA 23608
757-874-4200 | Directions
Monday May 12, 2008
12:00 pm
St. Jerome Catholic Church
116 Denbigh Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23608
757/877-5021 | Directions
Monday May 12, 2008
1:30 pm
Peninsula Memorial Park
12750 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23606
757/930-1197 | Directions

Elaine M. Deffenbaugh joined the Lord on May 8, 2008. She was born in Celina, Ohio on May 24, 1948. She is survived by her bereaved husband of 32 years, James T. Deffenbaugh.
Newport News has been her home for 24 years. She was the extraordinary mother of three daughters, Emily Hewitt husband David of Huntsville, AL, Maria Burdan husband James of Spotsylvania, VA, and Lisa Deffenbaugh Nguyen husband Vinh of Fairfax, VA. She was the proud grandmother of two granddaughters, Grace Burdan, and Liliana Burdan. She is also survived by her parents, Elmer and Dorothy Fink of Celina OH, brother David Fink wife Linda of Celina and their children and grandchildren, sister Susan Bergman husband Charlie of Winter Garden, FL. Also surviving are her mother in law, Mary Deffenbaugh of Delphos, OH, sister in law, Leann Bowers husband Thomas of South Bend, IN, and brother in law Joseph Deffenbaugh of Pensacola, FL.
A former high school English and French teacher, she was a graduate of the University of Dayton. Elaine was a veteran school bus driver for Warwick River Christian School, where she was known for her helpful and accommodation service both to her bus-rider students and to their parents. As a long-time member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Newport News, she enjoyed the friendship of many within that church community.
She was a person of exceptional humor, gentle good sense and patience, and of unflagging loyalty and commitment to her family. Elaine will be acutely missed by those who knew and loved her.
The family will receive friends and family from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Sunday May 11, 2008 at Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel 12893 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA
Memorial services and Mass will be at St. Jerome Catholic Church, Denbigh Blvd. & Garrow Rd on May 12, 2008 at 12:00 Noon with interment to Peninsula Memorial Park. A reception will follow in the church hall.

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