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Elaine Golem

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Elaine was born at home, on the farm, in Sullivan Township on August 4, 1944 to parents Gordon and Hilda (Krueger) Albright. Unfortunately, older brother Carl (1942) passed away prior to her birth but before long the Albright home was filling up with the arrivals of Lois (1945), Howard (1948), Irene (1950), Wallace (1952), Joyce (1955), Ronnie (1960), Sharon (1962) and Randy (1965). Elaine and her siblings attended S.S. #11 in Mooresburg but she did not pursue high school. 

At the age of 14, Elaine moved to Desboro to help the Folkerson family operate the Desboro General Store. She spent some time working in the store but mainly helped care for their young family. The money was sent home to help her parents and younger siblings. By 18, Elaine had relocated to Durham to work at the veneer plant (formerly known as Interforest). At this time, she and her sister, Lois, both worked and boarded together. It was here, while working, that Elaine was re-introduced to a young man by the name of John Robert Golem. John and Elaine knew each other from a young age, as they attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sullivan together. Once in school, they were at opposite ends of the Peabody – Moorseburg rivalry. However, they were quick to rekindle their relationship and they soon began dating. A short time later they were married at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sullivan on May 8, 1965. Once married, the young couple moved several times (8 in fact) during their first three years of marriage, following work, before purchasing a farm on Sideroad 5 in Sullivan Township. The year was 1968. Elaine became a mother that year as well, with the arrival of their daughter CherylAnn.

Elaine soon returned to work grading eggs at the Chesley Creamery. Then she worked at the fish hatchery outside of Chatsworth for a few years before returning to Interforest for an additional twenty years until her health forced her to retire. When not busy at work, she was working hard at home on the farm or supporting her family in some way. In fact, Elaine always put the needs of others first. She could be often seen driving her mother or siblings around and helping out whenever possible. When the grandchildren arrived she and John enjoyed spending any extra time with them, driving to a variety of baseball and hockey games through the years. Elaine also loved reading to her grandchildren, as well as playing games with them, particularly Yahtzee. A common road trip with the kids was to Storybook Park, and she was their chauffeur yearly to Vacation Bible School, sometimes even two a summer. Her encouragement did not end there as Elaine also was a big supporter of the Desboro Fall Fair. For twenty plus years, one of Elaine’s grandchildren won the top child’s award, as she encouraged them to prepare something for every category, helped fill out tickets, and set out their entries for the yearly event. 

In 1974, John, Elaine, and CherylAnn moved to a farm on Concession 8. This would remain their home for the next 42 years. When not busy helping others Elaine enjoyed curling and mowing the lawn. In fact, I am told she was quite particular when it came to her grass cuts and on occasion was seen on the lawn tractor multiple times a week! Elaine was also extremely active within her church. Through the years she was involved with many, many different events and held a variety of different roles. In addition to being on the church council, she taught Sunday school, was a member of the Women’s League, and assisted in a variety of fundraising events like the fish fry and sauerkraut supper. She was also an active member of the Sulli-Willi group, enjoying the friendships, bingo, miniature golf, and conversation along the way. 

In their younger years, Elaine and John enjoyed attending all the local dances. CherylAnn also recalls the occasional house party, whereby family and neighbours would gather at the Golem home for a night of fun and maybe the odd drink. Elaine also loved her cards, with Canasta, Euchre, and Solo being some of her favourites. She was a big Blue Jay fan, tuning into the games whenever she could. She also loved her game shows, with The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and Family Feud being favourites. Although not much for traveling, she and John went west a few times through the years to visit family. Back at home, she entertained herself with a variety of crosswords, word searches, and absolutely loved her cats. The Golem family always had a house cat and usually more than their fair share of them outside, in the barn, that Elaine enjoyed feeding and caring for. When it came to having a meal out, Elaine and John had their staple, K _ t _ _ e _. A hint: It is located just north of Chatsworth. The Golems were known by name here, and on occasion ate more than one meal here daily. The running joke was that they had a part interest in the business! 🙂 Elaine also loved to read, with Harlequin Romances being her preference. In fact, she read so many of them in recent years she struggled to find books she had not already read, especially since she now needed them in large print.

Elaine was a loving, caring woman who I am told could also be a bit stubborn (aren’t we all?). However, more importantly, she was a true caregiver for family and friends alike and always worried about the needs of others first. She enjoyed a strong faith and never dwelled on the negatives. CherylAnn remembers her mom reinforcing to her from a young age that life was not easy, and that she was going to need to work hard every day. Thankfully, Elaine enjoyed many good times with her family and friends through the years and these stories and memories will live on in all of us for years to come.

Sadly, Elaine passed away suddenly at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Saturday, December 5, 2020 in her 77th year.

Cherished mother of CherylAnn Golem (Brian Kotaba) of R.R. #4 Chesley and grandmother of Wyatt, Skylar (Will McNabb) Caitlyn (Nathan O’Hagan) and Zach (Sam Child). Loving sister of Irene (Wes) Fenton of R.R. #1 Desboro, Joyce (Howard) Hodgson of Chesley, Sharon (Ted) Fritsch, Randy (Lisa) Albright, all of R.R. #1 Chesley and sister-in-law of Gloria Albright of R.R. #4 Chesley. Elaine will be missed by the entire Albright and Golem families. She was predeceased by her husband John (2014), brothers Ronnie, Howard, Wallace and Carl, sister Lois (Jim) Copeland, and her parents Gordon and Hilda (Krueger) Albright.

The love and support of family, friends, and the community is so important at times like this, and even more so when we are not encouraged to gather to support one another. Please leave a detailed condolence, a favourite story, or a way Elaine touched your life – something that can be treasured by her family in the days and weeks ahead. If you would like to provide Elaine’s family with a picture or video, please email it to Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, private family services will be held. A recording of Elaine’s funeral service will be posted on the Rhody Family Funeral Home website following the service. Interment in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Sullivan Township.

Memorial donations to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Karen Child, Joel Sandler
December 14, 2020

Zach, hoping you and family will find solace and happy memories as you ponder the wonderful life your Grandma accomplished. Her influence is apparent. I wish for you all, that grief is short and that your happiness of her life well-lived takes over in your hearts.

Rodger Delion
December 11, 2020

Words are never enough to even come close to relieving the sorrow and grief at a time like this.
I am glad to have know Elaine, even for a short time. She was always easy to talk with and had a
great aura about her. I pray for God’s comfort to surround you and bless you with His assurance that He is taking care of the one you love, personally. He will most certainly walk with all of you in this most heart-breaking time.
Peace be to you all.

Chris Arbuckle and Paul Berger
December 10, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. Our thoughts are with you in this time of loss. It is so tough to have someone suddenly not there. We are thinking of you and wishing we could be with you at this time but we are with you in spirit.

Kathy & Murray Knapp
December 10, 2020

Murray and I send our heartfelt condolences to all of Elaine’s family. She loved her family with her whole heart and will be missed very much. Rest in peace Elaine you have earned it.

David and Michelle
December 10, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you, and wishing you comfort and peace, as you remember your mother/grandmother. It sounds like her’s was a life worth celebrating.

Dean and Marion Leifso
December 9, 2020

Our sympathy to Sharon and the rest of the Albright and Golem families. We remember you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Bev and Nancy Nickel
December 9, 2020

Randy and family sorry for your loss,hold on to the great memories

The smith family
December 9, 2020

We are sorry to hear about Elaine passing. Our condolences to all the family.
Hugs she was a kind and loving person.

Joan Albright
December 9, 2020

Saddened to hear of Elaine’s sudden passing. She did the initial legwork (before online access) on the family tree which she shared with me. There are now more than 14 thousand in the tree with most of Sullivan Township’s residents, past and present, being related to her. Her mother, Hilda, and Cheryl Ann even travelled to Germany seeking family information. Except for Carl, who only lived 4 days, Elaine was the eldest of her family and highly regarded by her siblings. My sincere condolences to all members of her family.

Aunt Mary Campagnaro
December 8, 2020

My deepest condolences to CherylAnn, Brian and family on the sudden passing of your Mother, Mother in law, and Grandma. Peace and comfort to all.

Susanne Leifso
December 8, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Albright-Golem families at the passing of Elaine. I’m sure you all will have great memories to cherish!

Vera Kotaba and Tony Al
December 8, 2020

CherylAnn, Brian and family, our heartfelt sympathy to all. We certainly will miss being together for family events. Memories of Elaine will live on.

Shirley Becker
December 8, 2020

My deepest sympathy

Desboro Agricultural Society
December 8, 2020

Sad to hear about Elaine and sending our deepest sympathy to all of you. It has been a few years now but remember Elaine coming with Cheryl Ann and the children to help place their entries in the School Fair section at our fair. She was so proud of their accomplishments /prize ribbons that the grandchildren received. We will miss seeing Elaine in the community.

Jeanette Norris (Bluhm)
December 8, 2020

So sad to hear of the passing of Elaine to all the familys are deepest sympathy to all she was a great person.

Fred and Helen Synnott
December 8, 2020

Remember the good times and smile.

Fred and Helen Synnott
December 8, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Know that your mother loved all of you dearly and smile as you remember all the goo times you shared m

Doug & Isabel Bell
December 8, 2020

Our Symphathy to the Albright & Golem Family. Elaine & I worked at the Gay Lea Creamery in Chesley. Last year we sat together at several our grandson’s hockey games in Markdale. Elaine loved her grandchildren. You will be missed. Isabel

Dianne Godin, Brenda Robinson and Mark Schwartz
December 8, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. We were very happy when she finally was able to purchase Mom and Dad’s home. She was a wonderful person and will be missed.

Suzanne and Ernest Krajcir
December 8, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Joyce & Howard, Randy & Lisa and the entire Albright and Golem families for your loss. Cherish the good memories to help you through these difficult times.

Aunt Agnes Downey and Barry Norris
December 7, 2020

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother, CherylAnn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Brian, and your family. I know she will be missed.

Gail Fritsch
December 7, 2020

My condolences to Elaine’s family. She was one of the hardest working ladies I’ve ever known.

Elaine Maluske
December 7, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Cheryl Ann and family and Elaine’s siblings. We will miss her at St. Peter’s. Fond memories will keep her close.

Dave and Barb Cormack
December 7, 2020

Randy and Lisa sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

Mary Ken Anderson
December 7, 2020

We moved to sdr 6 in Oct and the following year decided to try out St Pete’s Lutheran church. The first time we really knew who Elaine was, we were in the basement of the church at a year end meeting. Elaine sat across from us and kept smiling at us. She would answer our questions quietly during that time. Elaine seemed to be right where we needed her during a church service to tell us which coloured book to use. These instructions came with a friendly giggle and just made us feel comfortable. Thank you Elaine for helping us out.
Our sympathies to all families in this loss.

Theressa and Duane Stade
December 7, 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss. Sympathy answer prayers to the entire families. I am sure she will be missed.

Joyce and David Weppler
December 7, 2020

Sending our condolences to Elaine’s family, Albright and Golem family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Carol Golem
December 7, 2020

So sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing … many hours were spent playing solo with Elaine and John over many years.
After John’s passing we kept in touch and enjoyed eating some meals at Kettles and recently kept in touch by phone.
Elaine was a very strong person who battled many battles with her health.
I will miss her and wish my sincere condolences to her family who she loved dearly!
Rest In Peace Elaine !
Carol Golem

Catherine Murdoch
December 7, 2020

Deepest sympathy to all the families.
Sorry to read of the passing of Elaines passing she will be missed.
From Barb Murdoch (nee Golem)

Marsha Dunn
December 7, 2020

As we all try to deal with this unexpected loss…please know that Elaine made such an impact on our lives.
She was there when we needed her…and we spent many happy times together
Her family was her life and she was so proud of you…
Rest easy my will always be with us…Bob and Marsha

Sherry Caldwell
December 7, 2020

Sincere sympathy to all of the family. Sending love and prayers. Elaine was a lovely lady.
Sincerely,Sherry Caldwell

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