Elaine Bednarczyk

October 12, 1927 - May 11, 2012
Elaine Bednarczyk

Elaine Sine Hurt Bednarczyk, 84, of Wilmington, NC, passed away peacefully Friday, May 11, 2012 at The Davis Community Health Care Center.

She was born in Chicago, IL, on October 12, 1927, daughter of Sam and Martha Hurt; moved to Flossmoor, IL, with her family in 1963; and came to live in Wilmington, NC in 1989.

Her favorite activities included ice skating, ballroom dancing, roller skating, sewing, and knitting, fishing, and bird watching, and won trophies for local competitions in golf and bowling.

She served customers in both Flossmoor and Wilmington as an Avon lady for 25 years. Her travels took her to museums and parks to see wildlife throughout the United States and many other countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Australia, and the South Pacific.

Her love of animals and nature prompted her to go on a wildlife safari to Kenya, a cruise through Alaska and meet sled dogs in Denali National Park, and go white-water rafting on the Colorado River.

Her love of travel was the reason she joined RSVP of New Hanover County, where she proudly volunteered at the information desk, greeting visitors to the Wilmington International Airport for 19 years.

Surviving is her husband of 63 years, Leo J. Bednarczyk; daughter Susan Bednarczyk of New York, NY; daughter Jayme Bednarczyk and son-in-law Phil Abbott of Wake Forest, NC; granddaughter Katherine Abbott of Raleigh, NC; and great-grandson Jackson Pittman of Raleigh, NC.

Her family would like to thank her other family — the staff and friends at The Davis Community Health Care Center and Home Instead for taking such good care. Memorial donations in her name can be made either to The Davis Community Health Care Center at 1011 Porters Neck Road, Wilmington, NC 28411; or Lower Cape Fear Hospice at 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • May 14, 2012
    barbara massenburg says:
    Your mother made such a terrific impression on me. What a wonderful mother she must have been and how you will miss her. My heart and prayers are with you and your family. Barbara

  • May 16, 2012
    Jane Peterson says:
    Jayme, all my thoughts and prayers are with you, your Dad and your sister. Your family always supported me through the good and bad times and I wish I could be there to do the same for you all. Your Mom will be the beautiful angel of all!

  • May 15, 2012
    Wayne & Linda Edwards says:
    To have a loss such as this, a lady you had by your side for so many years, is really hard . The many friends you have here, as well as Linda and I, have you in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know. Wayne and Linda Edwards Wilmington, NC

  • May 13, 2012
    Julie Rehder & Jack Krupicka says:
    Elaine was, and will continue to be in our hearts, a beautiful, gentle soul. Thank you for sharing her with us and with your Davis Community family and giving us the opportunity to experience her wit, grace and friendship.

  • May 14, 2012
    John Gangemi says:
    Leo, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.