Elaine was born in Dunkirk, New York the daughter of Eugene and Maryl (Greenman) Bremer. She grew up Western New York, having spent her youth in Fredonia, West Seneca, and Clarence, New York. She graduated from Clarence High School and Alfred University in Alfred, New York. She earned her master’s degrees in education and in humanities with a concentration in music history from the University at Buffalo.
She taught first grade in the Williamsville school district for several years. After moving to Olean, New York, she taught piano and voice privately and at St. Bonaventure University. She was a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Organ Guild, the PEO sisterhood, and a supporter of the Burchfield-Penney Art Center. She was an enthusiastic member of a French conversation group in Amherst, New York. Elaine valued music and art. She especially enjoyed singing and playing piano “for the kids.”
Elaine fully immersed herself in any project she took on, consistently adding her loving flare and attention to details. She embodied a passion to make the world around her more beautiful by sharing her artistic talents and emphasizing deep reverence of the past.
She was predeceased by her parents and sister, Jeanne Bremer.
Elaine is survived by her husband of 54 years, John V. Apczynski of Wiscasset; her son and daughter-in-law, John and Sabrina of Damariscotta, Maine; her grandchildren: Clover Grace and Bodhi Gene Apczynski of Damariscotta; sisters-in-law: Julia Ann Johnson of Henderson, Nevada and Joan Marie Looft of Carbondale, Illinois; and her niece, Jordan Bremer of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Elaine was involved in both her church and her local Breast Cancer Network organizations.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in her memory.
Breast Cancer Network of WNY, https://www.bcnwny.org/
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY, https://wpcbuffalo.org/
A memorial service to celebrate Elaine’s life will be held at a later date to be announced.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, 975 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay, Maine.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.hallfuneralhomes.com