Elaine Lichtenstein October 10, 1941 - January 23, 2021

Mrs. Elaine Lichtenstein, 79 of Fletcher passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 23, 2021.  She was the daughter of the late Henry and Rita Ludeman.  She was also preceded in death by her sister, Lois Ann Hansen.

Elaine loved to travel with her husband, Horst.  Costa Rica was one of their favorite yearly trips.  She was an amazing mother and an avid gardener.  Roses were one of her most favorite flowers.

Surviving to cherish her memory is her beloved husband of almost 60 years, Horst E. Lichtenstein; daughters, Dr. Sonja Lichtenstein-Zayneh and Heidi Lichtenstein; and loving grandsons, Michael and Anthony.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

No services are planned at this time.


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  1. Susie Wardle says

    Horst, I am so sorry for your loss. I always looked forward to your arrival in Costa Rica and seeing both your smiling faces. You made being a couple seem so easy, I can’t imagine how your heart is breaking. Hugs.

  2. Anne and Alan Hack says

    Horst, please accept our condolences for your loss of Elaine. Many happy memories of times spent at Girasol in Jaco.

  3. Anick Labelle says

    My dearest Horst,
    I am very sad to hear of Elaine’s passing. I feel so fortunate for all the years I was able to be in her company at Girasol. Her kindness and love will remain in my heart. I will miss her. My deepest condolences Horst, you are in my thoughts and prayers. You take care of yourself.
    With much love.
    Anick Labelle (Bob’s daughter)

  4. Fritzie and Lou says

    There are no words that Lou and I can express over the loss of a superstar, she will remain in our hearts and thoughts, prayers to all of you and expecially to you Horst.
    Our love Fritzie and Lou

  5. Norma Aiello says

    You have my deepest sympathy. My cousin Elaine will be remembered by me with love forever. I cannot express how sad I am. Just know that my prayers and love are with you.

  6. Jan Orr says

    I am so sorry to hear about Elaine’s passing. Elaine and Horst lived across the street from us during our time in NC and they were the most delightful neighbors! I remember how, every Thursday, Elaine would be outside, mowing their yard. She inspired me to get out and mow our lawn! May God shower the entire family with his love, peace and comfort.

  7. Catherine Stout says

    My love and prayers are with your family. Elaine was a member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church. When I saw her at Mass, she always greeted me with a smile. Sometimes I would see her walking at Fletcher Park and she always talked to us. We will miss her. May she rest in peace. She was a wonderful lady. God Bless, Cathie Stout (Deacon Mike’s wife)

  8. Janice Bradley says

    Prayers for the family. She was a wonderful friend.