August 31, 1948 to February 7, 2017
Elaine Marie Csizsmar Hochreiter of Brantingham, NY and Laurel MD passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. She bravely battled carcinoid cancer for 16 years.
Elaine was born August 31, 1948 to Paul and Eileen Gibbs Csizsmar and grew up on DeForest Avenue, Glenfield, NY. She attended General Martin Central School and graduated from South Lewis Junior/Senior High School in 1966.
Elaine received her bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College in Art Education. Later she received her master’s degree in Counseling from Boston University. She met her husband Andrew Hochreiter at Buffalo State. They were married on July 8, 1972 by Reverend Doctor Bruce Chapman in Beaver Falls, NY. After marriage, she accompanied her husband on the many travel adventures provided by his 23-year military career.
Elaine had three lifelong passions. One was her art. Traveling provided the opportunity to view the World’s great art museums in Europe and Asia. Elaine loved living in different places and especially the chance to journey abroad. Over their married life, they visited forty-five different countries enjoying art everywhere they went. This resulted in connecting with various European relatives in Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Germany. During her travels, she worked as an art teacher, college instructor/counselor, illustrator, magazine editor, and home sales representative. After retiring from “formal” employment, Elaine focused her talents as a serious artist. A friend and benefactor, Dr. Monroe Burk, provided a beautiful art studio that had been built for his wife who was now deceased. Elaine exhibited and sold her landscape oil paintings in numerous one-person and group shows and galleries in Maryland and New York, earning many awards.
Another of Elaine’s passions was her love of skiing. She began skiing on old wooden skies with rubber snow boots as a youngster at a local ski area. Her first teaching job near Vermont provided her the opportunity to be a part time ski instructor at Willard Mountain, NY. Her ski world expanded when her husband was assigned to Germany. She skied the famous mountain resorts in St. Moritz, Davos, Chamonix, the Zugspitze, Lech, St Anton, Cortina and Garmisch.
Elaine’s greatest passion was as a devoted mother to her two children, Krista and Kyle. One of her greatest joys was the large family get-togethers during the holidays, and time spent at the lake with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. This started during Elaine’s childhood and continued every summer throughout her life. Her husband Andy was her soul mate, always by her side with encouragement, love and friendship. Andy was her best friend who gave her a beautiful and exciting married life of 44 years.
Elaine was a member of Laurel Presbyterian Church in Laurel, MD, where she was an Elder and served on Pastoral Care. Before moving to Laurel, she was a member at Harundale Presbyterian Church in Glen Burnie, MD where she was active with the Bell Choir and the Kids4Christ program. Growing up in Glenfield, NY, she was a member of the Glenfield Methodist Church where she was involved in Sunday School, Youth Activities, and Choir.
Elaine is survived by her husband of 44 years, Andrew James Hochreiter, her daughter Krista Marie Hochreiter Hipp, her husband Patrick and grandchildren Nathan and Paige, and her son Kyle Brice Hochreiter and partner, Leonor Munoz Alcivar. Elaine is also survived by her father Paul Lewis Csizsmar of Brantingham, NY, her sister Paulette Marlene Palombo and husband Frank Camillieri, niece Alana LeMaster, her husband Joel and twin sons Rex and Dominic, nephew Zachary Palombo, her brother Ernest Paul Csizsmar, wife Susan and their son Paul, her uncle George Csizmar and Catherine Csizmar, and many cousins and friends.
Elaine is preceded in death by her son, David James Hochreiter, her mother Eileen Mae Gibbs Csizsmar, her paternal grandparents John and Katherine Zenis Csizmar, and her maternal grandparents William and Bertha Ingersoll Gibbs.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Laurel Presbyterian Church in Maryland. A Celebration of her Life is being planned for next summer in Brantingham, NY and will be announced later.