GROTON -- D. Elaine (Bartel) Casey, 88, of Groton, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, at the Apple Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Ayer, after a lengthy illness.
Elaine was born in Brooklyn, New York, July 15, 1921, the daughter of Rudolph L. and Bertha D. (Wagner) Bartel. She was raised in Nutley, New Jersey, where she graduated from Nutley High School in 1939.
Robert Francis Casey, Sr. her husband of 48 years died in 1996.
She is survived by two sons, Atty. Robert F. Casey Jr. and his wife, Rita of Ayer, Patrick E. Casey and Carolyn and their children, Gregory Casey and Emily Kimball Casey of Medfield; her daughter, Alice C. Solomon and George and their children Aubrey James Solomon, Conrad Lambert Solomon, and Garrett Francis Solomon of Groton. Elaine also leaves behind her dear brother, Rudolph L. Bartel of Charlotte, North Carolina.
During her early adult life she worked at Westinghouse, in New Jersey, where she met her future husband. She married Robert (Bob) F. Casey in 1948.
Her goal in life was to care for her family and support her husband's developing engineering career. They spent the early part of their marriage in Pompton Plains, NJ where their first son, Robert, was born in 1951,
During that time, Bob received his first patents and was a pioneer in the color TV and semiconductor industries. In 1957, Bob was offered a position as a senior engineering consultant at Arthur D. Little in Cambridge MA. As a result, they moved to Acton, MA where they spent 30 years raising their three children (Patrick born in 1958 and Alice in 1962) and where Bob was awarded more than 40 patents in the areas of television,computers and communications engineering.
While in Acton, Elaine was very involved in the community, particularly the Acton Memorial Library. During the mid '70s, she was involved in the Hockey and Football Boosters at ABRHS.
In 1967, Elaine and Bob built a summer home in Otisfield, Maine, where they spent many happy summers. They adopted Maine as their home state.
Her children and grandchildren continue to enjoy spending summers there. Elaine has been a member of the East Otisfield Baptist Church for many years. She will be buried there alongside her Husband.
After the death of her husband, Elaine resided with her daughter, Alice and son-in-law, George Solomon in Wilmington and Groton.
She was an avid reader who enjoyed history, historical novels, mysteries, and the Wall Street Journal. Elaine was an Anglophile who loved English culture, humour and literature. She loved to cook as well as eat; she took great pleasure from frequenting church fairs and flea markets. One of the great joys in her life was traveling. She made many trips to England and particularly enjoyed studying Victorian England.
She was a major presence in the lives of her children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends. She will be greatly missed.
In Lieu of flowers, donations to the East Otisfield Baptist Church 166 Rayville Rd., Otisfield, ME 04270 would be greatly appreciated. The T.J, Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, Ayer is assisting the family with arrangements. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.
Published in Lowell Sun on April 24, 2010