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In Memoriam: Elaine Talarski

Published on 3/16/2023

Elaine Talarski
  • Family Gathering: Monday, April 3, 2023 at 11:30 AM
  • Memorial Mass: Monday, April 3, 2023 at 12:30 PM
    St. George Maronite Catholic Church
    6070 Babcock Rd.
    San Antonio, TX 78240
Elaine Talarski, a longtime member and former President of the League of Women Voters of San Antonio, passed away at her residence in San Antonio on February 22, just a few weeks after celebrating her 87th birthday.

Elaine, a tireless League leader, served in many capacities for the San Antonio League. Her distinguished service with the League included serving as the treasurer, VP for Program and Advocacy and VP for Voter Services. To satiate her constant desire to learn, she also chaired various issue committees at the state level over the years. She testified on behalf of the League at the state level. She represented the League in the San Antonio community and made presentations on behalf of the League. She was a mentor to new members and a great resource to the board members.

Remembering Elaine, Madhu Sridhar, President of the San Antonio League said, “Elaine was a walking-talking encyclopedia of program positions for the Texas League. Being new to Texas and being assigned to be the VP for Program and Advocacy in my first year, I would rely heavily on Elaine to fill me in. She was a reservoir of knowledge and very willing to part with it. A true League Leader, Elaine worked for the cause and not applause. The path she laid down is worth emulating. She will be missed.”

Elaine earned her B.S. in Public Health Nursing from Marquette University, MA in Business Management from Webster University, MA in Political Science from St. Mary’s University, and PhD in International Education and Entrepreneurship from the University of Incarnate Word at the age of 77.

Elaine started her career working as a school nurse in Kansas City, Missouri. She entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973, as a public health nurse at the rank of Captain and served the country for twenty years. Following her military duty, Elaine was an adjunct professor of Political Science at St. Mary’s University, UTSA, and St. Philips College. Along with the League of Women Voters, Elaine also served on the boards of the Mitchell Lake Wetlands Society and Alzheimer’s Association. She was a longtime volunteer with the Women’s Global Connection at UIW and a member of the Bexar County Senior Advisory Committee for AACOG. Elaine loved and supported local theaters, the symphony and the art.

“Elaine was one of those people who quietly and very efficiently did so many good things in her life. She was such a kind person. I will miss her,” said Martha Lankford, a former LWVSAA board member and a long time League member. This sentiment was echoed by all her other friends in the League.

League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area

PO Box 12811

San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 657-2206