BOONVILLE – Elaine Mary Romano-Tekce, 76, of Boonville, died Tuesday February 8, 2022 after a short illness at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital surrounded by the loving care of her husband Murat, their daughter Emel and their nephew. David. She was born on February 12, 1945 in Rome, NY to the late Joseph and Alice Kotary Romano.
Elaine graduated from Saint Aloysius Academy in Rome, NY. She then attended College of Saint Rose in Albany, where she received her bachelor’s degree, and then Fordham University in NY City for her master’s degree. From there, Elaine worked for several New York City publishers. After many years in publishing, Elaine changed careers and earned a master’s degree in clinical social work. She then returned to Rome in 1989 and practiced social work for Oneida County. Elaine married Murat Tekce on March 19, 1993. After her retirement, Elaine did volunteer work at the Boonville NY Historical Canal Museum and Matthew’s Place Ministries Store on Main Street in Boonville. She was a member of the Boonville Historical Club and was also a member of the local election committee.
Elaine was known for her sharp wit, unwavering intellect and generous nature. She is greatly missed and loved by all.
Elaine was also predeceased by her brother Richard Romano.
Elaine is survived by her husband, Murat Tekce, Boonville; a brother and sister-in-law, Nicholas and Pauline Romano, Rome; a daughter, Emel Duymaz (Mehmet), Yorkville; one son, Erdinc Tekce (Ebru), Dunmore PA; grandchildren Dennis, Jasmene, Alexander and Mia Duymaz as well as Lara, Mira and Anna Tekce; nephew dr David Romano, Syracuse, and Brian Romano (Linda), Oriskany; grandnephews Dominic, Michael and grandniece Isabella Romano.
Elaine’s family thanks Dr. Karavas and his team, as well as the staff of St Elizabeth’s CTICU for their compassionate care.
A memorial service is planned later in the spring. For an online message of condolence, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com.