Northville – Elaine Elizabeth Dodge (Ellingwood) passed away at home on July 16, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Elaine was born in Northville, NY on July 15, 1933 to the late Idolyn Knapp Ellingwood and Walter Ellingwood.
She was raised in Northville and was a lifelong area resident. She attended Northville Central School where she was salutatorian of the graduating class of 1951. She married Homer Myron Dodge on May 23, 1953 at the St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Northville. Mr. Dodge predeceased her on June 29, 1992.
Elaine worked at the J.J. Newberry Store on Main Street in Northville early in her career. Together she and Homer owned and operated businesses on Main Street in the village which included a restaurant and a game room, a variety store and a fabric and card shop. Elaine especially liked the fabric and card shop as she loved to cross stitch and needlepoint. She also enjoyed helping people pick out greeting cards for special occasions. She and Homer also served as Northampton town tax collector for over 35 years. Elaine looked forward to tax collecting time as it allowed her to catch up annually with local folks as well as seasonal residents.
Elaine always loved animals, especially cats and dogs. As a child she brought home more than one stray cat. She would lovingly nurse back to health any stray cat her children found while out playing or that wandered into one of the stores on Main Street. She was known in the village as someone who would take in a stray kitten and she received a few calls over the years to take in a feline who needed a home. As a result, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are all animal lovers who carry on this legacy.
Elaine is survived by her children: Mark and Irene Dodge (Tampa, FL), Wayne and Valerie Dodge (Wilton, CT), Dr. Nancy Dodge Reyome (Potsdam, NY), Gary and Vicki Dodge (Woodstock, GA), Daniel Dodge (Northville, NY) and David Dodge (Northville, NY). She is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Jennifer Campbell, Laura Reyome, Abigail Lane (Christopher), Steven Dodge (Cady), Jessica Dodge, Alexandra Dodge, and Erika Dodge and 5 great grandchildren: Kaylyn Hart, Tristan Howald, Maddox Lane, Samuel Dodge, and Jackson Dodge. Finally Elaine is survived by one brother, Wilfred Ellingwood (Betty) and one sister, Charlene Ellingwood.
Elaine was predeceased by her parents Idolyn and Walter and her husband Homer as well as her sister Gail Oliver and her brother Walter Ellingwood Jr.. She was also predeceased by one grandchild Johnny Ray Dodge.
There will be no viewing or funeral service. A private burial will be held in Prospect Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to the Brennan Humane Society or Mountain Valley Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Northville Funeral Home. Condolences may be made online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.