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Phyllis Elaine Greco of Kerhonkson, NY passed away with her family by her side on Friday, June 4, 2021. She was 68 years old. Elaine was born on April 8, 1953 in Newark, NJ; she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Shirley Annette (Ellis) Greco.
Elaine was married in 2014 to Ralph Poppo. She loved her growing family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had gone to New Paltz High School, studied Fine Arts at SUNY Ulster and earned her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Arts and Education from SUNY New Paltz. Elaine was an Art Teacher in the Pine Bush Central School District for 30 years, retiring in 2019. She was also an accomplished Odyssey of the Mind Coach and advocate for the Storm King Museum.
Besides her husband Ralph, Elaine is survived by her daughters, Kimberly A. Warren and Belinda L. (Warren) Collingbourne; her grandchildren, Brianna, Payton, Danyelle, Sean and Mikayla; and her great grandchildren, Persayas, Adara, Paulie, Leila, Rhea and Lehland.
She was pre-deceased by her siblings, Patrick W. Greco, Timothy A. Greco and Eugene S. ‘Mickey’ Greco.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, June 12th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Humiston Funeral Home, Kerhonkson. A celebration of her life will be held at 1pm on Sunday, June 13th at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow in Fantinekill Cemetery, Ellenville.
In lieu of flowers we would love for everyone to purchase an Odyssey of the Mind T-Shirt https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/shop/ and wear it proudly!!! Or donate to Women for Women in Elaine’s memory https://support.womenforwomen.org/donate
Elaine was the sweetest most creative soul ever. She made everything more beautiful. She will be missed. RIP my dear friend.
Andrea Reitman Jun 11 2021 12:00 AM
My condolences to Elaine's family and friends. I teach art at PBHS and in speaking with her former students, they all had wonderful experiences in her art room. She will be missed and fondly remembered.
Diane Trad Jun 10 2021 12:00 AM
We turned our schools upside down with our knowledge,passion , humor and (e)aesthetics for and with the arts .
Wendie Feman -Pernice Jun 9 2021 12:00 AM
We turned our schools upside down with our knowledge ,passion ,humor and (e) aesthetics for and with the Arts .
Wendie Feman-Pernice Jun 9 2021 12:00 AM
Elaine & I both taught Art in the Pine Bush schools. After retiring, I substituted for Art teachers & helped her several times for long term art subbing. It was a pleasure helping her in her hour of need. I will truly miss her, but I have many fond memories.
Margaret Ann Grasso Jun 9 2021 12:00 AM
She was the sweetest woman I ever met. She was my art teacher in Middle School and always made me feel so welcome. My deepest condolences to her family. Her memory is blessing to everyone who knew her.
C. Collins Jun 8 2021 12:00 AM
Your presence in this life will be missed. Blessings for the family. ~ Edie G. & family
Edith Giammatteo Jun 8 2021 12:00 AM
A teacher I will never forget.. showed me the world of art at such a young age. A very strong and courageous woman. She is loved by many and I will keep my wizard sculpture she helped me fire forever
Nikolina dorsa Jun 8 2021 12:00 AM