Elaine D. Coniff, hospital counselor


Elaine D. Coniff, a former hospital financial counselor and active volunteer, died of stroke complications March 2 at Oak Crest Village. The former longtime Cockeysville resident was 89.

The daughter of a pharmacist, Elaine Dolores McGinn was born in Baltimore and raised on Arizona Avenue in Hamilton. She was a graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Mrs. Coniff worked as an outpatient financial counselor at Johns Hopkins Hospital and what is now the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Mrs. Coniff had been an active member of the Dulaney Valley Woman's Club, Sunnybrook Homemaker's Club and Lioness Club of Cockeysville.

She and her husband were constantly raising money for eye diseases and research, family members said.

"Whether it was selling candy and mints, having crab feasts, assisting with the July Fourth Parade, selling flowers at Easter and Mother's Day, she stepped up to the plate, helping others and giving her time," said a daughter, Shawn C. Becker of Ellicott City.

After she moved to the Parkville retirement community in 1999, she became active in several bridge groups as well as the Busy Bees and the Magic Needles, craft and needlework groups.

Mrs. Coniff was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Texas, Baltimore County, for 45 years. At Oak Crest, she was a member of the Catholic Community Choir.

When she was 88, she produced That's Entertainment, a variety show that raised funds for the retirement community's student scholarship fund.

Her husband of 62 years, Edward J. Coniff, a retired Maryland National Bank executive, died in 2001.

A memorial Mass was held at Oak Crest Village on Saturday.

Also surviving are two other daughters, Patricia C. Valentino of Silver Spring and Linda C. Pugh of York, Pa.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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