Elaine Macauley Weise

Elaine Macauley Weise

Passed: May 14, 2024
Charleston, WV

Elaine Macauley Weise

Passed: May 14, 2024
Charleston, WV


Elaine Macauley Weise, age 95, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2024, at the home she shared with her beloved and devoted husband of 69 years, Dr. Charles C. Weise.

Elaine was born on June 11, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1945, she graduated from the Ellis Country School for Girls, and in 1948, she was awarded a nursing degree by the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She began her nursing career at the University’s Hospital, quickly rising to the position of head nurse in Women’s Medicine and a nursing instructor.

In 1954, she received a telephone call from Charles, who was a medical student, asking if she would be willing to go on a date with his friend. Instead, Elaine and Charles talked that evening for over two hours and began a friendship that led to their marriage six months later, on August 28, 1954. Elaine gave birth to a daughter, Mary Lou, in 1956. In 1958, while Charles was serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Aberdeen, Maryland, they welcomed their son, Charles, Jr. Suzanne, Elaine and Charles’ third child, was born in 1961. Shortly thereafter, Elaine moved with her growing family to her husband’s hometown, Charleston, West Virginia. Elaine and Charles celebrated the birth of their daughter Jane in 1965.

Elaine resided in Charleston for 63 years until her passing. Elaine’s children were her first priority, leading to her involvement in their schooling and extracurricular activities. Having played many sports in high school including basketball, field hockey, swimming, and tennis, Elaine encouraged her children to participate in school and church sports. She taught her husband and her four children how to swim. She volunteered to support her son’s football and basketball teams, as well as forming Brownie and Girl Scout troops at her daughters’ elementary school. She delighted in watching football games on Sunday afternoons and was a diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and all things Philadelphia. Elaine enjoyed hosting family dinners and parties with friends.

Her sustained community service over many decades was exemplary. She served as president of the Auxiliary to the Kanawha Medical Society, and as an active member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Mother’s Club, and Garden Club. Elaine also was a Brownie and Girl Scout Troop Leader and an elementary school cheerleading coach. She played in a weekly tennis group with friends and her daughters. Elaine enjoyed traveling with Charles, her children, and her grandchildren to Italy, England, Bali, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and throughout the continental United States. One of her favorite trips was celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary with Charles by traveling by rail through Europe on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express.

Eventually, as her children left home for college, Elaine returned to her work as a nurse, joining Charles’ medical practice. They worked together until her retirement in 1996. Elaine profoundly loved her family, and she is deeply loved by them. Her family will miss her sense of humor, her delightful laugh, and her contagious, lovely smile. All of her loved ones will miss her frequent declaration, “I love you. You are so beautiful.”

Elaine is survived by her beloved husband, Charles, and her devoted children, Mary Lou Weise-Stusser, Charles C. Weise, Jr., Suzanne Weise (Patrick McGinley), and Jane Weise Haley; grandchildren, Charles Paul Weise (Jamie Smith), Jacob Lawrence Stusser, Mara Elaine Stusser, Sydney Haley Stevens (Jacob), and Emma Macauley Haley; her nieces, Elizabeth Reba Weise (Lisa Murphy) and Victoria Elaine Noviello (Donald), Molly McGinley Han (Richard), Ethan Han, and Elena Han, and Ana Marino, Liam Patrick McGinley, and Colin Sean McGinley.

The family is grateful for the loving care and assistance of Anthony Price, Cheyeanna Walls, Ronald Walls, Raven Palmer, Nadir Price, Amber Jarrell, and the many other caregivers who sustained and helped her over the years, as well as the support of close family friend, Gregory Richardson. The family also would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff and nurses of Charleston Hospice Care for the care and compassion given to Elaine.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street East, Charleston, West Virginia. A Celebration of Life reception will follow from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Edgewood Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Elaine’s memory to her favorite charity, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, https://indianyouth.org/; Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W., Charleston, WV 25387-2536; or to your favorite charity or humanitarian cause.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com .

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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1 responses to Elaine Macauley Weise

  1. Alison Peck says:

    Suzanne and Pat, my condolences on the loss of your dear mother/mother-in-law. A donation has been made in her honor to Running Strong for Indian Youth. I’m delighted to learn about this wonderful organization. Alison

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