Elaine Gannon

Elaine Meredith Gannon

December 17, 1975 - March 7, 2021
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    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 2:00pm
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Donations are being accepted for:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065

Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, NJ

756 E. Broad Street, Westfield, NJ 07090


Elaine Meredith Gannon, of Westfield, NJ, passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at the age of 45. She is survived by her loving children, Noah Nathan Michaels, Emily Lynne Michaels and Samuel Gene Michaels; brother, Benjamin D. Gannon (Kelly McNeill); niece, Olivia Gannon; surrogate parents, Tobey and Sandy Schreiber and Sandy Luray; adopted siblings, Carrie (Loic) Kreitmann, Michael (Lisa) Schreiber and Amy (Adam) Hebbel and other family members, Joy Lacey, Linda Lacey, Wendy Fisher, Barbra Kamiel, Paulina Kamiel, Leslie Dew, Dore Louis, Louis Benson Louis, Conner Guntrip and Nancy Louis. She was predeceased by her parents, Lynne Gannon Lacey and Richard Lacey.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Interment Har Sinai Cemetery - Garrison Forest Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065 or Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, NJ, 756 E. Broad Street, Westfield, NJ 07090 or the Dr. Michael Feinglass Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 252, Stevenson, MD 21153 or via
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Maria and George Goward

Posted at 04:40pm
We will always remember Elaine as a brilliant, genuine young woman with a wonderful sense of humor who was taken far too soon. RIP

Ann Saunders

Posted at 08:43am
Dear Sandy (Luray),
Even though I don't know Elaine Gannon, I was drawn to her death notice because she was so young. What a tragedy. I saw you mentioned as surrogate parent. Since I can't figure out how to get in touch with you, please call me at 410-532-7571 (home).
Sincerest condolences,
Ann (Schwartzman Weinfeld) Saunders

Lorren Diamond Rapkin

Posted at 09:15pm
Elaine and I went to Pikesville together. Her positivity and kindness was felt by everyone. Beyond heartbroken for her beautiful children. How proud they must be to know that their mom lived a life full of laughter, love, compassion, and joy. Life can be so unfair. May her memory be for a blessing.

P.J and Karen Pearlstone

Posted at 06:48pm
Elaine was a classmate of mine at Pikesville High School. She was one of the most well rounded girls in my graduating class. I will forever remember that beautiful warm smile of hers. Her perseverance to move forward through her many challenges while continuing to shine will always be an inspiration to me. PJ and I had no idea that you all were surrogate parents to Elaine. He has very fond memories of the time spent together in confirmation. What a beautiful selfless act one that changed her trajectory greatly , and brought so much love and joy into your lives. May her memory be for a blessing to all those that knew and loved her.

Debbie Hebbel

Posted at 03:33pm
I knew Elaine from the periphery of busy family times, as a Schreiber in-law (Amy's mom-in-law.) Elaine was a beautiful, spirited woman I'm glad to have known a bit. The tributes to her fierce triumphs were incredibly moving. The strengths and growth from a past tragedy provided a template to Noah, Emily and Sammy of survival, family and love. Heartfelt condolences to all of the Schreibers, Ben and Kelly, Grandparents and friends from all of the Hebbels

Tara Ravkin

Posted at 03:04pm
I met Elaine in the Hoboken days. She moved in across the hall from my friend Marni and had decided they would be friends. What an unbelievable bonus, that meant I got her too! Elaine was kind, loving, loyal and funny. She loved with her whole heart and was loved that way. May her memory be a blessing to all who love her.

Neil Blumberg

Posted at 03:00pm
I have wonderful memories of Elaine from middle school and high school. We unfortunately both lost our mothers at ages 17 and 18 so we could always could relate to each other. She was a wonderful friend and mother and she will be missed. I know that her family and friends will continue to share stories and memories of her so that her 3 beautiful children will always know how special their mom was.

Dore and Lauren Louis

Posted at 02:06pm
We are so sorry. Elaine was a force. There are no words.

Linda and Larry Silverman

Posted at 02:01pm
Dear Tobey and Sandy,
We are so sorry for this terrible loss. May the wonderful memories of Elaine sustain you during this sad time.

Stacey Berman

Posted at 01:56pm
To all of the Schreibers and families, Ben and family, and to Elaine's children,
I am so sorry for this deeply painful loss. I was pulling for her, and I know how difficult this is for all of you. I wish you all solace in the good memories, and will pray for healing for all of you. I hope she is with her mom and will be watching over all of you with great love. I believe she will.


Posted at 11:28am
A beautiful soul with a stealth sense of humor. I am grateful to have known this amazing woman who I had so many fun times with back in the day in Fire Island and on our trip to Jamaica. May her memory be a blessing.

Jill Sprague

Posted at 08:55pm
My condolences to all of Elaine's family and loved ones. As long as I've been friends with Amy (almost 30 years) I have known about Elaine and the incredibly special person she was to the entire family. I was lucky enough to spend some time with her on several happy occasions and her kindness and smiling face will be missed. May her memory be for a blessing.

Lauren Hiken Braitman

Posted at 08:27pm
May her memory be a blessing. She was always so kind to me and Amy’s friend and I always remember her smiling. Sending my deepest condolences.

Erica Schwartz Bloom

Posted at 03:55pm
Can't stop thinking about Elaine and the family. Elaine was always considered Amy's family to us (Amy's friends) and therefore, we saw her at family functions. Elaine was always nice and smiled to welcome us. I looked up to her as a fit and committed runner (which she may not have even know). During the past months, I would declare my runs to be for Elaine as a way to honor her passion, her strong fight and for hope. I'm virtually wrapping my arms and thoughts around all of her family and friends who are dealing with her tragic loss. May her memory be a blessing.

Hope and Toby Blumenthal

Posted at 12:28pm
Elaine was always so kind to me and all of Amy's friends. I also remember being excited to see her at a running event many years ago, a race, I can't remember which. But she was smiling and ready to run! She probably flew by me! I am just so sorry. May her memory be a blessing and comfort to you all. Sending my love.

Barbara Price

Posted at 12:27pm
I am so sorry for the loss of Elaine. RIP. May her memory live on. My condolences to the whole family.
Barbara and Jason Price Laurence, Moshe, Shauna, Ari and Zachary and Family (friends of Wendy, Leslie, Aunt and Uncle, Cousins of Paulina and Barbara).

Margaret Fishkin Ruiz

Posted at 09:04am
Elaine will always be one of the best parts of my grade school memories. May her memory be a blessing.

Lynne and Stuart Weitzman

Posted at 08:06am
Dear Tobey, Sandy and Family,
So very sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you!

Gail and Bruce Mogol

Posted at 08:54pm
Dear Ben, Sandy, Tobey and Sandy,
The relationship with our families began with Lynne professionally, following through to Elaine and Amy's close middle school friendship, and finally when Richard married Joy, whose son, Ryan married our daughter, Stacy.
We have maintained a special spot in our hearts for Elaine and the Gannon family. Thus, our heartfelt condolences on her premature loss. Her memory is truly a blessing.

Ellyn and Richard Soypher

Posted at 08:31pm
So sorry for your loss. May all of your memories be a blessing. Ellyn and Richard Soypher

Joan Buyce

Posted at 07:36pm
Elaine is my kindred spirit. I can't quite bring myself to say she "was" - so I'll just say that she is one of the most caring, insightful, deep and respectful people I've ever known. We bonded IMMEDIATELY with our boy/girl twins (and a third - both named Sam) and have been friends ever since we met when our kids were in pre-K at the JCC. I'll never forget our girls weekend getaway - despite having different ideas about what waking up early meant - we both LOVE to hike. We also bonded over swimming - getting Elaine to swim slaps as part of her exercise regimen, which she loved. And even after moving to Atlanta four years ago, we remained so close, had monthly long talks (always before her early bedtime), and feel so blessed to have been with her emotionally over the past few months when she needed an ear or if I could make her laugh with stories of my crazy life. I just want Noah, Emily and Sammy to know how much she meant (and will always mean) to me. My deepest condolences. She will be forever in my heart.

Marni Latman

Posted at 06:14pm
The girl from the apartment across the hall in Hoboken may have stalked me into friendship but it worked! What a special friendship we had, and how heart broken she leaves many. Trying to recall all the fond memories, as there are many. From hosting Passover together, Fire Island weekends, Hoboken times, hiking with Penny & Charlie, etc. Family meant so much to Elaine and she could always rely on Sandy & Toby & Sandy as well as cousin Michael who she always looked up to! I am sending you all my sincere condolences during this difficult time. May her memory be a blessing.

Ilene and Chuck Weiner

Posted at 01:51pm
Dear Ben, Sandy, Tobey, and Sandy,

There are no words to describe our sadness at the loss of Elaine. Her smile lit up the room. She did not have length of days, but she did have many blessings; the greatest of which is her amazing “surrogate parents”. All of us who love Elaine will always thank you for that. We wish you beautiful memories.
Love, Ilene and Chuck

Marlene and Rich Teitel

Posted at 01:33pm
Dear Tobey, Sandy, family, and extended family,
We are so very sad to hear of Elaine's passing. We were friends of yours and friends of Lynne's at the time of Lynne's passing. At the time they lost their mother, it was phenomenal when you welcomed Elaine and Ben into your already beautiful family. Over the years, you have cared for and loved these two wonderful "children" as if they were born to you..... and they have loved you back. There are so many things that we admire about you both, but this tops our list. We send deepest condolences on your profound loss.

Faith Schreiber Feingold

Posted at 01:22pm
Dear Tobey and Sandy,
My sincerest sympathy.

Donna and Howard

Posted at 12:20pm

Dear Tobey, Sandy and family
It was with great sadness that we learned of Elaine’s passing. Please accept our condolences and we hope that in a small way they help through these trying times.

Janet and Dennis Klein

Posted at 11:22am
Dear Tobey and Sandy, We are so sorry for your families loss. Cherish all the good times together and the memories. Our deepest sympathies.

Melissa Miller Lenet

Posted at 10:10am
Dear Ben and family,
I am deeply saddened about Elaine. I met her when we were 3 at Milford Mill and went all through school together. She had the cutest little blonde bowl haircut and grew up to be smart, funny and liked by everyone. I have vivid memories of your mom too - she was there for everything. Please know that she will never be forgotten. She will live on in her beautiful children and in you. Sending you all my love.

Starr Cooper

Posted at 09:58am
Dear Ben and family and friend, I was saddened to read about Elaine. I became friends with her Mom when Ben snd Kevin were childhood friends. Such a beautiful and sweet young lady. I hope she’s on the arms of her Mom.

Kenny Blumberg

Posted at 08:11am
Tobey & Sandy, Lorraine and I are so sorry to hear of your loss .

Sheri Gordon

Posted at 07:11pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Elaine was such a sweet person. I am so sad about her passing! My thoughts are with your whole family.

Alan Kanter

Posted at 06:52pm
Dear Tobey and Sandy,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Harriet and Alan Kanter

Leslie and Barry Walters

Posted at 06:22pm
Dear Sandy and Tobey, We are so sorry for your loss. Cherish all the memories of good times together. May Elaine’s memory be for a blessing.

Iris Tami Eisenberg

Posted at 03:20pm
I’m so sorry about Elaine’s passing. We were such good friends as kids and lived in the same neighborhood. I just remember her smile and us always laughing and having fun playing together. There are no words to express I feel.

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