Elise A. Horsfall, age 90, of East Haven, CT, formerly of Buckfield, ME, passed away on March 17, 2018 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, CT. Born in Pella, Iowa on June 20, 1927, she was a daughter of the late John Buitenwerf and Hattie (Maassen) Buitenwerf. Elise grew up in Pella, Iowa. After graduating from college, she and her husband, the late Frederick Horsfall, Jr., lived in Glendale, CA. The couple later moved to Red Bank, NJ, where they resided for most of their lives. Elise was a Physical Education teacher in Middletown, NJ for many years before her retirement, after which she moved to Buckfield, Maine to live with her son and daughter in-law. She lived her last 2 years with her daughter in East Haven, CT. Elise is survived by her daughter Rachelle Goto and her son Fred & his wife Penny Horsfall; her grandchildren Sara Goto, Adam Goto & his wife Meaghan, Christopher DeMelia & his wife Cary and Melissa Ayres; her great-grandchildren Teigan Gorman-Goto, Parker DeMelia, Autumn DeMelia, Austin Ayres, Abbigale Ayres and Mackenzie Cole, and several nieces & nephews. Elise was predeceased by her sister and brother, and great-granddaughter Alexis Ayres. Private entombment will take place in Buckfield-Damon Cemetery, Buckfield, Maine. Friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service on Saturday, March 24th, at 2:00 PM at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 305 St. Ronan St, New Haven, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in support of Rett Syndrome research at rettsyndrome.org. Arrangements are in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT.

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  1. Your families are in our prayers. Mom had a good conversation with Aunt Elise not long ago. I’m glad she had that opportunity. I’ll always remember Aunt Elise’s smile. A donation to Retts Syndrome has been made on behalf of al the Iowa Buitenwerf’s even though only my name shows. May God Bless all of you. Mike & Betty Buitenwerf

  2. I just received a call from my neighbor, Cathy Thompson, here in Red Bank telling me of Elise’s passing and was so sorry to hear that. I have lived in one of Fred’s houses here in the Red Bank neighborhood for 40 years so I knew Elise for some time….she was a lovely woman and I am sure will be greatly missed by many. Thinking of the family at this time.

  3. Fred and Penny, and family, I am sorry for the loss of your Mom. What a lovely picture you chose of her. She is pain free, and at peace now. May each of you accept my condolence at this time of loss. Fred, I bet that you got rid of that washer years ago, grinning. ( a memory w/a laugh) My very best wishes to all of the family. Sincerely, Leona Crooker

  4. So sorry to hear of Elise’s passing. We knew she and Fred from The Reformed Church in Tinton Falls NJ. Surely she will be missed by so many. Blessings to you all.

  5. I was Elise’s Hospice Homecare nurse. Anyone who met her loved her immediately with her easy gentle nature. She will be sadly missed but we are thankful she lived to see her 90th birthday and the birth of her great grand daughter. Rest in peace my friend my friend.

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