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Elaine Mary

Sunday, 4 January 1942



Saturday, 21 August 2021

It is with infinite sadness and grief we farewell Elaine, following a long fight with cancer.

Elaine passed away peacefully at Vickery Court on the 21st of August, surrounded by family.

Elaine is the daughter of James* and Mary* Egan. Sister of Ron*, Maurice*, Jimmy, Noeleen, Mary, and John.

Loved and adored wife of Don for 57 years.

Beautiful mother and mother-in-law of Michael and Janeen, Paul and Sharleen, Andrew and Donna.

Treasured grandmother of Laura, Macey, Danielle, Daniel, Matt, Pat, and great-grandmother of Luca.

Elaine was proud of her family and their accomplishments and they are all equally proud of her achievements through New Zealand Softball.

'Elaine has scored a long seven innings and recorded her final out'

Funeral details to be advised when in level 2

* denotes deceased.

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It was a few years ago now, but Elaine had a lasting affect on me when we worked together at Wesney & Duffys. She was straight to the point but tempered her advice with wisdom born of understanding young adults. She was fun, and I was saddened to read she had passed before we could catch up. Rest easy lovely lady. You will be sorely missed by many, me included. My condolences to her nearest and dearest.

Berni Cleaver nee Folesi


To Don, Michael, Paul, Andrew and family
So sad to learn about Elaine. We have many funny, happy memories of our visits to the Egan family home growing up - what a bunch of characters they were and what stories they told! Elaine was such a bright spark - one of the good guys.
Sending love and thinking of you all.
Annette, Nicola and families

Annette, Nicola and families


We were so sad to hear of Elaine's passing, and are sending our heartfelt condolences to you all.

Elaine has been a stalwart of Southland Softball, and I have already missed her around the diamonds the last season. Elaine was always ready for a chat and to laugh. Even though I was away from softball for about 20 years, I used to run into Elaine and Don and they were always welcoming and up for a yarn.

When I was on the board with Elaine she was helpful, knowledgeable and both she and Don welcomed me back to softball without any issue when I did return and play shortly after Honk did.

Softball will not be the same without her, we are thinking of you all at this really sad time. And hope to see you Don, Andrew, and Daniel and Donna back at the ballpark soon.

Ka kite ano

Honk and Lee Greig


On behalf of the Otago Mens Softball Evergreens team we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Don and family. Paul & Andrew were valued members of this team and many other team members knew Elaine personally. Elaine will be sadly missed by all.

Otago Mens Evergreens team


Sorry to read of Elaine's passing. Our sympathy to you and your family Don at this very difficult time.

Kevin and Dorothy Blair


Very sorry to hear of Elaines passing, thinking of you and our families at this time.

Neville & Mavora Meek, Alexandra


Elaine I will miss our chats and your advice and reasoned answers to my many questions. You were always there to share your knowledge and for that I am truly grateful particularly for teaching how to get to the answer needed.
Family was always evident when around you, and you were so proud of them all from the photos to the sparkle in your eyes, smile when they were around and sharing stories of their lives. Your family caring nature extended to all those around you and included your softball family whether they be players, umpires, scorers or supporters.
My thoughts are with you Don and family at this time and hope that you are all wrapping yourselves in the support of your bubbles and find peace and love in the messages of support.
Sending virtual 💐 and 🫂

Cheryl Dahms


Dear Cousin Elaine - you were always a huge part of my life and I will forever treasure the memories of you, Noeleen and myself seemingly always laughing as well as enjoying a fair bit of rock and roll music every time we caught up. My thoughts and deepest condolences are with Don and the rest of the family. Love - David Hogan

David Hogan


Deepest Condolences to you all. Our heart goes out to you Don 💔 your soul mate is now at rest but always in your heart. So many memories will live on in all of us. We will treasure her beautiful smile she always shared with us xx

Buckley whanau


To Don & Family
Thinking of you all at this time. Elaine was always a quiet achiever, working tirelessly and proficiently in the background for the benefit of all those involved in the softball family.
Our deepest sympathy

Edgar, Pam & Dale Potter


Hi Don and Family
My sincere condolences to you all as you farewell a gracious and hard working lady. Her compassion and caring for all will be surely missed.

Bruce Pagan


Deepest sympathy to Don & family, we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Elaine will be sadly missed and we know what a great ambassador to softball she was over many years. We are very grateful to have known her and her lovely family. ❤

Neil & Sue Robinson


It was with shock and a heavy heart I was told of your passing. I first met you as a newbie scorer from Wellington in 2018 when I was sitting my badge at the U19 Boys rep tournament in Chch. I remember Sandy Wallace was my roomie then. You were my Chief (CS) and I passed my badge under your guidance. (Much celebration was had!). I was also introduced to the card game "Five Crown" - a ritual for all scorers when games were delaid or had free time. I came to enjoy it that much, my anau and friends are keen/ competitive players also. I hope you continue this ritual where ever you are as I know I will and be thinking of you always. RIP Chief ♡♡
To Don and the Karsten anau - Kia kaha (be strong) e Kia manuia
Hoping everyone's comments (here on this site) bring you some comfort.

Edna Kaiaruna


Don & Family our deepest sympathy in the passing of Elaine our thoughts are with you. We have some great memories & stories of this wonderful women from our days in Southland Softball. We always sort Elaine out to catchup when she visited Rosedale Park for a National Tournament
We have fond memories that will live on.

Trevor, Janice and family Roger, Denise, Leon and Aimee Smith


Don and family,my thoughts are with you at this very sad time.

Debbie McLaughlin (Turner)NZR


Don and Whanau,
We are deeply saddened by Elaines passing. We all have fond memories from years spent at the softball diamonds. Marc is especially grateful for the knowledge you shared with him while he was learning to score.
“Moe mai ra e whaea”

Jo, Marc, Houston, Bay-Leigh, Kiahn, Maia and Peter Te Tai


to Michael and Janeen my deepest sympathy.on the loss of your loved one also sympathy to your Family thinking of you

Judy Holland


Don and Family, thinking of you and sending much love at this sad time. Elaine will be greatly missed … but I am sure she is having a lovely reunion with Mum and Ron xx

Joanna & Russell Pearson


Deepest sympathy to Don and boys and all the Karsten/Egan families
Fond memories of a wonderful woman who did so much for softball, also great memories of Marist days RIP Elaine

Colin and Karen Telfer


Oh where to start with the memories of Elaine! She was like a second mum to me since the passing of my own. I travelled to several destinations around the world with her and her sidekick Don and had so much laughter along the way. To searching for several hours in our Vegas hotel for all the new 👟s that had been brought that day. Finally only to find them in the top drawer of their dresser (Of course who put them in there remained a mystery) to a bus trip on the Grand Canyon, and a trip across to Alcatraz will be memories for life. While I served as NZ Chief Scorer, Elaine was my right hand and go to person for advice. My family and I are thinking of Don and her beloved boys, Michael, Andrew & Paul and their families at this sad time. Reunited with her friend Ima, up there on the diamond in the sky and make sure you both behave. RIP Elaine 💔🥰😭

Sandy, Murray & Simon Wallace


Don and Family we are thinking of you all in your hour of need. Elaine’s Mother Mary and our mother Tina were sisters. We have fond memories of visiting and staying at the Egan family home as a child.
Our condolences to Noeleen, Jimmy , Mary and John.
Rest In Peace Elaine.
Margaret McHugh Picton and David McHugh Christchurch.

Margaret McHugh


Elaine Mary Karsten was our SNZ Statistician, Chief Scorer and Statistician at National and International level, Mentor, SNZ Umpire, Tournament Organiser and friend. Elaine has left a gap in our SNZ Scoring
Association. Her knowledge of our game was exceptional.
On a personal note.
Elaine, I will miss you and love ❤️ you my right hand lady, my go to person whenever I need help and guidance. You were one special lady. I pay homage to you Elaine with all my heart ❤️
To Don and family, deepest condolences to you all. The loss of someone dear to you is never easy. I hope all the cherished memories that you have of Elaine, brings you some light during this dark time.
He nui te aroha ki a koutou katoa i tenei wa pouri.

Lil Natana


It was with great sadness I heard the news this morning. I learned a lot from Elaine at the Tournaments we attended. We had a lot of laughs. My love and thoughts go to you Don and your Family for the immense loss that you have endured. Elaine will be very much missed at Softball BUT won't be forgotten.
Karen Welford

Karen Welford


I’ve missed Elaine at tournaments over the past couple of seasons but was hopeful we would get to do another tournament together. Except for the past 2 seasons there is only 1 tournament I scored at (that I recall) over the past 25 years or so that Elaine wasn’t there .
Elaine has been a mentor and helped me so much through the years. Elaine was in charge of tournament applications and I would get a ring from Elaine if she hadn’t received my application and it was almost closing time.The conversation would go something like ‘ Sharon, Don & I are doing…….. so I’ve put you down for the same if that suits’
We travelled to Nelson, Blenheim and Christchurch together many times. Don & Elaine would pick me up on the way through and we would share the driving.
Will miss you heaps Elaine! Much Love to all the family.
Don I’m ready to be your co-pilot whenever you are ready to do your next tournament.

Sharon Williams


I wish that we could have had another tournament together. You were my mentor and teacher for a great number of years. If not for you I would not be scoring at the level I am. Donald and families, my deepest sympathy. She was a very special person and will be greatly missed by all. Memories are extremely special at this time - you need to keep them alive by speakIng and remembering all the good times. Look after yourselves at this very difficult time. ❤️🥲🥲

Susan Roy

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