CHICAGO – Elaine K. Berz, 80, lifelong resident of Chicago, passed away peacefully on Oct. 7, 2004. She was a woman of beauty, grace, gentleness and generosity to all who knew and loved her. Her paintings and other expressions of her artistic gift remain as a legacy of her love of life and of her family and friends. Predeceased by her beloved husband Marvin, she is survived by her loving children, Tom S. Berz of Evanston, Ill., Betsy Berz (the late Shelley) Kitt of Phoenix, AZ; and Larry (Sharon Ann) Berz of Limestone. Very proud and loving “Ma mere”. A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights, Ill., 60004. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Home Hospice Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital 312-926-4663.