Elaine Porter Haggstrom

May 24, 2018

The Lord called Elaine Porter Haggstrom on a beautiful, sunny morning on May 24, 2018, and as always, she couldn’t say no. She was 91 years young. Born on March 9, 1927 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Elaine was the only child of Susan Edwards Porter and Milton E. Porter. She grew up in Fairfield and attend local schools, graduating from Roger Ludlow High School in 1945. One of very few women at the time to do so, she attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and graduated with a major in mathematics in 1949. She married her handsome Swede husband Olle Haggstrom, on September 16, 1950. They reveled in each other’s company for 67 years. Elaine was a devoted mother , and professional volunteer. A lifelong Methodist, she grew up in the Golden Hill United Methodist Churchin Bridgeport under the glow of the rose window, and faithfully attended and supported Nichols United Methodist Church as an adult. She served as the Methodist district representative for the CT/NY District and was active in the United Methodist Women, serving in numerous capacities including president. Elaine was a lifetime member of Girl Scouts of America, belonged to the Welcome Wagon, drove her neighbors for FISH (Friends in Service Humanity), taught at Beardsley Terrace in Bridgeport when the Head Start program was first  implemented, acted as secretary for Bates College Class of ‘49’, and beloved in the power of international friend-ship through the American Field Service program. The leadership positions she held with these and other organizations through the years are too many to list. Without exaggeration, she enthusiastically said “Yes” to nearly any request made of her, and the world was a better place because of her devotion. Elaine loved her family and her many wonderful friends. She leaves behind her devoted husband, Olle Edward Haggstrom, her children and their spouses, Carl and Paula Haggstrom, Susan Haggstrom and Deborah Cressler and Edina and David Darakjy, her grandchildren, Matthew Haggstrom and Eric and Emily Haggstrom, Salina Darakyj and Mekhi Darakjy and her great granddaughter, Kaylee Elaine Haggstrom. In her honor and her memory, we will carry on. Friends may express personal condolences to the family on Thursday June 7, 2018 from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at The Blue Goose Resturant, 326 Ferry Boulevard, Stratford, CT. A memorial service and reception will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Nichols United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport at the discretion of the family. In lieu of flowers, please remember Elaine with contributions to the Nichols United Methodist Church, 35 Shelton Road, Trumbull, CT 06611 or to Golden Hill United Methodist Church, 210 Elm Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

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