Elaine A. Halahan, a third grade teacher at Mechanicstown Elementary School in Middletown and formerly taught at Cornwall High School, entered into rest at home on Thursday, July 26, 2007. She was 55.

She was the daughter of the late Edwin D. and Dorothy Butzgy Vreeland, she was born July 13, 1952 in Middletown, New York. She was the wife of Mark Halahan, who resides at home.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Bloomingburg. She achieved her Bachelor's Degree at S.U.N.Y. Brockport and then completed her Master's Degree at East Stroudsburg State University, in East Stroudsburg, Pa., she taught Physical Education for many years at Cornwall High School having coached volleyball and soccer, she coached volleyball at J.S. Burke Catholic High School, coached the Empire State Soccer Team in the late 1970's, and she was actively involved in the church having served as a Eucharistic Minister. She loved outdoor activities and was an avid water skier.

A family statement reads: "She was deeply loved by her family and friends, and dedicated to the Catholic Church, Elaine lived a life of care and compassion towards others around her. Filled with life, energy and love, all who knew Elaine were touched by her. Her magic was so far reaching that she mentored everyone from the young to the elderly. The imprints she left behind on our hearts are everlasting."

In addition to her husband, Mark, Elaine is survived by her three sons: Stephen, Paul and Eric Halahan, all of Otisville, N.Y.; two sisters, Jeanne Zoll and her husband, Ronald of Otisville and Joanne Hosking and her husband, Donald of Hobart, N.Y.; nieces and nephews, Timothy and Jena Zoll and Matthew and Audrey Pooley; her mother-in-law, Norma Halahan; two sister-in-laws, Maureen Halahan and her husband, Bill Pooley and Jean Halahan and several cousins, aunts and uncles.

She was predeceased by her parents, Edwin D. and Dorothy Butzgy Vreeland and her father-in-law, Jack Halahan.

Friends may call the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, 26 Grove Street, Middletown on Sunday, July 29, from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 30, at 11 A.M. in Our Lady Of The Assumption Church in Bloomingburg, N.Y. Father Raymond Bagdonis, O'Carm, will officiate. Interment will follow in Holy Name Cemetery in Otisville, N.Y.

Memorial contributions may be made to either: Our Lady of the Assumption Church, P.O. Box 457, Bloomingburg, NY 12721, or to the Tucker Center For Cancer Care, c/o O.R.M.C-Horton Campus, 60 Prospect Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, Inc. For directions or to send a condolence, please visit www.connellfuneralhome.com