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Elaine L. Thorpe, church organist
Elaine L. Thorpe, church organist

Elaine L. Thorpe, a longtime church organist and choir director at Dundalk United Methodist Church, died Oct. 16 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 87. The daughter of Henry Rudolph Pfeiffer, a plumber, and Alma Leontyne Osolin Pfeiffer, a homemaker, Elaine Lillian Pfeiffer was born in Westfield, N.J., and raised in nearby Garwood, N.J. Mrs. Thorpe was born into a musical family. Her father was a self-taught musician who played violin, banjo and mandolin. "On Sundays after church, her family would gather for supper, music making and singing at her paternal Aunt Katy's. Her Aunt Katy, who played the piano at these...