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Elva M. Schoen

June 8, 1940 - May 18, 2019

          Elva M. Schoen, age 78, of Newark, DE passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

          Born in Newark, DE on June 8, 1940, she was a daughter of the late James Albert and Doris Marie (Gooden) Folk, Sr.  Elva was the proud owner of Elva’s Dance Studio for 42 years.  Dancing was her passion and she touched the lives of many students.

          Elva enjoyed relaxing at her beach house, flower gardening and playing cards with her friends.  Elva’s fondest memories were the times spent with her family and she shared a special bond with her twin sister, Ethel.  She was always taking care of everyone and will be remembered as generous and selfless.

          In addition to her parents, Elva was preceded in death by her siblings, Coleman Folk, Eileen Dickinson and James Folk, Jr.  She is survived by her son, Kenneth Schoen, Sr.; siblings, Ethel Koloff, Robert Folk, Marjorie Long and Harvey Folk; grandchildren, Kenneth Schoen, Jr. and Crystal Schoen Cook; and great grandchildren, Jordan, Eddie, Ashton and Sydney.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Gracelawn Memorial Park Chapel, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am.  Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Elva’s memory to New Beginnings, 1645 Otts Chapel Road, Newark, DE 19702.

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  • Words can not express how dearly you loved us, your students. You taught so much more than dance, you taught us joy. You made dancing fun. We learned to have passion, how to work hard, to accept defeat when it happened with grace and to humbly accept victories.
    Miss Elva,
    I wasn’t a student of yours for a long time…I believe I had just turned 7 when I first walked down the stairs into your studio with my batons and dance shoes. The first few weeks I was shy and timid, scared even…you took such loving care of me in those beginning months.
    As the years passed, you taught me to be a beautiful technician. To properly place my foot, use my arms…
    More important than anything, you taught me joy, not just in dance but in life. You were there when I needed to cry, help me work through frustration, to accept all the ups and downs that came my way.
    You Miss Elva were the epitome of a beautiful soul. I will never forget you. Thank you for touching my life so profoundly.
    Love your grateful student,
    Jorie Lynn Peacock (Walker)

  • My condolences to all of Elva’s family. I grew up with Elva and her siblings. I have so many fond memories of the good times we all had at Ott’s Chapel. My daughter Debbie took dance lessons from her for many years. I know she will be greatly missed by so many.
    I wish I could attend the service but cannot get off but I will be with you in thought.

  • How we will all miss her stories, sense of humor and easy going manner towards all. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy through her family and friends. I always enjoyed seeing Aunt Elva, so many good memories. Love you and may you Rest In Peace as you gaze down upon us!

  • Thank you for making a difference in my life, for the love of dance, the beautiful art of motion, the confidence you instilled in me. I will always remember you. Dance with the angels and rest in peace. Your former student from 1963 to 1977 Drema.

  • So sorry to hear of Elva’s passing. A sweet person and my two daughters loved dance classes with her.

  • Crystal and Kenny so deeply sorry for your loss.
    Elva was an icon in the trailer Park. Everyone who knew her loved her, we will all miss her.
    May Her Memory Be Eternal.

  • I did not know Elva but did go to school with her brother Harvey and sister-in-law. I also knew her sister, Ethel, when I worked with her during my after school job in 1963 -65. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I have read a lot of wonderful comments concerning Elva on Facebook and wish I had taken lessons from her.

    Lee Barr Sherrill

  • My heart n prayers go out to the Schoen family.

    Kenny, I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs n my deapest sympathy for your family. & you & Annette.

    (((Hugs)))
    Ruth Ann

  • What a truly wonderful lady she will be missed rip Elva

  • I took dance school from her from the time that i was 7 untill i 18. She was like a mother to me. I will never forget her. Dance with the angels and rest in peace.

  • To the Schoen family, our thoughts and prayers are being sent to you. Please know we are thinking about you all.. Luv, Stew ,Kathy & Stewy

  • After being neighbors for over 30 years we are going to miss seeing you and talking with you. Rest In Peace.

  • Rest In Peace!!! You will be truly be missed!!! You were a totally awesome dance instructor and I will never forget all your guidance and support you gave each and every one of us!!! May you Rest In Peace!!! Prayers sent to the family!!!

  • My daughter had a wonderful experience learning to dance and twirl a baton at Elva’s Dance Studio. She became the one and only majorette for the William and Mary marching band in college. Miss Elva was a kind, talented and fun person to know. Very sorry to hear she has passed.

  • I just heard a song that reminded me of Elva! I took tap dancing, and ballet with her as a child (late 1960’s early 1970’S) She was an amazing teacher, and I have so many memories of her. God Bless her soul…