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Elayne M. Trimper Hardt, widow of political leaders

July 29, 1925 – April 16, 2014

Elayne M. Trimper Hardt, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Williamsville, whose husbands were prominent in local Republican politics, died Wednesday in ElderWood at Amherst, Eggertsville. She was 88.

Her first husband of 41 years, attorney George J. Trimper, served as special counsel to Walter J. Mahoney, State Senate majority leader in the 1950s and 1960s. He died in 1990.

She was remarried in 1992 to a longtime family friend, former Assemblyman and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Chairman Chester R. Hardt. He died in 1995.

Born Elayne M. Coughlin in Buffalo, she attended St. Joseph’s University Elementary School, Holy Angels Academy, Albright Art School and the University of Buffalo, where she met her first husband.

She helped Mr. Trimper in hosting and organizing numerous functions for Erie County Republicans and for the American Power Boat Association, of which he served two terms as president.

He held 13 world speedboat records, and she shared his passion for spending time on the water.

The couple and their four sons often lived and entertained aboard their boat, the Mi-Elayne, and took annual trips through the Barge Canal to the Thousand Islands.

She was active in St. Benedict Catholic Church and later St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.

She also served as a volunteer with the Junior Board of Millard Fillmore Hospital.

Survivors include four sons, George J. Jr., Timothy E., Paul D. and Dana M.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Carl Mertz and Son Funeral Home, 911 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

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