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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Elena Guigui

Elena Guigui

October 25, 1929 - January 6, 2020

Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel

Service Date: Thursday January 9th, 2020

Service Time: 11:30 am

Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills - Mount Sinai Chapel

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, California 90068

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On January 6, 2020, the world lost an incredibly kind, loving, unconditional soul, beautiful spirit, and outstanding human being. Elena Guigui, dutiful and loving wife, amazing mother, doting grandmother, best friend, passionate and talented opera singer and arts lover, and joyful educator, passed away at the age of 90.


Born on October 25, 1929 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Elena Guigui was the eldest child of Arnaldo and Chana Faiga Grinstein. Elena and her husband, Maestro Efraín Guigui met at a summer music camp in the mountains of Bariloche where Elena sang in the choir and Efraín conducted. They fell in love, married, and emigrated to the United States in 1956 with a sponsorship by American composer, Aaron Copland. Efrain’s blossoming music career took the couple to Boston, New York City, Puerto Rico and Vermont.


With two children, Martin and Ana, and emotionally supporting her husband’s career, Elena studied classical voice at The Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, completed her Degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Puerto Rico, and her Master’s Degree in Spanish Literature from Middlebury College. Elena started the first Spanish language program at Middlebury High School, where she taught for several years. She continued teaching at the Foreign Language Department at Essex Junction High School in 1982, and retired after thirty years of teaching in 2002. Her passion for singing continued through the years, and is perpetuated through her children’s professional careers in music.


Loved by her peers, co-workers, students, friends, and acquaintances, alike, Elena shared her kindness, intelligence, understanding, compassion, sense of culture and thirst for knowledge, genuine honesty, and sense of humor with all who knew her. She enriched everyone’s lives by her presence.


Elena’s legacy and passion for music and the arts live on in the memory of her children, Martin and Ana, and her grandchildren, Esther, Rebecca, and Noah.