Camp Takajo Celebrates the Life of Elise Goldman

By April 4, 2013 January 4th, 2019 Tak Talk


Perhaps the best thing a person can leave behind in life is a good example. When that example is truly inspirational, then our sense of loss is made bearable by the shared memories of a life filled with grace, passion and vitality. This is the way we will remember Elise Goldman who left us on March 28, but whose amazing spirit and zest for life will forever remain in our hearts.

Elise Goldman photo

Elise Goldman

Of her husband, Morty, who owned and directed Camp Takajo for forty-two years, Elise was fond of saying, “Morty takes care of everything and I take care of Morty.” Typically self-effacing, Elise played an integral role in the founding and shaping of Camp Takajo from its beginning in 1947. From the time Morty passed her a note during a college class that said in part, “Pardon my not-so-sudden, sudden interest…” to their marriage and five children, to the creation and building of Camp Takajo, Elise and Morty were side-by-side every step of their remarkable journey together. They shared a vision that has touched the lives of thousands of young men in a profound and lasting way.

We extend our deepest sympathy to Elise and Morty’s children — Judy, Roger, Nancy, John Henry and Paul — along with our sincere gratitude to each of them for the countless ways they have shared their own lives in shaping the fabric of Camp Takajo. Their legacy will forever remain intertwined with past and future generations of Takajo campers and staff.

In 1970, Morty and Elise were founding members of the Lakes Environmental Association whose mission was, and continues to be, the preservation of the lakes and ecosystem in the surrounding area of Maine that was such an important part of their lives. In lieu of flowers, it was Elise’s wish that anyone wishing to make a donation in her name do so to the LEA. Contributions can be sent to:

Lakes Environmental Association
230 Main Street
Bridgton, ME  04009

Please indicate that your donation is in memory of Elise Goldman, so her family can express their gratitude for your thoughtful gift. You may also donate online at the link, below.

Click the “Donate” button. Then, in the box labeled “Purpose,” please write:  Donation in Memory of Elise Goldman


To express your condolences to Elise’s family, please send mail to:

Judy Wideman
P.O. Box 1517
Naples, ME  04055

Or, send email to: jwideman@fairpoint.net