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Elsie Slobusky Feller

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Elsie Slobusky Feller died peacefully at her home in Ohio on Oct. 16, two months after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was 89. 

Elsie was born in New Brunswick, N.J., in 1925, and graduated from New Brunswick High School and Middlesex General Hospital Nursing School. After working as an R.N. at Middlesex General Hospital, she was employed as a Nurse Practioner at Willets Health Center at Rutgers University until her retirement in 1987. Upon retirement, she moved to Brielle, N.J., and was employed part-time at the Brielle Public Library. She also volunteered at the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Thrift Shop in Manasquan, N.J. for 15 years. She then lived in Biloxi, Miss., for two years and Colorado Springs, Colo., for five years, before moving to Yellow Springs in 2010. 

Elsie was a lifelong avid reader who always had her own impressive library of books. She was also an animal lover, and a yard sale and thrift shop connoisseur. In earlier years, she actively volunteered and donated to various charitable organizations, made a variety of woodworking crafts, traveled all over the country to visit her family, and loved to entertain. More recently, she found pleasure curling up with a good book and several cats on her lap, telling stories and jokes, playing cards or Scrabble, and soaking up the natural setting at the farmhouse where she lived with family for the last year of her life in Cedarville, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her son, John “Jack” Feller, who died in 2013. She is survived by many who are greatly mourning her passing: her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Rick Leeds of Surprise, Ariz.; her son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Connie Feller of Rockville, Md.; her daughter and son-in-law, Sue Feller Gilkey and Bob Gilkey of Cedarville; her five grandchildren, Dave “Stuss” Leeds of Breckenridge, Colo.; Josh Leeds and his wife Caity of Chicago, Ill. and Julia, Sarah, and Tom Jr. of Rockville, Md. She is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Rita Kaler of Jamesburg, N.J.; a sister, Gertrude Hedstrom, of Dowling Park, Fla.; her beloved cat, Shadow, grand-dogs Antara and Zeke, grand-cats Izzy, Hilo, Kona, Shy and Raven and countless friends from all around the country.

At Elsie’s request, no formal viewing or memorial service will take place. A private memorial gathering and celebration of her life will be held at a later date in New Jersey.

Elsie has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the hospice organization that gave her such wonderful care during the final months of her life. Checks or money orders can be sent in her memory to Hospice of the Miami Valley, 46 N. Detroit St., Suite B, Xenia, OH 45385. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting


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