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Elsa Ann (Van Riper) Steele

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STEELE, Elsa Ann (Van Riper) Of Acton, Massachusetts, died peacefully on June 24 at the Life Care Center in Littleton, MA. She was 94. Born in Paterson, NJ, on March 28, 1915, Elsa was the eldest daughter of the late William and Anna (Drexler) Van Riper. She was predeceased by her brothers William D. Van Riper and Adrian B. Van Riper, and her sister Marjorie (Van Riper) Dement. Elsa graduated from Wheelock College in Boston in 1935 and later taught school in Midland Park, NJ. On June 25, 1937 she married Jacob Henry Steele III, also of Paterson, NJ. Elsa and "Jake" shared 67 loving years before Jacob's death in 2004. The couple lived in Glen Rock, NJ for 35 years where they raised their family of three children. After their retirement, they lived in Remsenburg, NY for 22 years. They moved to Acton, MA in 1993. Elsa is survived by her two daughters and their families: Susan (Steele) Guswa and her husband, John Henry Guswa of Harvard, MA, and Joan (Steele) Light and her husband, Charles Randolph Light of Cazenovia, NY. She also leaves her daughter-in-law, Janet (Shamie) Steele of Annapolis, MD, wife of the late Jacob Henry Steele IV, who died in 1998. Also surviving are her six grandchildren: Susan Light (Eric Olson) and Kelly Light of Cazenovia, NY; Andrew Guswa (Susan Hulvey Guswa) of Northhampton, MA; Jacob Guswa of Los Angeles, CA; Diane Steele Williams (Todd) of Annapolis, MD; Jennifer Steele Wilson (Ray), of Arnold, MD. Also surviving are her nine great-grandchildren: Hannah, John Henry and Willem Light-Olson; Zachary and Calvin Guswa; Jacob and Ryan Williams; Christopher and Jessica Wilson; and many nieces and nephews. She will be remembered always for her positive attitude toward life, her wonderful sense of humor, and her deep devotion to her beloved family. Arrangements for burial have not been finalized.

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