FELSTEIN, MARTHA J. Martha Felstein of Oceanside, California, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on November 16, 2012, after a brief illness. Born in Urbana, IL, on August 4, 1941, she grew up in Athens, Ohio, where she graduated from Ohio University majoring in Psychology and English. In her formative years, she became a feminist and avid supporter of women's issues. Upon graduation, she worked at National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C., later returning to Athens to work in the Film department at OU. Moving to San Diego in 1978, she worked as a proofreader for HBJ Publishers in the scientific journal division. She taught ballroom dancing and studied jazz and tap dance for 27 years in the San Diego Civic Dance Arts Program, performing annually at the Casa del Prado Theatre. She played flute with the San Diego Concert Band and sang with the Merry Makers Chorus in Oceanside. She performed in musical theatre for the past nine seasons at the Star Theatre in Oceanside, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Martha was a gifted pianist and flutist; she composed for both instruments. She produced "Sweet Talk" in 2007, a collection of original Impressionist solo instrumentals. She was a poet and writer, authoring Wander Woman a chronicle of her travels since 1950. Martha studied with the Church of Religious Science, becoming a practitioner. She was a kind, and gentle soul, guided by her profound spiritual beliefs. She often retreated to the desert, her spiritual home. We will hold dear and fondly remember her beautiful smile and loving, tender heart. She is survived by her son, Edward Felstein of San Diego; a brother, Charles Frank of Mentor, OH; and Sharon Bohannon of Carlsbad, CA, her devoted companion of 22 years. Plans for a celebration of life memorial service in the spring are forthcoming. Email: for details. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The .

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Dec. 19, 2012