Elsie Janeway Apthorp, born September 22, 1927, Long Island, NY, daughter of Edward Gameliel and Elinor White Janeway, died peacefully at age 88 on May 12, 2016 at her home in Concord, MA. She was pre-deceased by her husband William (Bill) O. Apthorp who died in 2013. Elsie attended Greenvale School, graduating with highest honors. Then she went to Miss Porters School in Farmington, CT and Smith College, in Northhampton, MA. She left Smith after two years to marry Bill on June 21, 1947. After raising five children, Elsie completed her higher education at Harvard Extension School. At her graduation in 1970, she wore a black armband to protest the Viet Nam War. She received her M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1982. She taught reading at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA for many years. She also served on the board at Dr. Franklin Perkins School (where her sister lived) in Lancaster, Mass. She was also a long-time member of the First Parish in Concord, Unitarian Universalist. She loved being with her family, reading, birding, knitting, painting watercolor landscapes, playing tennis, and sailing with Bill along the Maine coast. Elsie often led the Apthorp children hiking in the Adirondack Mountains of NY. In 1964 she took her children on a car camping trek across the country to visit friends, family, and national parks. Together, she and Bill and their children participated in many adventures on land and sea with other families in the Drifters Ski Club. Elsie was a mother to many. Throughout her life, she expressed gratitude to all those around her. Survivors include her brothers, Harold and Edward; her children, Robert E. and Rosemary Apthorp of Somesville, ME, Bunny and Tony Goodwin of Keene, NY, Nancy and Mike Barnhart of Stehekin, WA, Helen S. Apthorp and Steve Greenspan of Littleton, CO, and Elinor and Tom Stapleton of Harvard, MA., and nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 25 at 11 a.m. at the First Parish in Concord, MA with a reception following at the church. Memorial donations may be sent to the Dr. Franklin Perkins School in Lancaster MA and the Nature Conservancy.
Published in The Concord Journal from May 17 to May 26, 2016.