April Elsasser

Obituary of April R. Elsasser


(2/14/1959 – 12/5/2022)



April was born on Valentine's Day 1959 to Max and Ruth Elsasser in Weehawken New Jersey. April attended school in Weehawken and obtained a degree in Political Science at Carlton College, Minnesota

The bulk of her professional career was spent in IT for the publishing industry. Staring at the Law Journal she worked for Atex, The New York Times and Norton Publishing.

Outside of work she really spread her wings. An avid caver, hiker and finally sailor she also kayaked, canoed and rock climbed. Her last big adventure was crewing a 45-foot catamaran at night across the Gulf Stream from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini in the Bahamas.

April was also an accomplished musician. She studied piano from the age of eight and took a music minor in college. Having perfect pitch and a great memory for songs she could pick up nearly any instrument and play a tune. Leonia residents may remember her playing with her jazz band, Foreign Exchange, at the Presbyterian Church.

April was a committed environmentalist and met her husband while Conservation Chair of the Hudson County branch of the Sierra Club. She was also involved with many other community groups: treasurer of the Leonia Players Guild, board member of the Leonia Community Chest, board member of Melodia Women's Choir, on the leadership committee of the Central Unitarian Church in Paramus and on the Board of Governors of the Nyack Boat Club.

She leaves behind a husband, son and father, brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew, an ever growing, extended family of cousins and countless friends all of whom loved her and miss her so much.

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