In Memory

Joan Selzer (Richmond)

Joan was born December 24, 1946 and died March 28, 2014.

She was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in West Orange, N.J. She was the daughter of Jack and Eleanor Selzer. 

At college, Joan found her life's calling - advocating for the less fortunate. She participated in the Poor People's March, supporting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and was a political activist, supporting women's rights, which were driving forces throughout her life. 

She graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., and joined the Essex County Welfare Office as a caseworker in Newark, N.J. She stayed there for over 40 years as a trailblazer with her "boots on the ground" attitude. 

She was married to William Richmond for nearly 43 years, and had a daughter, Jill, who lives in New York City. She loved both for letting her humor flourish. 

Joan supported the Towaco Civic Association and the American Cancer Society. She was an avid tennis player and a prolific reader. She had an infectious ability to attract friends who stuck by her side for life and whom she always made laugh. 

Joan is survived by her husband, Bill; daughter Jill; brother, Fred; many nieces, nephews, and loving friends.

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09/05/14 05:34 PM #1    

Debby Timins (Snowman)

The jewish holidays always make me think of Joni.  She would come down to florida for either Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur ........we would sit out at the pool, have a glass of wine, tell stories but most of all laugh till the tears fell.  "This holdiay I will take a ride down to the beach she and I would meet and say thanks for having a most wonderful woman in my life.  We have known each other for so long I do not remember her not being around.  I know she loved her friends as much as we loved her.


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