Eleanor (Austen) Loper, known to all as “Rusty”, died peacefully at home on Friday, January 18, 2019 at the age of 91. Born in Middletown NY, and raised in Bridgeton NJ, she was a proud graduate, former secretary, and cheerleader of Bridgeton High School Class of 1945. She married Edmund A. Loper Jr. in 1948 and lived many years in Woodbury and Sewell, NJ. Rusty was a long-time member of Kemble Memorial United Methodist Church in Woodbury and was a member of the Rebecca Circle. She worked in the central office of Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.) of Gloucester County. She was a pharmacy tech at Rite Aid in Woodbury, secretary at Gloucester County College, and secretary at Special Services School District. She retired at 80 years young. Rusty took great pride in raising her four children. She made many stuffed animals with her sewing group to sell for charity and to bring comfort when needed. She was truly a gift to all who called her family and friend. Rusty enriched the lives of all who had the privilege to know her.
Eleanor is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Bob Meisle) of Sewell, Linda (Jim Naphas) of Pitman, her son Tom (Lynn) Loper of Wilmington DE, and son-in-law David Slack of Ewan, grandchildren Amy Slack of NYC, Jay (Mandy) Naphas of Palmdale CA, Doug Naphas of Philadelphia, Sara (Matt) Nolan of Milltown NJ, Zachary (Kyle Lidlow) Meisle of FL, Jenny, Adam, and Jacob Meisle of Sewell, great grandchildren Sylvia and Simon Nolan, Julian Naphas, and Kaine Meisle, her brother, Edward Austen and her sister, Marjorie (John Cadigan), and numerous nieces and nephews. Rusty was predeceased by her daughter, Kathleen Slack, and sisters, Sylvia Waddington and Rita Hepner.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, February 2nd, at Kemble Memorial United Methodist Church, 19 S. Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kemble Memorial United Methodist Church or a charity of the donors choosing. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.smithfhmantua.com