Joanne C. Selger, real estate broker

Joanne C. Selger passed away peacefully on January 21, 2015 at North Naples Community Hospital, following a brief illness. A resident of Estero, FL for the past eight years, Joanne was born in Concord, NH the only daughter of the late William and Leah Crowley.

Joanne was raised in Hopkinton, NH and graduated from the Nursing Program at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Joanne worked as an R.N. at Mount Auburn Hospital, M.I.T., and as an industrial nurse at Itek Corp., where she met her husband, Ken Selger. Ken and Joanne resided in Ridgefield, CT for 30 years, where Joanne enjoyed a second career as a successful real estate broker. In 1998 Joanne and Ken moved to Orleans, MA, where they enjoyed life on Cape Cod, before retiring to Estero in 2006.

Joanne and her husband joined the Nauset Newcomers Club and remained active members throughout their time on Cape Cod. Joanne loved being active and spent many happy years skiing, playing tennis, golf, walking and most of all spending time on the beach.

Joanne was a friend to all she met and could not go anywhere without striking up a conversation with whomever she was near. She always had a positive outlook on life and lived it to the fullest.

She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Ken Selger, her son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Susan Phelps, of Bonita Springs, FL and three grandchildren Joseph Phelps of Miami, FL, Katherine Phelps of San Francisco, CA and Robert Phelps of Austin, TX. She was predeceased by her son, Wayne Phelps, and daughter, Judith Phelps and her brother Billy Crowley.

A funeral and Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at 11:00 am Saturday January 31, 2015 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 9801 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL. Burial will follow in the church memorial garden. A reception will be held at Pelican Sound Golf Club in Estero, FL following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joanne’s memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077.

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Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home (239) 992-4982.

—by the family