Elsa Ragnhilde Ruth Anders 1948-2016

Elsa Ragnhilde Ruth Anders née Glass; died April 5, 2016

Elsa Ranghilde Ruth Anders, of Purcelville VA, was born 1948 in Livermore, CA to Elsa Dik and Norman Pilmer Glass.  She grew up in Washington DC, attended Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, and earned her Bachelors from George Washington University.  She completed her Masters in Education and was a certified speech pathologist, working in DC public schools and Loudoun County public Schools for over 20 years.

Elsa is survived by her beloved husband Robert Lauten of Purcellville, VA and her three children: Andrew Lauten of Leesburg VA; Garrett Lauten (Chris Sanford) of Nova Scotia Canada; and Peter Anders-Lauten (Kafi Romeo) of Trinidad, and three grandchildren, Ruth Ella Lauten, and Collum and Chloe Murphy.  She is also survived by all of her siblings: Jane Ann Glass, Dik Glass, Christian Glass, and Meg Glass.

Elsa leaves a legacy of caring. She was a socially and environmentally conscious woman, who wanted to always help others in need. She will be dearly missed by her immediate and extended family, neighbors, former co-workers, business associates, and a vast network of friends. She was a devoted spouse, nurturing mother, inspiring teacher, committed volunteer, vivacious companion and generous friend.

Elsa was a gregarious and enthusiastic participant in school and community activities. Among her many volunteer contributions to community organizations and individuals, she was particularly passionate about her work with the Alpha-1 Foundation, All Ages Read Together (AART), Waterford Foundation, and the Purcellville Business Association.  Elsa was one of the founding directors of AART.  She was a co-founder of the Loudoun Lacrosse Association in the early 1990’s.  She was Marketing Director of Lauten Construction Co. and a key behind the scenes asset in operations.

Elsa traveled extensively, visiting friends and family in Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, and more recently had enjoyed traveling to Canada and throughout the south and east of the US.  She was an avid reader, lover of music, and accomplished chef and baker.  Elsa’s numerous friends will always remember the joy of her celebrations both by the lively atmosphere and the delicious spreads!

A private ceremony is planned for immediate family, and a Celebration of Life is planned for May 2, 2016.  The family requests in lieu of flowers that In Memoriam donations can be made to: Alpha-1 Foundation: In Memoriam Alpha-1Giving:  or All Ages Read Together: Elsa Anders In Memoriam Donation  .

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