Ann Arbors Linda Diane Feldt remembered as “the resident attorney of the highest order”

ANN ARBOR, MI – Linda Diane Feldt, a longtime Ann Arbor pedestrian safety and cycling advocate and holistic health practitioner, has died.

She was 62.

City officials, friends, and many who knew her as a kind face and kind force in the city, remember the resident of the Keppler court who wore many hats, including chairing the city’s transport commission.

“She was a resident attorney of the highest order, a person who saw a leadership / policy gap in our community and was able to bring about systemic change,” Mayor Christopher Taylor said in a statement. “She tirelessly organized with others to initiate and operate the Pedestrian Safety Task Force, design and implement the Transport Commission, and was the clear and obvious choice to lead both. If you walk or bike around Ann Arbor, you owe her a great deal of your safety and your gratitude. “

Feldt is an example of kindness, action and caring for others, Taylor said, and expressed condolences to her family and loved ones.

“She will really miss anyone lucky enough to know her,” he said.

A native of Ann Arbor and a 1976 graduate of Community High School, Feldt began studying holistic health care in high school, studying anthropology and sociology at the University of Michigan. She was program coordinator at Ozone House before becoming a holistic alternative practitioner and taught health courses at the Rudolf Steiner School and UM.

She has served on the board of various organizations, including three terms as President of the People’s Food Co-Op, volunteer as a crisis advisor and trainer, and worked on-site on environmental projects, including as a volunteer at the Huron River Watershed Council.

She was also a community blogger for, writing on foraging, wildlife foraging, and herbal medicine.

Her website,, contains six publications she has written over the years, including “Wildcrafting Recipes: Loving and Eating Wild Foods” and “Spinach and Beyond: Loving Life and Dark Green Leafy Vegetables”. She was once named “the doyenne of alternative healing” by the Ann Arbor Observer and “notable in the field” by Massage Magazine.

Feldt, who has spoken openly about her battle with health problems, including heart problems, for the past few years, died Wednesday night, November 17th. She is survived by her husband Richard Conto.

“She’s been so desperately ill for so long,” said Patricia Anderson, a friend who said Feldt was clinically diagnosed with “long-term COVID” based on her symptoms last year.

Anderson, who had met Feldt a few years ago through lunch group A2B3 (Ann Arbor Bi Bim Bop), said she and Feldt exchanged tips and tricks on herbal remedies and attended one of Feldt’s workshops. After seeing the flood of memories on social media, she realizes that Feldt means a lot to many people.

“It was just special to so many people and it had so much influence on our city,” said Anderson. “She was really one of those people who really put ‘think global, act local’ into practice. I mean, she lived it. “

By advocating transportation, Feldt urged a profound change in the city’s car culture, calling for a reduction in speed on the streets, more people to commute without cars, and an update of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and laws.

Studies show that “even if you slow cars down, it doesn’t add much to travel time, and most of us will agree that it’s worth saving a life or two or more,” Feldt said when speaking at a forum in downtown spoke library in February 2020.

Conto said that he and Feldt got married late in life that he couldn’t see all of their successes.

“But her accomplishments have been tremendous to the community and to the individual,” he said, adding that she helped found Ozone House and helped manage it as a teenager. “She has spent most of her life doing physical therapy and healing from high school to community high until just before she died when she saw babies and helped them recover from birth trauma.”

Her father was a professor of urban planning at UM and her mother was a research scientist, and Feldt combined what she had learned from both, Conto said. And while she never had children of her own, she had several dogs over the years and was particularly fond of Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

Until the very end, she wanted to make the world a better place by using all of her skills, Conto said.

“She wanted to improve the diagnosis of heart disease, heart attacks in women, because what she saw … showed how badly women are diagnosed,” he said. “It was a project she was working on even though she had a heart attack herself.”

Anderson said Feldt was at the A2B3 virtual meet last week despite just being discharged from the heart hospital.

“We talked and all, and she somehow fitted into the conversation. She says, ‘Well, I’m going to win the award for most loyal A2B3 participant,’ “recalls Anderson.

“We all thought, ‘We’re not going to argue with you about this. You do, you win. ‘ And she said, ‘I just wanted to be here and it was so important to me to be here and it’s just so great to see you guys.’ “

Anderson said Feldt had a common phase that she left with the group: “Don’t take anything for granted.”


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