Marie Adler (née Bochicchio), 88, of Montclair died Saturday, March 9 of old age, after spending a month in the hospital.
A resident of Montclair for 55 years, Mrs. Adler was born on May 24, 1930 in West Orange and was raised in Verona as the eldest of three children to Anthony “Tony” and Vera Bochicchio.
She died in hospice with her husband and children around her because, as she pointedly said, there was no way she was going to pass at home and leave that kind of a mess for anyone.
She read many books, hauling a dozen each week from the public library. She ranked third in her graduating class in her Verona High School.
At 17, she discovered her life’s love and forever ally, Emil, a year younger.
They traveled the globe to Guam, the Philippines and Hong Kong. For their 40th anniversary they flew to Italy.
Her stories she told became legends to her friends at her job at The Prudential, Dudley’s, Woolworths, and her days at Belmar with her friends Margo, Joan and Jan. For 11 years, in the 1960s and ‘70s, she served as a crossing guard outside her front door, crossing the kids near the tracks on North Fullerton Avenue. She was “Ms. Atler” to the school kids at Watchung, Rand and Montclair High School.
She worked the Sunday Times’ crossword, and went garage “sailing” with her husband.
Mrs. Adler is survived by her husband of 64 years, Emil Adler Jr.; her children Emil Adler, III and his wife Julie Flanders, Eric Adler and his wife Tamara Morris, and Adrienne Adler and her husband Gene Risher; siblings Gloria Sears and Vincent Bochicchio;and grandchildren Julian Adler, William Risher, Aidan Adler and Mary Risher.
Visitation hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St., Montclair.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 16, at Immaculate Conception Church, 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair, with interment to follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Montclair.