Elizabeth Ann Mine Fleming, a longtime resident of Montclair, died peacefully on Jan. 29, 2021, with her family by her side. She was 80.
Mrs. Fleming, known as Liz, was born to the late Herbert Mine and Lois Seitz Mine in 1940 in East Orange and raised in Clifton with her brother, Jack.
In high school she was a majorette with the Clifton High School Marching Band. She attended Bucknell University, graduating with a bachelor of science in biology in 1961.
After college Mrs. Fleming worked as a researcher in the department of pathology at Jersey City Medical Center and then for Hoffman La-Roche as a cancer researcher.
During the summer of 1966 she met the love of her life, William J. “Bill” Fleming, at Spring Lake beach. They spent every weekend that summer at the shore and four years later were married.
When they welcomed their children, Nancy Elizabeth in 1973 and William Herbert in 1978, Mrs. Fleming decided to stay home to raise them. The couple spent 46 years together in their Montclair home located next to Brookdale Park.
She loved the park, and her daily routine of watching the birds from her kitchen window. She was an environmentalist who turned her passion into a career when she returned to work as an environmental monitor protecting New Jersey wetlands.
Before retiring, Mrs. Fleming worked for her dear friend Ana Alea at Animal Wonders, a company that provided educational entertainment to children and school groups on the importance of animal and nature conservation.
She loved music, in particular Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. She was an avid tennis fan and never met a crossword puzzle she couldn’t solve.
Her grandchildren were her everything, and she loved spending time with them.
Mrs. Fleming is survived by her husband of 50 years, William Fleming of Montclair; her daughter, Nancy Kresge of Cedar Grove; her son, William Fleming of Jersey City; grandchildren, Patrick Kresge and Abigail Kresge of Cedar Grove; brother, Jack Mine (Valerie) of Hingham, Mass.; nephew Jeffrey Mine (Paula) and the couple’s son, Logan, of Hingham; nephew Christopher Mine (Michelle) and the couple’s children, Anthony and Sabrina, of North Easton, Mass., and chosen family Ana Alea and Juliana Schlichting of Vernon.
Due to COVID restrictions, there will be a celebration of her life when it is safe to get together, likely this spring or summer.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Brookdale Park Conservancy, brookdalepark.org, would be appreciated.
Arrangements were by Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home.