Ina Pennycook Minor of Montclair, a longtime teacher in the Clifton school district, died on Dec. 2, 2020. She was 94.

Mrs. Minor was born in 1926 in Paterson to James and Jane (Fowler Field) Pennycook. She was educated in the city’s public schools, graduating from Paterson Central High School, now John F. Kennedy High School, in 1943. She felt her education in the city was an outstanding one.

From the day she entered kindergarten she knew she wanted to be a teacher. 




Mrs. Minor graduated from Montclair State Teachers College in 1947, but before she graduated she landed her first job, as a junior high school teacher in Denville, for one year. 

She had to take a day off from that job to attend her college graduation.

After graduating she taught in Wayne with her best friend, Myra Morgan. In the early 1950s she started to teach in Clifton and taught there the rest of her career with her dear friends of over 65 years, G. Harriet Schuster, Lorraine Hall, Delores Stanik and Alice Bortnick. 

Mrs. Minor sang for years with the Montclair Chorale and the Oratorio Society of New Jersey.

When she retired she stayed active, volunteering with the Red Cross for over 15 years, tutoring children from Newark’s Sussex Avenue School, reading, square dancing and swimming at the Y.

She was curious and involved in the world around her. She felt we were all equal and everyone should be respected. She loved teaching, explaining, exploring, continually learning, traveling and speaking her mind. 

The English language and grammar were instilled in her, and she often corrected family, friends and the news media when their grammar was wrong. 

One of the last things she did was vote and sign her ballot.

During her young adult life Mrs. Minor was active at First Presbyterian Church, Paterson, and in her final 40-plus years she was an active member at Union Congregational Church in Montclair, serving as treasurer, a member of a minister search committee, a regular at Bible study and a member of various other committees and teams. 

She wanted to remind everyone to be kind to each other. 

Mrs. Minor is survived by her daughter, Ellyn Minor, of Montclair; son, Matthew (Kirsten) of Brockport, New York; grandsons, Evan and Corey Minor of Brockport; niece, Laurajane Fletcher (Sandra Quaschnick) of Silver Springs, Maryland; great-nephew, Aubrey Fletcher (Heidi) of Wayne; great-great nephew, Cash Fletcher of Wayne, and caregiver Lola McGregor.

She was predeceased by her parents, James and Jane; sister, Laura Fletcher; nephew, James Fletcher, and former husband, Frank “Max” Minor.  

A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave. COVID protocols will be followed. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Foundation Fund at Union Congregational Church.  

Arrangements were by Shook Funeral Home, Clifton.