Bernice Kempler, 98, of Monmouth Beach, formerly of Deal, died Feb. 18, 2020.
Mrs. Kempler was a teacher at Lenna Conrow School in Long Branch, where she taught third grade for more than 30 years.
She attended Queens College, where she studied art, and continued on to Columbia University, where she received a master’s degree in education.
She and her husband, Henry, started and managed several businesses throughout their lives, including a pie factory in Florida, a kitchen cabinet factory and home building business in Ocean, two beach clubs (The Colony Surf Club and The West End Casino) in West End, and an off-campus dormitory for Monmouth University that they had converted from a Victorian house in Long Branch.
She was the lead in several musicals at the JCC in Ocean, and sang on the radio when she was young.
Predeceased in 1994 by her husband of 48 years, she is survived by three daughters, Joan Goode of Ocean, Ellen Theodore of West Long Branch, and Susan Kempler Robbins of New York City; a sister, Jean Moslin of Farmingdale, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held Feb. 20 with arrangements by Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, Ocean.