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Dr. Howard 'Rusty' Schlachter Longtime pediatrician in Essex Fells, 76 Dr. Howard Charles "Rusty" Schlachter, 76, passed away on April 29, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Son of Eunice and Howard Charles Schlachter, Rusty grew up in West Orange, N.J., and spent childhood summers in Spring Lake, N.J. Rusty graduated from St. Peter's College in Jersey City, N.J., and Georgetown Medical School in Washington, D.C. He completed his pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of San Francisco and Tampa General Hospital and he was chief of pediatrics for the U.S. Air Force Medical Facility at Patrick Air Force Base. Rusty started a private pediatric practice in Essex Fells, N.J., where he lived and worked for 40 years. "Dr. Rusty," as he was known, was generous with his time, knowledge and love of the community. He cared for patients, taught medical residents, served as president of the town board of health, worked as the town and school physician and served on the board of education for many years. In more recent years, Rusty continued his work as a pediatrician at Thornburg Pediatrics in Naples, Fla., where he provided integrated health care that included nutrition and preventative medicine. Rusty enjoyed generating smiles and laughter from people of all ages with his quick wit and extensive knowledge. He was an avid reader and cherished storyteller. He will be remembered as a man who was passionate about his family, friends, patients and the larger community. Rusty is survived by his devoted and adored wife of 50 years, Judy Schlachter; daughter Carrie Schlachter; son Todd (McKinne) Schlachter; grandchildren, Catherine and William Schlachter; brothers, Don (Barbara) Schlachter, Steve (Karen) Schlachter, and Drew Schlachter; sister Eileen Hinsley, as well as many nephews and nieces, grand-nephews and nieces and cousins. A celebration of Rusty's life will be scheduled for June. Donations in Rusty's memory can be made to: The Conservancy of Southwest Florida (Education Programs). 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, Fla. 34102 or online: conservancy.org.

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Published in The Star-Ledger on May 6, 2018.
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May 1, 2020
Dr. Schlachter has been a breath of fresh air when it came to taking care of my daughter. His integrated approach to healthcare was above and beyond any pediatrician we had in the past. To end, his humanistic and caring personality Will be missed. Thank you Dr. Schlachter we miss you and we love you.
Dan Marino
Friend
April 30, 2020
It is a year and I can still sit and cry to know that Dr Schlachter is no longer on this earth, it is still hard to believe! I can only imagine the pain his family still feels, as those of us who were only patients have a hole in our hearts because of this loss..
What a truly amazing human being and doctor! We are all better for having known him!
With tears of sadness but with great thanksgiving that God allowed him to be in our lives!
May his legacy live on,
The Polizzano Family,
Dan, Pat and Daniel
Patricia Polizzano
Friend
February 13, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of Dr. Schlachter to not only his beloved family, but his family of patients. He treated us like we were family. I am a grandmother who is not easily impressed by most, but Dr. Schlachter was the most impressive, wonderful, knowledgable, wise beyond his years, kind, down-to-earth person who we were blessed to call doctor. My daughter was battling lymphoma shortly after having a baby and he helped both of them. He is sorely missed. Thank you God for giving us him for the short while he lived amongst us. The DeLuca and Mascolo families.
Laura DeLuca
April 30, 2019
Dr Schlachter was my children's pediatrician, my grandchild's pediatrician and the Sprout House "pediatrician". ( I founded Sprout House). Dr. S was scheduled to do a parent meeting for us once, and flew home from a Florida vacation to do it... He was one in a million
Joanne Lockwood White
March 14, 2019
Dr. Schlachter was my son's pediatrician nearly 40 years ago. His elegant home office, with the waiting room in the large foyer and the examining room in what must have once been a dining room, was memorable... but not as impressive as his knowledgeability and compassion. When my son seemed not to be gaining weight as rapidly as he was gaining length, Dr. Schlachter told me I had three choices: 1) Supplementation (I was breast-feeding); 2) Going on a high calorie diet to boost my milk production; or 3) Taking Thorazine, a potent anti-psychotic that had the weird side effect of increasing lactation. Drily he remarked that he did not recommend the third course.

I saw him today on a video, addressing a group of parents in Florida about his experience with a child who died of viral meningeal encephalitis caused by the measles vaccine. I recalled when he picked up my son's bad reaction to his first DPT shot -- and Dr. S. promptly stopped the series.

I wanted to thank him for the wonderful memories I have of his care and let him know that my son, now about to turn 40, has two healthy unvaccinated kids. It saddens me that my acknowledgment of the difference he made in our lives comes too late.
Dale Moss
December 13, 2018
Dr Schlachter ws my pediatrician when he went into practice with his uncle. He continued in Roseland where he was my children's pediatrician until they were well into their twenties and driving themselves to his office. He caught things no other doctor did, my son's sensitivity to soy formula, treatment for fever seizures and croup, airborne poison ivy, and his unique office set-up, combined with his doing the entire visit himself have left my children spoiled. They can't find a primary care physician as knowledgeable or attentive. In fact neither can I.
Robin Guarino
November 29, 2018
I recently learned of Rusty's death from my college newsletter. Although I was a classmate of his younger brother, Steve, who also is a Pediatrician, Rusty was a senior and member of the Glee Club with us. He was a prankster and much fun and was well respected by all. The Schlacter family was welcoming and kind to me as a young man. Rusty's dad was a dentist and helped me with my dental problems. I spent a lot of great times with the Schlachters and I extend my condolences to the remainder of the family, especially to Steve, my dear college friend.
Requiescat in pace.
Bill Dowling
William Dowling
November 25, 2018
I am really sorry to hear this, as it made me cry. He was my kids favorite doctor as well as an exceptional man. We would love to go to our appointments with him , as we really enjoyed the waiting room and his warm interaction. He was full of knowledge and understanding that other doctors lacked. When the financial market crashed in 2008 and my husband lost his job, we soon lost our health benefits. Before that, I wanted to bring Dr. schlachter something to show my gratitude to him. I made him homemade soup and fresh challah bread. He was very grateful. So when I didn't know what to do with not having health coverage and the possibility of switching to another doctor, he offered me to see my kids at no charge for more soup and challah. We did that for some time until plans changed. He was a compassionate, wise, warm, happy, and amazing man. Thank you. Only fond memories .
Ayelet Crane
July 3, 2018
Our family is deeply saddened by Dr. Schlachter's passing. He was our Pediatrician in NJ for many, many years and my children always loved going to his office, my oldest son enjoyed trading matchbox cars with the doctor. He was very informative and helpful and was always willing to give advice and spend extra time with a new and fearful parent, we have not been able to find another pediatrician like him and my family is greatly appreciative of the information and advice that he had given us. When I told my children that he passed, they immediately sat down with me and reminisced about the doctor, my youngest still asking when we can dig the potatoes out of his ears that Dr. Schlachter says are growing in there. Rest in peace doc, we will miss you. Thank you for all of the time, patients, and the wonderful caring nature that you shared with all of your patients.
Kelly Wronka
June 28, 2018
The best. He will be missed.
Liccese Family
June 25, 2018
So many childhood memories just came rushing back thinking about Dr. Rusty. He was always so kind, funny and patient. My sister and I used to love his waiting room and the foyer with the atrium and the birds!

He would always make you feel welcomed. Great guy. Will be missed.

Rest easy, Dr. Rusty.
Chad Crescibene
June 23, 2018
Dr. Schlachter was the most unique and loving pediatrician. He spent hours with us discussing vaccines, local schools, educational techniques and medical issues. His playful and engaging nature created an indelible impression on how easy it can be as a kid to go to the doctor. He loved the characters from Sesame Street and would have long discussions with my kids on dinosaurs, Bert, Ernie and Big Bird! From recommending our amazing dentist Dr. Richard Eytel to selecting vaccines by batch and lot numbers, he brought his true renaissance intellect and big heart every day to all his beloved patients. He would always conduct a sort of socio-demographic study to evaluate what is appropriate for us in terms of philosophy of health, education and lifestyle. We will miss him and carry him in our hearts forever. ~ Laura, Greta and Elle Gardner
Laura Gardner
Friend
June 14, 2018
Forever in our hearts.
Amy Rozen
May 30, 2018
Loved his sage advice and his emotional intelligence, and his unwavering support of the breastfeeding mom; his openness to trying anything natural, acceptance of chiropractic; he could quote medical studies off the top of his head from The New England Journal of Medicine, etc. God threw out the mould when he built this doc. He was a sweet, kind soul.
Susan Bradley
May 25, 2018
Dr Schlachter was our children's pediatrician before he moved to Florida. I will always remember our first visit when he asked, "Where was this little guy hatched?". He was absolutely amazing and will be missed.
Wendy Stabile
May 17, 2018
My heart feels like someone just put a slice through it as I just learned of our Dear Dr Schlachters passing. How much did our family love him! As I read other people's messages I just smiled through my tears, remembering all the special things about our most favorite doctor ever! My husband and I had our first child after being married for 22 years and Dr Schlachter was the perfect doctor to calm our nerves and teach us the sheer joy of being parents. I loved his wit his wisdom and the gentle way he cared for our son as well as for us!
IWhen our son was first born I remember calling him and saying that all our son wanted to do was to be held. His answer to me was.... What do you think God gave us hips for...... I loved his profound wisdom and the unique way he had of understanding the true values in life..... I am ever so grateful to God for the gift of our son and for the special gift of Dr Schlachter's life! In his own way, he was a minister of God's love and a beautiful servant of all that is good in the world.... My heart and my tears along with my prayers go out to Mrs Schlachter and his children! Thank you for sharing him with all of us Thank you Lord for Dr Schlachter's life !
Dan, Pat and Daniel Polizzano
May 16, 2018
Dr. Schlachter was my pediatrician. He saw me well into young adulthood. He always made my siblings and I laugh and we were never afraid of the doctor bc of his demeanor, spirit, and office where we could play outside while we were waiting. It seems like a dreamworld to have an office like that nowadays. My whole family refers to him with the fondest of memories. My condolences go out to his family. Sending love and prayers. He was a great man.
Lark Knowles
May 16, 2018
Dr. Schlachter was my doctor as a child and into adolescence. He was kind, gentle and caring and I will always remember him. I have carried memories of him, his simple and fun toys, the bird (blanking on it's name haha) with me throughout my adult life and feel extremely lucky to have have had him as a doctor. The barn he held his practice in was nothing short of amazing, beautiful, calming and way better than any other doctors office I have and will ever experience in my life. If I do have children, I can only hope to find anyone as wonderful as him. Love to all his family and friends.
Devon Knowles
May 16, 2018
My condolences to Dr. Schlachter's family. He was a wonderful doctor and his expertise and instincts saved the life of my son Lee in 2001. Our thoughts are with you. The Taylor Family, Essex Fells, NJ
Lisa Taylor
May 15, 2018
I have such fond Memories of this delightful caring man. I remember when he first started practice with his uncle. We followed him to Roseland where he continued to be come a friend as well. He was very generous with his time and was devoted to breastfeeding. He often spoke to groups of parents and LLL in small groups or at large conventions. He even went so far as treating me when I was a nursing mom with a severe illness . He kept us together and I had the peace I needed to fight back and revover. I will never forget him and his wonderful wife and family. My sincere condolences. Would love to have a memorial service in the Verona area. I will see what I can do.
Connie Romano
May 14, 2018
I am deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Schlachter's passing. He was an incredible person who was a dear friend of the Basler family. The world lost a bright star with his passing. Sending my deepest condolences to Judy and the entire Schlachter family. Rest in peace Dr. Rusty.

Fondly,
Heidi (Basler) Roselle & Family
May 14, 2018
Dr. Schlachter

In a rustic barn-like structure,
Hidden behind a lovely home with a grand porch,
Accessed by a stroll down a tree-lined gravel driveway,
Could be found the enchanted realm of Dr. Howard Rusty Schlachter.

First youd notice the popular collection of toy trucks
Scattered amongst the gravel near the door,
Welcoming visiting children to play with them.

Then, upon opening the door,
Youd step into a charming, rough-hewn, wood-paneled place,
Filled with old-fashioned wooden toys,
Like a kitchen, a big airplane you could ride on, a wagon,
And plenty of other wondrous things to behold:
Friendly Big Bird greeting you from his perch up in the rafters;
On a high shelf to the right, a bird cage, home to lively, chatty finches;
To the left, long benches lining the walls where you could sit and rest
(if you didnt feel like playing).

Straight ahead,
The path led to Dr. Schlachter himself,
Through the greenhouse with its forest of giant, shrub-sized flowering plants,
Hung with a whimsical birdhouse or two,
Where your wandering feet found themselves walking on a red brick path,
Perfect for this lush, indoor garden...
Then it was onward to either the room on the right,
With one tall and one small painted rocking chair
(Goldilocks and other kids of all ages would find one of them just right);
The tall beam scale that youd stand on as Dr. S. would take his time
adjusting the small sliding weight for accuracy;
A fishtank atop a cabinet;
A big monkey watching you from his hangout near the ceiling;
And, lower down, a fabulous singing shark (you had to push the red button),
Which our son remembers Dr. Schlachter turning off after a few rounds and saying,
with a gentle pat on the sharks head,
Thats enough now, Sharky.

This happened just before Dr. Schlachter discovered and identified
Michaels impressive case of shingles.
Dr. Ss reaction? Cool!!!
(Bless him, it was a lot more reassuring than mine!)
Michael always appreciated that.

Or the room to the left,
With the antique-but-still-in-use baby scale,
The small medicine cabinet filled with tiny toy cars and favorite characters
like Mickey Mouse and SpongeBob,
The stethoscope with furry little animals hanging onto it,
Including a raccoon, a panda bear, and even a unicorn!
And the shelves filled with lovely framed photos of Dr. Schlachter and his family,
Some of them having captured fond memories of fishing adventures,
A standout being the one of Dr. S. nose-to-nose with a llama.

And then Dr. Schlachter walked in.

He was tall and he was quiet.
He listened and he was gentle.
He was funny, too
Sometimes he found something surprising,
Like when he looked into our daughter Carolines ear...and there was Clifford!
Or the puzzled look on his face after he tried to tickle her...but she just wasnt ticklish.
(How each of us in our family could relate to having also discovered
this particular immunity of hers.)

He was caring. He was wise.
He was patient with his patients...
and especially with their parents.
He was a very good doctor and a very good man.

Dr. Howard Rusty Schlachter,
Remembered with Smiles,
Remembered with Fondness,
Remembered with Gratitude,
Remembered with Love.


With deepest sympathy and blessings to Dr. Schlachters Family
Lea Cahill & Family
Friend
May 14, 2018
Thank you for these pictures of the carriage house office. My children, especially my son, who Dr. Schlachter saw from birth to 18, we're always afraid of needles. One of the photos shows the googly eye guy who sat on top of the wainscoting ready to be squeezed when vaccination time came. Such a tender and hilarious memory!
Eline Maxwell
May 13, 2018
The Carriage House Office
Anne Brunner
May 13, 2018
The Outside Waiting Area
Anne Brunner
May 13, 2018
H.C. Schlachter, MD, FAAP
Anne Brunner
May 13, 2018
Doctor Schlachter's Special Toys
Anne Brunner
May 13, 2018
The Schlachter Residence
Anne Brunner
May 13, 2018
Stethoscope Critters
Anne Brunner
May 13, 2018
Office on the Left
Anne Brunner
May 13, 2018
Office on the Right
Anne Brunner
May 13, 2018
The Schlachter Residence
May 13, 2018
Dr Schlachter's Special Toys
May 13, 2018
Baby Scale
May 13, 2018
Outside Waiting Area
May 13, 2018
H.C. Schlachter, MD, FAAP
May 13, 2018
Stethoscope Critters
May 13, 2018
Office on the left.
I was heartbroken to learn of Dr Schlachter's passing this evening. He was my children, Kellie, Meghan, Matthew, and Joseph's cherished pediatrician since 1980, before the carriage house office existed, when his living room was the waiting room, and the dining room was his examining room. Nobody ever dreaded a doctor visit, not when there were trucks to play with outside, and magazines, a play kitchen, a cradle full of toys, towering plants in the greenhouse area, and a few finches to look forward to -- and THEN our beloved doctor to visit with when it was our turn! Doctor Schlachter's compassion and wisdom set the bar for pediatric care as high as it could possibly get. Second to none! Even tonight, before I knew of his passing, four years after I moved away from New Jersey, his name came up in conversation at a Mother's Day get-together, here in Olathe, Kansas.
I was so happy to learn that Dr S lived to see some grandchildren!
My heart goes out to the entire Schlachter family. He will be dearly missed.
With deepest sympathy,
Anne Brunner
Anne Brunner
May 11, 2018
So sorry to the entire Schlachter family. My thoughts are with you all. I feel grateful to have been lucky enough to have him treat both of my kids. My boy has complex special needs and it has not been easy for any of us. Dr. R. was a big part of our support system. When we called on him he just knew how to help the whole family as a unit. I remember one time he wrote me a prescription for a Vacation. At first I just laughed, but when I got home that night I knew he was right so I cashed it in. I loved hearing his stories. His smile never faded. He helped us thru some very difficult times. His words were always wise. Me and my kiddos will not forget him. I will miss his kindness and compassion.
H Shapiro
May 11, 2018
I dont think we will find another doctor for our kids we love more than Dr. S. He always knew what to do to avoid using antibiotics. He taught us so much and now we have such high standards for care. Rest In Peace.
Amy Parness
Acquaintance
May 10, 2018
Thank you for making us feel safe even when we were worried about our children. Thank you for making our kids smile even when they didn't feel well. Most of all, thank you for being there when we needed you the most. You will be deeply missed.
Samantha Saldukas
May 10, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Dr. Schlachter was the most amazing doctor I have met and had the pleasure of bringing my children to. He was a very unique doctor for this area and a remarkable treasure.
Andrea Mihalik
May 10, 2018
Our condolences to the Schlachter Family. We were so sad to hear of his passing. Doctor had a wonderful calming effect on whatever situation arose.
Carrying my infant daughter to his rustic office for the first time, we were greeted by two Jack Russell Terrier's. A nice beginning! He made her visits fun not frightening with toys, books and a kitchen. Who can forget those noisy finches! My daughter remained his patient until she attended college in 2013.

The Carroll Family, Roseland, NJ
May 10, 2018
I was heartbroken when he moved away..now even more heartbroken to hear of his passing. An amazing man and pediatrician. RIP DR Schlacter L.D
Lori Damiano
May 9, 2018
My sincere condolences to the family. May the God who binds up the broken hearted and comforts all who mourn, sustain your family during this difficult time - Isaiah 61:1,2.
K C
May 9, 2018
Dr. Schlachter, as I addressed him, saved my son's life - literally. He was the best of what's possible of the medical field. I have never known anyone so potent and so humble. Radical and accurate and gentle and funny. I wish he had trained more people just like him. He cared for all my sons and I was sorry that he left town before he could care for my grandchildren. He is always remembered fondly and with great appreciation. Blessings on your journey my friend. You were already an angel on this earthly plane.
M. Wadleigh
Michelle Wadleigh
May 9, 2018
This has been a hard pill to swallow. Met Dr. Rusty in May of 2017 and although it's been less than a year he took a piece of my heart with him. He was a great doctor... a REAL doctor that understood the importance of holistic practices - so hard to find these days. We lost a good one. I hope he is in the presence of the Lord. My condolences to the family... God bless you.
Angie Villacampa
May 8, 2018
Dr. Schlachter was pediatrician to my two children and grandchild. He became part of our Sprout House extended family with all his advise, help with our hurricane victims and guidance at parent meetings. When people say his name, they beam a happy face. He just had the warmth and the insight.

We are thinking of his family.

Joanne Lockwood White
Sprout House founder
Joanne Lockwood White
May 8, 2018
We are so very saddened and heartbroken . Dr. Rusty was an amazing, compassionate and understanding person that will be missed very much. He was pediatrician to our daughter since she was born in 2015 and we trusted him from very beginning. An amazing man! Rest In Peace Dr. Rusty!!!
Iwona Popielarz
May 8, 2018
Dr. Schlacter was one of the best, self-thinking, smart, old-school, no-nonsense practitioners I have ever met. The world of medicine has lost a self-thinker in this world of non-thinkers, and he will be sorely missed. My children we safe and have grown up healthy under his astute care. We loved him. In my daily practice, I still often refer to his daily wisdoms.The Carlucci Family
Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci
May 8, 2018
I only knew Dr.Rusty a short time but he had a huge impact on me and my family. He was always full of knowledge and shared many stories. Baby Sage, Taylor and I will miss him!
JEREMY ORME
May 8, 2018
Memories of my children's youth include Dr. Schlacter's gift of treating my children and comforting me. From childhood illness to mishaps, Dr. Schlacter always brought levity and understanding to the situation. He was the best. May his friends and family find peace knowing that he is loved and respected.
Virginia Shamlian (Kitchen)
May 8, 2018
I'm so very saddened by the loss of this wonderful man.
He was not one of the great ones.... HE WAS THE GREATEST!!!
Kind, compassionate and such knowledge!
I'm sure he will hear from Our Heavenly Father Job Well Done
RIP Doc!
Linda R
May 8, 2018
I cannot believe that in all these many years I never actually met the beloved Dr. Schlacter. Many of my clients and friends over so many years knew him to be the foundation, the cornerstone, of good sense, knowledge, reason, and faith in the power and the intelligence of healing to happen without interference. And as a natural health practitioner, I always felt his presence as a kind, generous, and faithful supporter of the birthright of children to be reared in a natural way. May God bless him and keep him. May his spirit abide in our hearts. The world has lost a great soul. My deepest condolences to his family
Peeka Trenkle
May 7, 2018
So very, very sorry to hear of dr. Rusty's passing. We began with dr rusty in 1979! And I think it was close to 20 years later that he told my son he finally needed to find a doctor for grown ups!
Sending you heartfelt condolences. He will be missed.
Meryl, Jamie and Randi Shuster
May 7, 2018
With Deepest Sympathy from the Knowles family, West Orange, N.J. I always loved Dr. Schlachter. He gave me the confidence a new mother needed! All four of my children were his patients from birth through college! They all loved him! He was so caring and had a great sense of humor. We all feel so sad. Our Condolences, Jeanne, Keri, Devon, Lark & Trevor Knowles
May 7, 2018
Doctor Rusty was my pediatrician for over 14 years and my mother's before me in Essex fells. I never thought of Doctor Rusty as just my doctor, I thought of him as my friend and teacher . He always had a way to make me smile and laugh no matter how sick I was. He would share his fishing adventures with me and show me different techniques to make my own fishing adventures even more successful. I would always look at his belt that had little fish on it and think wow I really want one. One day he surprised me with a matching one that was my size and everything, I don't remeber a day I didn't wear it till I grew out of it but of course I still have it and always will. I was so disappointed when he told me and my family he was moving to Florida because I couldn't see my best friend as frequently and talk about fishing. After he moved he sent me boxes of fishing gear that he so generously said I could get use out of. I couldn't sleep that night I was so excited to look through everything and most of all get on the water and use because I knew since he gave it to me it would catch all the fish. To this day (I am 18) I constantly use the gear he gave me and the techniques he showed me. Doctor Rusty didn't only teach me how to fish but how to be a great, kind, caring, and healthy person to everyone. He made the biggest impact on my life in so many ways with his love for helping people no matter what time or day and always wanting to hear what was new in my life and sharing his. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
Trevor Marcher
May 7, 2018
To theFamily of Dr. Schlachter -

We are deeply saddened and at a loss for words. Although our sons have grown into men and we now have grandchildren, we have never forgotten Dr. Schlachter. The world is a better place because of him. We first met up with Dr. Schlachter 43 years ago when we adopted our first son from Vietnam. Our son was not in the best of health and we must credit Dr. Schlachter for working with us to bring him back to a healthy state. There were many pediatricians who would not accept our son as a patient. Dr. Schlachter was kind enough to have us come in on his day off to examine our son who had arrived the night before. He had the knowledge, experience, willingness and background to help us and our son at a very important time in our lives. For that, we will always be grateful. Two years later, our other son also became a patient of Dr. Schlachter. He
was the best pediatrician for both of our sons when they were in need!.

May your many good memories and the tributes that have been added to this guest book carry you through this very difficult time.

Clare and Jack Golden
May 7, 2018
CLARE GOLDEN
May 7, 2018
We can not tell you how sorry we were to hear of the loss of Dr S. We know that words are rarely enough, however we hope that just knowing you are in our thoughts and prayers brings you a small amount of comfort.
DiMuro Family
May 7, 2018
To the entire Schlachter family, we are so very sorry to hear about Dr. Rusty's passing. We are heartbroken. We met Dr. Rusty two years ago when we moved from New York to Naples. Our oldest son Phil absolutely adored him, as did our little guy, Henry. Dr. Rusty affectionately called our son "Dr. Phil" because he told him that he wanted to be a doctor just like him one day. While making a poster at school, Phil had to write who his best friend was. Dr. Rusty was the name he wrote. They even had their own little handshake that they did when they saw each other. Henry had so many health problems his first year of life, and Dr. Rusty was there every single step of the way. He is now a healthy toddler, all because of him. Dr. Rusty was one of the most remarkable people I have ever met. His knowledge, warmth, and most of all, his friendship, will stay in our hearts forever. He was the most kind and compassionate man, we are better people for having known him. We will never forget him. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful man with so many families for so many years. Your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
With Love,
Adam, Philip & Henry Wichard
BW
May 7, 2018
Our deepest condolences to Dr. Schlachter's family. As you were lucky to call him family, we were blessed to call him our kids' pediatrician. He was a special doctor who touched so many lives - his knowledge was vast, but he was never clinical. He was always patient and caring. We will never forget your Dr. Schlachter, you will always have a place in our hearts.
The Fusaro Family
May 7, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May 7, 2018
So sorry to hear of the loss of such a gentle kind man. He was so patient with us when my son was a baby. May God's Grace strengthen you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mary Anne
May 7, 2018
Dr. Schlachter was the most gifted doctor I've ever encountered. In our community of Orthodox Jews in Morristown we have cause, due to our large families, for frequent visits to the pediatrician. Dr. Schlachter was the final word on all matters relating to pediatric health. We, my friends and I, were fond of sharing stories from the doctor. His were stories of common sense, an uncanny and unfailing diagnostic gift (I could swear he once diagnosed my daughter of a complicated ureter issue just by looking at her) and quiet humor. The kids loved his office and the decorations and now that they are adults with their own children, if I say "Well, Dr. Schlacter said,...", it silences debate on any issue.
We have already missed him since he moved to Florida, as I am sure his patients there will miss him now.
They do not make doctors like this in the usual course of things; I know I will never meet another like him. May his memory be a blessing, and the great thoughts we all have of him, a comfort to his family.
Chana Greenberg, Morristown
Chana Greenberg
May 7, 2018
This is such sad news! Dr Shlachter was a special doctor who could always see what others couldn't. If it was nothing, he knew it! And if it needed follow up care, he knew it too. He was relaxed yet vigilant. He was a brilliant kind quirky doctor with an awesome office that we loved to visit as kids. Even when I moved away and had kids of my own, I brought them to see him and to ask my important questions. He will be missed by us all.
Chaya Greenberg
Morristown, NJ
Chaya Greenberg
May 7, 2018
Graham, Gillian and Blair Maxwell, 1998
Eline Maxwell
May 6, 2018
So sad to hear of Dr. S passing. He was an amazing doctor to both my girls. Quick with a smile, reassurance and wisdom that was always a great comfort to us parents. : ) He was definitely one in a million and I'm so glad we got to know him over the years. Our deepest condolences to the Schlachter family.
Tracey Pagano
May 6, 2018
Judy, I am so shocked to hear about Rusty's passing.! He was so good to us when we were dealing with Gillian's seizures and was a wonderful, kind doctor to all of our kids. Spewing tears and I know they will too! Much love to you and your children and grandchildren. May your journey to acceptance be surrounded by the love of friends.
Eline and Scott Maxwell
Eline Maxwell
May 6, 2018
The Heinz Family -present
So saddened to hear about Dr.Schlachters passing. My 3 children , Keith, Gregory and Kelly Heinz, are all healthy adults because of his great knowledge of medicine and his love for his patients. We went thru heart issues with Keith, lymes disease with Gregor my and hypertension with kelly. Dr.Schlachter reassured us things would be fine and he was right- you will be missed by many. Lynn and George Alviggi Heinz
Lynn Heinz
May 6, 2018
Dr. Schlacter's knowledge, insight, compassion, and generosity were a rare gift to those of us who had the good fortune of being his patients. Regardless of what ups and down of child raising came along, Dr. Schlacter was always the steady voice of reassurance, guidance, and just the right dose of humor to soothe. To his family, we send our deepest condolences. May you find peace and comfort in knowing how much he gave to so many.
Amy Rozen
May 6, 2018
Dr. Schlachter was the best pediatrician in this world. He was so kind and knowledgeable and took the best care of my three children. Even when I moved away, I returned to him because there was just no one else like him. He had a genuine interest in the well being and happiness of each child. Rest In Peace Dr. Schlacter. Your goodness and kindness changed this world. Love from the Watkins Family
Marybeth Watkins
May 6, 2018
Dr. Shclachter thank you for all the GOOD you brought to this world. You were not only a physician, but a teacher, a leader and a friend. My family and I will miss you very much. Sincerest condolences to friends and family.
Dan Marino
May 6, 2018
He was a great doctor and an exemplary human being. Our child benefited greatly from this man. May he Rest In Peace for eternity.
Susan B
May 6, 2018
Dr. Schlachter was my children's pediatrician for almost 39 years and then our grandchildren's doctor too. A kinder, more caring doctor is just not possible. He brought reassurance, extensive knowledge and diagnostic skills, humor, and even sociology and anthropology to his little (and big!) people's exams. He made an immeasurable difference in our family's life and we are beyond grateful to have found him. A heartfelt thank you to his family for sharing him with us for all these years. In loving remembrance, from the McCarty Family: Johanna, Katharine, Alexander and Aedan
Monya McCarty
May 6, 2018
DrS was one of the best men I have ever known. He was caring, compassionate, extremely intelligent and dedicated to name a few. He empowered all of his patients young and old. He never used scare tactics to get you to do what he thought was right. He would give you background and scientific evidence. He always spoke very highly of his wife, children, and grandchildren. He will live on forever in all his patients and family. May you Rest In Peace and have pleanty of lakes, oceans,and rivers to catch wild fresh fish in! Xo
Amy Naftal
May 6, 2018
Sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of comfort and peace keep the family during this time of loss
A.D
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