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Edward Joseph Schadler

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Edward Joseph Schadler

Edward Joseph Schadler, 97, a resident of Montclair for almost 70 years died April 21 at Hackensack Medical Center following a stroke.

Mr. Schadler, known as Ed, was born in 1921 in New York City (the fourth of four children) to Mary (née Barlow) and John Schadler. Soon after, the family moved to Elizabeth NJ. Ed graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and Cornell University.

After graduation in 1942, Ed enrolled in the US Navy Reserve Midshipman's School at Columbia University. The program produced "90-day wonders", ensigns who were quickly trained and assigned to active duty. He spent much of the remainder of the war on a convoy ship chasing submarines in the Pacific, rising to the level of lieutenant. His convoy landed in Japan just after Japan's surrender.

After the war, Ed joined his father's wholesale hardware distributing company. He eventually bought the company with his brother Jack, renaming it John Schadler & Sons. In 1954, they bought the American Piano Supply company from Hammacher Schlemmer. The company sold piano supplies to piano manufacturers and rebuilders worldwide and also sourced many products in Europe and Asia. Ed continued to run the company until retiring in 2003.

In 1943, just before starting active Naval duty, Ed married Barbara Morrow, a resident of Florida whom he had met at a summer camp dance in Maine years earlier. They moved to Montclair in 1950 and lived there for the rest of their lives, raising three children during the 1950s and 1960s. Ed was active in the Montclair community. He served on the boards of The Kimberly School (now Montclair Kimberly Academy) and the Montclair Art Museum. He was deeply involved with St. Luke's Church, serving on the vestry and singing for many years in the adult choir. He was a member of the Montclair Golf Club and a patron of the Cornell Tower Club and the Metropolitan Opera. He and Barbara loved to travel, especially enjoying natural beauty and wildlife.

He was predeceased by his wife, brothers John Schadler Jr. and Robert Schadler, and sister Mary Schadler Wooster. He is survived by his three children (Edward Schadler Jr., Susan Schadler and Holly Schadler), six grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Sierra Club.
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