age 81, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, February 11, 2018. She was born Barbara Martin in June of 1936 in Middletown, New York. She claimed she learned to sing before learning to talk, and always had a melody floating in her head. When she was nine, the family moved to Highland Park, New Jersey. There, her mother passed along a love of gardening. Every year they did a perennial and a vegetable garden, and her mother knew every plant name, even the wild flowers. In grade school, they taught flower arranging and the PTA held a flower show each fall. Barbara loved and excelled at doing flowers. Flowers continued to be a passion, and she has done it professionally in a shop, by herself at craft fairs, for Silver Bay - the YMCA camp in Lake George that she grew up going to, and of course at Church, as part of the Altar Guild and Thursday Luncheon Group.
After graduating from Highland Park High School, Barbara attended Hope College, Holland, MI. She married Donald Adelberg, who predeceased her, and later married Dr. Raymond Vanderslice. They lived in Blairstown, New Jersey until 2016, when they moved to Heath Village in Hackettstown, New Jersey.
Barbara was a member of St. Peter's Church, Morristown, NJ. She worked for Andover Nursing Center, Andover, NJ, and Flowertime/Frank's, Kenvil, NJ before retiring.
Barbara joined the Shawnee Choir - part of the Shawnee Press, Delaware Water Gap, PA. When it was disbanded, she became a charter member of the Pocono Choral Society for thirty years, under the direction of Jerrold Fisher, and later the Water Gap Singers. The Pocono Choral society was invited to do many concerts, and she and Ray travelled with the choir extensively, in both the USA and Europe, making both long lasting memories and long-lasting friendships.
Barbara spent many happy summers as an employee ("EMP") at her beloved Silver Bay YMCA camp on Lake George in New York. Later, she was quite active in the Council and used her energies and interests in the gardens and establishment of the greenhouse. She became a Sussex County Master Gardener in 1998.
Survivors are her husband Raymond, brother Edwin Martin (Joan), sons Bruce Adelberg, Paul Adelberg, daughter Dawn Kierzek, step-daughters Dr. Mary Rorke, Janice Cappola, Nancy Vanderslice, grandchildren, Kevin and Heather Kierzek, and step-grandsons Pasquale and Charles Cappola.
Her final resting place will be at Silver Bay.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to either St. Peter's Church, Morristown, or Silver Bay YMCA, Silver Bay, NY.
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