Mona (Weinberg) Schneiderman, 92, of Manalapan, NJ passed away peacefully on April 13, 2023.
Mona is predeceased by her husband, Ira, in 2016. Ira and Mona’s love story started in Fire Island in 1956 when they met, wed at the Plaza Hotel in 1957, and continued for 58 happy years in their adopted hometown of Manalapan, NJ where they raised their two daughters.
Born in the Bronx of Romanian immigrants, Mona spent her early life in New York, where she developed a great appreciation for books, art, theater and music. Her passion for learning propelled her into teaching where she earned a degree from City College of New York. She spent her first years working in New York City Public schools and continued in New Jersey teaching in Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School district for over 25 years. Her family and friends enjoyed hearing her teaching stories, especially those from the early days in New York City.
Mona had a zeal for life, a great smile, and a welcoming nature. She loved teaching and shared her interests with students. Over the years she taught first, third, and fifth grades as well as French and art appreciation whether it was part of the curriculum or not. In her free time, she taught guitar and piano lessons to many neighborhood kids. Although she retired in 2002, she continued to share her knowledge, along with endless stories with everyone, but especially her cherished grandchildren.
She was a spectacular dance mom well before that was even a thing, sewing costumes and doing hair and make-up before performances. Although she moved to New Jersey, she was always drawn to the City to go to the ballet or watch her beloved Yankees. She was a great friend to all and continued to take art classes, participate in book clubs, knit, and play the piano. She loved playing Rummikub, reading, enthusiastically discussing politics, and spending time with her family. Her kindness and love was unmatched.
Mona is survived by her children, Joanna Albala and spouse Ken of Stockton California; Ami Edgren and spouse Chris of Northborough Massachusetts; and her 4 grandchildren, Ethan Albala, Vina Albala, Anna Edgren, Brett Edgren, and 2 great grandchildren, Lennon and August Albala.
Everyone who knew Mona was keenly aware of her passion for democracy and the importance of every vote. Please consider donating in her memory to National Voter Registration Day.
A celebration of life will take place in late May in New Jersey.
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