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Marjorie B. Fister
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Marjorie May Bonello Fister was called home June 26,2018 and joined the pantheon of artists in Heaven. Born in 1921, the daughter of prominent Long Branch residents Eleanor and Leon Bonello, she was a graduate of The Chattle High School, (Long Branch High School) Class of 1939. She spent a year in college and left to pursue a career as an artist and spent the majority of her life teaching painting and pastel work.

She never stopped teaching and sharing the beauty of her art with others. Marge was very active in the community as a member of The Art Alliance, Count Basie Theater, Deborah Hospital, and the League of Women Voters.

She married Edward Fister, who rose to become the Director of Development at the Signal Corps Engineering Laboratories for the U S Army responsible for the development of RADAR and the parts of the Manhattan Project. While he advanced the country’s defenses Marge raised 3 children, Brian Leon, Kevin Edward, and Ellen Jane.

When the 2nd World War ended, Ed Fister’s work included entertaining many prominent leaders of the industrial complex at their home. Marge thrived as the Matron of Art and Entertaining, constantly sharing her culinary skills with exotic fare, exceptional music, and extraordinary hospitality.

Her Holiday family gatherings usually of 30 or more people always included those that came to her attention, who didn’t have family to share the holiday with. Her home was always a loving, safe harbor open to all.

Marge loved to travel both with her husband and with other travel groups. She always returned with gifts for her family members including nieces and nephew. Gifts and postcards arrived from exotic locals such as Egypt, China, Cuba, Mexico, India, Alaska, and Asbury Park, (Art Show Time of course).

As the kids grew up she spent her time as a Real Estate Agent, finding her sister Audrey what became the Kuhlthau Family home and her parents’ retirement home in Monmouth Beach, among her many satisfied clients.

Marge is predeceased by her son Brian, (1994), and her husband Edward, (2003), and sister Audrey, (2006).

Surviving to celebrate her life are daughter Ellen Jane Oxman, New York City, and son, Kevin Fister, (Adele) Palm City, Florida and treasured cousins Tom, Frank and John Bonello and grandchildren Thor Fister, Ashley Fister, William Oxman, Graham Oxman, Jed Fister, and Killian Fister, along with her nieces and nephew.

The Arts and Music scene in Monmouth County and the Metropolitan area has lost and wonderful teacher and supporter of enhancing the quality and depth of education and life.

Visitation, Thursday, July 5th 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Woolley-Boglioli Funeral Home, 10 Morrell Street, Long Branch. Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, July 6th 10:00 am at Church of the Precious Blood, 72 Riverdale Avenue, Monmouth Beach. Burial to follow in Glenwood Cemetery, West Long Branch. To share a favorite memory or messages of condolence, please visit Marge’s page of tributes at www.woolleyboglioli.com.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

5

Jul

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Woolley-Boglioli Funeral

10 Morrell Street
Box 4088
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Christian Mass

Friday

6

Jul

10:00 AM
Church of the Precious Blood

72 Riverdale Avenue
Monmouth Beach, NJ 7750

Cemetery Details

Location

Glenwood Cemetery

186 Monmouth Road
West Long Branch, NJ 07764

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