Monroe Weller of Montville and formerly of Verona, died Oct. 10 at the age of 102. Two years ago, Weller's 100th birthday was featured on Patch.
He graduated from West Side High School in Newark, Upsala College and Montclair State College. Weller was an eagle scout, the youngest life saving certified instructor in the nation at age 16, and a pilot while still in his teens. He loved spending time with family and enjoyed photography, camping, computers and music, according to an obituary from his daughter Judith Paster.
Services were held Oct. 13 at Congregation Beth Ahm in Verona, with interment at King Solomon Cemetery in Clifton. Arrangements were managed by J.L. Apter Memorial Chapels of Cedar Grove.
Professor Weller taught at Barringer High School Newark, The Aeronautics School in Queens for Army Air Corps pilots and for 33 years, at Newark College of Engineering (now NJIT) where he taught physics, calculus and Strength of Materials.
Weller and his wife, Naomi, who died in October last year, traveled throughout the country and abroad over their 74-year marriage. They were members of Congregation Beth Ahm in Verona since 1950.
Weller is survived by a daughter, Professor Judith Paster (Irwin) of Pine Brook; a son, Dr. Daniel Weller (Jane) of Long Valley; his grandchildren: Dr. Jeffrey Ustin (Dr. Pauline); Karen Drozd (Steven); Dr. Jonathan Ustin (Jacqueline); Mindy Weller Freedman (Philip); Adam Weller (Julie). His is also survived by nine great-children: Matthew, Abby, Ella, Joshua, Niko, Charlie, Anya, Lilah, and Shilah.
His pleasant personality and endless supply of puns always made people smile, according to the obituary. Contributions can be made to Congregation Beth Ahm in Weller’s memory.