Barbera Molner

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Barbera Molner (nee Keller), 88, of Pompton Plains passed peacefully on November 6, 2022 at home in the company of her loving family.  Barbera was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother - and was a woman of class and beauty, both inside and out. Her kindness and patience were second to none, and her presence was a beam of shining light.

Born August 23, 1934, the only daughter of Willem Keller and Barbera Kes, Barbera was a resident of Rutherford for many years, attending Pierrepont School and Rutherford High, where she made friends with whom she remained close throughout her life.  She often told stories of her childhood, spending so many of her younger years alongside her friend and big brother, Bill as well as being a big sister to her much younger sibling, Paul.

She eventually met Alan “Al” Molner from Wallington, New Jersey and they married in 1952.  They lived in Rutherford, before moving to the family home in Pompton Plains, where she raised her four children and spent 55 years.  Barbera worked as a Teller for years at Columbia Savings and Loan in the 1970s, also prepared income taxes with her mother-in-law, Mary Molner for many years.  Ultimately she became Al’s biggest proponent in business ventures in construction, Alan V. Molner Real Estate as an agent and secretary and as co-proprietor of Alan V. Molner Management.

Barbera had a passion for traveling – whether on day trips flying with Al, visiting many of the US National Parks, or taking any one of their over 50 cruises; she shared much of that joy over the years with Al until his passing in 2012.  This passion took them to winter in Jupiter, FL and later, Tucson, AZ.  She was a lover of classical music and reading, and even took flying lessons.

Anyone who knew Barbera knew that her pride and joy was, without a doubt, her family.  Her everlasting love for her sons, Alan (Chris), Gary, and Brian – and her daughter Barbie, was unconditional.  She loved her seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren just as much. She valued her Dutch heritage, her family and tradition, hosting every Thanksgiving and Christmas as long as she could.  She lived on her own terms, was resilient, dedicated, supportive and a fighter – and an inspiration to us all.

Barbera was pre deceased by her devoted husband, Alan, her brother Bill and his wife, Eleanor of Playa Del Rey, CA, and her son-in-law, Jack Hopp.  She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Chris and Wendy Molner of Hardyston, NJ, Barbera Molner Hopp of Stockholm, NJ, Gary and Deborah Molner of Jupiter, FL, and Brian and Martina of Bremen, Germany as well as her brother Paul Keller and wife Kathy of Lansdale, PA, her grandchildren Jonathan (Laura), Allie (Paul), Jefferey, Ryan, Michele, Laura and Annabel, and great grandchildren Anthony and Nicholas.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 14 form 5 – 8 PM in the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, 781 Turnpike, Pompton Plains, NJ.  A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 am in the Funeral Home.  Burial to follow in the First Reformed Church Cemetery, 529 Turnpike, Pompton Plains. For those who wish, please make donations in Memory of Barbera to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 43123-1718.  Envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home. 




5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday, November 14, 2022
M. John Scanlan Funeral Home
781 Newark Pompton Tpke
Pompton Plains, New Jersey, United States

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10:30 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
M. John Scanlan Funeral Home
781 Newark Pompton Tpke
Pompton Plains, New Jersey, United States
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