December 16, 1918 – February 2, 2019
Lenore H. Coomber, age 100, died peacefully on February 2 at the home of her daughter JoAnn in New Jersey. The daughter of Rose Wesson and George Reginald Harrison, she was born on December 16, 1918 in Baltimore. She lived for many years in Waldwick and Ridgewood and was the widow of Neville John (Jack) Coomber, who passed away in 1953. At age 65 she married Morgan Rich of Worcester, Massachusetts, who died in 2004. She is survived by her four children, JoAnn Jager, New Jersey; David (Carolyn) Coomber, Massachusetts; Nancy Comstock (Ken Harvey), Pennsylvania; and Beth (John) Bowman, Connecticut; a sister, Joan Visco, of New Jersey; grandchildren, Kristin, Lauren, Peter, David, Amy, Beth, Andrew, Corey, Wynne, Steven, Emmie, Kate, Jesse, and Jan; great-grandchildren Hope, Hayley, Heather, Casey, Allison, Hannah, Cameron, Tristan, Isabella, Ben, Hazel, Finn, Alli, Anna, Corey, John, Jason, Brady, Brynne, Hank, Oliver, Adelle, Jack, and Henry, and a girl due in July; numerous nieces and nephews, and several cousins. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Harrison and Reginald Harrison; a sister, Roddy Swinarton; a grandson, Neville J. Coomber; and a son-in-law, Peter M. Jager. Lenore attended school in Jersey City, Lyndhurst, and Rutherford, New Jersey. She spent her childhood summers in Francestown, New Hampshire, at the home of her paternal grandmother, Lillian Bixby. She enjoyed lifelong friendships with people there and married her “darlin'” Jack Coomber at the Francestown Unitarian Church in 1940. She shared her love of New England with her children as they spent summer vacations in nearby Greenfield, New Hampshire, and told stories of the people and places that meant so much to her. In 1950, she and Jack bought a house in Waldwick, where she raised her children. After Jack's death, she worked at the Waldwick School as the principal's secretary for many years. During that time, she also took college courses and eventually earned degrees at William Paterson College and Montclair State College. She worked as a teacher in Hillsdale and for the New Jersey employment service in Englewood before retiring to New Hampshire in 1978. She loved antiques and ran her own antiques business, The Country Collector, for several years in both New Jersey and New Hampshire. Having moved frequently as a child, her wanderlust also took her to Connecticut and Massachusetts, where she lived before buying her final home in Brick, New Jersey. A memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ridgewood, New Jersey, at noon on February 22. In lieu of flowers, Lenore requested donations to the former Francestown Unitarian Church, now the Old Meeting House of Francestown, Box 213, 1 New Boston Rd, Francestown, New Hampshire, 03043.