Denise Menard Feder, 89, of Madison, N.J., passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Born and raised in Paris, France, Denise came to the United States in 1949, where she lived in New York City. She lived in Madison for 45 years, spending summers at Sag Harbor.
Mrs. Feder was a teacher at the Chatham Adult School for over 25 years, teaching hundreds of people French and had a devoted following she called the Cercle Francais. In her younger years, she was a runway model for Oppenheim Collins in New York City. She was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed cooking, gardening, boating, and shopping.
Mrs. Feder was big on family traditions, hosting an annual New Year’s Eve party for over 55 years, where her crepes were a highlight. She was an avid gardener and loved spending her summers swimming and waterskiing on Noyac Bay.
“Denise loved life, the opera, ballet,” said the family; “but her most cherished moment were those when she was surrounded by all her family.”
Predeceased by her husband, Dr. David O. Feder, Mrs. Feder is survived by her four children, Peter, Stephen, Sonia and Danielle, and 10 grandchildren and family in France.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 30, at 9:45 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 312 Ridgedale Ave., in East Hanover, N.J. Cremation will be private. Visitation was at the Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, Chatham, N.J. To send condolences to the family, visit www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders P.O.Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030.