Claire Adler

April 13, 1931 – April 30, 2024



Date: May 3, 2024

Time: 11:30 AM


Beth David Cemetery

Service Recording:   Click Here


Friends are welcome to join the family after the funeral at 3:30pm at the home of Walter and Helen Saffer, 3 Pippins Way, Morristown, NJ.



In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to The Metropolitan Opera in NYC.




Claire Adler, of Bonita Springs, FL, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2024 at the age of 93. She was surrounded by her loving family and caregivers. Claire was known for her love of the arts, style, beauty, interest in social causes, fondness for cats, playfulness, adventurous spirit and sense of humor. She was forever young at heart and always had a twinkle in her blue eyes.

Claire Saffer and her twin brother, Walter, were born on April 13, 1931 in Manhattan, NY to Benjamin Saffer and Sadie (Bykowsky) Saffer. She grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and was Confirmed at Congregation B’Nai Jeshurun. A talented artist, at the age of 12, she was the youngest student at The Art Students League of New York. A graduate of Julia Richman High School in Manhattan, Claire then attended Syracuse University. After Claire married, she lived in Manhattan, Northern NJ and the Berkshires, MA. In 2014, she moved to Naples, Florida to be close to her daughter and son-in-law. She loved the warm weather and beach; frequently attended performances at Artis Naples; and was a member of Temple Shalom.

Claire’s love of the arts included classical music, opera, ballet, dance and theatre. She travelled the world visiting opera houses. Claire was a longtime Volunteer and Patron of the Metropolitan Opera in NYC; as well as Tanglewood and The Boston Symphony in Lenox, MA. While living in the Berkshires, she dedicated her time to numerous cultural and nonprofit institutions. Claire excelled at and had a natural talent for drawing, sculpting and craftwork. She made beautiful knit clothing, needlepoints, petit points, beadwork and sewn clothing.

When her son, Bruce, was born deaf, Claire dedicated her life to teaching him to speak; his education; and advocating for him and the deaf community.

Claire was the President of Temple Avoda’s Sisterhood in NJ and was active in the Reform Temple, Hevreh, in the Berkshires. In 2010, Claire became a Bat Mitzvah in Israel.

Claire is survived by her loving family including her daughter, Laurie Adler, and her husband, Joe Walker, of Naples, FL; her son, Bruce Adler, and his wife, Janice Lee, of Hartsdale, NY; her son, Robert Talbot, of Santa Rosa, CA; her granddaughter, Shannon Talbot, and her husband, Matthew Shewfelt, of Los Angeles, CA; and her devoted and beloved twin brother, Walter Saffer, and his wife, Helen Saffer, of Morristown, NJ. She is also survived by her nephews, nieces and other loving family members. Her husband, Irwin E. Adler, predeceased her in 2014.

Claire adored, and was most grateful for, her wonderful loyal caregivers Jaime Ochoa, Peggy Pinterich and Ann Fischer who were always by her side.

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