Corinne Miele, a longtime resident of West Milford, N.J., and beloved kindergarten teacher, died peacefully of Alzheimer’s disease on Thursday, July1 6, 2020. She was 80 years old.
She was born on March 11, 1940, to Dr. Maureen Martin and Dr. Harvey Spencer of Wellsville, N.Y.
She was a 1958 graduate of Wellsville High School. Corinne graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
She dedicated her life teaching in West Milford for 30 years, touching the lives of hundreds of children, until she retired in 1999.
Corinne lived life to the fullest through her children and grandchildren through traveling, through fitness and nutrition, bird watching and through singing in the choir at the Methodist Church.
She was a devoted mother, loving grandmother, warm-hearted sister and aunt and loyal friend
She loved helping people and was a huge donator to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
She enjoyed reading Life Magazine and was concerned with global warming and polar bear extinction.
She will be remembered for her kind gentle soul, for her caring, selfless character and for her beautiful blue eyes and contagious smile that lit up the room wherever she went.
Corinne was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her devoted daughters Terri Lynne Beitel of San Diego, California, and Stacey Ann Conklin and her husband Robert Conklin of Vernon, N.J.; by her grandchildren Jonathan and Taylor Conklin; and by her sister and brother-in-law Susan and David Ford of Delaware; and by two nephews and three nieces.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road in West Milford, from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of cards or flowers, please consider donating to WorldWildlife.org or to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org.