Troim (Katz-Blacker) and Frank Handler of Monroe Township will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 14, 2016. The couple, who both grew up in Passaic, met as teenagers and corresponded during World War II while Frank Handler was serving in the Pacific. They were married in 1946 at Passaic’s Odd Fellows Hall.
They moved to Oceanside, NY, in 1954 and then to West Islip, NY, in 1958. Mr. Handler worked as a social studies teacher with the Islip School District and Mrs. Handler worked as an English teacher at Port Jefferson Junior High. After retiring in 1986, the Handlers became snowbirds, spending the summers in Monroe and winters in West Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Handler give lectures regularly on Jewish history and Yiddish, respectively, at universities and elder hostels. Mrs. Handler also spent two summers teaching Yiddish at Oxford University, England, and had a book of original Yiddish poetry, Simkhe, published when she was 75.
The couple has two daughters, Claudia and Shelley; two sons-in-law, Sport and Brad; four grandchildren, Alex, Cleo, Lily, and Miles; and one granddaughter-in-law, Kat.