Frances D. Semler

Frances D. Semler (nee D’Aloia), 102, of Closter for 57 years, formerly of West New York, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Beloved wife of the late George J. Semler for 61 years. Devoted mother of Mary Paul, George, Mark and wife Alexis, Paul and Susan. Loving grandmother of Claire Mey and husband Mark and great-grandmother of Lydia, Cecilia and Julia. Dear sister of the late Ciriaco D’Aloia, Lucille DellaPietro, Olga Semler and Frank D’Aloia.

Mrs. Semler was a graduate of Mt. St. Dominic Academy, Caldwell and Georgian Court College, Lakewood and later obtained her teacher’s certificate from Jersey State Teacher’s College. She taught at Burnet Street School in Newark for over 20 years. She was a professed Third Order Carmelite for more than 20 years, still actively participating as a formator. A devout Catholic and daily communicant, she was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church, Closter and taught CCD, served on the Parish Council and established the RCIA program. In her later years she attended daily mass at Our Lady of Victories, Harrington Park. Mrs. Semler was a member of White Beeches Golf & Country Club, Haworth for over 50 years.

Mrs. Semler became an avid Yankees and baseball fan in her mid-80’s and enjoyed going to games and meeting the players for many years.

Mrs. Semler enjoyed a long and healthy life and remained extremely active right up to the day she went home to the Lord. She will be greatly missed.

The family will gather at Our Lady of Victories Church, Harrington Park on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9:30 AM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Our Lady of Victories, 150 Harriot Ave, Harrington Park, NJ 07640, would be greatly appreciated.


  1. You Mother will be dearly missed. She was an amazing lady with always a kind thought and word. May your memories of her give you comfort during this difficult time. Warmest regards the Di Blasio Family

  2. A beautifully written tribute to a lovely lady. We had the honor of knowing her son Mark and wife Alexis who are just as sweet and special as his mother.

    With deepest sympathy
    Bunny and Richie Ungro

  3. Alexis Pieroni Semler

    An amazing lady who when my mom passed into heaven years ago ,told me she regarded me as her other daughter. Always telling me how she loved me as her own and was do happy the Lord let me and her son Mark , find each other.
    She will be missed but never forgotten as she is with us always , shining down protecting from above.

  4. We are blessed to have known such an intelligent, active woman who was so dedicated to the church. She was blessed to have had a family dedicated to her, especially in her later years. Her unshakeable faith, prayers and actions made each person she knew more beautiful. God has blessed us all. Thank you, Fran!

  5. We are blessed to have been known by such an intelligent, active woman who was so dedicated to the church. She was especially blessed to have had such a dedicated family, especially in her later years. Her intelligence, unshakeable faith, and actions made each person she met a little more purposeful and beautiful. Thank you,Fran for sharing your life and Light.

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