Martha Wiser

Obituary of Martha B. Wiser

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Martha Willis Bergey Wiser, known as Patty to her family and Pat to everyone else, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2022.  She was ninety-six, just shy of ninety-seven.


Pat was born in Lewistown, Pa. and grew up there surrounded by an extended family and a town full of friends. Throughout her life, she spoke of her years there as idyllic. Due to wartime upheaval, she spent her senior year in Manhasset, N.Y. and graduated from high school there. She attended Pennsylvania State University for two years before withdrawing in 1946 to marry Forwood C. Wiser, Jr., then a naval lieutenant in flight school at Corpus Christi Texas.


During a number of naval postings on the Pacific coast and brief periods in Cambridge, Ma. and Chicago, Pat taught third grade at the Palo Alto Military Academy and was a bookseller at the Harvard Coop. After living briefly in Pittsburgh, the family settled in Bucks County, Pa.  in 1955 where they lived for a dozen years before moving to Wellesley, Ma. In 1969, they moved to Princeton where Pat lived until her death. 


Pat was a natural dancer, natural listener, and a natural flirt. She sketched like a breeze and drove like a bandit. She loved corn on the cob, Arpege, Persian Melon lipstick, pink roses, espadrilles and, above all else, milk chocolate. She had a lifelong aversion to exercise, healthy eating, flying, and sports. She was known never to break a sweat and never to miss a trick.  She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother above all others.


Pat was a member of the Garden Club of Princeton, Greenfingers Garden Club, the Nassau Club, the Monday Ladies, the Reading Group, and Pretty Brook Tennis Club.


Predeceased by her husband, Forwood Cloud (Bud) Wiser, Jr., and her brother, Karl H. Bergey, Jr., Pat is survived by her daughter Ann Wiser Fries, her son-in-law Glen Fries and their children Willis and Elizabeth (Michael Landell) ,  her son Forwood Cloud Wiser III,  his wife, Katharine L. Adams and their children Forwood IV and Harriet  . Her great-grandson Alexander McCord Landell was born in September 2021.


Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Homefront or TASK.


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