Remembering the Pumpkin, Christmas Tree, Veggie Place Across from the Train Stat
Journeys into Oradell
I loved that corner of Maple and Oradell Avenues.
It always had something to brighten a day - flowers in the Spring; veggies and fruits during the Summer; pumpkins and apples in the Fall; Christmas Trees heading into the holiday season.
Moreover, it's homemade signs were a welcoming and soothing presence - to balance out the omni-present efficiencies that were also, at least to me, often impersonal and remote.
The products and the ambiance of that corner always gave a hometown feel - something uniquely and distinctively Oradell.
So, it was with a bit of emotion that I read of the official designation of the corner of Oradell and Maple as "Kloeber's Korner".
According to an article in northjersey.com, the Kloeber family was a presence at that corner for over 74 years (starting in 1946).
Most of us rememeber Charlie Kloeber, but it was his parents who first settled in that spot (For a while they were better known as the owners and proprietors of the Oradell Market, but after the Market closed they remained at that corner).
I my joy learning about this designation was tempered by the discovery that Charlie Kloeber passed away in 2020. I would think of him (and his parents) every time I went by that block. They added so much to the place and to local life.
Apparently, I was not the only one who felt that way. Much like Hagler's, that corner and the Kloeber's became part of us - as individuals and as a community.
"He loved making the residents of Oradell happy," said Charlie's grandaughter to North Jersey.com. "He liked to bring joy to people."
KIm, Charlie's grandaughter, has been in Florida, but now hopes to be in New Jersey part of the year so that she can maintain the business at least seasonably. She, part of a fourth generation of Kloebers, continues to understand just what that business has meant to all of us.
A well-done to the community and those repsonsible for this wonderful honor. And, a belated thank you to the late Charlie and his parents for all they did - not only with their quality products, but also with their commitmment to neighborliness and community. With a quiet simplicity and professional they do so much to provide and reaffirm Oradell's sense of community and place.
"Oradell treasure" and a special person who served the community with a warm smile and a good joke,was the way former councilperson Tom Kelly described Charile Kloeber to Northjersey.com
Genuinely missed, but gratefully remembered.
Info background: Northjersey.com
Images credit: Borough of Oradell; Northjersey.com