Carol Finch Speiser, a longtime resident of Montclair, died on Dec. 26, 2022. She was 103. 

Mrs. Speiser was born in Rutherford in 1919. She attended schools there and graduated from Collegiate School in Passaic before attending Barnard College and graduating from the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. 

She was a piano teacher in Rutherford and gave numerous concerts in the eastern U.S. She lived in Rutherford until her marriage in 1949 to Col. Robin Speiser, then of Mesa, Arizona. Thereafter they lived at various Army postings in the U.S. and Japan.

They moved to Montclair in 1959. 

Mrs. Speiser was a longtime member of the St. James Altar Guild, past president of the Montclair Music Club and member of the Montclair Woman’s Club. 

She is survived by two sons, Robin Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and John of West Caldwell; a daughter, Jane Sisbarro of Woodland Park; eight granddaughters, Dr. Susan Sisbarro, Dr. Erin Speiser-Gasak, Kristin Speiser, Robin Speiser, Jennifer Persson, Karen Binder, Elizabeth Evans and Kate Davis; three grandsons, Richard, Peter and Tom, and numerous great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Speiser was predeceased by her husband, Robin, and their daughter, Suzanne Wood.

A funeral service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 581 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, on Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. James Episcopal Church or to the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit.  For online condolences please visit

Arrangements were by Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St.