Date of death: 3/24/2018
Saint Meinrad Class: O 1972
Raymond Nicholas Adler was born on March 29, 1946, in Evansville, Indiana, to Merrie Claire Northrup and Dr. Raymond Adler. Affectionately referred to as ‘Nick’, Raymond attended Reitz Memorial High School and worked for his grandfather’s grocery store as a customer service clerk. Two influential men in Nick’s life were his uncle, Lyle Northrup, a Free Methodist minister and his cousin, Paul Waldschmidt, a Holy Cross Bishop. After Nick graduated high school, he entered St. Meinrad Seminary but after much reflection, he chose a different path, earning a history degree from the University of Evansville. Nick worked as a school teacher for a couple years but eventually pursued a career in the medical field by enrolling at the University of Portland. During this period, he met the love of his life, Marie ‘Cookie’ Garaventa and graduated with a nursing science degree. On July 27, 1974, Nick and Cookie were married and as their family grew, he worked as a visiting nurse for Contra Costa County and then began a 35-year career working as an office manager for Concord Disposal Service. During his tenure, Nick provided exceptional customer service and volunteered with many community organizations. His passion and pursuit for higher education, earned him a master’s degree in national security and he enjoyed listening to many audiobooks, until his unexpected passing on March 24, 2018. Nick is survived by his loving wife, Cookie; devoted children: Paul Adler (Lisa), David Adler (Nicole), Nicole Impagliazzo (Maron) & Angelina Kosich (Greg). Nick’s greatest passion in life was entertaining his beloved eleven grandchildren: Nicholas, Alessandra, Joseph, Mark, Michael, Siena, Andrew, Christopher, Arianna, Luke & Carly. He is also survived by his brothers: Steven Adler, Michael Adler (Jen) & John Adler (Diana); sisters: Merrie Stradtner & Jennie Evans (Don) along with numerous nieces and nephews. His generous loving spirit, strong sense of faith, funny sense of humor and quick wit will be missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Nick Adler Memorial Fund at the John Muir Health Foundation, to benefit children’s care and patients suffering from Myasthenia Gravis.