Marguerite Lipton Bronster

marguerite lipton bronster

February 4, 1943 ~ July 6, 2023

Marguerite Lipton Bronster died peacefully in her Edgewater home on July 6, 2023 at the age of 80. She was a lifelong learner, who graduated with a nursing degree from Fairleigh Dickinson, and received two master's degrees in human development and social work from Fairleigh Dickinson and Rutgers University respectively. She was a co-owner of Seraphim Gallery in Englewood, NJ and earned an Art and Antique Appraisal Certification through NYU, working throughout the tri-state area as a professional art appraiser. As an artist herself, she actively supported and promoted the arts, serving on numerous councils, including as the Commissioner of the Bergen County Arts Council and President of the Bergen County Medical Society Auxiliary.

With her typical optimism and awareness of others' suffering, at the age of 60, she was inspired to have a greater impact on her community, and returned to graduate school beginning a new career as a therapist and mental health consultant to multiple non-profits, including Paterson Healing Collective and Integrity House. She was grateful and proud of her work as a therapist, helping individuals rebuild their lives without minimizing their challenges.

Born at Margaret Hague Hospital in Jersey City, NJ to Richard Lee Lipton and Rita Lipton (Garofalo), she was the beloved wife of the late Marvin Leon "Lee" Bronster; devoted mother of Robert (Robin), Rebecca, Luke (Nichole) and Laura (Diego); cherished "bonus-mother" to Rande, Margery and Bruce Bronster; adored grandmother of Damon, Rocco, Gabriel, Javier, Anna, Lucas, Julia, Greyson and Vince; loving sister of the Honorable Lois Lipton and Arthur Charles ("Ace") Lipton; predeceased by brother Richard Lee Lipton; proud aunt of Richard "Richie Cunning" Lipton; and predeceased by former husband Robert S. Rigolosi, MD. She had lifelong friends that she loved as her family, and believed in drawing her circle wider, always welcoming and celebrating her family and friends.

To know Marguerite was to love her. With her Irish wit and elegance, she found a way to make a celebration out of every meal she enjoyed with her family and friends. She was friendly and curious to everyone who crossed her path, always erring on the side of grace. Marguerite found a way to make everyone feel seen and special. A world traveler and voracious reader, her most favorite time of day was "l'heure bleue," when the evening light of the water and sky mimicked each other. She was an eternal optimist with an artistic eye who lived a beautiful life, and we ask those who knew her to continue her legacy through kindness, curiosity and compassion toward one another.

Her family will receive friends and loved ones on Monday July 10 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at the Frank Patti Funeral Home, 327 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ. The celebration of her funeral mass will be held on Tuesday. July 11 at 10:00AM at the Holy Rosary RCC, 365 Undercliff Ave., Edgewater, NJ. If so desired, donations may be made to "In memory of Marguerite Lipton Bronster" to: The Trustees of Columbia University Attention: Dr Antonio "Tito" Fojo, 161 Fort Washington Ave New York, NY 10032 Attn Dr. Fojo .


Mass: July 11, 2023 10:00 am

Holy Rosary RC Church
26 Edgewater Place
Edgewater, NJ 07020

Visitation at Funeral Home: July 10, 2023 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place: July 11, 2023 11:30 am

George Washington Memorial Park.
Paramus & Century Roads
Paramus, NJ 07653-0021

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  1. Fond love and deepest condolences to all the children and grandchildren Marguerite so lovingly had. I will
    miss her so. She and I have been friends since we started school. We have shared all the ups and downs life offers throughout the years, always there for one another. She was family to me. I feel blessed to have had her as my dearest friend. She was a ray of sunshine wherever she went.

  2. My Best Friends Mom. My Mentor. Our Yaya. The kindest, calmest, honest Aquarius twin alongside Roc & my sister. Years of healthy love & memories. Tony & I were so lucky, blessed & oh so grateful to have in our lives. I’ll never delete our years of texts and dms. Forever in our hearts & soul every single day. Queen of purple eyeshadow, flowers, scarves. My sweet M. I love you forever & I’ll see you in Heaven!

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