Obituaries – 09-11-2019

Louise Adler

Louise (Talé) Adler, 93, of Falmouth, Massachusetts, and formerly of Anna Maria Island, died Sept. 5.

She was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of immigrants. Her father was from Italy and her mother was from France. Her parents put a high priority on education and Ms. Adler, at 27, earned a doctorate in immunology.

Her career included teaching at the university level, as well as many years of research at the Public Health Research Institute in New York City and at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

For most of her career, she worked alongside her husband of 43 years, Frank L., who died in 1991.

After her retirement in 1987, she filled her days with music, art and travel.

While living in Florida, she was a performing member of the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra, as well as a board member and its president for several years. She also was a member and occasional performer with the Manatee Players in Bradenton and a longtime member of the Bradenton Opera Guild.

After moving to Falmouth in 1999, she sang with the Woods Hole Cantata Consort and the Falmouth Chorale. Every summer for 15 years she participated in the Berkshire Choral Festival.

She was an accomplished artist: her watercolors featured her favorite places in Falmouth and sites she had visited in her travels.

Her love of opera began as a child, attending the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York, each summer, including a final trip there several weeks ago. At Glimmerglass 2018, she was invited to a pre-opera picnic dinner and sat next to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

For several summers, she shared her enthusiasm for opera by teaching a four-week course at Falmouth Public Library.

She leaves a daughter, Gabrielle Allen; son Jonathan; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Robert D. ‘Bob’ Crowe

Robert D. “Bob” Crowe of Holmes Beach died Sept. 4.

Mr. Crowe owned and operated with wife Debbie the landmark Shake Pit, a diner and ice cream, malt and shake drive-in at 3801 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, since 2002. Shake Pit first opened in 1959.

Memorial visitation will be 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, followed by a Celebration of Life at 3 p.m. at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton. Condolences may be made online at

Mr. Crowe is survived by wife Debbie and daughter Hannah.