Drost, Margaret Annamarie (Orth). Born in the Bronx, NY, on December 7, 1930, she grew up in North Arlington and Lyndhurst NJ, where her parents, Alois and Magdalena, owned a grocery. She worked long hours helping them as a child and teen, stocking shelves, going to farmers markets and delivering groceries.  Attending Queen of Peace in North Arlington, she later graduated second in her class at Lyndhurst High School, earning the top math prize and other distinctions.  She attended college courses at Rutgers-Newark and Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing, before becoming a bookkeeper.  While working at First National Bank in Rutherford, she met Henry Drost whom she married in 1953.  They lived in Newport, RI and Key West, FL during Hank’s naval service, before settling in Erskine Lakes Ringwood, NJ.  In 1957, they built a home in West Milford, NJ, where she has resided for the past 60 years.  Hank, a former Officer and Director of Lakeland Bank, predeceased her in 1994. She raised a family of three children and many pets.  Animals, especially cats, were dear to Margaret and she supported numerous animal and environmental causes and enjoyed aiding the local shelter.  She collected, packed and mailed books overseas to developing areas of the world, helping to stock libraries in Ghana and Sri Lanka.  In 1977, Margaret returned to the workforce, working at a pottery factory in Butler NJ, before starting her own jewelry business in the 80s.  Talented at sewing and crafts, there was little that she couldn’t figure out how to make herself.   Margaret sewed several hundred fleece blankets for the Linus Project, which provides comfort blankets to hospitalized children.  She was an avid gardener, collecting daylilies, Siberian irises, and flat rocks, sharing her love of plants with all. She was fascinated by many subjects including archaeology, religious history, geology & natural history, costume and clothing, art history, European royal history and crossword puzzles.  She is survived by her 3 children, Kathryn Drost, Eric Drost, and Jeffrey Drost and his wife Michele, and two grandchildren, Eric and Alyssa. She leaves behind her 4 beloved cats and grand-dog, Olaf. Visitaion Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 6-8 PM at Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480. Private Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Milford Animal Shelter Society, PO Box 72, West Milford, NJ 07480.

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