Alice Ruth Anderson, 80, a long-time resident of Blairstown, NJ, passed away in Morristown, NJ on November 19, 2022. Born on November 24, 1941, she was eldest child to the late Francis “Frank” and Elizabeth “Betty” (Dunkley) Grapes in Patterson, NJ.
Alice graduated from East Rutherford High in 1959.
Alice married her loving husband, of 63 years, Charles Anderson on August 13, 1959. Together they went on to have four children. Two daughters; Bonnie Rufe, significant other, Jerry, Mikki Bitzer, husband Mark, and two sons; Gary Anderson, wife Lorraine, Scott Anderson, wife Caryl. Also survived by her grandchildren: Jennifer Rufe and John Rufe, Stephanie Gheller, Jamie Moleski, husband Brendan, and Jesse Anderson, Megan Anderson, Eric Anderson, and Ian Anderson, and Shannon Bitzer and Kyle Bitzer. She was also blessed great-grandmother to five great-grandchildren. Survived by a sister Ellen Hill, husband Jim, and nephew Colton Hill. Alice was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Richard Grapes and a son-in-law Frederick Rufe.
Until retiring in 2006, she had been a bookkeeper for various companies while raising her family. Alice also handled bookkeeping for Charlie’s contracting business Anderson & Sons. She was a very active lady enjoying gardening, including flowers and houseplants, knitting, baking and home-making. She loved hummingbirds and butterflies, and her pets throughout the years, both cats and dogs. Alice had a sharp wit and quiet humor about her that could be missed if not paying attention. Later years for enjoyment she completed puzzles, enjoyed reading many books and watching Dallas Cowboys as well as NASCAR, her favorite driver being Denny Hamlin. She was a staple volunteering at the Knowlton Methodist Church Thrift Shop.
A period of visitation will be held from 4 PM – 7 PM on Tuesday, November 29th 2022 & from 10 AM – 11 AM on Wednesday, November 30th. Services to follow at Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825.
Interment will follow at New Cedar Ridge Cemetery, Jacksonburg Road, Blairstown, NJ 07825