Sunday, April 14, 2024

Anne Beverly Fraser

We are heartbroken to share that Anne Beverly Fraser, a cherished and irreplaceable mother and family member, peacefully departed on March 2, 2024, at the age of 81. She was enveloped in the loving arms of her daughters and supported by her devoted family. Anne Beverly Fraser, known as “Bev,” was born on March 17, 1942, in Newark to loving parents, A. Donato and Lucille (Carbone) Lavanco.

Bev’s life story began amidst the tree-lined streets of West Orange. Destiny had a delightful surprise in store for her and Al Fraser, her childhood friend. Al lived across the street from her and as destiny unfolded, a timeless love story blossomed. Al and Bev were opposites in countless ways, but they truly were soulmates and a sight to behold when together. Their bond was an enduring testament to the power of true love.

Bev was a charismatic, optimistic and resourceful individual. Where there was a will, there was a way. She was a shining example of what unconditional love was. As a devoted family member, Bev put the needs and happiness of her loved ones before her own. She was always there to support others no matter what. She believed and instilled in her loved ones that family-oriented individuals create strong, close-knit relationships that can withstand anything. Bev left a trail of compassion in her wake wherever she was, be it as a devoted homemaker, professional medical technician or ophthalmic office manager. She was content and the happiest when tending to the family unit; it was her calling. Her heart overflowed with love for her grandchildren, and she delightfully spoiled them just to hear their laughter. She was the kind of Nana who joined in on crazy antics and instigated more. Being a true Pisces, whether submerged in a pool, lake or ocean, Bev found tranquility swimming in water. Her green thumb and artistic flair illuminated her gardens, while her culinary prowess brought generations together around the dinner table preserving cherished family traditions, one delicious meal at a time. Though Bev may have seemed quiet in demeanor and petite in stature, her spirit was mighty. She was passionate about standing up for what she believed in and her unwavering determination was a force to be reckoned with.

Bev’s presence will forever linger in the hearts of those who were touched by her grace, kindness, and enduring love. Left to cherish her memory are her adoring daughters, Lisa Benedetto (Marc) and Lynn Blades (Gary), and her beloved grandsons, John Wrobleski (Jenn) and Alexander Wrobleski. Bev’s heavenly journey reunited her with Al, her soulmate and husband of 55 years, just days after his heavenly departure.

In celebration of Bev’s remarkable life, a memorial service will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Rt. 94, Blairstown. 

Flowers are welcomed, and should the spirit move you, donations can be made to honor Anne’s legacy at Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice (karenannquinlanhospice.org).