FRANKFORD -- Charles 'Butch' Ansbach, 73, passed away Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.|
Charles was born in Jersey City and moved to Newton with his parents when he was 4 years old. He grew up on Ridgewood Avenue in Newton before going to college at East Stroudsburg University, where he received a degree in education. For the past 44 years, Charles resided with his family in Frankford Township on what he referred to as the 'Family Compound,' with many of his family members living around the pond.
Charles was a physical education, health and driverÕs education teacher at High Point Regional High School from 1966 to 1994. While there, he served as department chair from 1966 to 1986. Charles also was the first football and wrestling coach at High Point and stayed active in coaching for many years. In addition to coaching, Charles loved to play golf, particularly 'best ball,' and enjoyed getting together with his friends for a poker game. He also was an avid football fan and watched college and professional teams play on TV every weekend.
Charles was an officer for the original Sussex County Coaches Association, as well as a member of the Newton Elks Club. He was a past member and president of the Branchville BusinessmenÕs Club. Charles also was a member of the United Methodist Church of Branchville.
Charles was predeceased by his parents, Julius and Dorothy Ansbach. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Harriette (Ayers) Ansbach, and his four children, Jeffrey of Florida, Kimberly and her husband, Louie, of Frankford, Lori and her husband, Bill, of Frankford, Sue of Frankford, and David Satter of Frankford; a sister, Barbara Hatch and her husband, Leonard, of Delaware; and seven wonderful grandchildren, Ian and Emily Blanco, Carly and Jane Satter, Chelsea, and Will and Tucker Eckert, all of Frankford.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Iliff-Rugierro Funeral Home, 156 Main St., Newton. Acelebratory service will be held in his memory Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Branchville, 8 Broad St.
Donations in CharlesÕ memory may be made to the United Methodist Church of Branchville, P.O. Box 509, Branchville, NJ 07826.
Published in The New Jersey Herald from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2010