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Johanna Beattie

Morristown - Johanna Beattie of Morristown, New Jersey passed away peacefully on June 24, 2018 in her beloved home of 60 years. She was 89 years old.

Johanna, commonly known as "Anne," was born Johanna Cornelia Gaerste on July 24, 1928 in Morristown, NJ and was raised in Whippany. Her mother, Virginia McEwan Gaerste, was a Morristown native of Scottish and English descent who could trace her lineage back to a member of the Continental Army. Anne's father, John Leonard Gaerste, was born on the island of Curacao and retained his Dutch citizenship until 1940.

Anne graduated from the Peck School in 1943, the Kent Place School in 1947 and Bennett Junior College in 1949. During World War II, Anne volunteered with the Red Cross. From 1949 to 1956, Anne worked as a secretary at Columbia High School and Princeton University. She also worked as a homemaker and donated her time to the Morristown Junior League, The Washington Valley Association and Eva's Kitchen in Patterson.

Anne Gaerste married John Adams Beattie, Jr. in 1956 at St. Brigid's Church in Peapack, New Jersey. The newlyweds moved to New Vernon, NJ and later settled in Morristown. There, they reared two sons, John Adams Beattie, III and Richard Patrick McEwan Beattie. Anne's cherished husband passed away in 2014. Anne is survived by her two sons, her daughters-in-law, Olga Piel Beattie and Erin Arvedlund Beattie, as well as by her two grandchildren, Matt and Hanna Beattie.

Although she had no siblings, Anne was very close with her three cousins, Paul Rust, Holiday Rust Harper Rummel and Richard Rust along with Paul's wife Vonnie. She also thought very highly of all of her cousins' children and enjoyed their visits and phone calls.

Anne maintained a lifelong friendship with Peck classmate Kimmie Howard and was very fond of her neighbors, the Harris, Tweed and Chambliss families. Charlie Bensley, a family friend, was like a third son to Anne. Other family friends held dear are Sharon Morgan and Izolda Pirtakhia.

A true individual, Anne had a heightened sense of intuition and was a gifted storyteller. She enjoyed collecting antiques, gardening, bird watching, reading and telling wonderful tales.

She is loved and missed by all.
Published in Daily Record on July 10, 2018
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