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Alice M. (nee-De Haan) Neeb
July 27, 1944 - August 31, 2019
Retired from State Department of Education at the Learning Resource Center in Morris Plains
Service Date: September 14, 2019
In Lieu of Flowers: The Literacy Volunteers of Morris County @ LVMC 16 Elm St. Morristown, NJ 07960 or Hildale Presbyterian Church @ 85 Ridgedale Ave, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
Obituaries » Alice M. (nee-De Haan) Neeb
Alice Maryanne Neeb “Attie” of Whippany passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 31 2019 after nearly a decade of battling many different health issues.
Alice was born on July 27 1944 in Amsterdam, Netherlands and immigrated to Paterson, NJ in October of 1953 with her parents and siblings before moving to Prospect Park. Although she missed the family she had to leave behind she embraced life as an American and got her citizenship January 6 1959. She attended Eastern Christian Elementary School and High School.
She met her husband of 56 years at the Fairlawn Bowling Alley in 1961 where after the second time meeting him, he told her she would be his wife one day which proved true. He proposed on Valentine’s Day in 1963 and they were married on October 19 of the same year. They lived in Prospect Park for 11 years before moving to Whippany in 1974 where they continued to raise a family. Shortly after moving she found a new congregation to join for worship at Hildale Park Presbyterian Church where she was involved with the youth group and most recently enjoyed participating in the women’s book club. Alice also donated her time at the Literacy Volunteers of Morris County. She earned an A.A. from County College of Morris in Humanities and Social Science while being a mom and working. She worked at the Cedar Knolls Raquetball Club, Headstart in Dover, Salem Drive Elementary School in the Library before going back to school. Alice graduated magna cum laude from William Patterson University with a B.A. in elementary education at the age of 50 which was one of her proudest accomplishments aside from her family. After completing her degree she worked for the State Department of Education at the Learning Resource Center in Morris Plains for 21 years until she retired in 2016. She truly loved her job and said it never felt like she was at work.
Alice had fond memories of family trips to Lake Willoughby, vacations at the Jersey shore and traveling the world with her husband. Most notably was the infamous trip in the summer of 1978 spanning over 6 weeks driving across the United States and back stopping to explore 25 states with 5 teenagers in tow. Alice was a caring and compassionate woman who enjoyed hiking, walking on the beach and collecting sea shells. She also loved flowers, gardening and many crafts such as stained glass and knitting just to name a few.
Alice loved her family and happiest times were spent surrounded by them. She was an avid reader and enjoyed talking about the latest book she was reading or selecting some of her favorite children’s books to read to the grandkids out of her personal library. She was a nurturer and she has touched so many lives because of that. A quote that Alice lived her life by and liked to share with others was “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” -Maya Angelou
Alice was predeceased by her loving parents Martje and Cornelius deHaan and her beloved sister Gerda and her husband Don White.
Alice leaves to cherish her memories her devoted husband Donald Neeb Sr. of Whippany.
4 children: Donald Neeb Jr and his wife Marianne of Flanders; Douglas Neeb and his wife Kelly of Denville; David Neeb and his wife Kimberly of Knowlton; and Danielle Neeb and her fiance Terry Hickenbottom of Cedar Knolls. She also leaves 5 grandchildren: Alexander, Rebecca, Brianna, John and Nicole Neeb. She also leaves a sister Marjo and her husband David Reitsma of N. Haledon; a brother Neil deHaan and wife Dolores of Bangor, PA; her brother in law David Neeb and wife Deanna of Hawthorne; special sister in law Judi Neeb of Toms River; best friend for over 62 years Beverly Byl of Stockton, CA. ; stepmother Rigoula deHaan of N. Haledon. Also surviving her are her nieces and nephews whom she loved like her own. Debra (Dean) Voltalina of Troy, VT; Jennifer (Anthony) Giannella of Paramus; David Neeb (Lia) of Hawthorne; Mark (Pam) Reitsma of N. Haledon; Elliot (Munib) deHaan of NYC; Christina (Mike) of Hampsted, Maryland. She also leave behind a host of great neices and nephews, many cousins including those in Holland, great friends, extended family and of course Onyx.
A limb has fallen from our family tree, one who says grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. The good life I lived when I was strong.
Alice’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 14th at 12 pm Hilldale Park Presbyterian Church. 85 Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls, NJ. Reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her memory to The Literacy Volunteers of Morris County @ LVMC 16 Elm St. Morristown, NJ 07960
or Hildale Presbyterian Church @ 85 Ridgedale Ave, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
“If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” -Winnie the Pooh