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Anna B Benitz

June 7, 1945 November 6, 2019
Anna B Benitz
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Anna Balogh Benitz, (74) from Hillsborough, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 6th 2019, on hospice care, in her home after a short battle with a recurring cancer. She received her diagnoses in September, and after being a two time cancer survivor, she decided she had fought her battles for over twenty years and it was time to be called home. She died as she lived, on her own terms.
Anna was a proud graduate of Edison High School’s Class of ’63, and actively participated in their reunions and “impromptu get-togethers” with her lifelong friends. After high school she attended Douglas College, at her parents’ insistence, but hated it and managed to persuade her parents to allow her to transfer to Trenton State, where she received her undergraduate in teaching. While enrolled in school, she married, had a daughter and purchased her first home in Edison. In 1978, she and her daughter moved to Hillsborough.
Anna taught English for a few years before realizing it was not where her passion lay – it was her parents’ career choice for her, not hers – and she transferred to the accounting department at Champale, later Iroquois Brands, then to a firm in NYC. She excelled while she was there, and transferred to Blessings, later Sketchley Diapers, in Piscataway. While there, she pursued her graduate degree and achieved her MBA from Rider College in 1985. After achieving her graduate degree, she landed her dream job as assistant controller of Thomas Edison State College where she remained until her retirement. At each and every one of her jobs, she was able to amass a large number of friends she held dear.
When she first retired, she was a little lost, not knowing how to fill her time, and decided to substitute teach. She spent a few years at Hillsborough High School, but decided “she was too old for teen drama”, and settled into retirement. However, retirement was far more active than working ever was… She was a member of the Hillsborough Women’s Club and even served as their president for a time. She was a member of Hillsborough Seniors Chapter B, and traveled with them all over. She was a member of a quilt guild, a book club, project Linus, Friends of the Library, Mahjongg club, Hearts and Hands, League of Women Voters, an active member of the Neshanic Reformed Church, and probable several other organizations we are forgetting at the moment. She spent countless hours quilting, crocheting and knitting blankets and hats and booties for children in hospitals or shelters, saying every child should have something handmade with love, and prayer shawls for nursing home patients.
Anna also loved to travel. She was constantly flitting somewhere, a quilt bee in the Midwest, a reunion get together in Georgia or Tennessee, a cruise to Alaska with her ex and his wife, a seniors trip to Nova Scotia, a birthday trip for her daughter to Czechoslovakia, it didn’t matter where, she wanted to see it all and enjoyed the journey as well as the destination.

Her true love though was her friends, “family” and family, and being “Grannie”. She took great joy in watching them grow and achieve. She did not hold back on her advice or her love.
Anna is predeceased by her parents Daniel and Helen, originally from Czechoslovakia, then from Edison, and her son-in-law Paul from Hillsborough. She is survived by her sister Mary (Phil) from Edison and their daughter MaryJean, her daughter Christine from Myrtle Beach, her grandson PJ (Alexandra) from Edison, her granddaughters AlyssaLynn and Daniella from Hillsborough, her bonus grandchildren – Tim, Kyle, Beth, Christopher, Max, Grace, Holly and Noah, and too many dear friends to mention.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, November 30th at 11:00 am at the Neshanic Reformed Church. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations in her honor be given to the Neshanic Reformed Church.


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30

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11:00 AM 11/30/2019 11:00:00 AM
Neshanic Reformed Church

715 Amwell Rd
Nashanic , NJ 08853

Neshanic Reformed Church
715 Amwell Rd Nashanic 08853 NJ
United States
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