Anne Engelhardt, 78, of Summit, NJ passed away on August 11, 2022. Born Frances Anne Mervine in Philadelphia, PA, Anne always said she couldn’t claim the title, “Jersey Girl,” even though she lived the majority of her life in the Garden State. Raised in Haddonfield, NJ, she graduated from American University in 1965 before beginning her teaching career back home. She married Peter Engelhardt in 1969, and the couple moved to Summit, NJ in 1974 where they raised their daughters, Laura and Alexis.
Anne represents the best of our community. She gave freely of her time and even her own body, as a Red Cross blood donor. An active member of the Junior League, Anne managed the Thrift Shop on Deforest Avenue for over a decade. She did make-up for theatrical performances at Brayton Elementary School, volunteered at countless PTO functions, and managed all the floral and holiday decorations for the Summit United Methodist Church. She served in various leadership roles of local PEO and Quester groups, including multiple terms as president. Anne always had a hard time passing on the leadership baton, because once an organization got a sense of her capabilities, they never wanted to let her go.
She was a voracious reader, with an inquisitive mind and a generous spirit. Anne loved people, and made every gathering come alive with her sense of fun and easy conversation. An avid card player and mahjongg aficionado, she brought many people together with her love of games — often even chauffeuring others to the activities. She hunted for treasures at antique stores and garage sales, delighting in her surprising discoveries. But nothing made her happier than when she found the unexpected and perfect gift for someone. Anne will be deeply missed.
Her spirit lives on in the way she shaped the lives of those she cared for. Anne made an indelible impact in all who knew her, changing them for the better. She is survived by her devoted husband of 53 years, Peter Engelhardt, her siblings Tom and Lina Mervine, her daughters, Laura Castelblanco Engelhardt and Alexis Bogdan, and her six beloved grandchildren, Henry, Ivan, Lydia, Annabelle, Cristina, and Elsie.