Elizabeth R. Westlake of Frenchtown, 86

Elizabeth R. Westlake

FRENCHTOWN, NJ – Elizabeth R. Westlake of Frenchtown, NJ, passed away at home on Saturday, August 27, 2016. She was 86.

Born October 28, 1929, in Newark, she was the daughter of Marguerite LeFevre Ramage and David Archibald Ramage. She grew up in Nutley, graduated from Belleville High School in 1947, and went on to Packard Business College in Manhattan.

Betty worked for N.J. Bell Telephone Co. for 10 years. She married John Westlake in 1950 and, after they had five children, she rejoined the workforce and put in 15 years as a secretary in the research division of Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson Company in Bridgewater. She could type 120 words per minute.

The family moved from Nutley to Bridgewater, in 1968. After her husband died in 1999, Betty moved to Frenchtown in 2003 and joined the Frenchtown Presbyterian Church. In retirement, she managed the church’s food pantry for eight years.

She was an accomplished quilter, and for 20 years she distributed her beautiful creations among her children and their growing families. She was an avid reader, gardener and Yankees fan, as well as an unrelenting back-seat driver and impatient hater of red lights. Betty enjoyed matching wits with “Jeopardy” contestants and relaxing with loved ones on Long Beach Island.

Surviving her are three daughters, Laura Savidge, who resided with her, Betsy Westlake and husband Rick Epstein of Frenchtown, and Amy Hansell and husband John of Emmaus, PA; two sons, James and wife Dorothy of Mount Holly, and John and wife Peggy of Washington, NJ; a sister Marjorie “Midge” Ames and husband Frank of Peabody, MA; 17 grandchildren, Michael and wife Christina Savidge, David Savidge, Amanda Loudenslager and husband Brandon, Sarah Neiderman and husband Rob, Emily, John, Mary, Jessica, Kara, Dorothy, Brianne, Rebecca, James and Matheson Westlake, Molly and Lana Epstein; and Shannon Dietz and husband Greg; and four great-grandchildren, Emma and Riley Savidge, Amelia Neiderman, and Ava Loudenslager. She is also mourned by her loyal companion, Harvey, a Cairn terrier.

Betty will be remembered for her love for her family and for her spirit, generosity, hospitality and honesty.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 11 AM at the Frenchtown Presbyterian Church, 22 Fourth Street, Frenchtown, NJ with Pastor Steven Kolderup officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Holland Township, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Frenchtown Presbyterian Church, 22 Fourth St. Frenchtown, NJ 08825, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.