Obituary: Barbara M. ‘Babs’ Eberhardt
Barbara M. “Babs” Eberhardt, co-owner of a Montclair real estate firm, active in township organizations and a longtime township resident, died in her sleep at home on Nov. 1, 2022. She was 98.
Ms. Eberhardt was born in Montclair in 1924 and moved to Lincoln Park in 1932. Her family returned to Montclair in 1943. Other than living in Princeton for eight years, she lived most of her life in Montclair.
She graduated from Boonton High School in 1942 and Linden Hall College in 1943.
Ms. Eberhardt established an interior decorating business in Princeton, then moved it to Montclair in the mid 1950s. She later joined a local real estate broker as a salesperson, and then was co-owner and broker of record of Century 21 Evergreen in Montclair.
She retired in 1992, and then worked as a part-time secretary and office manager for Montclair Unity Church.
Ms. Eberhardt was active in Montclair organizations and was a past president of the Montclair Dramatic Club. She was a member of First Congregational Church and served as a vice president and treasurer on the board of trustees. She also served as chairman of the township's Tenant Landlord Advisory Board.
Her most active volunteer work was as a longtime member and president of the board of trustees of First Montclair House, a 131-unit HUD-subsidized apartment building in Montclair.
Ms. Eberhardt enjoyed life and was devoted to her extended family. She could always find humor in any situation and had a ready laugh. She assumed leadership positions in her work and many of her volunteer activities.
She was also known for her delicious homemade assorted Christmas cookies that she made for family and friends every year. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her niece, Nancy Sisson (Jerry) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and their children, Katie Smith (Scott) and Andy Sisson (Megan); her nephew, John Eberhardt (Meredith) of West Palm Beach, Florida, and his children, John (Rose), Jason and Christina (Eric); her nephew, Robert Eberhardt (Gale) of Montclair and their children, Robert (Ariel) and Steven; her nephew, David Eberhardt (Debbie) and their son, Tyler; eight great-grand-nieces and nephews, and good friends Grange Habermann and Esther Tubello, of First Montclair House.
Ms. Eberhardt was predeceased by her brothers, Bob, and his wife Alice, of Montclair, and Jack, and his wife, Elaine, of Ewing.
A memorial service was held on Nov. 18 at First Montclair House, whose staff the family would like to recognize and thank for their care over the past year.
Arrangements were by O’Boyle Funeral Home, Bloomfield.