~~Virginia B Ferber (nee Behre) “Teddy”, of Green Village, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston. She was 92.
Born in Morristown, she was a life-long resident of Green Village. She was a graduate of Madison High School and played clarinet in the band. In her younger years, she appeared on “Blind Date,” a game show that was part of the Arlene Francis Radio Show and was head receptionist for NBC Studios in NYC for 3 years. She once met Frank Pape on the train one morning on her way to New York. He asked her to compete in the 1943 Miss America contest- she was timid and refused. He then chose Bess Meyerson who went on to become Miss America 1943. Then she met Bud Ferber- fell in love and that was the end of her career. And in her words “happy days thereafter”
Teddy was an excellent cook, loved to entertain and dance. She was very supportive of her husband’s work with the American Quarter Horse Association and enjoyed traveling around the US in conjunction with it. Her family will remember her as the best woman they knew and her incredibly upbeat spirit.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased in death by her husband of 52 years, A.H. “Bud” Ferber, Jr. and two brothers, Henry J. Behre, Jr. Of Millington, NJ, and Dan S. Behre of Oklahoma. Virginia is survived by one brother, Ralph E. Behre of Annandale, NJ, a son A.H. “Buddy” Ferber, III of Naples, FL ; three daughters, Diana L. Ferber of Millington, NJ; Virginia F. Brophy of Newton, NJ; and Barbara A. Ferber of Upper Black Eddy, PA as well as three granddaughters, Holly B. Worthington of Salisbury, MD; Nicole C. Brophy of Albany, NY; and Sarah Grace Ferber of Upper Black Eddy, PA, two grandsons, Casey Brophy of Montclair, NJ and William “Billy” Brophy of Newton, NJ, and one great-granddaughter, Camelia Worthington of Salisbury, MD.
Visitation will be held at the Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Chatham on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 12-2 pm with a prayer service commencing at 2. An interment will follow at New Vernon Cemetery.
Those who wish may contribute in her memory to the St. Barnabas Medical Center, Saint Barnabas Medical Center Development Department, 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange, NJ 07052.