Alice S. Smits

July 13, 1923May 12, 2018

Alice Stierli Smits passed away quietly on May 12, 2018. She was born July 13, 1923 in Newton, New Jersey to the late John and Ernestine Stierli. She was a graduate of NYU School of Nursing, interning at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ. After living in New York, she moved to Aruba in 1951 where she met and married the late Antonius J M Smits. Living together in Aruba for 19 years, they happily raised their 4 children, Jacqueline, Robert, Alison and Jeanne. Upon Tony’s retirement from Esso (now Exxon) in 1969 they moved to Sparta, NJ where she resided until 2013. When she finally admitted the house was too big to keep up on her own, Alice moved to an apartment at Bristol Glen in Newton NJ.

Alice had given up her career in nursing while she was raising her family but returned to it after her relocation to Sparta. When everyone was settled in school routines, Alice restarted her nursing career on the night shift at Andover Nursing Home. She was promoted several times, eventually becoming the Administrator of the Facility for 8 years until her retirement in 1987. Never one to sit still, she was an active member of Soroptimist International serving also as a counselor on the Help Line.

She was devoted to her family and friends and enriched everyone’s life with whom she came into contact. She served as Girl Scout Leader for many years while her children were growing up and even after her daughters no longer we involved. Her Scouts were her second family. She was a competitive bridge player into her 90s. Having played in many tournaments throughout her life, she was always in demand among younger players.

Family was her highest priority; annual summer reunions at Woodloch Pines and the family Thanksgiving at her house were the highlights of her later years. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by her family. She is survived by her four children, Jacqueline and her husband Mark Matthews of Chapel Hill, NC, Robert Smits of Weston CT, Alison and her husband Mark Siebold of Mountain Lakes, NJ, Jeanne and her husband Dan Doherty of Chatham, NJ, 12 grandchildren and her 2 sisters; Claire Armstrong of Leonia, NJ and Irene Faubion of Williamsburg, VA.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30am Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St, Sparta, NJ 07871. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Newton, NJ.


  • Antonius (Tony) JM Smits, Pre decease by her beloved husband
  • Jacqueline and her husband Mark Matthews, Loving daughter
  • Robert Smits, Loving son
  • Alison and her husband Mark Siebold, Loving daughter
  • Jeanne and her husband Dan Doherty, Loving daughter
  • Cherished grandchildren, 12
  • Claire Armstrong & Irene Faubion, Sisters


  • Blessing Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Interment Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Alice S. Smits

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Barb Maynes

October 1, 2018

Dear All --

I think of your mom so frequently -- always with so much gratitude and respect for everything she did as our Girl Scout leader, and with love for her amazing and still powerful place in my life. She continues to be a role model for me -- I'm a Girl Scout leader myself now and I often try to 'channel' her wit, patience, love and wisdom. Your mom made me a better person, both as my Girl Scout leader and my 'boss' at the Andover Nursing Home.

I am so sorry for your loss, and I will keep you all in my heart and prayers. She shared so much of herself and her love with so many people, and we are all thankful to you for sharing her with us. I well remember her delight in all of you. Peace and comfort be with you.

Dee Gusch

May 14, 2018


I am sorry to hear of you Mother's passing. I can only imagine how difficult this has been, and my heart goes out to you and the family. Know that you have many, many friends who love and care about you.

I know your heart is feeling heavy. My hope and prayer for all of you is that each day your hearts will feel lighter and lighter from the loss you are feeling, until one day only sweet memories remain to comfort you. We know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.

Know that my thoughts, love, prayers and hugs are with you. Please be gentle with yourself.

With sincere sympathy,