Erna Neuse Obituary

Erna  Neuse
Erna Neuse

August 7, 1923 - November 22, 2018
Born in Hadersdorf, Austria
Resided in Bridgewater, New Jersey



Ernestine “Erna” Neuse

95, died November 22, 2018, in Laurel Circle

Born and raised in Hadersdorf, Austria, Erna lived in Canada and New Brunswick, NJ before moving to Bridgewater in 2007. She graduated from the University of Vienna, Austria with a Ph.D. in German Literature in 1947. Erna began her teaching career as an instructor at the Thomas More Institute in Montreal Canada. Upon arrival in the US, she worked as a College Professor at Douglass College in New Brunswick where she was also Directress of the German Language House and Chairperson of the German Department. Her summers were spent in Vermont teaching at the summer graduate program in German at Middlebury College. Erna retired in 1997 from Rutgers University Main Campus where she was Director of the Graduate Program in German.

Erna was known for her many publications, books, contributions and articles on teaching of the German Language;examples are theRutgers Manual on Strategies for Teaching German Through the Short Story with Ralph J. Ley, Modern German, and Modernes Deutsch. She was a member of the American Association of Teachers of German, the American Association of University Professors, and the Modern Language Association.

Erna received the Warren L. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching at Rutgers in 1987. She also received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching for being the most effective teacher in the German Program at Douglass. Erna was known to be one of the most valuable teachers in the field of Germanistik in the nation and one of the country’s outstanding methodologists and text-book writers. She was always willing to do more for her department, college, students and fellow professionals everywhere and will be sadly missed by all of those who she deeply touched in her professional career and everyday life.

In her spare time, Erna enjoyed crocheting, other handwork, and going on road trips with her friends. She had a passion for antiques including quilts, carpets, and jewelry. She is predeceased by her husband Werner Neuse (1986) and stepdaughter Helga Whitcomb. She is survived by her stepchildren Ingrid Ambrus, Karl Neuse, Margaret Neuse and six step grandchildren.

Her family wishes to thank all those at Arbor Glen/Laurel Circle who have been so kind and caring to Erna the past eleven years. She will be buried in Middlebury, VT. A celebration of her life will be held in Bridgewater at a future date.

Contributions in honor of Erna may be made to Douglass Residential College with a memo note for the Erna Neuse Scholarship Fund, mailed to Office of Advancement, Douglass Residential College, 125 George St, College Hall, 3rd Floor, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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