Nadine (“Andy”) Pearce

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 2:00pm

Nadine Glenn Pearce passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 11, 2013 in Montclair, N.J. She was born in Kansas City, Mo. on June 23, 1925, the only child of Nadine and Karl Andersen — hence her nickname, “Andy.” Moving East, she grew up in W. Medway, Mass., where she played basketball and was a cheerleader at the high school. She went on to earn a degree in home economics at Simmons College in Boston and then went to work for Public Service, Gas and Electric (PSE&G) in Patterson N.J., demonstrating to homemakers how to bake successfully with a gas oven. It was while living in Montclair, N.J. that she met Harrison “Harry” Pearce on a ski trip to Vermont. He said, “When I heard her laugh, I had to meet her.”

Andy and Harry married in 1951 and she remained his devoted wife for 55 years until his death in 2006. Together, back in the 1950s, they built a summer cottage on Mansion Road in Block Island, R.I. that became their primary residence later in life. Over the years, Andy loved to entertain, artfully arrange the flowers Harry grew in the garden and make incredible meals, always trying new recipes and refining the best ones. She loved people, kept in touch with friends from every chapter of her busy life and was active in every community where she lived. Her pies, her laughter and her warm welcome will always be fondly remembered by many.

Along with her recipes, Andy’s unfailing cheerleading and deep love for her family are a legacy she leaves to her two children, Harrison (“Trip”) Pearce and Nadine (“Deanie”) Pearce, their spouses, Debbie and Alan, and her four grandchildren, Anna and Adrian Pearce and Trevor and Grace Jones. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Andy’s life will be held on Block Island on June 15. Those who wish may donate in her memory to the Block Island Rescue Squad or the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer fund.