The Zerbe Family
721 Waverly Road
The Zerbes lived nearby to my family in the Willard School part of Ridgewood. After all the boys were safely out of the house they moved to Hilton Head Island, SC and then to Florida. My family followed the same trail and we’ve remain connected all these years.
I can safely say that Mrs. Zerbe’s Mom was one of the best babysitters my younger brother and I ever had. (Babysitter is a quaint term for the person left in charge of the kids while the parents took a much needed vacation without them.)
By the time Mrs Schwab was our babysitter we were no longer babies. In fact, my older brother Peter was enrolled in prep school at Andover and only my brother Don and I were left in her charge. She knew boys very well from having 4 grandsons living nearby. Doug was my age and used to ask me in Junior High School how I liked having his grandmother in charge. I would sheepishly say she was fine. We always minded her and she never had to raise her voice to keep us in line. My own grandmother had taught us the lessons of respect for our elders so nothing changed.