Alison Weise Beers of Pennington dies at 52

Alison Weise Beers of Pennington passed away at home on Saturday, March 16 surrounded by her adored sons Augie and Andrew and family after a valiant battle with glioblastoma. She was 52.

Alison was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, and was raised in the Cincinnati, Ohio suburb of Mariemont, with a four-year stop in Brussels, Belgium. A graduate of The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, she attended St. John’s International School in Brussels. After high school, Alison headed to Washington, D.C., and Trinity College, where she graduated with a degree in business administration and captained the croquet team. Washington, D.C. held many great memories for Alison, as she enjoyed all that the city offered with her lifelong Trinity girlfriends (and maybe some boys as well). She interned at CNN while in college, then worked in the office of Rep. Rob Portman for several years after graduation, and enjoyed many memorable moments with her uncle and aunt, Richard and Pam Hinds. It is also the city where she found love with Augie and Andrew’s father, her ex-husband, Patrick Beers.

After a short stint living in Boston and working for the Massachusetts State Police, Alison settled in Pennington, her beloved home for the past 25 years. Never one to sit still, Alison embraced the local community and became very involved with The Stony Brook Garden Club and Trinity Counseling Services, where she co-chaired the annual Bastille Day Ball several times (wow, those were some fun evenings!). Garden Club was a source of great enjoyment and pride for Alison, as she loved to surround herself and others with brightly colored and fragrant flowers. She could identify and name most flowers by sight and enjoyed the company and passion of her fellow club members. A great frustration for Alison in the last few months of her life was that glioblastoma gradually took her sight, and thus her ability to see the brightly colored flowers that always surrounded her.

Bringing friends and family together was another great enjoyment of Alison’s and she continually did just that and entertained at home with home-cooked dinners. These gatherings were also opportunities for Alison to wear some of the many outfits and shoes which she took great pleasure in finding and collecting. She certainly did her best to help keep the global economy humming.

Alison’s greatest pride and source of enjoyment was her boys, Augie and Andrew. Fiercely protective of them, she loved nothing more than trying to provide a perfect home environment so they could flourish in the pursuit of their passions without worry. Andrew’s woodworking and Augie’s golf are among her great prides. Their annual family trip to the shore was a highlight of the summer.

Alison would not yield to the challenging diagnosis she received in March 2022 and continued to live an active life while undergoing regular and frequent treatment (about which she never complained). In particular, 2023 was a busy year for Alison as she competed in (and completed) the Charleston Half Marathon in January, proudly got to see Augie and Andrew achieve important milestones and graduate from college and high school, respectively in May, took a family trip to Rome and Venice in June, spent the month of July in Avalon, took a trip with friends to Capri in September, a girls trip to New Orleans in October, one last visit to beloved Charleston in December and visited Vero Beach for the last time over the New Year. Alison would not yield until that darned disease overwhelmed her. Remember that stubborn fight if you recall nothing else about Alison.

Predeceased in death by her loving father, Frank Weise, III, Alison is survived by her sons, Augie and Andrew; her mother, Debbie Weise of Haverford, Pennsylvania and Vero Beach, Florida; her brother, Frank Weise, IV (Aimee) of Wayne, Pennsylvania and adored nieces, Grace, Olivia and Kathryn Weise. Alison is also survived by her ex-husband, Patrick Beers; Beau, her rescued Lab, and Stormy and Cheddar, her rescued cats, always at her bedside.

Funeral services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton on Monday, March 25th at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to either SAVE Homeless Animal Shelter in Skillman where Alison found the other love of her life, her friendly and loved Labrador Retriever, Beau; or the Princeton Nursery School which provides preschool education opportunities for families in need, and where Alison volunteered time and treasure.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.