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Sarah Grimshaw Hand

July 24, 1923 ~ December 18, 2023 (age 100) 100 Years Old



Sarah Grimshaw Hand, 100, of Wyckoff, passed away on December 18, 2023.

Devoted mother to son Thomas Bonney Hand, Jr. of Midland Park, NJ, daughters Barbara Grimshaw Hand of Midland Park, NJ, Hilary Hand Murphy (Shawn) of Frederick, MD and Jane Bonney Hand of Red Bank, NJ.  Beloved sister of Martha Grimshaw Bivens and beloved Aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Sarah (known as Sally) was born in Altoona, Pa. to Frederick George Grimshaw and Jessica McEnery Grimshaw on July 24, 1923.   She and her five siblings had a wonderful childhood, surrounded by love.   On May 1, 1954 Sally married Thomas Bonney Hand of Paterson, NJ and they began raising a family in Ridgewood NJ, where they lived for 35 years before moving to Wyckoff.   Sally was a proud member of the Ridgewood Woman’s Club for many years, and an active volunteer at The Depot, Kurth Cottage at Valley Hospital and at her children’s schools.    Sally and Tom enjoyed traveling and after Tom’s retirement, spent many happy years going on trips and attending various social events with the Ridgewood Hobbyists.

Sally’s favorite pastimes included playing Bridge, which she enjoyed up to her death, frequenting the Ridgewood, Midland Park and Wyckoff Libraries, as she had a lifelong love of reading, and spending time with her cherished children and friends.   She was an avid animal and nature lover, and in her later years loved taking walks at Russell Farms Community Park.  

Kind, compassionate, gracious and graceful she will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 20th at the Chapel in West Side Presbyterian Church, 6 South Monroe Street, Ridgewood NJ at 11AM, followed by a reception in the Narthex of the Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider a donation in her honor to your favorite animal charity, or to West Bergen Mental Healthcare at 120 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood NJ 07450, attention Barbara Hand (


Celebration of Life
January 20, 2024

11:00 AM
West Side Presbyterian Church
65 Monroe Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450


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