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Vol. LXIV, No. 52
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
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Obituaries

Stanley J. Pazdan

Lillian R. Patterson

Edith M. Martin

Loraine E. England

Barbara G. Schoenberg


Stanley J. Pazdan

Stanley Joseph Pazdan, 93, died on December 24. Born on July 11, 1917, in Trenton, N.J. where he lived until enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps, he moved to Princeton in 1948 and married Margaret E. Carroll at Trinity Church, where he remained a longtime member. He worked for the Princeton Post Office for 38 years.

After enlisting in the Marine Corps on March 2, 1942, he was immediately sent to Parris Island S.C. following duty at Camp Lejeune N.C. Shipped to the South Pacific Area with the 3rd Marine, 3rd battalion as a heavy machine gun crewman, he participated in action against the enemy at Bougainville, British Solomon Islands. He also served in Guadalcanal and Guam and was honorably discharged at Camp Lejeune on September 12, 1945.

A member of the American Legion Post 76 of Princeton for 25 years and a member of the Princeton BPOE No.2129 for 33 years, he was also a member of VFW and DAV. He and his wife enjoyed traveling with the Get-Away Club of Princeton whose members will remember his dry humor.

One of nine children, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Pazdan and brother of the late John, Frank, Edward, Josephine, Lottie, Helen, and Stella. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret Carroll Pazdan of Princeton; a sister, Stephanie of Morrisville, Pa.; a son, Robert, of Norway, Maine; a daughter, Peggy, of Hamilton; a granddaughter; two great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Thursday December 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. The funeral follows at noon at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton. Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Health Care Ministry of Princeton, PO Box 1517 Princeton 08542-1517.

Lillian R. Patterson

Lillian R. Patterson, 101, of Princeton, died peacefully Sunday, December 26, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she moved to Princeton, where she resided most of her life. More recently, she resided with her daughter in Griggstown. She was married 55 years to her late husband, Laurence “Pat” Patterson, who was former tax collector for Princeton Borough. Employed in the circulation department of the Firestone Library of Princeton University, she was a member of the Princeton Chapter of O.E.S. #96 and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Princeton, sponsored by Red Cross of Princeton. She was the oldest living member of Trinity Church of Rocky Hill.

Predeceased by her husband and her brothers Clarence, George, and Philip Rodefeld, she is survived by two daughters Barbara Davall and Janet P. Smith, six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held 11 a.m., Friday, December 31, 2010 at Trinity Church, Crescent Avenue, Rocky Hill. Burial will follow in Trinity All-Saints’ Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Church of Rocky Hill Memorial Fund, Box 265, Crescent Ave., Rocky Hill, N.J. 08553. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

Edith M. Martin

Edith Matthews Martin, 86, died on December 26, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on September 16, 1924, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up in Milwaukee and in Winter Park, Florida.

After attending the Graham-Eckes High School in Palm Beach, Florida, she graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 1947. She also attended graduate school at Tufts University, where she studied Early Childhood Education. She then taught at The Nursery School for Faculty Children at The University of Illinois in Urbana.

In 1952 she met Henry Martin. They married in June of 1953 and for 46 years lived in Princeton, New Jersey, where they raised their two daughters and she taught nursery school at All Saints’ Church for many years, and was a longtime volunteer with the Friends of the Princeton Public Library, with Princeton Small Animal Rescue League/SAVE, and at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

In 1998 the couple moved to Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pa. Edie was predeceased by her parents Gertrude Palmer and Rudy Dole Matthews, and her brother Stephen Dole Matthews. In addition to her husband, Henry, she is survived by her daughters, Ann Martin of Shokan, N.Y., and Jane Martin McGrath of New York City; her brother Richard P. Matthews of Ewing; one grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Pennswood Village at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Mission of Pennswood Village, c/o Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, Pa., 18940-2401; to Princeton Small Animal Rescue League/SAVE, c/o 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton 08540; or to a charity of one’s choosing.

Loraine E. England

Loraine Edwards England, 93, died on December 21 at her daughter’s home. Born and raised in Rutherford, N.J., she had been a resident of Princeton since 2000. Her career spanned 20 years with American Telephone and Telegraph (ATT). She was a retired Board Member of Passaic Analytical Laboratories. Wife of the late Richard Grant England, she is survived by her children, Anne Frances England, Elizabeth England Blair, and Richard William England; and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ione Edwards Henzel.

A private pilot, she was an active supporter of the communities in which she lived. Besides being a third generation member of the Passaic Valley Garden Club, she served on the boards of the YWCA, the Passaic Turners, and the Children’s Day Nursery. At Windrows, her home in Princeton, she served on the editorial staff of the community’s newsletter. She was an inspiration to many and will be greatly missed by family and friends. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the care of Dr. John Hagaman, Dr. Pamela Barton, and Princeton Hospice.

A celebration of her life will be held at Old Green Farm, 96 Woosamonsa Road, Pennington, in the New Year on Saturday, January 22. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton 08540, or to the Meadowlands Museum, 91 Crane Avenue, Rutherford, N.J. 07070.

Barbara G. Schoenberg

Barbara G. Schoenberg, 84, a longtime resident of the Littlebrook neighborhood of Princeton, died on December 23.

Born in New York, she grew up in West Hartford, Conn. She attended the University of Connecticut and Trinity College. and in 1954 she married Franklyn Schoenberg.

She and her family moved to Princeton in 1963. After earning a degree in interior design and working in the field for several years, she worked at Princeton University and Princeton Hospital. She also became active in the Princeton Senior Resource Center, taking art and aerobics classes there into her early 80s.

In her younger years, she and her husband led an active social life. They were excellent ballroom dancers. and enjoyed playing bridge. They travelled throughout the U.S. and Europe and especially liked travelling to Rockport, Mass. during the summer. With her lifelong love for cooking and baking, she became well known for her fruit breads and coffee cakes, which became a staple at the Alchemist & Barrister’s Sunday brunch. Mostly though, she enjoyed the Princeton community and her many friends.

In 2010 she sold her Dodds Lane residence, moving in July to Boca Raton, Florida, where she died peacefully in hospice care. She is survived by her children, Carol of Park Slope, Brooklyn, and Ken of Delray Beach, Florida, and four grandchildren.

The burial was Dec. 26 at King David Cemetery in Putnam Valley, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Princeton Senior Resource Center, www.princetonsenior.org.

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