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Vol. LXIII, No. 21
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Daniel Gottlieb

Abe Liebmann

Evelyn M. Diviaio

Sumner B. Irish

William J. McCarthy

Daniel Gottlieb

Daniel Gottlieb, 82, of Lighthouse Point, Fla., formerly of Lawrenceville, died May 16 peacefully at home, due to complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

He was a social activist and former professor at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., he was a graduate of City College of New York and earned a master’s in social work from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, where he met and married Alicia Farrell of Providence, R.I. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb settled in Lawrenceville and raised two children, Maura Elizabeth (Betsy) and Christopher. From 1961 to 1967 Mr. Gottlieb was a counselor at the Family Guidance Center of Princeton before becoming a professor at Rutgers. As a widower he moved to West Greenwich Village, where he began a committed relationship with John Fitzpatrick, which continued to his death.

Upon retirement from Rutgers in 1987, he continued his love of teaching, serving as an adjunct professor of social work at NYU, Fordham, and Hunter College.

He had a lifelong love of the arts and became a docent at age 81 for the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, N.Y., where he gave tours to seniors. He had a lifelong commitment to progressive causes and was an activist for the civil rights, peace, and gay rights movements. In the early ’80s he was involved at the start of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City. For the past five years he was a screener with Tuesday’s Angels, a charity that gives emergency financial assistance to those with HIV/AIDS.

He is survived by his son, Christopher, of Houston, Texas; a brother, Kenneth of Hawaii; two grandchildren; and his partner of 30 years, John Fitzpatrick of New York City, Watermill, N.Y., and Lighthouse Point.

A memorial service will be held in Watermill on June 20. For information, contact

Memorial contributions may be sent to Tuesday’s Angels, 2545 East Sunrise Boulevard, PMD 139, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33304.

Abe Liebmann

Abe Liebmann of West Orange died May 21, peacefully in his sleep.

Born in Passaic, he had resided in West Orange since 1952. He attended The Art Students’ League and Cooper Union College, and was a graduate of Pratt Institute, all in New York. His artwork was exhibited in the Montclair Art Museum, as well as galleries and juried shows throughout New York and New Jersey.

Mr. Liebmann served in the medical corps during World War II, where he sculpted prosthetic eyes, ears, and chins for wounded soldiers. After the war, he became owner of Liebmann Gifts, later Broadway Gifts, in downtown Newark.

Mr. Liebmann was married to Gail Liebmann for more than 60 years, and leaves his three children, Robin (Alan) Wallack of Princeton, Rory (Kay) Liebmann of Pepperell, Mass., and Dana Liebmann of Princeton; and five grandchildren.

The funeral service was May 24 in West Orange.

The period of mourning will be continue to be observed today, May 27 at the Wallack residence in Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be offered to Magen David Adom (Israel) or the Gail Liebmann Fund at B’nai Shalom.

Funeral arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing.

Evelyn M. Diviaio

Evelyn Mary Diviaio, 81, of Skillman, died Tuesday, May 26, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Yardville, she was a lifelong Skillman resident, working for many years as a bookkeeper for Hillside Builders, a family business.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Church.

Daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Kurtz) Olszak, mother of the late Gregory A. Diviaio, she is survived by two sons, Guy T. and Gary, and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., Saturday May 30, at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call Friday, May 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Sumner B. Irish

Sumner B. Irish, 91, of Gwynedd, Pa., formerly of Princeton, died May 21 at Foulkeways, Gwynedd. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Hulsce) Irish in 1997.

Born in Fultonsville, N.Y., Mr. Irish was a son of the late Edward and Alice (Burr) Irish. He graduated from Port Jervis High School in New York, then received his degrees in Civil Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. and a master’s degree from Columbia University.

He was a professor who had taught at Princeton University, Clarkson Institute of Technology in Potsdam, N.Y., and West Virginia University, Morgantown. In private enterprise he was active in surveys and mapping.

He was an officer in the U.S. Navy and involved in community affairs. Church was also an important part of his life.

Predeceased also by a daughter, Gladys Irish, and a sister, Helen Watt, he is survived by a son, James S. Irish of Skillman; and two grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on June 4 at 10 a.m. in Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church, 837 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Community Housing Services, 311 North Broad Street, Lansdale, Pa. 19446.

Arrangements are by Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale, Pa.

William J. McCarthy

William J. McCarthy, 76, of Princeton Junction, died Sunday, May 24, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Philadelphia, he was a lifelong Princeton Junction resident. He received a bachelors degree from Rutgers University and a masters degree from Fordham University.

A staff sergeant in the United States Army, he served during the Korean War. He retired after many years of service as a financial manager with the State of New Jersey’s Environmental Protection Agency.

A daily communicant of St. Paul’s Church, he traveled to many Miriam Shrines around the world.

Son of the late James J. and Katherine (Riley) McCarthy, brother of the late John Joseph McCarthy, he is survived by two brothers, Richard McCarthy of Monroe, N.Y., and James R. McCarthy of Hoffman Estates, Ill., two sisters, Joan B. Cave and Carolyn B. Martin, and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday , May 29, at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 or Charity of Donors Choice.

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

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