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Vol. LXIV, No. 42
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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Christine Otis

Richard A. Kelting

Rosa L. Pemberton

Joseph Fath

Mary H. Borger

Christine Otis

Christine Otis

Christine Otis, 60, of Rocky Hill Borough, died October 4 of breast cancer, having fought the disease for 10 years.

Born on the island of Langeland, Denmark, she grew up in the Princeton area. She graduated from Princeton Day School in 1968, and then was awarded a Masters of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973. She also received a degree in interior design from the Parsons School of Design in New York City, and more recently, received a certificate in Feng Shui.

She worked as an architect and graphic designer in New York and in 1992 moved back to the area when she bought her house in Rocky Hill.

In the Princeton area, she worked at the Catering Company and at Main Street in Kingston, later running her own catering business called Good Cookin. She also traveled to France and developed an interest in photography, participating in a number of local exhibits.

Preceded in death by her mother, Grete Otis; she is survived by her father, Dr. William F. Otis and his wife, Daniella Bittman; and her brother, Kim Augustus Otis.

Richard A. Kelting

Richard Aubrey Kelting, 97, of Princeton, died in his sleep on October 8.

Born in Staten Island, N.Y., he lived in Centerbrook, Conn., and Port St. Lucie, Fla. before moving to Princeton seven years ago. He worked as a purchasing agent for Uarco, Inc. for 30 years before retiring in 1975.

His true passion was his music. An accomplished and dedicated musician, he played the viola and violin in the New London and Treasure Coast symphonies as well as the violin and bass in dance bands.

Preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Eunice; he is survived by his sons, Richard and Donald; his daughter, Harriet Anzek; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

The family held a small private service to honor Richard and his life. His wonderful love of life and kindness will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

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

Rosa L. Pemberton

Rosa L. Pemberton

Rosa Lee Pemberton, 95, of Little Rocky Hill, died October 14 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong resident and member of The First Baptist Church.

The daughter of the late Phaton and Celia Carraway; wife of the late John S. Pemberton; and mother of the late Lauretta A. Wallace; she is survived by her sons, Alfred Ra’off, Logan Pemberton, Charles Pemberton, Daryl Pemberton; and her daughters, Cheryl Sistrunk, Francelia Tucker, Andrea Pemberton-Fowler, and Kathy Pemberton-Bradley.

Funeral services were held October 19 at First Baptist Church, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. Interment was in Franklin Memorial Park, N. Brunswick.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.

Joseph Fath

Joseph Fath, 85, of Princeton, died October 10.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, he was a Princeton resident for the past 25 years.

A graduate of Cornell University, he was a chemical industry executive for 50 years before retiring.

He was the former president of The Jewish Center and served as a trustee at Greenwood House, People and Stories, Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University, and The Jewish Federation of Princeton, Mercer Bucks.

The co-founder of the Jewish Community Campus Development Committee, he served as an advisor at Princeton University Council for Program and Judaic Studies. He was the author of In Full View.

He enjoyed painting and recently exhibited at The Jewish Center. He has been honored by The American Jewish Committee and The Jewish Center for lifetime achievements.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Schreiber Fath; two sons, Daniel and Jon Fath; two daughters, Rebecca Singer and Deborah Fath; seven grandchildren; and one great grandson.

Funeral services were held October 12 at The Jewish Center and burial followed at Princeton Cemetery.

The period of mourning was observed at the Fath residence in Princeton. The family respectfully requests that memorial contributions may be offered to one of the organizations listed above.

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

Mary H. Borger

Mary H. Borger, 100, formerly of Princeton, died October 6 at her residence in Monroe Village, Monroe Township (Jamesburg), N.J.

Born in Lancaster, Pa., she attended Wilson College and later joined her father in a family owned apparel store in Lancaster. She moved to Princeton in 1937 and then to Monroe Village in 1988.

Her late husband, Richard, taught for 38 years at Princeton High School and became head of the commercial department. She worked in the accounting section of Educational Testing Service when it first opened on Nassau Street. In 1956 she was secretary to the manager of the Princeton University Student Center and worked in the University Food and Dormitories Department for 20 years before retiring in 1996.

A volunteer for the University Medical Center at Princeton, she was also a former member of the Medical Center’s Auxiliary, a member of the Princeton Women’s Club, and the Present Day Club.

Predeceased by her son, Richard; she is survived by her son, Thomas P. Borger of New York City; four grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

Private services with burial at Princeton Cemetery are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. Please visit TheKimbleFuneral to extend condolences and share memories in the guest book.

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