September 5, 2012

Obituaries 9/5/12

Nathan G. Hand

Nathan Hand died Sunday, September 2, 2012 in Princeton, after a brief illness. He was 103 years old. He had lived a long and full life as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, a respected lawyer, and an avid outdoorsman.

He was born Nathan Gadalia Kleinhandler on September 21, 1908, in New York City, the youngest child of Alter and Civia Kleinhandler. He attended schools in Brooklyn and studied law at St. John’s, and worked in a variety of jobs in the city, including driving a taxi, owning a candy factory, and running a machine shop as part of the Manhattan Project during World War II. Tired of urban life, he moved to the Catskills in the late 1940s, where he built and operated a bungalow colony in Bushville and started a private law practice. For many years, he was a lawyer in Monticello, New York, serving as director of Sullivan County Legal Services in the late 1960s, and continuing to practice into his late 90s. He also was involved in various civic, sporting, and charitable organizations. In 2005, he moved to Acorn Glen in Princeton, where he made new friends who appreciated his youthful spirit and feisty personality.

He was blessed with an adventurous, indomitable mind and body. He hunted, fished, swam, water-skied, downhill skied, biked, and played tennis and golf. As a young man, he drove a fast 1918 Indian motorcycle through the streets of Brooklyn, and he survived a multi-day coma following a car crash in the 1930s. He was active in the ski patrol and competed in senior downhill ski races into his 80s. He became an airplane pilot at age 65, and enjoyed telling the story of the time when he made an emergency landing on a highway in Pennsylvania after running low on fuel.

His wife, Frances, died in 2005. He is survived by his daughter, Susanne Hand, of Princeton; his grandsons, Rafe Kinsey and Alex Kinsey; his son-in-law, David Kinsey; and several nieces and nephews.

The service was held on Tuesday, September 4 at 2 p.m. at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway in Monticello, N.Y. Rabbi Endre Stamler will officiate.

Burial will be held in the Brotherhood Cemetery in Monticello.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Jewish World Service,; or Ultimate Peace,


Martha L. Kennedy

Martha Larsen Kennedy, RN, BSN, MA, 73, former nurse manager at Princeton Medical Center, died August 27, in Suwanee, Ga., after a long illness.

She was the beloved wife for 52 years of Deacon Patrick Kennedy and mother of Kate, of Bordentown N.J., Andrew, of Suwanee, and Bryan, of Fredricksburg, Va. A daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, and grandchildren, Larsen, 14, and Alden, 12, are at home in Suwanee.

Calling hours will be held at the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, 202 Stockton Street, Hightstown, Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, Hightstown. Burial will take place in Alexandria, Va, on Sept.8.


Elizabeth G. Bennett

Elizabeth Gant Bennett, originally of Burlington, N.C., age 96, died peacefully in her sleep at home on August 29, 2012.

Beloved wife of the late Judge Clifton Clement Bennett, Jr.; devoted mother of Elizabeth Bennett Blue and her husband Richard F. Blue, Jr.; and dear grandmother of Alexandra Blue, Wendelin Blue and Elizabeth Bennett Blue.

In 1992, Elizabeth moved to the Brightwood Retirement Community in Lutherville, Md. to be near her family after having lived in Princeton for 40 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gant-Bennett Scholarship, an endowed fund Elizabeth created in loving memory of her late husband, Clifton C. Bennett, Jr., at the UNC Law Foundation, Campus Box 3382, Suite 235, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599.

Arrangements are by the family owned Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc., Baltimore, Md.


Doris M. Galick

Doris May Galick, (nee Vandewater), age 83, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Acorn Glen Assisted Living Residence in Princeton.

Born in Princeton, Doris was a lifelong resident. She was a 1947 graduate of Princeton High School and had worked as a secretary at Rutgers University. Doris will be missed and loved by all who came to know her as a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, beloved sister, aunt, cousin, and faithful friend who had a gift for cooking and baking that was enjoyed by everyone.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, James L. Vandewater Sr. and Anna Vandewater, and is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert J. Galick; her daughter, Deborah A. Dalton and her husband Robert J.; her grandsons, Michael Geoffrey and Matthew Robert; her brother, James L. Vandewater Jr., his wife, Elizabeth and their family; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home, 71 E. Prospect Street, Hopewell, N.J. 08525 with Dr. Carter A. Smith officiating.

Interment will follow in Highland Cemetery, Hopewell.

Calling hours will be Thursday, September 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the memorial home.

Memorial contributions in Doris’s name may be made to the Hospice Program of Princeton Home Care Services.