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Obituaries 5/1/13

Josephine Marie Giordano

Josephine Marie Giordano, 68, of Skillman died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at home, surrounded by her loving family. Born in New York City, she resided in Skillman for the past 18 years. She was a graduate of Brooklyn College. Daughter of the late Carlo and Eleanor Genovese Barbara, she is survived by her loving husband of 47 years Vincent R. Giordano, 2 sons Vincent Giordano and Carl Giordano (his wife Laura and her daughter Julia), and a daughter Dr. Christina DiVenti (her husband Michael and their daughters Katherine and Emily), a brother Dr. Joseph Barbara (his wife Paula), a sister Bridget Voorand (her late husband Aadu), a sister in law Elizabeth Schambach (her husband Charles), and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.

Josephine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to all who loved her dearly. The joys of her life were her granddaughters Katie and Emily who will always love and remember their beloved Nana and all she meant to them. Josephine’s memory will forever bring a smile to all who knew her and to whom she was always so caring and generous. Josephine was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church, Skillman. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated there on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. Burial followed in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Basking Ridge. Friends were able to call on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. In Lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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Robert Benjamin Hearne

Robert Benjamin Hearne, 75, died on April 17,2013, after a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Hollywood, Calif., Bob grew up in Coalinga, Calif. and graduated from Pomona College, Claremont, Calif., where he starred on the rugby and baseball teams. Arriving in Princeton in 1967, Bob was a long time Princeton area resident. In 2002, he and his wife, Susan, moved to Hightstown.

Following his involvement in the early developmental days of computer programming at the Defense Department, IBM, David Sarnoff Research, and Booz Allen Hamilton, Bob had a long, creative, entrepreneurial career as a computer software designer. He founded multiple independent companies in the computer-publishing field and was a consultant to several New Jersey companies.

Bob was widely known for his infamously pun-filled and sometimes irreverent sense of humor, grand tales, and mischievous antics. A fixture in many local tennis leagues, Bob relished his time playing USTA tennis, the Mercer County leagues, and the crack-of-dawn Bucks County weekly games. He was a fierce competitor and played on numerous teams that won local and regional tournaments.

Whether flying his airplane to off-the-beaten-track spots in the Caribbean, treasure hunting, or midnight Scuba diving, Bob was a man of adventure. On a lark, he showed up with his best friend, Joel Felsher, and over a thousand others, for the casting of extras for the local filming of the movie “IQ” in 1994. Bob landed the role of Walter Matthau’s stand-in, dressing as Albert Einstein every day.

Ever curious, Bob sought new challenges and enjoyed learning new things. With a can-do attitude, Bob spent much time in recent years remodeling, restoring, and fixing up things at home.

An extraordinarily positive individual, Bob was a champion for persons with disabilities and served on the Enable Board of Trustees for more than 15 years in many capacities. Enable is a nonprofit charity devoted to helping New Jersey men and women with chronic disabilities and elderly persons live as independently as possible in local communities.

In addition to his wife, Susan Nation, he is survived by his daughter and daughter-in-law, Shelley Hearne and Kathleen Welch of Washington, D.C., his daughter and son-in-law, Alexandra and Doug Jackson of Hillsborough, and two grandchildren, Zoe and Ella Jackson, his stepson, Anthony Fraser of Brooklyn, N.Y., mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary and Paul Nation of Vero Beach, Fla., sister-in-law, Beth Nation of Hopkinton, Mass., niece Hannah Soifer of Hopkinton, Mass., nephew Alex Soifer of Hollywood, Calif., and brother-in-law, Adam Nation of Pittsburgh, Pa. His former wife and mother of his two daughters, Pamela Jardine of Princeton, also survives him, as do the many friends made over the course of a life well lived. He will live on forever in our hearts and minds and we miss him greatly.

Bob’s family extends a huge thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Capital Health Medical Center, Hopewell for the exceptional care and extraordinary kindness they gave to Bob and to all of us. We will be forever grateful.

A memorial gathering to celebrate Bob’s life will be held on June 9, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Princeton Airport, Princeton, N.J.

Contributions in Bob’s memory may be sent to: Enable, Inc., 13 Roszel Road, Suite B110, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or may be made by going to Enable’s website at www.enablenj.org.

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Susan L. Horowitz

Susan L. Horowitz, age 66 years, of Belle Mead, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in the Princeton Medical Center, in Plainsboro.

Born in Perth Amboy on October 9, 1946, daughter of the late Joseph and Eileen Greenspan Klegman, she had formerly resided in Ringoes, then in Princeton, for seven years and had resided in Belle Mead for 36 years.

A graduate of Rider University, she was formerly a teacher at the New Grange School, Princeton and then taught at Bridge Academy in Lawrenceville.

Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Ronald S. Horowitz; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Santina Horowitz of Newport, R.I., and Daniel and Debra Horowitz of Hopewell; two grandchildren, Judd and Sela Horowitz; and a brother and sister-in-law, Barry and Dyanne Klegman of Newton, Mass.

Graveside services were held on Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Flemington Jewish Community Cemetery, Capner Street, Flemington, N.J., under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation, 64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, N.J. 08553. For further information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.holcombefisher.com.

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