June 26, 2013

Obituaries 6/26/13

Obit VanSchoick 6-26-13Gordon A. VanSchoick, Sr.

Gordon A. VanSchoick, Sr., 92, of Bushkill Township, formerly of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Muhlenberg Campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Mildred F. (Hughes) VanSchoick with whom he shared 71 years of marriage last November. Born in Robbinsville, on September 30, 1920, he was the son of the late Rosteen and Mary Etta (Conover) VanSchoick. During World War II, Gordon honorably served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Buckingham in the Pacific Theater. Prior to his retirement in 1986, he was employed by Scherer Corp. in Somerset, N.J. where he worked in the building/maintenance department for 10 years. Previously, Gordon worked in the plumbing and boiler industry for more than 40 years as a journeyman plumber. He enjoyed gardening and raising tomatoes, as well as wood crafting and cars. Most importantly, Gordon loved and cherished his family, and will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed.In addition to his wife, Mildred, he is survived by his children; sons, Gordon A. Jr. and his wife, Mary of Whaleyville, Va.; David R. and his wife, Nancy with whom he resided; Herbert B. and his wife, Nancy of Lancaster, Pa.; Thomas A. of Hillsborough; and William J. of Bronx, N.Y.; daughters, Marjorie Christiansen and her husband, Robert of Princeton; and Susan Packowski and her husband, Robert of New Orleans, La; thirteen (13) grandchildren; thirteen (13) great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Edith Bellis and Emma Atkinson.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in the Greenwood Cemetery, 1800 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton. There were no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., Moorestown—Bath, Pa.

Contributions may be made in memory of Gordon to the RBC Ministries, P.O. Box 2222 Grand Rapids, Mich., 49501.


Winston Bennett WatnikWinston Bennett Watnik, 59, passed away on Sunday, June 23 in Princeton. He was born on December 26, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Winston attended Franconia College in New Hampshire, where he studied Theater Arts. He graduated from the Chubb Insurance Institute in Summit, N.J., where he learned multiple programming languages. He then began a dual career as an expert software developer and a pension fund investment consultant. Winston was a longtime resident of SoHo, N.Y., before moving to Princeton in 1990. He headed Watnik & Son, a financial consulting firm, with offices in the Empire State Building and in Princeton. As a means of bringing computers into elementary school classrooms, Winston founded the Princeton Desk Company.

Winston shared his love of Hawaii with his family. He instilled a deep appreciation of the arts in his children. Winston was an avid fan of jazz and reggae music. His appreciation of reggae originated from his trip to Jamaica with his wife Mona, where he met Bob Marley’s mother and visited the musician’s tomb.

He was the son of Bette Ignatin and Morton Watnik. Winston is survived by his wife Mona Dabbagh Watnik, his children Zoe, Richard, and Lily, and by his brother, Webster Watnik.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Winston’s honor to the Franconia College Legacy Fund, 8489-1 New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 37 Pleasant Street Concord, N.H. 03301.


Memorial Service

Friends of Angie Austin are invited to come together to share company and remembrances with family and friends on Saturday, June 29 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Call (609) 915-2010 for details.