August 7, 2013

Obituaries 8/7/13

obit HillJune Lorraine Hill

June Lorraine Hill, 91, passed away quietly on Friday, July 26 at her home on Morgan Place in Princeton.

A good wife, loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother, June was loved and appreciated by all who knew her. June is survived by her husband Paul Hill, her son Dan and his wife Norma Hill of Doylestown, son and daughter-in-law Mark and Beth Hill of Hopewell, five grandchildren Ryan, Braden along with his wife Blair, Rebecca, their mother Maggi, Caitrin and her husband Matt, and Ellen. June also had two great-grandsons, Alessandro and Abram.

She has left every member of her family with so many fond and wonderful memories; such as the year she baked 400 loaves of her famous banana bread to sell at Hill’s Market on Witherspoon Street (the family run grocery store that delivered and sold groceries and gourmet foods for 69 years). It is the best tasting bread that you could ever imagine. Thank goodness she wrote down the recipe! She was a fine baker.

June was born on June 4, 1922 in Simla, Colorado to parents Henry and Melissa Snell. They lived 5 miles away in the town of Ramah (population 150) amid the cattle ranch country of the high plains. She grew up there with her brother Vincent and sisters Juanita and Marcheta, graduating from Ramah High School. In the early 1940s, she moved to Westwood Village, California. She attended Sawyer’s Business College, a short walk from her Aunt and Uncle’s home where she stayed. After graduating, she worked as a bank teller in Hollywood. Luckily for Paul, she was not the type to flirt back with any of the stars that frequented her teller window at the bank. She was and remained beautiful up to her death.

Paul and June met each other one evening at a VFW dance held for servicemen in June 1944. She was surrounded by a group of soldiers and to get rid of them Paul shouted, “hey look, they brought out the food!” They were married in October of that year in Beverly Hills where they lived before returning to Paul’s hometown of Princeton. They had almost 69 years of wonderful marriage.

We will all miss June. Her warmth and kind, gentle bearing made everyone who knew her, love her. There will be a private graveside memorial at Princeton Cemetery led by Liz Cohen LCSW.

Friends, please join us at the Springdale Golf Club, 1895 Clubhouse Drive in Princeton, on Sunday, August 18 at 4 p.m. to help celebrate her life.

Arrangements made through the kind auspices of the Blackwell Memorial Home.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton-Hightstown Road in Princeton Junction.


Pamela S. Enslin

Pam lost her yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. She was 73 years old and a 42 year resident of Princeton, NJ. Pam is survived by Bill, her husband of 43 years; her son Jeff; Bill’s children, Bill Jr., Laurie and Melissa; and her eight grandchildren: Tim, Scott, Caelen, Matthew, Dylan, Jeremy, Charlee and Dexter.  She has a brother Tell on Bainbridge Island and sisters; Antonia and Monica in Bucks County, Pa. and Laura in Carmel, Ca.

After graduating from Penn State, Pam worked in Microbiology first at the Wistar Institute, University of Pennsylvania and then at Cook College, Rutgers University.  Pam was active in the Princeton community, serving for many years as the Municipal Chair of the Democratic Party.  During her tenure as Municipal Chair, she played a key role in helping the local Democratic Party regain control of Princeton Township, which it still maintains today.  Pam was also an active supporter and contributor to the Senior Resource Center in Princeton.  Pam’s commitment to both the Princeton Democratic Party and the Senior Resource Center was often on display as she had a special knack and creative flair for organizing and designing events for these organizations.

There was a commemorative gathering at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton on Sunday, August 4 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  A brief memorial service took place at 4 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Princeton Senior Resource Center would be greatly appreciated.


Sybil Hargraves

Sybil Hargraves, 81, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013, with loving family by her side.

Sybil was born and raised in South Africa, where she met her future husband, Robert Hargraves.  They were married in London in 1955 and moved to the United States, settling first in Washington, D.C., before moving to Princeton in 1961.

In addition to raising three daughters, Sybil worked in various positions at Princeton University and in the community.  Wherever she worked, people were drawn to her graciousness and warmth. The family lived overseas on three year-long sabbaticals – in Germany, South Africa, and India – and they traveled and camped together across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Sybil became an avid golfer, and Rob and Sybil were active members of Springdale Golf Club for more than thirty years.  Sybil loved movies and books, and did the New York Times crossword puzzle every day.  She loved her family and her home, 747 The Great Road, and hosted great parties and weddings there, welcoming many guests and friends over the years.  Sybil stayed connected with family and friends around the world, including her beloved niece and friend Noralee in England.

Sybil was the daughter of Vera and Jock Sinclair. She is predeceased by her loving husband, Robert, and her sister, Catherine Herber. She is survived by her three daughters, Monica Hargraves, Allison Hargraves, and Colleen Guimes; four grandchildren, Hillary and Jack Hargraves-Dix, and Isabel and William Gephart; sons-in-law John Dix, Andrew Guimes, and John Gephart; and niece and nephew Sandra and Gary Herber.  Her grandchildren were a particular source of pride and joy.  Many people loved Sybil.  She had a way of making everyone feel loved, interesting, and welcome.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in Sybil’s name to the charity or cause of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home,


Obit Gatt 8-7-13Sandra Joy Gatt

Sandra Joy Gatt, 51, of Skillman, NJ went to heaven on August 2, 2013.  She passed away peacefully at home surrounded and loved by her family.

Sandy was born on June 11, 1962 in Chicago, IL to Andy and Janet Piscatelli.  She graduated, valedictorian, from Holmdel High School in 1980. She received a BA from Dartmouth College in 1984 and then received her MD from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1988.  She completed a residency in general surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then completed a residency in plastic surgery at The University of Southern California.  Sandy married Charles Gatt on April 6, 1991.

Sandy was a plastic surgeon, practicing in the Princeton area.  She was a kind and compassionate doctor who was truly loved by her patients.  She was a devoted mother, wife and daughter.  She was the team mother for Pop Warner Football and volunteered to help in all of her children’s sports.  She could always be heard on the sidelines cheering on the teams.  She enjoyed gardening, baking for her family, skiing and most of all spending time at home with her family.

Sandy is survived by her husband Charles and sons CJ and Taylor and dog Mattie, of Skillman, NJ; Parents Andy and Janet Piscatelli of Holmdel, NJ; Sister Pam Faber of Virginia Beach, VA; Brother Drew Piscatelli of Neptune, NJ.  She also is survived by a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins

As a plastic surgeon, Sandy cared for many women with breast cancer. She always expressed her concern for the women who fought the disease without enough family or financial support. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Princeton. You can learn more at

Funeral services will begin on Wednesday, August 7  at 9:15 a.m. at the Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 US Hwy 206, Hillsborough followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Skillman. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in South Amboy. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home.


Reginald William (Bill) Pauley

Reginald William (Bill) Pauley, 86, a resident of Belle Mead for nearly 50 years, died August 1, 2013, after a valiant struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.  He was a loving husband and father, engineer, civic leader and a man of many interests.

Bill was born on January 25, 1927, in South Plainfield and graduated from North Plainfield High School. Growing up within biking distance of Hadley Airport he developed his lifelong love of aviation. Although never a pilot, he served as a mechanic in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After he graduated from Rutgers University, he worked at Curtis Wright Aeronautics.

His interest in automobiles took him to Detroit in 1954 with his new bride, Lois, to work as an engineer for Chrysler Corporation.  He earned a master’s degree in automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute. In 1963 Bill returned to New Jersey to design tools at Ingersoll Rand, receiving 17 patents and the Chairman’s Award for Excellence.  Bill’s fascination with architecture led to his designing his home in Belle Mead where they raised their family. After retirement, he did consulting work and enjoyed several years driving a school bus.

His devotion to his community drew him to more than 35 years of public service to Montgomery Township, where he served as Mayor and two terms on the Township Committee, and on many committees, including the Conservation Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission, Board of Adjustment, Planning Board, and the advisory committee for the design of the Township’s first high school. He also served on the advisory board of the Mary Jacobs Library and was appointed by the Governor to the Delaware Raritan Canal Commission for two terms. Bill loved history, primarily Revolutionary War and especially local.  He was a founder, president twice, and trustee for many years of the Van Harlingen Historical Society.

Bill was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton since 1965. He cared deeply about social justice and civil rights and was actively engaged in those causes. Bill took pleasure in classical music, opera and art, and was an avid photographer.  His family and friends loved his dry wit, thirst for knowledge and kind and generous spirit.

Bill is survived by Lois, his wife of more than 58 years; son, David and his wife Sue; daughters Ann and her partner Ann Wroth, and Joan Corella and her husband Joe; and grandchildren: Michael and Claire Pauley and Jay and Jensen Corella.  He is also survived by his older brother Robert and twin brother Phillip, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for the fall.