October 4, 2017

Obituaries 10/4/17

Aline Lenaz

Aline Lenaz, of Princeton died Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro surrounded by her loving family.

Aline earned a bachelor of architecture and master’s of science in city planning from Pratt Institute, N.Y. Her various professional endeavors involved planning for HUD-Philadelphia, NJHMFA, and Princeton University — Office of Physical Planning. At the University she managed the development of Forbes College, Wu Hall, Prospect House Renovation, various student housing projects, and handicap accessibility studies.

Sparked by her creative spirit, Aline imagined and realized her dream to start a mystery bookshop, the Cloak & Dagger, as an encore career. She ran the Princeton bookshop with her husband Gerald, receiving several professional accolades from Mystery Author organizations for programs advancing the mystery writing genre.

She will be fondly remembered by her friends, relatives, and anyone who had the pleasure to know her. She was a “good-time” mom, always planning parties, events, and celebrations and was generous with her love and “can-do/take on the world” attitude.

Daughter of the late Walter and Martha (Salden) Sadowski-Kachuba, she is survived by her husband Gerald C. Lenaz and her son Jerry W. Lenaz.

Friends were asked to call on Monday, October 2, 2017, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton.

Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Salvation Army (https://give.salvationarmyusa.org). A refugee of World War II, Aline always supported organizations that assist families in need.


Ellen Kubacki

Ellen Angelina Battaglia Kubacki, 96, died Tuesday, September, 26, 2017, at her home in Princeton, after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Born in Kenilworth, Mrs. Kubacki was a 40-year resident of the Princeton area, after having lived almost 20 years in Westfield.

Prior to her marriage in 1947, she was privately trained by pathologist, Dr. A.R. Casilli, as a medical technologist. She worked at the Elizabeth General Hospital and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, CDR Edward L. Kubacki, USN, Ret., a professor of engineering and mathematics at Somerset County College; and by six of her seven brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her sister, Josephine Hopkins; her daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Richard Thompson, with whom she resided; her grandson, James Thompson, USAF Academy Class of 2001; and 12 nieces and nephews and their families.

Funeral services will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va. Further information may be obtained from Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton, telephone number (609) 924-0242.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood House Hospice Inc., Lawrenceville and/or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, N.Y.


Janet Rodes Hester

Janet Rodes Hester of Princeton, died peacefully at her home on September 29, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born in Rockford, Illinois to General Peter Powell and Janet Rodes. She was the elder sister to Bette Powell Baldwin and Martha McKeever who predeceased her. She graduated from the University of Kentucky where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She shared a long and happy marriage to James McNaughton Hester former president of New York University, The United Nations University, The New York Botanical Garden, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. They lived in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey. She is survived by her three daughters: Janet Gerrish (Campbell), Meg Giroux (Paul), and Martha Stafford (Philip). She is also survived by seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. Lovely to look at, kind, gracious, charming, and fun, she was beloved by all. A talented hostess, artist, and flower arranger, she loved a good dancer and a dry martini. In addition to being a former president of the Cosmopolitan club, she was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, grandmother and friend. She will live in our hearts forever and be missed by all. At the end of their lives both our parents developed Parkinson’s disease. We ask in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Janet’s memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.

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


Shirley A. Houck

Shirley A. Houck (Cain) 80, daughter of Ruth S. Houck (Borgia), and Harry W. Houck, passed away peacefully in Princeton surrounded by her loving family on September 21, 2017.

Shirley is survived by her children Bambi Hendricks (Wes) of Pipersville, Pa.; Richard Cain (Eileen) of Levittown, Pa; Sandra Cain Hughes of Lawrenceville; and Nancy Godfrey (Tom) of Dallastown, Pa. She is also survived by four brothers, two sisters, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

As a profession, Shirley was a certified nursing assistant, and spent the majority of her life caring for others. The greatest joy in her life was spending time with her family, whether it was at a gathering for a special occasion or a simple phone conversation. She loved being outdoors, gardening, working around the house, jigsaw puzzles, and watching her favorite TV shows and movies. She also had a very artistic side, painted different crafts, and cut out silhouettes as gifts for friends and family. With all the things she loved to do, and her busy schedule, she always made sure she was there to meet her “Breakfast Club” friends every Monday and Thursday mornings. Having breakfast with friends she treasured was so important to her. Lastly, her favorite place to travel was Lake Placid, N.Y., in the Adirondack mountains. To her, this was the most beautiful place in the world.

A memorial service will begin on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542, followed by interment at Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, NJ.

Friends and family may call Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Kit Y. Wong 

Kit Y. Wong (aka Larry), devoted family man, friend, and humanitarian, passed away September 7, 2017 at the age of 89. Friends and relatives are invited to attend his remembrance gathering, October 7, 2 to 4 p.m. at Bear Creek Assisted Living, 291 Village Road East, West Windsor. Kit was born in Da Peng, China, moved to Hong Kong at 3 years, then to Aruba at 9 years. He had two sisters and five half-sisters. Speaking Dutch, Papiamento, and Cantonese, in 1945 he ventured to America to learn English at Blair Academy then attended Lehigh University on a scholarship, getting an engineering degree. He married Jeanette Chien Loo in 1952, started working at Picatinny Arsenal in 1951 moving to Salem Village, Dover, N.J. (later to Princeton Junction). Known for his generous spirit and willingness to help the unfortunate and those suffering abroad, he sponsored and housed at least 14 relatives and 2 Vietnamese boat people (he led New Jersey State protests). He strove to bring stability, strong values, and prosperity through hard-work and education to others. Big-hearted, generous, and devoted to family, Kit was husband of 65 years to Jeanette, and father to Dr. Richard Wong, Dr. Michael Wong, and Lisa D. Wong; with 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A champion bowler, chess, bridge, ping pong, and soccer player; he enjoyed tennis, dancing, all kinds of music, and writing poetry. Possessing a deep appreciation for beauty, feisty passion for life, unyielding determination, and witty sense of humor, he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. From Kit’s simple beginnings in China, his spiritual imprint and legacy of giving will be felt for many generations to follow. May the joy and openness he brought to this world walk with him into his next journey. Arrangements are under the care of Ruby Memorial Home in Hightstown, N.J. For full obituary and donations visit www.rubymemorialhome.com.


William Everett Brown

William Everett Brown, 95, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at his home in Skillman. Bill was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Lily, of 69 years; his half-brother and sister, David Stronach and Diane Stronach Sage; and two step-brothers, Melvin and Harold Stronach.

Born in Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada, the son of Leo and Annie (Springbett) Brown Stronach, Bill was primarily raised on a farm on the outskirts of Calgary. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alberta, majoring in agriculture. He continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a PhD in biochemistry and pioneered in the manufacture of penicillin.

Beginning his career at Lily Pharmaceuticals, Bill soon joined E.R. Squibb and Sons in 1951. His responsibilities included microbiological research and development, and licensing. From 1983 to 1991, Bill and Lily resided in Tokyo. There, he was in charge of Squibb’s laboratory, directed clinical trials on new drug candidates, and worked with licensing and drug registration with the Japanese government. He retired in 1995 from then, Bristol-Myers Squibb. Bill was a member of the American Society of Microbiology, president of the Theobold Smith Society, and a member of both the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society. Following his retirement, Bill continued consulting in the pharmaceutical industry.

Bill and Lily raised their family in Princeton where Bill was an extremely devoted husband and loving father. Within the community, he was a member of the Old Guard of Princeton and the Nassau Club. He was also a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, was active in the Boy Scouts, and served as a judge in the Trenton Science Fair. For personal nourishment, Bill was an avid and lifelong reader and delighted in gardening as well as in researching genealogy. After retiring to Skillman, Bill enjoyed chairing the Grounds Committee at Stonebridge at Montgomery and playing pool.

Bill is survived by two sons, Duncan (m. Janet Elliott) of La Jolla, California; and Stuart (m. Lori Young) of Studio City, California; and a loving daughter, Beth Steward (m. David) of Hamilton Square, New Jersey. He leaves six grandchildren, Lillian Brown (m. Will Poe), Vivian Sheffield (m. Billy Jack), Kiana Brown, Lucas Brown, David Henry Steward, and Christopher Everett Steward; and four great grandchildren, Hank Sheffield, Beau Sheffield, Cassidy Sheffield, and William Elliott Poe Brown. Bill is also survived by his brother, Doug Brown, of Oakville, Ontario, Canada; and three half-sisters, Marion Stronach Wells of Vancouver, British Columbia; Robin Stronach of Kelowna, British Columbia; and Jeanne Stronach Zaseybida of Calgary, Alberta; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He appreciated the care and friendship of his aide, George, during the years after Lily’s passing.

A private memorial service was held for the family.

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