Jacqueline Fern Conrath, aged 86, died peacefully of natural causes on October 3, 2018. Her family was with her at the time. Jackie lived in Princeton for almost 48 years, from 1966 to 2013. She and her husband left in 2013 to live in an assisted living facility in Westford, Massachusetts, to be near her elder daughter.
Jackie was born in Dupree, South Dakota, and grew up in Portland and Pendleton, Oregon. She moved first to Chicago and then to the northeast coast in the 1950s. She was educated at the University of Oregon (B.S.), Bryn Mawr College (M.S.S.), and Rutgers University (Ph.D., Anthropology). At different periods of her life, she worked as social worker, a psychotherapist, and an independent scholar in anthropology.
Jackie was remarkable for her interest in other cultures and places, her adventurous travel, her empathy for the intricacy of other people’s lives, and her profound love for her family. She wrote copiously — letters, journals, poetry, scholarly articles. She traveled widely, often by herself, to places such as India, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, and New Mexico, and lived in India and Italy. She loved many things: the woods she lived in; swimming in
natural bodies of water, especially the Hopewell quarry; animals, wild and tame; all kinds of weather; and books and movies.
Jackie was married for almost 53 years to Dennis Wrong, a sociologist; he died five weeks after she did. She is survived by two daughters from her first marriage to Surinder Mehta (Jaya Mehta, son-in-law Sunand Bhattacharya, and grandchildren Ishan and Ila; Sheila Mehta, son-in-law Michael Squillacote, and grandchildren Anna and Nicholas), and a stepson (Terence Wrong, daughter-in-law Marisa Guthrie, and step-grandchildren Edward — by a previous marriage – and Olivia). She is also survived by nephews Paul and Mike Conrath, and niece Denise Fortin.
Jackie was much loved and is keenly missed.
Alfred Wild Gardner
Alfred Wild Gardner died peacefully at home on December 3, 2018. He was born at home in Princeton, New Jersey, on December 17, 1929 to Sarah Spencer Morgan Gardner and Henry Burchell Gardner. Alfred attended Princeton Country Day School, The Forman School, and graduated high school from St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire in 1948. Gardner was Class of 1952 from Princeton University, where he excelled on the varsity hockey team. Gardner worked for The First National City Bank, now Citi Group, during which he attended a Harvard Business School Management Program. Gardner worked for years in the Personal Banking Division, and later in the Commodities Division as Vice President. In 1972, Gardner moved to Colorado, and in 1976 he started his own real estate firm, which later merged to become Basalt Realty. A fanatical fly fisherman, in 1969 Gardner purchased and developed Otto Creek Ranch along the Frying Pan River, near Aspen, Colorado. His other hobbies included wildlife and landscape photography, and of course, golf.
Gardner was a member of The Mantoloking Yacht Club, The Nassau Club, and The Old Guard of Princeton. He was a past member of the Eagle County, Colorado Planning Commission, Bedens Brook Club, and The Princeton Club of New York. Gardner served as an usher at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California and was member of the Rancho La Quinta Country Club, where he lived with his second wife, Katharine Gulick Wert, whom he married in 1998.
Alfred Gardner was predeceased by his first wife, Sandra Hebard Gardner, and son, Burchell Gardner, in 1996 and 1977, respectively. He is survived by two sons, Alfred Gardner (Susan) of Denver, CO, and Frederick Gardner (Debra) of Denver, CO; one daughter, Mary Gardner of Fort Collins, CO, and also by his grandchildren, Morgan, Caleb, Katherine, and Sean Gardner and by his wife, Katharine Gulick Gardner.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
Dr. Arthur R. Lyding
Dr. Arthur R. Lyding, beloved father, brother, and grandfather and a resident of Princeton for 49 years, recently passed away at the Merwick Rehabilitation Center following a short illness at the age of 93.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Lyding lived with his family about a block away from Ebbetts Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Arthur was a steady attendee of Dodgers’ games. In fact, his Mother often was able to obtain choice seating at the games by enticing the ushers with her famous homemade salami sandwiches. After graduating from Boys High School, Dr. Lyding attended Cornell University, where he obtained a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry in 1945. Upon his graduation from Cornell, Dr. Lyding served in the United States Navy during World War II as an expert in sonar and radar technologies. After the War ended, Dr. Lyding pursued graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania from where he obtained a Master of Science in organic chemistry in 1948 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1951. He began working as a senior research chemist for Olin Matheson in New Haven, Connecticut. During this period, he was also an associate professor of organic chemistry at Southern Connecticut State College and the University of New Haven.
He met the love of his life, Harriet, on a blind date in 1956 and married in 1957. Following the birth of their son, Christopher, in 1960, Arthur continued to work at Olin Matheson until 1969. That year he transferred to FMC Corporation, the site of the current Medical Center of Princeton, and moved his family to Princeton. From 1975 to 1987, Dr. Lyding was a supervisor at NL Industries, in Hightstown, New Jersey, where he supervised the development of new organic and polymeric additives for the plastics, textile, and paint industries. By the time he retired, Dr. Lyding had received 12 patents in organic and polymer chemistry.
Dr. Lyding was an ardent fan of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and would try to attend as many performances as possible. He was completely mesmerized by the combination of the exquisite lyrics of Sir W.S. Gilbert put to music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. He often lamented how today’s youth had no appreciation for such culture, but instead seemed to be only interested in the indecent and vulgar lyrics of modern music.
Dr. Lyding was also an avid philatelist and model train enthusiast. During the summers, he was a constant fixture at the Community Park Pool.
Of course, Dr. Lyding was also well-known for being a diehard Chicago Cubs fan. When he was growing up in the 1930s and 1940s, the Cubs were indeed a power house in the National League. Despite their long drought from winning a pennant that began in 1945, Dr. Lyding steadfastly rooted for the Cubs through all the lean years until his patience and loyalty were finally rewarded with a World Series Championship in 2016. He was even cremated wearing his favorite Chicago Cubs jacket.
But perhaps Dr. Lyding saved his greatest passion for the hundreds of middle and high school students he aided over the years in such courses as Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Latin, German, and SAT/AP prep. He fully enjoyed interacting with these students because doing so kept his mind active and in touch with the young generation. He also made many lifelong friends with the students’ parents. Indeed, his success with these students can be measured by the extraordinary amount of complimentary letters he received from the students and their parents.
Dr. Lyding was predeceased by his parents Charles and Irene Lyding and by his wife of 46 years, Harriet, in 2003. Dr. Lyding is survived by his son, Christopher S. Lyding, Esq. of Plainsboro; a grandson, Charles T. Lyding; and his brother, Peter W. Lyding of Riverdale, N.Y.
A memorial service was private. The family will hold a public celebration of life ceremony in the spring. In the meantime, please extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.
James Lawrence Martin
James Lawrence Martin, age 88, of Hopewell, New Jersey, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from complications of Parkinson’s. Jim’s mother was Catherine Irene Keough, and his father was Lawrence Edward Martin. Jim graduated from Montclair High School and received an Engineering degree from the Virginia Military Institute in 1952 before serving in the United States Army in Germany. He received advanced engineering degrees from Rutgers University and Pennsylvania State University, and subsequently taught at VMI, NJIT, and TCNJ.
He married Kathleen Clarke in 1963, and they raised three daughters, Christine Martin Buck, Jennifer Martin-Kochis, and Catherine Martin Luginsland. He leaves seven granddaughters and many nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated by Msgr. Michael Walsh at St. Alphonsus church on Thursday, December 13, 2018, followed by a gathering at the Hopewell Bistro. Interment will be at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, December 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hopewell Fire Department or St. Alphonsus parish.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hopewell Memorial Home, Hopewell.
Alan H. Kane
April 19, 1955 – December 10, 2018
Alan H. Kane died in Boca Raton, Florida, on December 10, 2018 after a brief battle with esophageal cancer.
Alan was born in W. Hartford, Connecticut, and moved to Princeton with his parents, Herbert and Phyllis Kane, in 1956. Alan attended Princeton public schools until high school. He attended the Hun School of Princeton for high school, graduating in 1973. He received a B.A. from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut in 1977.
Alan lived and worked in Boca Raton for the last 30 years. For the past few years he worked in adult education and found his calling as a teacher and tutor. Prior to that Alan was involved in several small business ventures.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Eva Fellows, his children Justin and Rebecca, their golden retriever Layla, his parents Herbert and Phyllis Kane of Princeton, and his sister Julie Kane of San Francisco, among many other loving extended family members and devoted friends.
Alan’s family and friends will celebrate his life at a gathering in Boca Raton in January 2019.
Robert S. Davison
Robert S. Davison, Tykie, 61, of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones at home. He was the husband of Polly H. Davison. They shared 37 years of marriage together.
Born and raised in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident. He was the son of late Robert S. Davison, Sr. and Helen (Hallinger) Davison.
He was a member of Princeton Engine Company #1 and a member of Local #9 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union of Tinton Falls. He will he remembered for his generosity, his skilled hardworking traits, integrity, and most of all the unconditional love he had for his family and friends.
We will continue to remember what he loved most. His grandchildren were his absolute world, the beach was his home away from home, his love for fishing, and his occupied set days or weekends on his couch at home, his B-1 seat at the Ivy Inn, or on a game field or in the stands watching his favorite sports teams, Dallas Cowboys, Notre Dame, or the New York Yankees.
He is survived by his wife Polly (Houston) Davison; a son and daughter-in-law Robert S. Davison, lll and Jamie Davison; a daughter and son-in-law Carrie and Ryan Jenkins; five grandchildren, Ryan Jenkins Jr., Danyale Jenkins, Bryce Davison, Reese Davison, and Emery Davison; his father-in-law Darby Houston; a sister and brother-in-law Kim and Tim Allshouse; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Will and Michelle Houston, Peter and Mary Houston and Rick McKee; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Christine’s Hope for Kids, PO Box 190, Hopewell, NJ 08525, www.christineshope.org or Good Grief, 5 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Katherine M. McCarthy
Katherine M. “Kathy” McCarthy, 97, passed away peacefully at home in Plainsboro on Sunday, December 16, 2018.
Born in Binghamton, NY, on December 24, 1920, Kathy and her family moved to Plainsboro when she was a child, and she lived the rest of her life in the Princeton area. Her mother, Veronica (Hickey) Holohan, was a schoolteacher, and her father, John K. Holohan, immigrated to this country from Ireland and went on to serve as a lay magistrate in Plainsboro. She lost her younger brother, John E. Holohan, in World War II, and she remained close to her sister Mary “Holly” Waldron until Holly’s death in 2015.
Kathy attended Princeton High School, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Jack McCarthy, Jr. She graduated from high school in 1938 and Connecticut College in 1942. After college, she taught at the Ashley Hall School in Charleston, SC. She waited for Jack while he left for wartime service with the Army in Europe, and they married after his return at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton in December 1945. They were happily married until his death in 2012.
Kathy devoted her life to her husband and family. After her two sons passed childhood, she took up tennis and became an accomplished player. She played golf infrequently, but well enough to sink a hole-in-one at the Bedens Brook Club. Kathy carried herself with an understated grace and beauty; her college yearbook appropriately described her as “demure.” She had a fine sense of humor and a steadfast devotion to close friends. Her five grandchildren loved their time with Nana, and late last year she was able to welcome her great-grandchild into the world.
Predeceased by her parents, husband, brother, and sister, Kathy is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, John “Jack” F. McCarthy, III and Susan G. Anable, and Kevin E. and Patricia M. McCarthy; her five grandchildren, Megan K. McCarthy, John F. McCarthy IV, Kaitlin M. McNamara, Caroline A. McCarthy, and Michael J. McCarthy; and her great-grandchild Olivia G. McNamara.
Visitation will be on Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests consideration of a contribution in Kathy’s memory to Catholic Charities of Trenton.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
Nicholas L. Carnevale
Nicholas L. Carnevale, 91, of Monmouth Junction died Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong Princeton resident. He was a graduate of Princeton High School and Rutgers University. Nicholas was a United States Korean War Army Veteran serving second in command of military medical field services. Mr. Carnevale worked for many years in the Insurance Industry including The Equitable Life Assurance Society, he was a district manager and then a regional manager for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company. Nicholas was a partner in the Walter B. Howe Insurance Company from 1966-1989. He was Vice President, Active Chairman, and Chairman Emeritus of Carnevale Consulting Corporation, Mergers and Acquisitions from 1983 to present. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Trust Company of Princeton 1985-1989, The Summit Bank Advisory Board, Chairman of the Board of Global Value Investors Corporation, and an associate of The Lear Alliance from 2002 until present.
Nicholas was also a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church for 65 years, where he served as Deacon, Elder, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher, and Assistant Sunday School Superintendent. He also was a Boy Scout Leader, President of the Delaware Valley Life Underwriters Association of NJ, Vice President of the Somerset County Red Cross, Member and Past President of The Chamber of Commerce of Princeton, and on the Board of Trustees of the American Boy Choir of Princeton. Nicholas was a member of Princeton Rotary and Rotary International from 1969 until present, serving as president in 1980 and having perfect attendance somewhere in the world for 37 years. He also helped start 10 Rotary clubs in the state of New Jersey over a 16-year period. He was also Foundation Member and Chairman of the Thomas Edison State College Foundation, Co-Founder and Past President of the Princeton-Pettoranello Foundation and Pettoranello Gardens Project leader, Past President and Trustee for over 25 years of the Nassau Club, Trustee of the Princeton Historical Society, and Advisory Board Member of the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra.
Nicholas received many awards including Citizen of the Year in 1976 from the Chamber of Commerce, 16 service awards and three Paul Harris Fellow Medals from The Rotary Club of Princeton, The Matty Matthewson Award “Rotarian of The Year, 1994,” The Humanitarian Award in 1983 from the National Council of Christians and Jews, Community Service Honors in 1999 from Princeton Township, the Extraordinary Service to Princeton award from the Princeton-Pettoranello Foundation, the Heritage Medal in 2001 from the Italian-American National Hall of Fame, Community Leader Award in 2002 from The Rotary Club of Princeton, and The Cavalerre Medal for National and International Service to Humanity from the Federal Republic of Italy.
At the time of his death Mr. Carnevale was on the Advisory Board of Investors Bank and was on the board of the Roma Foundation.
Son of the late Angelo and Christine Amalia (Palumbo) Carnevale, brother of the late Ango Carnevale, Alfonso Carnevale, he is survived by his wife Marjorie Mary Lee (Roseborough) Carnevale; two sons and a daughter-in-law Lawrence F. Carnevale, Douglas E. and Peita Carnevale; sister Evelina Gargione; and four grandchildren William, Christopher, Gabriella, and Stephanie.
The Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.
Friends may call on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Thomas Edison State University Foundation – Nicholas and Marjorie Carnevale Endowment for University Excellence.