June 19, 2019

Obituaries 6/19/19

Nathaniel “Nate” Wilbank Lee

Nathaniel “Nate” Wilbank Lee, age 19, of Montgomery Township, NJ, passed away on June 9, 2019 after years of struggle with depression. Nate was born in New York City on the first day of the year of the Dragon. At the time of his birth, his great-grandparents remarked that he was the “Golden Dragon” baby. Nate’s curiosity about the world began at a young age with trucks and dinosaurs, and grew to include philosophy, math, and writing while he was a student at Skidmore College.

He loved his brothers, Noah and Caleb, and his six younger cousins in CT and FL. As the oldest of nine grandchildren, he took good care of his younger brothers and cousins with kindness and affection. He was genuine, smart, caring, and attentive to anyone who needed his help, be it family or friend. He enjoyed so many aspects of life when his depression did not get in the way, especially spending time with his family, eating good food, working out, traveling, skiing, writing fiction, and playing video games. He loved his family so much and was much loved by his entire extended family.

He is survived by his loving parents, Dr. Richard and Mrs. Helen Lee, and his beloved brothers Noah and Caleb. He leaves behind his loving grandparents, Wilbank, Jean, Soo Hyun, and Young Ja; his aunt Jennifer and her husband Titus; his aunt Jo; his uncle Douglas and his wife Min; his uncle Hwan Ho; and his cousins Jacob, Lukas, Madeleine, Kieran, Alexandria, and Sebastian.

There will be a memorial service for Nate on Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at Stone Hill Church, located at 1025 Bunn Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Good-Grief.org (Princeton area support services to families who’ve lost a family member).

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


Clara Sferra

Clara Sferra, 89, of Princeton died Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton surrounded by her loving family. Born in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy, she immigrated to Princeton in 1945. Clara was a member of St. Paul’s Church and The Italian American Sportsman Club Ladies Auxiliary.

Daughter of the late Michael and Maria Teresa (Rossi) Lise, wife of the late Antonio Sferra, twin sister of the late Angelina Mattera, she is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law Angelina M. and Joseph Foldes, Patricia M. and Darren Alizio; a son and daughter-in-law Dominick A. and Kim Sferra; six grandchildren Keri Louick and her husband Brian, Ashley Sferra, William, Joseph and Jennifer Foldes, Lauren Alizio; and two great-grandchildren Piper and Kane.

The Funeral will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.


Gerald Malcom Graesser

Sadly, Gerald Malcom Graesser, 76, passed away after a hard-fought battle, passing on Saturday, June 15 in Princeton. Born in Huntington, Long Island, he moved to the Princeton area in the late ’70s, where he established himself in the Commercial Real Estate appraising field, after working in Long Island as an architect with his father.

Son of the late Albert Graesser and Elizabeth Graesser, he is survived by his wife Shevawn (McManimon) Graesser, son Sean P. Graesser, and cousin in Long Island Harry Henderson III.

There will be no funeral, but a small gathering celebration of life at 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ 08534 from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday June 23rd.

Memorial contributions can be made to Save the Chocó at http://savethechoco.com/donate.

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