August 7, 2019

Obituaries 8/7/2019

Emma Lee (Costello) Forehand

September 8, 1932 – June 1, 2019

Prior to retiring Emma had been a yoga teacher at Johnson & Johnson and the YWCA of Princeton; and an administrative assistant. She was an avid lover of travel and opera, Emma Lee (Costello) Forehand, recently of North Andover, MA, passed away on June 1, 2019.

Born in Richmond, VA, in 1932, she was the daughter of Thomas Joseph Costello and Clara Estelle (Tally) Costello and grew up in Richmond, VA. As a young girl, she studied dance with Miss Elinor Fry and performed in recitals of Miss Fry’s “little Tots.” She played cello avidly and performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

She met her husband Garlie Forehand while he was at the University of Richmond for his undergraduate studies. After marriage Emma and Garlie moved to Chicago, where she continued to play cello with local orchestras, while raising two young boys, Tom and Mike, and typing Garlie’s PhD dissertation. In 1962, Joe was born and the family moved to Pittsburgh where Karen was born. Emma and her family moved from Pittsburgh to Princeton in 1973. Emma received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1992 from Thomas Edison State College.

Emma was politically active and was a supporter of the League of Women Voters.

She will be remembered for trips the Tanglewood Music Center, love of the cello, trying different foods with her dining club, and her joyous laugh.

Mother of the late Thomas A. Forehand, she is survived by two sons Michael W. and Joseph L. Forehand; daughter Karen E. Michael; daughters-in-law Lydia A. Harris and Elizabeth Connor; son-in-law Jeff Michael; brother-in-law John B. Forehand; niece Cathy McNutt; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Forehand and Miranda Bermejo.

Garlie and his wife Emma supported many local organizations such as the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Princeton, The Princeton Festival, and Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts. They also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and as such, in lieu of flowers, donations in Emma’s memory may be made to any of the above volunteer organizations.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 1 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Jacinto “Jack” Marrero

Jacinto “Jack” Marrero, 86, of Princeton, died on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

A Korean War veteran, he was born in 1932 in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, and lived a long life of active citizenship, community service, and dedication to his work, family, and friends, and to the arts, culture, music, and baseball.

Mr. Marrero was a graduate of Hartwick College and a proud member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was a teacher of many, beginning in Puerto Rico, and then in New York City and New Jersey in the 1960s and 1970s. During those years, he also worked as an accountant and as a part-time Director of Admissions at Lutheran Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. Early in his career, Mr. Marrero was hired by the New York City Board of Education to support and integrate Hispanic students into the community. He completed graduate work at New York University before beginning a long and meaningful career of almost 30 years with the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ). Jack held multiple leadership positions in the NCCJ over many years and was integral in fundraising, developing relationships with community and government leaders, resolving conflicts between different religious, ethnic, and racial communities, running workshops, and mentoring youth. Later in his life, Mr. Marrero remained committed to nonprofit and development work in creating Princeton Associates, LLC and the American Interfaith Council.

Mr. Marrero served on over a dozen professional and civic commissions and boards over the course of his life, including the founding groups of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and the Puerto Rican Institute at Seton Hall University, the Princeton Task Force on Ethics, the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Medical Center, the Board of Trustees of Kean University, of which he was Chair, and the Princeton Regional School Board, of which he was President.

Jack was gregarious, kind, caring, funny, and well read, especially in politics and history. He enjoyed many recreational interests, including reading, swimming, cross-country skiing, tennis, culture, the arts, and travel. He had an encyclopedic memory for baseball and was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Jack was also deeply passionate about music and singing. He played trumpet in the Army, as well as during and after college. In 2012, Jack released a studio album of vocal music. He had also planned to record a second CD.

Beloved by many, Jack is survived and dearly missed by his wife, daughter, son-in-law, grandson, a sister, and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, and extended family, friends, and members of the community.

Funeral services were held at The Jewish Center of Princeton on June 2nd, followed by burial at Washington Cemetery. Shiva was observed at the Marrero residence in Princeton.

Donations in Jack’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.