October 9, 2019

Obituaries, 10/9/19

David George Glen

David George Glen was born April 30, 1924 and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of William and Agnes Glen. His formal education was completed at Daniels Stewarts College, Edinburgh, after which he entered the field of medicine. He was a certified rehabilitation specialist, serving in military and civilian hospitals in the United Kingdom. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the Royal Air Force.

In 1955 David immigrated to the United States, becoming a citizen in 1961. For 15 years, he was Supervisor of Recreational Therapy at the Neuropsychiatric Institute of New Jersey. Afterwards, he was owner of the Princeton Gift Shop on Palmer Square, Princeton. Starting in 1957, he was associated with the Princeton Chapter of the American Red Cross, since his work at the lnstitute included close contact with the Princeton Chapter on a year-round basis. In 1972 he became an elective member of the Board of Directors, Princeton Chapter, for a three-year term. His tenure included Chapter Executive Committee duties. In July of 1975, he became chairman of the Princeton chapter, following which he served an additional year as member-at-large, and then three more years on the Board. Later on, David was an active volunteer with the Hospice Program at the Medical Center at Princeton.

David was a loving uncle to his four nieces and one nephew, Raymond, Anne, Sandra, Gail, and Gwen, all of whom survive him. His family writes that, “Although he lived so far away across the big pond, he would say he made many a trip home to Scotland. He came home to meet all the additions to the family: husbands, wives, and children. When he made the brave decision to move to America, his family was all so, so proud of what he achieved. We will never forget you, Uncle David. May you rest in peace. Love from all your Scottish family.”

A memorial service will be held on a date to be determined.

Memorial contributions may be sent to SAVE, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558.

Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, Pennington, NJ.  Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.


Robert Harry Blend

Robert Harry Blend, 99, of Princeton died Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Fox Trail Memory Care. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he resided on Long Island and in Westchester County, NY, and Sarasota, FL, before moving to Princeton, NJ, in 2010. Bob graduated from Pratt Institute as a Fine and Applied Arts Major. He received the Bronze Medal for Highest Ranking Senior in Advertising and Design.

Bob enlisted in the Marines the day after Pearl Harbor. He spent the next three and a half years in the Pacific fighting in a number of battles including Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. He left the service in September, 1945 with several decorations and the rank of sergeant.

When he returned from WW II, he married his childhood sweetheart, Emma Wieler, and settled on Long Island where they raised their two daughters, Marilynn and Melinda.

Bob began his career as an Art Director on Madison Avenue. Bob retired in 1983 after a 35-year career as Creative Art Director with various advertising agencies. Over his career, he amassed many Art Director Club Awards and worked with a number of icons in the advertising community ranging from Andy Warhol to Ali McGraw. Some of his noteworthy and award-winning accounts were Revlon, Wamsutta, Fortunoffs, Manischewitz, Seagrams, and Patek Phillippe.

Bob was also a passionate golfer and had three holes in one over a 70-year playing career (including one at the renowned Black Course at Bethpage Golf Course).       

Growing up in a hardscrabble neighborhood in Brooklyn, he developed a thirst for art, culture, and travel. Some of his most cherished memories were touring museums and historical landmarks and experiencing foreign cultures throughout Europe. He passed this love of art onto hundreds of young people on Long Island, where each year he designed and created memorable theme floats for local community holiday parades.   

Son of the late John William and Ida Kaufold Blend, he was predeceased by his daughter, Melinda Jean, and his wife of 50 years, Emma Wieler, his wife, Thordis Marck, and his brother, John W. Blend Jr. Bob is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marilynn and Chip Carstensen, and two grandchildren, Haley Melinda Carstensen and Andrew Robert Carstensen.

A Memorial Service will be held on November 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: The Waldorf School of Garden City, 225 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 (www.waldorfgarden.org/donate) or Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 (https://giving.pratt.edu).


Nancy E. Pike

Nancy Eleanor Peakes Pike, a longtime resident of Princeton and Montgomery Townships, died September 28 at Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton. She was 91.

Born in Cambridge, and raised in Weston, MA, she was the daughter of the late Seldon Charles Peakes and Christine Newborg Peakes. She graduated with honors from the Boston University School of Public Relations in 1949 with a B.S. in journalism. During college she was President of Phi Gamma Nu, a national professional sorority in Commerce, and a member of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honorary journalism fraternity. Following graduation, she became a reporter for the Daily News Tribune, a Waltham, MA, afternoon daily newspaper.

Nancy met her future husband, the late Winthrop Seeley Pike of Wellesley, MA, at St. Mary’s Church in Newton Lower Falls, MA, where they married in 1954. After their wedding, she moved to Princeton, where he had joined the RCA Laboratories technical staff following his U.S. Army service in World War II. They started their family the following year, and remained married for over 57 years until his death in 2012. After raising her children, Nancy returned to the publishing world as the Business Manager for Theology Today, the Princeton Theological Seminary’s quarterly journal.

She was an insatiable reader, reading at least two newspapers daily and several books weekly; and a prolific and clever writer, whose letters, cards, and notes remain treasured by family and friends. An avid Red Sox fan, who loved sharing memories of being at Fenway Park with her father starting at age six, she could readily rattle off player and game statistics. She relished huge family gatherings and vacations in the Adirondack Mountains, and traveling in Europe following retirement. She was a crafty bridge player who regularly played with many friends, a talented baker, and gardener. In later years, she enjoyed the weekly “Tuesday Lunch Group” with her husband and many activities at Brandywine.

Nancy is survived by her loving children Kristina Hadinger and her husband Alfred, Christopher and his wife Leila Shahbender, Karen, Jonathan and his wife Kelly, Eric and his partner Stefan Steil, and Amy Sharpless and her husband Peter; as well as by nine grandchildren Jon, Alfred and his wife Juliane, Julia, Alexandra, Katherine, Justin, Morgan, Sophia, and Serena. She is also survived by her dear first cousin Doris Peakes Kendall of Cape Cod, MA, whose friendship lasted over 90 years and long distance.

Burial in All Saints’ Cemetery, Princeton was private. A memorial service celebrating Nancy’s life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1 Park Avenue, Rocky Hill, NJ, on Saturday, November 9 at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 265, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553.


David Scott Albert

David Scott Albert passed away on October 1, 2019, in Princeton, NJ, at the home he shared with his mother, Linda Powell, and stepfather, Don Powell. He was 50 years old. And despite many health challenges in recent years, he remained upbeat and savored life — touching everyone who knew him with his gentle spirit and infectious smile.

David attended Princeton Day School, the Forman School, Worcester College, and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, where he earned an MSW. As a caring and compassionate therapist, he was committed to helping others find ways to cope with and overcome their struggles in life. Concern for others came naturally to David and defined the way he moved through the world.

To his family and friends, Dave was known for his kindness and generosity (and for the smirk and impish glint in his eye when he was up to something). He loved to cook — and eat. Some of his all-time favorites: blueberry pancakes, pasta with clam sauce, rack of lamb, Maine lobster, tiramisu, dark chocolate, and in general, the most expensive thing on the menu. He was also an avid wine collector, who loved the art and science of wine, its history, how it is made, discussing and sharing it with friends and family — perhaps even more than drinking it. He made lifelong friends through his interests in wine collecting and beer brewing, and enjoyed hosting blind wine tastings at his home in PA. An accomplished gardener, Dave grew the biggest and best tomatoes on the East Coast. The secret of his success was that he planted mostly in manure instead of soil.

A fishing enthusiast, Dave learned how to catch ‘em at the ripe old age of 5 on his first of many excursions with his Grandpa Dan. Childhood was full of adventures at “the creek,” “the canal,” and “the shore” catching all kinds of creatures — frogs, lizards, crabs, crayfish, snakes — which came home to live in a glass tank in his bedroom (and sometimes escaped to take up residence in his sister’s room, under her bed). David’s love of fishing took him to many great “spots” throughout his life from the Delaware Raritan Canal to Canada, to Florida, to Deer Isle, in Downeast Maine, where he spent as much time as he could in a place he cherished.

Music was also an important force in Dave’s life from childhood on. As a kid, he was captivated by the mystique and high theater of the rock band, Kiss. By the time he was a teen though, he had evolved into a proud and self-proclaimed “Dead Head.” And over the next many years, he attended dozens of Grateful Dead concerts across the country, collecting recordings, anthologies, T-shirts, and other memorabilia. David never lost his enthusiasm for the band’s tunes and lyrics, despite a hearing loss later in life.

Another constant in Dave’s life was the camaraderie he found at Worcester College in Ohio among his Beta fraternity brothers who loved him dearly through many college misadventures and post-college milestones, laughed with him, bestowed him with nicknames “Eeyore” and “Dave the Wave” (aka “Waver”), and cheered him on through some very difficult times.

David is survived by his mother, Linda Powell; his stepfather, Don Powell; his sister, Lauren Albert; his father, Stephen Albert and his wife, Sheila; and his step-siblings, Don Powell, Jr., Sharon Powell, Ira Goldstine, and Cindi Goldstine Finley.

Donations in David’s memory can be sent to the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation (sdbif.org).

A Celebration of Life will take place in Princeton, NJ, in November.

Herbert Windsor Hobler

September 25, 1922 — August 10, 2019

Herbert Windsor Hobler, age 96, died August 10, 2019 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey. A longtime Princeton resident and New Jersey broadcaster who founded radio station WHWH, Herb was a tireless and dedicated volunteer for more than 70 years, serving his college, country, community, and family.

Herb graduated from Princeton University with the Class of 1944, following his service during WWII as a navigator on B-29s flying missions over Japan.

Herb is survived by his four children, Randolph of Norwalk, CT, Debbie of Santa Barbara, CA, Nancy of Germantown, MD, and Mary Hyson of Cheshire, CT; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His wife of 73 years, Mary “Randy” Hobler, died in 2017.

A memorial service celebrating Herb’s life will be held at Princeton Day School’s McAneny Theater on Saturday, October 12 at 1 p.m. PDS, 650 Great Road, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Herb’s memory to the Princeton Area Community Foundation for the Herbert and Mary Hobler Operating Endowment.

Arrangements were made by Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, 08542.