October 16, 2019

Obituaries 10/16/19

Rosemarie Shangle-Johnson

Rosemarie Shangle-Johnson, 85, a lifelong resident of Princeton, NJ, until moving to Ewing, NJ, in 2013, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ, surrounded by family after a very sudden illness.

Rosemarie attended St. Paul School and graduated from Princeton High School. 

She retired from Princeton University, Department of Emergency Preparedness, Security and Fire Division.

Rosemarie was a communicant of St. Paul’s Church, as well as a Eucharistic Minister and member of its St. Vincent de Paul Society. She was past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad and a member of the Princeton Getaway Club, Catholic Daughters, Encore Club and Golden Ages.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Elvira (Cuomo) Guadagno; husbands, Russell H. Shangle Sr. and Charles A. Johnson; and grandsons Russell H. Shangle III and Scott Joseph McClain.

Surviving are four children: Karen Coleman, (Kim), Russell H. Shangle Jr. (Robin) both of Princeton, Donna Jo McClain (Wes) of Charlotte, NC, and Jeffrey B. Shangle (Michelle) of Navarre, FL; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Delores Holst.

She leaves behind her special friends The Golden Girls of Primrose Place.

Services will begin on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral mass at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ.  Burial in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ.

Visiting hours are Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Edna M. McCrohan

Our sweet Mother, Edna M. McCrohan, 96, passed away Sunday morning September 29 in Palm Coast, FL. She was surrounded by her loving children, Mary, Patti, and Peter.

Edna M. Morris was born to Mable and Rowland Morris in August of 1923 in Manasquan, New Jersey. Edna attended the Manasquan public school system, graduating in 1941. She was a spirited, fun loving, athletic young woman with a smile that could light up a room. She met her beloved husband, Peter J. McCrohan, at a USO dance one evening at the Tremount Hotel in Sea Girt, NJ. They fell in love and married eight months later. Pete was a member of the Coast Guard and was stationed in San Diego. Edna traveled by train. across the country, by herself, to be with her new husband.

After WWII Edna and Peter returned to Princeton, where his family resided. Pete continued his career as a Princeton borough police officer, eventually becoming Chief of Police for 11 years. Edna was also engaged in the Princeton community. After having three children together, Edna served on the Board of Education for two terms. She was a founding and charter member of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah of Princeton and a great Girl Scout Den Mother.

As her children started to grow, Edna decided to go to work. It was always expected of us to attend college, and I think my parents knew this would be difficult on just Pete’s salary. Edna started working part time for Educational Testing Service and enjoyed it. She would take the summers off return to Manasquan with her three children and our wonderful dog, Frisky George.

Always a “Jersey Gal” at heart she instilled in her three children love of nature and friends. We would move in with our Grandmother in Manasquan during these carefree summers. Most mornings we would pile into the family station wagon and head for the beach. Here we would swim for hours, dig for sand crabs, take long walks on the beach and boardwalk and, on some occasions, enjoy a frozen Milky Way bar at the end of the day.

Mac’s Pond was another favorite hangout. Here we would fish, feed the ducks, watch tadpoles turn into frogs, all this under the watchful eye of our Mom. She watched us while we swam, tended to our numerous bee stings, packed out beach lunches, all that went with taking three young children to the ocean, allowing us to feel safe and adventuresome. Our father Pete would join us when he wasn’t working or while on vacation. We became brave young children, then adults, under their watchful eyes.

Edna had an eye for beauty, whether it was fashion or furniture. She was a skilled seamstress. Her daughters became models for her creations, from dresses to crinolines, coats to matching hats, Edna could do it all. She even made dresses by hand for our dolls, that I have to this day.

As her children continued to grow, Edna started working full time for ETS. She eventually became administrative assistant for the Buildings and Grounds Department. This is where, one day, she saw a presentation about a new planned golfing community being developed in Florida. She bought a lot, and eventually they built a house and moved upon retirement to Palm Coast. Her dear friends Clara and Robert Queens also came along with them. They spent many hours at Pine Lakes Golf Club perfecting their game. Traveled on Police Chief conventions around the world and established a whole new life in Florida. Enjoying the best of both worlds, they would go back and forth, to Princeton, staying at Peter’s childhood home on Nassau Street.

When Peter died, she moved in with her daughter Mary in Palm Coast. Edna enjoyed her life, she was an incredible mother and friend. Strong in a beautiful way. Nonjudgmental and kind. We will miss her so very much. She is survived by her children, Mary McCrohan of Palm Coast, FL, Patti McCrohan of Jupiter, FL, Peter McCrohan of Stockton, NJ, sisters-in-laws Laura Morris and Lois McCrohan, and several nieces and a nephew.

A Graveside Service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 21, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


Gary Stanley Grover

Gary Stanley Grover of Milford, NJ, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019. He was 75 but just one month shy of his 76th birthday on October 7th.

Born, raised, and longtime resident of Princeton, NJ, Gary had settled in Milford, NJ, around four years ago. His journey on 29 and the river began 15 or so years ago in Titusville with stops along the way in Lambertville, New Hope, and Frenchtown. It was on this northern journey that he met his fiancé Diane. It was also along this journey that he fought hard to reclaim much of the man he had once been.

He began his employment as an Engineer with Grumman Aerospace in Georgia before returning to Princeton in the mid ’70s to help with the family Taxi company. Gary enjoyed woodworking and working with his hands. He was very passionate about everything. He would do anything he could to help someone out.

Who Gary was to me (Shannon)? My father first and foremost. Coach, teacher, and a great friend. Tennis, soccer, baseball. No “hot doggin’” allowed. Two hands on the baseball when making a catch. Be aggressive when goaltending, go to the ball. I can still hear the tic-tacs in his pocket as he ran up and down the sidelines. He was always hoarse after every game. Got tossed from a game or two, but he was just so passionate he couldn’t help himself. He would then have to coach from the parking lot off the field. Taught me how to drive, how to paint, how to golf. Always willing to help in any way possible. He loved so much in life and was so happy by the river just taking walks. Biggest Giants fan I knew and loved going to the games. I always had respect for dad and miss him so much. We always had good laughs when we spoke. Thank you for being my father, I couldn’t have asked for more. You always did your best. Your son, Shannon.

Husband of the late Sandra (Collins) Grover Housler and son of the late Raymond Neamiah Grover; he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kirsten Grover and John Renshaw, a son, Shannon Grover, his mother, Beulah (Townley) Grover, a fiancé Diane Mallon, a brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Kathy Grover, a niece, Megan Grover, and a nephew, Jason Grover.

A memorial service will be held on October 27, 2019 at The Ship Inn Restaurant & Brewery, 61 Bridge Street, Milford, NJ 08848 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Cremation services were private under the direction of the Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home/Central Bucks Crematory, 344 North Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Send condolences to www.varcoethomasfuneralhome.com.

United States Postal Service mail may be directed  to Kirsten Grover, 1 Darby Court, Ewing, NJ 08628.

Donations may be made to either: Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury & Epilepsy Foundation (www.michaelgouletfoundation.org) or EASEL
Animal Rescue, Ewing, NJ (www.EASELNJ.org).