June 9, 2021

Obituaries 6/9/2021

Helen Puschel Apgar
1921 – 2020

Helen Puschel Apgar would have turned 100 this September. She died at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic on February 7, 2020 in Mantoloking, NJ, having regretfully outlived her husband H. Holt Apgar (Princeton ‘43) and her two oldest children, Holt Jr. (’69) and Barbara. Her youngest son David; her grandchildren Phebe (‘00), Sarah, and Camille; and four great-grandchildren survive her.

Born Helen Willard Puschel on September 24, 1921 in Flushing — not long after Queens incorporated it — she was the only child of Herbert W. and Helen Cork Puschel. She had two favorite uncles: Uncle Possum, Edward Chevalier Cork, youngest of her mother’s four siblings, who livened up family tea parties during and after Prohibition with dollops of “tonic” from a pocket flask; and Walter Puschel, who joined his great-uncle’s textile emporium Schumacher a few years after the company took part in the 1925 Paris Exposition that launched Art Deco, and helped the firm bring modernism to American homes.

A turning point in Helen’s life was the birth of a daughter in 1950 with cognitive deficits, who for years gave little sign of ever being able to lead a semblance of a normal life. In time, Barbara began to make peace with the world and even graduated from junior college, but always needed to live with Helen. Daughter in tow, Helen and Holt retired to their beloved beach house in Mantoloking, not far from where they had met in 1941.

Living as long as Helen did, her daughter always had a place to stay. Two months after Barbara succumbed to ovarian cancer, Helen awoke in good spirits one morning, had breakfast, fell into a coma, and, for no apparent reason, passed away.

A family memorial service will celebrate her 100th birthday.


Carol Pettit Lovelock

Carol Pettit Lovelock, age 78, died of complications due to Covid-19 on May 17, 2021.

Carol was a member of the Pettit family that settled in the Princeton area around 100 years ago. She was born on January 2, 1943 in Alexandria, La., while her family was Army traveling. She attended the Valley Road School, and Princeton High School for one year. Carol was a graduate of the Solebury School, New Hope, Pa, and also studied at the Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion Careers in New York City.

She worked as Assistant Investment Counselor at the Bank of New York, on Wall Street. After raising her family, she became a Store Manager for Shoetown Stores in Oceanside and Baldwin, on Long Island.

She was predeceased by her parents, Bill and Taddy of Ridgeview Road, and her brother Jon. Carol is survived by brothers Bill (Kathy) and Don (Joan), sister Penny Kreinberg (Bob), and sister-in-law Barb.  

Carol maintained ties to Princeton by visiting family often, attending Easter services at Trinity Church, and shopping along Nassau Street and Palmer Square. She enjoyed fashion and gardening and always had flowers in her life.  She also enjoyed travel and visited most states in the U.S.A., Canada, and many countries in Europe and the Caribbean.

Her family was everything to Carol. She leaves behind her loving husband of 52 years, Joseph, and three children: Carolyn (Pat) McGarry, Joe W. (Henrietta), and Charles. She also loved and doted on her six grandchildren: Bridget, Peyton, Morgan, William, Katie, and Amanda. 

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Tuesday, June 15 at 10 a.m., and interment will follow at the family plot in Princeton Cemetery.


Francis P. Fahey

Francis Patrick Fahey, age 86, entered into his eternal rest with God on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Frank graduated from St Joseph’s seminary in Princeton, NJ, and attended St. John’s University.

He proudly served his country in the US Navy and was assigned to the USS Intrepid from 1956-1958.

Frank married his childhood sweetheart Cathleen, and in 1972 they moved to Princeton, NJ, where they raised their five children.

Frank was instrumental in starting the West Windsor PAL Basketball League in the mid-70s and was a longtime member of Springdale Country Club.

At the age of 18 Frank began his career with AT&T working in the mailroom. He eventually worked his way up to Division Manager of AT&T Submarine Systems. He and Cathy were fortunate enough to travel the world before retiring in 1994 after 42 years with AT&T.

He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, son, and friend to many.

Predeceased by his parents Patrick and Delia Fahey and sister Sr. Theresa Fahey, RSHM. Frank is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cathleen (Neller) Fahey; three sons Tim (Ellen), Brian (Kimbra), and Rob (Renee); two daughters Colleen (Mike) Natalicchio and Tara (Rob) Hetzel; two sisters Sr. Patricia Fahey, RSHM and Barbara (John) Chiaramonte; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021 at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will be private.