August 25, 2021

Obituaries 8/25/2021

Gary and Susan Froehlich

Gary Froehlich, 72, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away at home on August 10, 2021. Susan Froehlich, 72, also of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, passed away on August 13, 2021. 

Gary was born in Princeton, New Jersey, on July 21, 1949, and attended Princeton High School until he enlisted in the Army.  Gary served in the 11th Light Infantry Brigade, and was sent to Vietnam to serve his country, which he was very proud to do.  Gary was awarded two Purple Hearts with OLC, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar.  He was also awarded high honors from the State of New Jersey for serving his country. Even though Gary was a Disabled Veteran, he looked at every day of his life as a gift.

Despite his disabilities, Gary worked for many years in the family business, Bohrens/United Van Lines, which was founded by his grandfather. Gary was a longtime resident of West Windsor, New Jersey, before moving to Port Orange, Florida, in 2001 and then to New Smyrna Beach in 2020. Gary was a family man who loved life and enjoyed fishing, and he was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and friend.  He will be truly missed by many.

Predeceased by his parents, Warren Froehlich, Sr., and Louise Marshall Froehlich, and his brother, Warren Froehlich, Jr., Gary was survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Susan L. Froehlich, who passed away three days after Gary. Gary is survived by his daughter, Kristie Christ, son-in-law Tim Christ, and grandchildren Kyle and Jennifer Christ of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He is also survived by his brothers, Theodore W. Froehlich of Princeton, New Jersey, and Edwin Froehlich of Waretown, New Jersey, and many nieces and nephews.

Susan was born in Princeton, New Jersey, on March 29, 1949, and attended Princeton High School, where she met the love of her life and husband of 52 years, Gary Froehlich. Susan was a homemaker who dedicated her life to making a home for her husband and daughter. She also worked at the Dutch Neck School in West Windsor, starting as a cafeteria aide and later as an assistant librarian. Susan loved working with the children, and the students loved her because she listened with an open heart and was very fair to all. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, who will be missed by many.

Susan was a longtime resident of West Windsor, New Jersey, before moving to Port Orange, Florida, in 2001, and then to New Smyrna Beach in 2020.

Susan was predeceased by her parents, Richard and Carolyn Hawley. Susan was also predeceased by her husband, Gary, who passed away three days prior to Susan’s passing. Her family feels that, simply put, she could not bear to continue without him.

Susan is survived by her daughter, Kristie Christ, son-in-law Tim Christ, and grandchildren Kyle and Jennifer Christ of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Services for both Gary and Susan will be private and determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in their names to the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department, 3551 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 32168.


Guinnevere (Guinn) Anspaugh Roberts

Guinnevere (Guinn) Anspaugh Roberts, 80, left the world peacefully on July 27, 2021, at her Princeton, New Jersey, home with her family by her side.

Guinn came into the world in Wichita, Kansas, as the second of three daughters born to Lee and Ellen Anspaugh. Guinn was an insatiable reader and excelled in school. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Kansas. Guinn was both studious and adventurous. A friend introduced the tall and willowy college junior to Rad, a handsome and humorous entomology graduate student, and she often snuck out the window of her Alpha Chi Omega sorority house to visit him.

The two married and moved to Berkeley, California, and then to Corvallis, Oregon, where their shared love of gardening blossomed and their first two children were born. After six years of working, raising kids, gardening, reading, and enjoying the outdoors, the family moved to New Jersey. Guinn and Rad’s youngest daughter was born shortly thereafter, and a feisty dachshund puppy also joined the family. The family lived on the Millstone River for two years of merry madness, including two floods. Ever calm in a crisis, Guinn rescued the neighbor’s two goats by coaxing them into a canoe. Soon thereafter, the family moved to higher ground in Princeton.

Guinn taught English as a Second Language at Rutgers. She was much loved by her students, and by her family and friends, for her calm demeanor and unwavering encouragement. She adored her children and supported them from infancy to adulthood, handling the majority of parenting and household tasks. Guinn worked in her garden most days and shared her horticultural knowledge through volunteer work as a Master Gardener. Guinn and Rad made many trips to Central and South America, mixing fun and science to collect insects for Rad’s research, and the entire family spent an adventure-filled sabbatical year in Argentina in 1983. Whether traveling or at home, they enjoyed friendly and competitive games, including Scrabble, which Guinn often won.

Once the children were grown, Guinn shifted from teaching to work at the Educational Testing Service (ETS), where her team designed, wrote, and evaluated the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). After retirement, Guinn enjoyed many years of master gardener work, reading, taking classes at the Princeton Adult School, travel and vacations with family, and visiting and playing Scrabble with friends.

Guinn was predeceased by her husband Radclyffe Roberts. She is survived by her three children, Radclyffe, Guinnevere (Winnie), and Pauline (PK); five grandchildren; two sisters Kay and Barbara and their children; and a loving extended family. A memorial will be held in Princeton in the fall.


Cornelia Ladd O’Grady

Cornelia Ladd O’Grady of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away in her sleep at her home of 23 years on Monday, August 9, 2021 after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, on April 13, 1935 to Caroline Heminway Ladd and Delano Wood Ladd, Sr.

She is a graduate of Miss Porter’s School and an alumna of Vassar College.

She was a former New Jersey chapter board member of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America, a former board member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and a former officer of The Junior League. Also, she was active in arranging trips for The Friends of The Princeton University Art Museum.

She was a current member of The Colony Club, The Present Day Club, and Bedens Brook Club.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert H. O’Grady; her son Standish H. O’Grady of Glenbrook, Nevada; her son Bradford L. O’Grady of Princeton, New Jersey; and her daughter Cornelia S. O’Grady of Princeton, New Jersey. She is also survived by her daughters-in-law Anne Brophy O’Grady of Glenbrook, Nevada, and Katharine Carter O’Grady of Princeton, New Jersey; her grandsons Henry, Standish, Alexander, and Tyson; and her granddaughter Sinclaire.

Her sister Caroline Ladd McCullagh and her brother Delano Wood Ladd, Jr. pre-deceased her.

Memorial contributions may be made to Miss Porter’s School at 60 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032; Trinity Church at 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540; or SAVE – A Friend to Homeless Animals at 1010 County Road 601, Montgomery Township, NJ 08558.

Funeral arrangements are to be determined. 


John Theodore Fischer

John Theodore Fischer, age 92, of Princeton died peacefully on August 22, surrounded by his loving family. He had suffered complications from Parkinson’s disease. 

John was the son of Dr. Theodore and Eleanora Marie Koestering Fischer and was born at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, in 1928.

John grew up in South-Eastern Missouri and loved attending school. His early education was at a parochial school in Altenburg, and he attended Perryville High School where he graduated as valedictorian of his class. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MSEE degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. For his sabbatical year he spent his time studying abroad at the Imperial College of Science in London, England.

John was employed for many years as a research engineer in consumer electronics at RCA Laboratories (later David Sarnoff Research Center of General Electric) in Princeton, NJ. He loved problem solving, woodworking, building things, splitting firewood, and annual trips with his family to the Maine seacoast.

John was a longtime member of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Princeton, NJ, having joined the church when he and Esther came to Princeton in 1952. Over the years he served the church in many roles including
Sunday school teacher, Church Treasurer, and member of the Board of Elders. John also served on several call committees.

John was pre-deceased by his parents and his two brothers, Frederick E. and Richard A. Fischer. John is survived by his wife of 69 years, Esther, his daughter Elizabeth Kay Fisher, his son John II, son and daughter-in-law James Andrew (Sandra Anne), and granddaughter Katherine Alida Fisher. He also leaves behind his sister, Patricia Allen, his stepsister Kathryn Miesner, and sister-in-law Jeanette Fischer, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton.  The funeral will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 407 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ on Monday, August 30, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. The burial will be at Highland Cemetery, Greenwood Avenue (95 Hopewell-Wertsville Road), Hopewell following the service.

Donations in John’s honor may be made to The Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 407 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or Trinity’s Services and Food for the Homeless (SAFH), Lower East Side, 602 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009.


Nixon Waln Hare

Nixon Waln Hare, 76 — beloved father, uncle, and grandfather — passed away at home in Spartanburg, SC, on May 17, 2021. Nick was a lifelong resident of Princeton, NJ, joining the community as a child and returning after college and military service to live and work in the area for nearly 60 years.

Born in Mineola, NY, in 1944, Nick lived with his parents, Jean Gibbs Hare of Garden City, NY, and Emlen Waln Hare of Bryn Mawr, PA, and his older brother, Emlen Gibbs Hare, in Garden City, and attended Cathedral School of St. Mary. 

The family relocated to Princeton in 1952 where Nick attended Princeton Country Day School (1959) and The Choate School (1963). A natural athlete and lover of games, Nick played varsity hockey, lacrosse, and soccer, captaining and co-leading soccer teams in high school and at Colorado College (1967).

Before his senior year, Nick completed boot camp with the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a 2nd Lieutenant commission at graduation, got married, and started USMC Basic School in Quantico, VA. He was accepted into the flight program and shipped out to Iwakuni, Japan, as a Radar Intercept Officer in F-4B Phantom aircraft in 1969. Between 1970-1971, Nick was assigned to the 2nd Marine Air Wing in Beaufort, SC. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Princeton and entered the USMC Reserve Force until 1973. Joining the military remained an enduring honor and source of pride for Nick as a veteran.

Nick pursued a career in finance, working in corporate lending departments for commercial banks, including Citibank and J. Henry Schroder Bank and Trust, in New York City, Philadelphia, and Princeton. He enjoyed developing new business and dove into every aspect of fund and portfolio management at Founders Court, Inc. starting in the mid-1980s, and pursued leveraged buyouts for manufacturing and chemical companies.

As a hobbyist photographer, Nick merged his love of animals, nature, and sports. He was a friend to feral cats and songbirds alike, an audio-recorder of midnight coyotes, a happy walker of dogs, and an unmissable presence on the sidelines. Nick relished Southwestern landscapes, pristine Caribbean waters, golfing with good friends, dry wit, fast cars, making pancakes, hospital volunteering, dancing, and hikes in the mountains of North Carolina.

Nick is survived by six children: Elizabeth Hare, Katherine Hare, Hobart Hare, Margaret Hare, Amory Hare, and Phoebe Hare; their spouses; three grandchildren; and his brother.


Fritzie Moore Tottenham-Smith

February 18, 1931 — August 8, 2021

Fritzie Moore Tottenham-Smith passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at RiverWoods in Durham, NH. She was 90 years old.

Born in Ventnor, NJ, she had been a Princeton resident since 1954. She and her husband also maintained a cherished summer residence on Grindstone Island, Clayton, NY, within the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River, which she and her first husband designed and built. She attended Miss Fine’s School in Princeton and graduated from the Queen Anne School in Seattle, WA.

After 28 years of marriage, Fritzie was widowed by her first husband John L. Moore, Jr. in 1980. She subsequently married Norman Tottenham-Smith, also a widower, in 1981.

Fritzie volunteered for many years at the Medical Center at Princeton. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Visiting Nurse Association and the Princeton Day School. She was a former member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, the Contemporary Garden Club, Pretty Brook Tennis Club, and The Princeton Club of New York.

Fritzie is survived by her husband Norman; her loving sons John L. Moore III (and daughter-in-law Kimberly) of Norwalk, CT, Peter J. Moore (and daughter-in-law Louisa) of Richmond, VT, and Thomas B. Moore (and daughter-in-law Verlinda) of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Also, stepson Michael Tottenham-Smith of England and stepdaughter Fiona T-S Stonor of France. Lovingly known as “G” to her four granddaughters: Sarah and Phebe Moore, Caroline and Melissa Moore; and her grandson Ian Moore; as well as one step-granddaughter, two step-grandsons, and two step-great-granddaughters residing abroad.

As her father once told her, “your heart is as big as a hotel, always room for one more.” She far exceeded her father’s observation and filled her family with unbelievable amounts of encouragement, support, and love.


Mary Murray Garrett

Mary Murray Garrett, (née Tietje), 91, of Hobe Sound, Florida, formerly of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully on August 12, 2021 surrounded by family and her husband of 20 years, Robert Y. Garrett, III.

Mary was born on April 16, 1930, the daughter of Marion and Emil D Tietje, Sr. She graduated from Lacordaire Academy in Montclair and attended Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY.

Mary was one of the founders of the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, NJ. She was a member of the Jupiter Island Club, the Blooming Grove Hunting and Fishing Club, the Pretty Brook Club, and the Bedens Brook Club of which her husband was one of the founders. She was also a member of the Garden Club of Trenton, the Contemporary Garden Club, and the Jupiter Island Garden Club. She served as President of each. Mary also served on the boards of the Stuart Country Day School, the Princeton chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the New Jersey National Bank, the Jupiter Island Club, and the Hobe Sound Nature Center. She was an active volunteer in the Princeton community.

Mary enjoyed painting throughout her life. She was very competitive as an equestrian, sailor, tennis and paddle player, and as a golfer.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 50 years, John P. Murray, Jr. and by her sons Michael, Timothy, and Peter. She is survived by her children: Ellen (Jim) Kelsey, Elizabeth Hosea, Rick (Brigid), Stephen (Muffie), and Scott Murray; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joann (Harry) Briggs. Mary is also survived by her stepchildren Tracy Rubin, Rob (Diana), and John Garrett; eight stepgrandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was a loyal and good friend and a caring wife and mother who will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Hobe Sound Nature Center, 13640 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455 or the charity of your choice.

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Marilyn Adele Durbin

Marilyn Adele Durbin, age 97, passed away peacefully in the embrace of her family on August 11, 2021 in Duarte, California. Marilyn was a resident of the Princeton area for 65 years. She was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton for more than 50 years and was the assistant librarian at Princeton University’s math and physics library for 20 years.

Marilyn was born in New York City and attended Hunter High School and College. In 1945, she married Enoch Durbin, who subsequently became a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Princeton University. Together, they enjoyed travels abroad, church activities, playing tennis and bridge, and being with their children and grandchildren. 

Marilyn was a dedicated volunteer. She created a library for the Plainsboro schools in the 1950s. She delivered food for the Red Cross’ Meals on Wheels, through snow and rain and continuing until she was older than many of the residents she served. She sorted clothes at Second Time Around, a charitable thrift store in Pennington.

Her children, Jon, Paul, and Karen, made Marilyn proud. She was a wonderful mother-in-law to Donna, Cinian, and Abhinandan. She was equally proud of her five grandchildren, Amanda, Lyle, Aarti, Nikhil, and Seth, and one great-grandson, Niam. The family has many fond memories of joyful and loving times with Mom/Grandma/Great-grandma.