Marie Elizabeth “Betty” Hewel
Marie Elizabeth “Betty” Hewel passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2022, in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 94. She was born in Houston, Texas, on July 28, 1927 to Wilhelmina Kenyon Blayney and John Mcclusky Blayney.
Betty moved from Texas to Long Island, NY, at a young age and graduated from Jamaica High School. It was also where she met her husband, David Hewel. She graduated from The State University of New York at Cortland with a degree in Physical Education. Betty and David married in December of 1947.
They resided in Pearl River, NY, where she taught Physical Education and in 1956 moved to Lawrence Township, New Jersey. She worked for the Mercer County Girl Scout Council before teaching Physical Education in the Princeton Regional School System. In 2008, she was inducted into the Princeton High School Athletic Hall of Fame for her many years of coaching field hockey and lacrosse.
After retiring, they moved to Sunset Beach, NC, and spent many happy years there. She was active in the women’s golf leagues and the Power Squadron. In the summer she stayed at her camp on Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks, a place she loved more than anywhere else. She was very active in the Upper Saranac Lake community, serving on the Chapel Island Committee and piloting the Chapel Bound for Sunday services. She taught Boat Safety classes for many years. At her camp she welcomed all and taught countless people to water ski, canoe, and sail.
Betty was predeceased by her husband, David. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Conover of Smithfield, Virginia; her son, Thomas Hewel (Claudia) of Centennial, Colorado; and her daughter, Beth Howell (Randall) of Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She is also survived by her grandchildren Carey Stolber (Steven), Megan Edwards (Kenneth), Michael Hewel (Margie), Jessica Hewel, Kevin Howell, and Katherine Howell. She leaves six great-grandchildren: Joshua Stolber, Samuel Stolber, Zachary Edwards, Meredith Edwards, McKenna Hewel, and Morgan Hewel.
A celebration of life will be held July 30 in the Adirondacks. Gifts in her memory may be sent to Chapel Island, PO Box 71, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.
Richard Adam Moskovitz
We are shocked and deeply saddened to announce the passing of Richard Adam Moskovitz on March 8, 2022. He will be deeply missed by his loving partner, Donna Bouchard; his beloved children, Anna Nicole and Ryan Jacob (R.J.); two brothers, Mark (Kathy Mannes) and David Moskovitz (Susan Jacobson); three nieces and nephew; and many coworkers and friends.
Richard loved family and he loved food and was passionate about the power of food to bring people together and create lasting memories. A creative problem solver, he faced challenges with tenacity, humor, optimism, and humility. Richard was an unrelenting mentor to all and supported countless colleagues throughout his life. He was exceedingly proud of his children and radiated with love whenever he spoke of Anna and R.J. and his wonderful partner Donna and the life they were creating together. His time with all of us was too short.
His death came unexpectedly at a time when he was successful operating a destination dining experience at Brick Farm Tavern, featuring and supporting sustainable farming producers and providers in the Hopewell, NJ, region. During his career, he led and inspired individuals and teams across the hospitality industry, including venues in ships, museums, ranches, and parks. Richard was empathetic and entrepreneurial. Richard loved people. Richard cared. From successfully and lovingly hosting huge parties to whipping up a favorite bouillabaisse in his brother’s kitchen, Richard embraced the potential for food and celebration to bring us all together. We will feel his presence the next time we break bread together or make a toast. We will forever miss his voice, his smile, his teddy bear hugs.
His family and friends invite those who remember Richard to support Trinity Counseling Service (TCS) Princeton, NJ (trinitycounseling.org).
Sarah Jones Easter
Sarah (Sally) Jones Easter of Montgomery Township, NJ, died on January 21, 2022 at the age of 84. She was born in New York City in 1937, daughter of Allen Northey Jones, an investment banker, and Lillian Lovell Jones, an artist and poet. Sarah graduated from Abbott Academy in 1954, graduated from Vassar College in 1958, and did graduate work in Elementary Education at Trenton State College in the late 1960s.
Sarah married George Cordell Easter in 1957, who she met on a blind date at Princeton University. She is predeceased by her husband, her parents, and her brother Stephen Jones. Sarah is survived by her three children, Sally Easter, Cory Easter, Jennifer Easter Nelson; daughter-in-law Josefina Martinez Easter; son-in-law Derrick Nelson; and her beloved grandchildren Matt and Nick Brown, Chelsea, Amanda and Cory Jose Easter, and Dell and Sarah Nelson. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Hugh Wakefield, and her niece and nephew Amory and Austin Wakefield.
Sarah was passionate about her volunteer work, volunteering in an inner-city community center and with children with special needs during college. She volunteered in the Princeton Public Schools as a library volunteer, as a one-on-one tutor in Middle Schools, and as President of the Princeton Middle School PTO. She taught reading in the Trenton Public Schools, organizing and operating a Learning Center at Cook School. Since many of her students did not have breakfast in the morning, Sarah brought them home-baked high protein cookies.
Sarah also helped others by donating blood for over 35 years until she aged out (to her annoyance), coordinated volunteers and delivered Meals on Wheels with her husband George for many years, and served as President and a member of the Board of Trustees of Planned Parenthood of Mercer County. She also served on the Board and as Vice-President of Cherry Hill Nursery School, volunteered for Youth Employment Service (Princeton Youth Fund), volunteered for the Woodfields Foundation, and was a Brownie Leader and Girl Scout Leader. As a VISTA volunteer, Sarah managed Cabin Creek Quilts in Princeton, marketing quilts made by elderly wives of coal miners in West Virginia. She served as Co-Treasurer for the All Star I family conference at Star Island in the Isles of Shoals for many years and she and George chaired the conference in 1972.
Sarah, the granddaughter of an Episcopal Minister, and husband George (who grew up a devout Catholic) decided to join the Princeton Unitarian Church in 1962 after visiting an Episcopal church on a Sunday when the sermon was entitled “Why We Are Not Unitarians.” Over the 60 years that she was a church member, Sarah served as the President, Vice-President of Administration, Vice-President of Programming of the Board of Trustees, and was a member of the Partner Church Committee. She served multiple terms as President of the Women’s Alliance, taught Sunday School, and could always be found in the church kitchen, commandeering good spirited volunteers for brunches and memorial services.
When not volunteering, Sarah enjoyed birding, gardening, and traveling the world on birding and museum tours with her husband George. She is remembered as a kind and compassionate friend with a sharp wit and an endless store of knowledge on church matters. Sarah used to tell her children, “If your house is truly clean, then you aren’t doing enough volunteer work!” She once put a sign on the church refrigerator that said “To All Conducting Botulism Experiments in this Fridge: Clean your stuff out by the end of the week or it will be discarded. In the future, please conduct your botulism experiments in your own fridge!” She will be cherished and remembered.