OBITUARIES, Jan. 30, 2004

Margaret T. Sprout, Elizabeth Nebus, Sondra B. Mines, Elizabeth L. O’Malley, Elizabeth F. Vollrath, George J. Kellinger.

Margaret T. Sprout
Research scholar, volunteer
Margaret Tuttle Sprout of Princeton died Monday at home after a brief illness. She was 100.
   Born in Painesville, Ohio, where she spent her childhood years, she moved to Princeton in 1931 when her husband, Harold, joined the politics department at Princeton University.
   Mrs. Sprout was a partner in her husband’s work as a scholar of international relations at Princeton University until his retirement in 1969, after which they continued their research and writing as research associates at the Princeton Center for International Studies.
   They co-authored and co-edited works that were accepted as standards in their fields. In 1978, they published "The Context of Environmental Politics: Unfinished Business for America’s Third Century," the eighth book they had co-authored since 1931. It was also their fourth major study on environmental politics, a subject they pioneered before ecology became a popular cause.
   Mrs. Sprout served on the Princeton Township Board of Health for five years and actively worked toward the merger of the separate boards of township and borough, which resulted in the joint Princeton Regional Health Commission. She served as both the secretary and chairperson on this commission for 21 years until her retirement in 1993.
   Mrs. Sprout had been a member of the League of Women Voters since 1936, serving as president of the Princeton Area League from 1944 to 1946, and held a multitude of positions supporting the League over many years.
   In the 1940s, she worked toward the desegregation of the Princeton Public Schools and was involved in many community activities throughout the years including the Council of Community Services, Cub Scouts, Campfire Girls and the American Field Service.
   Hosting a Belgian exchange student in 1953 and 1954 was the beginning of a lifelong relationship with Claudine de Leener and her family in Belgium and an interest in international travel.
   Mrs. Sprout’s love of nature, concern for the environment and organizational skills came together in her participation in establishing the Gray Farm Neighbors Inc. in Princeton. She was chairwoman of the committee that maintains the development’s common ground for many years and her efforts were recognized by the dedication of a picnic table and benches.
   Mrs. Sprout researched and wrote histories of her family of origin, the Tuttles, and her husband’s family, the Sprouts.
   On the occasion of her 100th birthday, the mayor of Princeton Township issued a proclamation declaring Nov. 21, 2003 to be "Margaret Sprout Day."
   She attended Oberlin College, where she met her future husband, whom she married in 1924. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin in 1925 and a master’s degree in geography from the University of Wisconsin in 1929.
   Daughter of the late Martin and Florence Tuttle, wife of the late Harold Sprout, who died in 1980, and sister of the late Charlotte Tuttle Lanigan and Allen Tuttle, she is survived by daughter and son-in-law Elisabeth S. and Robert McDonald of South Salem, N.Y.; son and daughter-in-law Donald F. and Edith Sprout of Somerset; sister Elisabeth Tuttle of Mercer Island, Wash.; grandsons Robert McGuire of Glenwood, Stewart McGuire of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Andrew McGuire of New Milford, Conn.; and two great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters.
   A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Princeton University Chapel. Interment will be private.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Education Fund of the Princeton League of Women Voters, c/o Frieda Gilvarg, 240 Hartley Ave., Princeton NJ 08540 or The Student Conservation Association at The SCA Center for Conservation Service, 689 River Road, P.O. Box 550, Charlestown, NH 03603-0550.
   Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.
Elizabeth Nebus
NJ Turnpike waitress
Elizabeth "Elsie" Nebus of Princeton died Tuesday at University Medical Center at Princeton. She was 93.
   Born in New York City, she moved to South Brunswick in 1933 and most recently resided in Acorn Glen Assisted Living, Princeton Township.
   A waitress for the Host Marriott service area restaurants on the New Jersey Turnpike for 43 years, she retired in 1999 at the age of 88.
   She attended Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Milltown.
   Wife of the late Sylvester "Jim" Nebus, mother of the late Kathleen N. Speranza, she is survived by daughter and son-in-law Jacqueline N. and Raymond Wadsworth of Princeton; great-grandchildren R. Keith Wadsworth, Kathleen Ann Wadsworth, Kathleen Speranza Ryan and Kenneth A. Speranza; eight great-grandchildren; and son-in-law Kenneth Speranza of Connecticut.
   Private funeral will be Saturday at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton with Monsignor Walter E. Nolan officiating.
   Private burial will be in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Monmouth Junction First Aid & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 5, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852.
Sondra B. Mines
Speech pathologist
WEST WINDSOR — Sondra B. Mines died Sunday at University Medical Center at Princeton. She was 62.
   Born in the Bronx, N.Y., she was a former resident of Los Angeles before moving to West Windsor six years ago.
   She was a speech pathologist and audiologist at the Los Angeles Board of Education for 20 years.
   She was a member of the Diabetes Association and the American Association of Speech and Language.
   Miss Mines earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New York University.
   Daughter of the late Morris and Minette Mines, she is survived by sister and brother-in-law Pamela and Bruce Lubitz of West Windsor; nephew Dr. Steven Lubitz and his wife, Dr. Carrie Lubitz; and nieces Meredith Lubitz and Cynthia Milburn and her husband, Nathaniel.
   The funeral will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.
   Burial will follow at Floral Park Cemetery, Deans.
   The period of mourning will be observed Sunday at the Lubitz residence.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Elizabeth L. O’Malley
Helped found Mercer ARC
HIGHTSTOWN — Elizabeth Lane O’Malley died Jan. 23 at Meadow Lakes after many years of battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
   Born in Bethlehem, Pa., she grew up in Johnson City, N.Y., and moved to the Trenton area in 1937 to attend Rider College. She lived in Titusville for many years and briefly in Ewing before moving to Meadow Lakes in 1996.
   She dedicated her life to the development and wellbeing of her daughter, Patricia, and worked for years to protect the rights of the developmentally disabled. She and her husband were instrumental in the establishment of Mercer ARC.
   A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she was a direct descendant of Richard Warren and Edward Fuller, who sailed to America on the Mayflower in 1620.
   Niece of the late Maybelle and Si Bennett, who raised her, wife of the late Joseph M. O’Malley, to whom she was married 56 years, she is survived by daughter Patricia O’Malley of West Windsor; sisters-in-law Agnes T. O’Malley of Hightstown, Katherine F. O’Malley of Trenton and Mary M. O’Malley of Avon-by-the-Sea; three nieces; six nephews; 17 great-nieces and nephews; and dear friends Diane and Frank Ivens and Beth and Jack Herman.
   The funeral will be 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Joseph P. Horan Funeral Home, 432 Hamilton Ave., Trenton.
   Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 540 Chestnut Ave., Trenton.
   Interment will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Hamilton.
   Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Enable Inc., 13 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Elizabeth F. Vollrath
Longtime Princeton resident
HILLSBOROUGH — Elizabeth F. Vollrath died Jan. 23 at Foothill Acres Nursing Home. She was 98.
   Born in Philadelphia, she moved to Princeton in 1953.
   An avid gardener, she was a member of the Garden Club of Princeton and was an active volunteer in many organizations.
   Wife of the late Donald C. Vollrath, she is survived by daughters Elizabeth Willard of Portland, Maine and Joan Howell of Princeton; three grandsons; and six great-granddaughters.
   The funeral was private.
   Burial was in Princeton Cemetery.
   Arrangements were by Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
George J. Kellinger
Owned engineering firm
MONTGOMERY — George J. Kellinger died Sunday at Rahway Hospital. He was 78.
   Born in New York City, he grew up in Corona, N.Y., and was a resident of York, Pa., before moving to the Belle Mead area of Montgomery 27 years ago.
   He was the former owner and operator of Innovative Design Engineering Associates in Hillsborough.
   He was a member and former president of the Hillsborough-Montgomery Lions Club and a member of Princeton Elks Club.
   He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Muriel; daughter Barbara Kellinger Garrish of Asheville, N.C.; son Robert Kellinger of Belle Mead; and grandchildren Aaron Sullivan Garrish and Alana Kellinger of Belle Mead.
   A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. today at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Princeton.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hillsborough-Montgomery Lions Club or Princeton Elks Club.
   Arrangements are by Hillsborough Funeral Home, Hillsborough.