OBITUARIES, Jan. 6, 2006

Norman Eiger, Roger C. Breese, Katharine Chamberlain, Esther H. Mitman, George H. Connerat, Grace L. Hullfish

Norman Eiger
Rutgers professor and artist
MONTGOMERY — Norman Eiger died Dec. 29 at the Stonebridge at Montgomery retirement community. He was 77.
   He was a Princeton resident from 1966 to 2005, before moving to Stonebridge in April.
   Born in New York City, Dr. Eiger was professor emeritus at Rutgers University, where he served on the faculty of the School of Labor and Management Relations for some 28 years.
   Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, he enlisted in President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty program as a training director.
   He gained his expertise in labor studies as an executive with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, now part of UNITE.
   Dr. Eiger was an alumnus of City College of New York, Rutgers University and New York University. He was also a gifted artist who attended New York’s High School of Music and Art and whose work was featured at a number of one-person exhibits encompassing a variety of media.
   Following his retirement from Rutgers in the mid-1990s, Dr. Eiger was accepted as a member of the Princeton Art Museum’s Docent Association and served for some 10 years as an expert guide to the museum’s exhibits.
   He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dotty A. Goldman Eiger; son Randall Eiger; daughter Pam Bardon; and grandchildren Quinn and Sean Bardon.
   A memorial service and exhibition of his recent artwork is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Stonebridge at Montgomery, located off Montgomery Road adjacent to the Montgomery Center for the Arts.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, 125 Broad St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Roger C. Breese
Retired animal control officer
LAKE WALES, Fla. — Roger Charles Breese died Tuesday at Lake Wales Medical Center of heart failure. He was 67.
   Born in Princeton, he moved to Lake Wales five years ago from Bridgeville, Del.
   Mr. Breese was a retired animal control officer in Princeton.
   He is survived by his fiancee, JoAnn O’Connor, of Lake Wales; daughters Brenda Springfield of Georgetown, Del., and Trina Yingling of Bridgeville, Del.; and grandchildren Nicole, Shannon and Alissa Springfield and Jacob R. Yingling.
   Arrangements are by Johnson Funeral Home, Lake Wales.
Katharine Chamberlain
Retired from University Store
MONROE — Katharine Chamberlain died Dec. 25 at home. She was 70.
   Born in Plainfield and a former Princeton resident, Miss Chamberlain resided in the Princeton area for more than 31 years.
   Miss Chamberlain was retired from the Princeton University Store, where she had worked for many years in the book department.
   Her hobbies and interests included poetry, painting, nature photography and bird-watching.
   She was active with the Trenton Naturalist Club and the New Jersey Audubon Society. Additionally, she was a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton.
   She had an associate’s degree from Endicott College, Beverly, Mass.
   Daughter of the late Pierce A. Chamberlain Jr. and Katharine Baylis Cochran Chamberlain, she is survived by her brother, Pierce A. Chamberlain III of Arizona; cousin Margaret C. Beringer of Basking Ridge; and numerous Cochran and Chamberlain cousins. Miss Chamberlain is also survived by her aide and companion, Lynn Tungol of Avenel.
   A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at Monroe Village, with the. Rev. Lauren J. McFeaters, associate pastor at Nassau Presbyterian Church, and Miss Chamberlain’s cousin, the Rev. Robert Beringer, co-officiating.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the New Jersey Audubon Society, 80 Scotts Corner Road, Cranbury, NJ 08512.
   Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.
Esther H. Mitman
Daughter lives in West Windsor
SOUTH BRUNSWICK — Esther Hackett Mitman died Wednesday at Buckingham Place. She was 85.
   Born in Philadelphia, she was a resident of Sellersville, Pa., for 57 years before moving to South Brunswick in 2004.
   She retired in 1982 from Royal Pants Manufacturing Co. in Perkasie, Pa., after 42 years as a seamstress. She was a longtime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Sellersville.
   She was a graduate of Sellersville-Perkasie High School in Perkasie.
   Daughter of the late Joseph and Lavinia Patton Hackett, wife of the late Clifford Mitman and sister of the late James Hackett, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Clifford and Mildred Mitman Jr. of Scituate, Mass.; daughter and son-in-law Kathleen and Robert Murray of West Windsor; sister and brother-in-law Anna and Lester Bishop of Perkasie, Pa.; grandchildren Douglas, Jennie, Amy, Robert and Bradley; and 11 great-grandchildren.
   Calling hour will be 7 to 8 p.m. today at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.
   Graveside services are scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Perkasie, Pa., with the Rev. George H. Schmidt Jr. officiating.
   A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Sellersville, Pa., with a reception to follow.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 104 Green St., Sellersville, PA 18960.
George H. Connerat
Area volunteer
BERKELEY HEIGHTS — George H. Connerat died Wednesday. He was 94.
   Born in Atlanta, he was an active Princeton-area volunteer.
   He retired in 1974 as president and CEO of Valley Metallurgical Processing Co. of Essex, Conn.
   He began his career as a financial analyst for the Reconstruction Finance Corp. and then joined the Army during World War II, attaining the rank of major in the Quartermaster Corps.
   From 1946 to 1952, he was vice president of finance at Telecoin Corp. in New York City. He then became treasurer of Republic Aviation Corp. from 1952 to 1964. He was vice president of finance at Lehigh Valley Industries from 1964 to 1966 before joining the Valley Metallurgical Processing Co. in 1966.
   He was a graduate of the University of Georgia, Harvard Business School and, in 1936, George Washington Law School.
   Son of the late Robert and Katherine Connerat, brother of the late Vincent Connerat, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia Reed Hopper Connerat; daughter Robin Connerat; son and daughter-in law George and Jeanne Connerat; grandchildren Kristen and Elizabeth Connerat; and nieces Marianne C. Kendall and Jean C. Levine.
   A memorial service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple St., Summit. Interment will be at a later date in Savannah, Ga.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of New Jersey, 400 Morris Ave., Denville, NJ 07834.
Grace L. Hullfish
Longtime Hopewell resident
NEWTOWN, Pa. — Grace Lucy Hullfish died Dec. 30 at Chandler Hall. She was 85.
   Before moving to Chandler Hall, she lived in Hopewell for more than 50 years.
   She worked for Allen’s Flower Shop, Rockwell Manufacturing Co., and in her later years, she was a volunteer at HomeFront’s preschool, Cherry Tree Project.
   Wife of the late George K. Hullfish, she is survived by her daughters and son-in-law Marie M. and Pietro Smith, and Ella L. Hullfish, all of West Windsor; brother and sister-in-law Paul J. and Dorothy Messineo of Montgomery; sister-in-law Grace Messineo of Montgomery; and several nieces and nephews.
   A graveside service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today at Highland Cemetery, Hopewell, followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service at Calvary Baptist Church, 3 East Broad St., Hopewell.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Chandler Hall, 99 Barclay St., Newtown, PA 18940 or HomeFront, 1880 Princeton Ave., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.
   Arrangements are by Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home, Newtown, Pa.