Jean R. Petrone, 88 of Princeton, NJ, passed away at home on March 26, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Jean was born in Gretna, VA in 1929 the eldest daughter of Ruben and Mae Bosiger Rowles. She grew up on the family farm in Gretna, VA and in Plainsboro, NJ. She was a proud graduate of Princeton High School class of 1947 where she met her husband of almost 70 years Jack Petrone. They met on a date at a soda shop on Nassau Street arranged by a mutual friend and they have been together ever since. She was an excellent student and a recipient of a Gold Key award as a senior at Princeton High, an achievement for which she was very proud. Upon graduating Princeton High School she went to work at NJ Bell Telephone. Upon Jack returning from his time in the army they were married on May 1, 1948. She worked as a realtor for Carnegie Reality for many years after raising her five sons. The job that she was most proud of was raising her five sons. She dedicated herself to providing the best for her sons in every way she could. She was there for her children in every way. She provided comfort, love and support for her children and grandchildren up until her last days.
Some of her favorite activities included being a member of the PTA and a home room mother at the Princeton Schools, volunteering for many years with the Heart Fund of Princeton and at Princeton Hospital. She loved to sing and was a member of the Sweet Adelines women’s singing group in the area for many years. She was a member of Springdale Golf Club and took up golf in her fifties. She enjoyed bowling in a number of women’s leagues. She enjoyed playing card games and played bridge at Springdale as well as other groups. She and Jack loved to dance and had an active social life for many years. She enjoyed cooking, especially for her grandchildren. She loved to do crossword puzzles and read the news in her later years. Jean was the lead cheerleader at thousands of her son’s and grandchildren’s ball games over many years. She was the beloved Grammy to her fourteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Jean is survived by her husband John F. “Jack” Petrone, brother Larry and Betty Rowles, sister Carol Ann and Fred Ingram of Gretna, VA, her sons John F. Jr. and Gail, James and Carol, Jeff and Leigh, Judd and Ginger, and Jason and Kathleen, her grandchildren Jaclyn, Jaime and Akira Yamamoto, Dean, Kelsey, Chris and Nicole, Brent, Todd, Jillian, Jordan, Judd Jr., Eva Mae, James, Jaxon, Travis and great granddaughter Cameran Yamamoto. She also leaves behind many other relatives including nieces, nephews and cousins whom she cared deeply about.
The Funeral will be held 9:00 AM Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM Tuesday at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, April 2, 2018 at the funeral home.