Obituary of Mary Hobler 'Randy'
~~Mary Fitz Randolph 'Randy' Hobler SKILLMAN Mary Fitz Randolph "Randy" Hobler died May 26, 2017, at the age of 94. She was a resident of Princeton, NJ, from 1945 until she moved to Stonebridge in Skillman, NJ, in 2004. She was co-author with Jeanne Silvester of "Princeton Trivia," "On the Streets Where We Live," and "The Present Day Club 100th Anniversary History." She also wrote "On the Streets Where We Live Revisited" in 2003, a history of the Professional Roster, and many other historical articles. Mrs. Hobler, born in 1922, was raised in Bronxville, NY, the daughter of Howard and Mollie Fitz Randolph. She also lived in La Jolla, CA, for 10 years, where her father, a well-known genealogist, researched and wrote a book on early La Jolla history, "La Jolla: Year by Year." Graduating from the Bishop's School in 1940 and Occidental College in 1944, Randy married Herbert W. Hobler (also raised in Bronxville) in 1944, when he was serving in the Army Air Corps. After the war, they settled in Princeton and raised four children. While her children were in elementary school, Randy volunteered at the YMCA, and when her husband founded the Princeton radio station Nassau Broadcasting Company (WHWH), she joined him there for 10 years as assistant treasurer of the board. In the 1970's, she pursued a master's degree in counseling at Rider University, graduating in 1975. For 18 years, Randy was a career counselor with the Professional Roster and was also one of the founders of Youth Employment Services in Princeton. Over the years, she served on the boards of the Present Day Club, the YMCA of Princeton, Youth Employment Service, the Professional Roster, and was a trustee and secretary of the board of the Princeton-Blairstown Center. Upon moving to Stonebridge in Skillman in 2004, Randy created and produced a monthly Stonebridge newsletter called "Views from the Bridge." Inspired by her love of history and genealogy, she also wrote histories of her maternal grandmother's life, and of her youth in Bronxville and La Jolla. Always interested in the arts, Randy took up painting in mid-life, and was well known for her landscape works and paintings of many Princeton historic homes. Her interest in architecture and art blended when she designed and built beautiful doll houses, building numerous models of famous Princeton homes, complete with all the tiny household pieces. Over the years, Randy and Herb traveled all over the world (70 countries in all) on planes, barges, buses, boats, ships, railroads, and zodiacs. One of their favorite trips was a month-long round-the-world trip with 65 others on a private jet. With her razor-sharp intelligence, Randy was always able to complete the New York Times crossword puzzles. She was a lifetime lover of reading and books, chocolate and all things British. Those who knew and loved her will remember her for her dry wit, common sense, creativity, interest in others, and for being a loyal and devoted friend. Mrs. Hobler is survived by her husband of 73 years, Herbert; son, Randolph of Dobbs Ferry, NY; three daughters, Deborah Hobler of Santa Barbara, CA, Mary Hyson of Cheshire, CT, and Nancy Hobler of Germantown, MD; six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandsons. Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton-Blairstown Center or the Princeton Historical Society. Burial is private, in the Princeton Cemetery.
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