Dorothy Turnage Diehl, 74, of Princeton died Sunday, April 14, 2019 at home. Born in Los Angeles, CA, she graduated with a degree in English from San Jose State University. She lived in Washington, DC, Tucson, AZ and Hana, HI before settling in Princeton in 1995. She taught high school chemistry and physics and worked as a bookkeeper and as comptroller on several political campaigns. In later years she worked as a nanny and helped to raise several beloved Princeton-area children. She was fiercely proud of her tiny, historic 18th century house in the heart of Princeton’s John-Witherspoon neighborhood, which she worked to restore with her own hands. She appreciated fine dining, and was a regular at several local restaurants where she counted the staff among her friends. She loved dogs and horses, and visited Cheyenne, “her” horse, at Hasty Acres weekly even after she was no longer able to ride. She loved the music of Keith Jarrett and was a student of the piano up through the last weeks of her life.
Daughter of the late Henry Charles and Helen Frances (Turnage) Diehl, Jr., she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Alison Lake and Brian Cameron of Colorado Springs, CO, and by her two sisters, Karen Merris of Hayward, CA and Diana Imig of Tucson, AZ. She will be deeply missed.
Although Dorothy had not been a church-goer for many years, a Mass in her honor will be celebrated at 11:00am on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at St. Paul Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, where her daughter Alison was baptized in 2003. The Mass will be followed at 12:00pm by a general reception in the St. Paul Spiritual Center (downstairs) for all who would like to pay their respects.
"In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to Heads Up Special Riders, 121 Laurel Ave, Kingston, NJ 08528."
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.