Helen M. "Bunnie" Long
Ellen (Helen) 'Bunnie' Mathilda Long died peacefully on September 1, 2020. Her daughter Eileen was with her. A resident of Princeton, NJ since 1953, she was an active member of St Paul's Parish, Princeton, NJ and retired from Princeton University Firestone Library in 1995.
The 4th of five siblings, Helen was born in Fairtown, Co. Cavan, Ireland. In the 1920's her parents met and married in Brooklyn, NY where two of Helen's older siblings were born before the family returned to Ireland and bought a small farm. Shortly after she was born they all returned to USA to live in Brooklyn. The Great Depression changed those plans yet again and they all went back to Ireland in 1936 where Helen spent a contented childhood. In 1953 she set sail for New York on the SS Mauritania from Cobh, Co. Cork and as she writes in her memoir, "...to face the world on my own."
After a short stay with her Aunt Helen in NY she took a job in Princeton, NJ and eventually met Patrick J. Long. They married in 1956 settling in Princeton where they both worked, raised 3 children and proudly took advantage of all the opportunities of their USA citizenship. Helen's children have the most wonderful memories growing up with their happy parents.
Helen was an enthusiastic volunteer both in St Paul's ministries and at the Princeton Senior Resource Center. She shared a love of music, art, travel and the simple pleasures of the world outdoors with everyone. Helen had a special approach to the aesthetics of everything around her. She trained, apprenticed and was employed as a professional seamstress early in her working life. That expertise, talent and her love of design meant she always planned and often made everything exactly to her own specifications. Her pretty gardens and generous hospitality welcomed visitors from everywhere. Her travel adventures took her around the US, to the Holy Land, Italy, France, Bahamas, through the Panama Canal and many times back to Ireland.
Predeceased by her husband Patrick J. Long and her son Michael P. Long, her brothers Nicholas Smith and Thomas Smith, and sister Kathleen Smith, Helen is survived by her son Brian J. Long of Princeton, NJ, daughter, M. Eileen Long and son-in-law, Tarik R. Shahbender both of Princeton NJ; her sister, Margaret Paul of Lawrenceville, NJ; step sisters Helen Cordner of Brewster, MA and Mary Ellen Benedetto of Ventura, CA and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends locally and around the world.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on September 10, 2020 at 10am at St Paul's Roman Catholic Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Mass will also be viewable starting at 9:50am at <www.stpaulsofprinceton.org> Burial will follow the mass at Princeton Cemetery on Greenview Ave., Princeton, NJ. A memorial for Helen will be planned at a later date when it is safer for friends and family to gather as we wish.
Donations in memory of Helen are welcome for the Princeton Senior Resource Center at <princetonsenior.org> or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital <stjude.org>