Lawrence Howley

Obituary of Lawrence Walter Howley

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Lawrence Walter Howley, 84, passed away peacefully and returned to the Lord on January 12, 2021 at Princeton Care Center from complications with COVID related illness.  Mr. Howley was born on October 3, 1936 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Anna (Benedyk) and James S. Howley. As a young man of 17 he enlisted in the Air Force but received a medical discharge.  Mr. Howley relocated to Princeton with his family in the late 1950’s.  Mr. Howley was self educated as a free lance writer.  He especially enjoyed writing for children and contributed to children’s magazines.  He was most proud of a piece titled “The Long Ride” taken from his childhood memories of sledding.  While residing in Princeton, “Larry and Susan” frequently visited the Princeton Public Library, enjoyed “going to the shore” and walks around town.  Larry was a loving caretaker of his wife of 60 years, Susan, who suffered from medical issues in recent years. He was the best “big Brother” and always had a quick wit. He will be dearly missed, as he was dearly loved.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, James Neill Howley and John Timothy Howley.  He is survived by his wife, Susanna Robertson Howley, and four sisters:  Blanche M Ropars, Naperville, IL; Linda Howley-Skuby, Bloomington, IL; Colleen Howley Gosselin, Charleston, IL; Maureen (Randy) Pletcher, Springfield, IL.  Susanna and Lawrence had no children but doted on their many nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to extend special thanks to the dear neighbors on Bank Street, especially Mrs. Hannah Rosenberg and Chip and Jean Crider for their support of Larry and Susan during their time of need.  Also, our brave nephew, Robert Howley, who was able to supervise the closing of their apartment of 50 years. In time of need, the staff of Princeton Care Center, and Dr. Barile, MD were kind and generous with their support.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on January 15, 2021 at St. Paul’s Church at 9:30 with live stream. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Church Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

Donations may be made to charity of your choice.

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