Judith Bushnell

Obituary of Judith Rauschert Bushnell

Judith Rauschert Bushnell , “Judy,” 84, a long-time resident of Princeton and a life-long resident of New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 25, 2021 with her husband Charlie of 60 years by her side.

Born in Ringoes, NJ in 1936 to Elizabeth Philhower and Charles Rauschert, Judy completed her early schooling in Ringoes at one of the last one-room schools in the state. She graduated from Flemington High School in 1954 second in her class and was vice president of her senior class. Post high school, Judy continued secretarial training in Delaware, working for the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington. She returned to New Jersey where she worked for Opinion Research Corporation in Princeton, met her husband Charlie, and raised a family.

With children grown, Judy worked many years at Princeton University in administrative support roles within the Annual Giving and Admissions offices and finally at Mathey Residential College, a position she enjoyed immensely due to its direct interaction with the students.

Throughout the years, she enjoyed frequent travels with her family throughout New England and the Western US, as well as abroad to the British Isles, Europe, Russia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Judy was particularly fond of the annual family trips to the beaches of Cape Cod, MA and visits to the shore in New Jersey.

In retirement, Judy took great delight in working with her son on developing her family genealogy. They were able to successfully trace branches of her family back many generations including: the Philhowers (from the Palatine region of Germany) to the first settlers of Tewksbury Township, NJ; the Flemings (from Ireland) founders of Flemington, NJ; the Lowerys (from Ireland) founders of Frenchtown, NJ and Milford, NJ; and the Higgins (from England) large land holders in central NJ who sold land to the Kingston Presbyterian Church.

Judy was a 60-year member of Kingston Presbyterian Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher, an officer in the Women’s Association, and as a Session Elder. An avid seamstress, she took tremendous enjoyment from her involvement with the Church’s quilting and craft groups.

Judy is survived by her husband Charles; sister Harriet Barrick of Ringoes NJ; brother Charles of Stockton, NJ; daughter Janet Fine and two grandchildren, Emily and Joshua Fine of Park City, UT; and son William of Minneapolis, MN.

Burial will be a private family gathering at the Amwell Ridge Cemetery at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund at the Kingston Presbyterian Church, PO Box 148, Kingston, NJ 08528. 

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