Thelma Marie Van Arsdalen, 91, of Princeton passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Morris Hall Skilled Nursing Center of Lawrence Township, NJ. Thelma was born in South River, NJ. She was Valedictorian of her graduating high school class of 1948. She remained clear-minded with meticulous attention to detail until her passing. She married Norman Charles Van Arsdalen in 1949 and celebrated their 72nd anniversary on August 13, 2021. Her hobbies included bowling, knitting, crocheting, and needle point. She was an outstanding cook and baker, an unbeatable Scrabble player and an avid reader.
Predeceased by her parents Louis and Ottovina (Nielsen) Svendsen.
She is survived by her husband Norman Van Arsdalen, two sons Keith Van Arsdalen and his wife Grace Van Arsdalen and Scott Van Arsdalen and his wife Patricia Van Arsdalen. She is also survived by her sister Shirley and her brother-in-law Richard Pfaff and three nephews William, Jeffery, and Robert, and a step sister Kathy Ziglier, her husband Fran and family. She is also survived by her nephew John W. Osborn III and his wife Marion. She has eight grandchildren, Jennifer Van Arsdalen, Christine Van Arsdalen, Bryce Van Arsdalen, Leigh Manley, Jill Ferry, Kyle Van Arsdalen, Chase Van Arsdalen, and Mia Van Arsdalen, and many great-grandchildren. She dedicated her life to her family, was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
A private burial will take place in Princeton Cemetery 29 Greenview Avenue, Princeton on Wednesday, January 12 at 11:00 am.