Jean Mary Thornton Timmerman, 85, of West Windsor, NJ, passed peacefully, at home, on May 18, 2019.
Jean was born on January 14, 1934, in New York City, NY, to Ellen Wargo Galbraith. Raised in Windber, PA, by her grandmother and aunts, she moved to NJ in 1944 to live with her mother and stepfather, Harold Galbraith. She graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in West New York, NJ, where she earned many academic achievements. After high school, she worked at a florist but soon joined the secretarial pool at Union Carbide.
Jean met James G. Timmerman at a Raphael Social Club dance and they married on April 27, 1963. They raised three children in Butler, NJ, and were vital members of the community, including their Catholic parish of St. Anthony's. Jean supported her children’s interests including, sports, Boy and Girl Scouts, and music. She attended every Butler High School football game and band competition for 10 years. An avid seamstress and crafter, Jean was known for making her children's clothes, her own daywear/evening wear, and many other beautiful household goods. In 1984, she returned to work in the Human Resources department of GAF/ISP in Wayne, NJ, retiring in 1999.
In 2001, Jean and Jim moved to Village Grande in West Windsor, NJ, where they met wonderful friends and neighbors. Jean became a vital member of their Catholic church, St. David the King, and participated in several Village Grande clubs such as the Italian American, Canasta, Mah Jong, Ballroom Dancing and St. David's Club. Jean’s creative side brought her to quilting, and she shared her gift by teaching others.
Jean and Jim enjoyed traveling across the United States, and also ventured to London, Korea, and Europe. She was a proud Air Force parent, a wordsmith, and editor. She truly valued her Slovak heritage and taught her family to find joy in the simplest of things.
Jean is survived by her three children, Theresa McCullers (Howard) of Sterling, VA, Colonel Thomas Timmerman (JP) of Albuquerque, NM, and Barbara Soifer (Jon) of Flemington, NJ; and her two grandsons, Alec and Evan Soifer. She was predeceased by her husband, Jim, in 2017.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at St. David the King RC Church, 1 New Village Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m.
Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Timmerman’s memory to Mt. Carmel Guild
or Abramson Cancer Center