Obituary: Lorraine Potent Woolston

Lorraine Potent Woolston, 78, of Princeton died peacefully from the final stage of Alzheimer’s on Tuesday, March 3 at Arden Courts of Yardley, Pa. Born in Trenton, Lorraine had been a Princeton resident since 1960.

She was a loving wife – of 57 years – mother, sister, grandmother and friend to all who knew her.

Among her many passions, she was an avid gardener, splendid cook, music enthusiast and lover of the outdoors, particularly on Moosehead Lake, Maine where she spent her summers for the last 20 years and always enjoyed the sound of the loons on the lake. She taught her grandchildren how to make the sound of the loon.

She enjoyed helping others through her work at the Princeton Public Library, as she was in charge of Interlibrary Loans, and as a volunteer leader with the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. She especially enjoyed reading to her grandchildren.

The daughter of the late Elmer E. Potent and the late Wilhelmina P. Potent, she was pre-deceased by her son Jonathan R. Woolston.

Her husband J. Rogers Woolston of Princeton; her son Japhet P. Woolston and his wife Zoe of Heinsberg, Germany; her daughter Cynthia W. Maltenfort and her husband Andrew of Burke, Va.; her daughter-law Amy S. Woolston of Madison, S.D.; and her daughter Gail W. Wilkinson and her husband Bruce of Williamsburg, Va. survive her.

She is also survived by her brother Victor Jay Potent and his wife Margaret of Middletown, Del. and by her sisters-in-law Eleanor Potent and Charlotte Potent of Hamilton and Columbus respectively..

In addition she is survived by her nine grandchildren: Emma, Nicholas and Julia Woolston; Alex and Martin Maltenfort; Timothy J. Woolston and Kaitlin Kahn; and Natalie and Alyson Wilkinson, plus several nieces and nephews.  Her loving beagle Sadie will miss her.

Burial in the Ewing Church Cemetery will be private.  A memorial service for family and friends will be held at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, located at the corner of Route 206 and Cherry Hill Road on Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 196 Princeton Hightstown Rd. #11, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 ( or to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 N. Summit St., Toledo, Ohio 43604 (  

Arrangements are under the supervision of Kimble Funeral Home in Princeton.