Tombstone Tuesday – Theodore and Genevieve Lubas

LubasGravestoneTheodore and Genevieve Mirota Lubas are buried in the Highland Cemetery, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey. This cemetery is very close to where they lived in Belle Mead, Montgomery Township, Somerset County.  The photograph below is from about 1934, taken at her parents’ home in Whitehouse Station, NJ.

TedGenLubasATed and Gen Lubas were both very active in their township, especially with youth groups. Montgomery Township named one of the ball fields in honor of Theodore Lubas, called Lubas Field, on Route 601, near East Mountain Road. Below, is Ted’s obituary.

Theodore J. Lubas – Belle Mead – Funeral services for Theodore J. Lubas, 57, of Harlingen Road, were held Monday from the Cromwell Memorial Home, Hopewell.

Requiem mass was celebrated in St. Alphonsus Church with internment in Highland Cemetery.

Mr. Lubas died Wednesday in Princeton Hospital. Born in Elizabeth, he has resided in this area for the past 30 years and was welfare director in Montgomery township. He was treasurer for the Somerset County Welfare Board and a Republican executive committeeman.

He served 10 years on the Montgomery Board of Education and five years on the recreation committee. He was a member of Princeton Elks Lodge 2129 and was founder and president of the Independence Softball League. He was retired from American Cyanamid, Bound Brook and formerly was employed by Princeton University.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Genevieve Mirota Lubas; [children omitted for privacy]; his father, John Lubas of Belle Mead, five brothers, Frank and Henry of Belle Mead, Bernard of Elizabeth, Adolph of Trenton, and Stanley of Wanamassa; two sisters, Mrs. John Savoti of Skillman and Mrs. Walter Stepein of Belmar and five grandchildren [Source; The Princeton Packet, Wednesday, October 14, 1970].

Genevieve Mirota and Theodore Lubas met at a wedding of mutual friends in 1933. We are very lucky that their children saved the charming courtship letters of their parents. Genevieve loved flowers and gardening, knitting and crocheting, and spending time with her beloved children and grandchildren. Here is her obituary.

Genevieve Lubas – Belle Mead – Mrs. Genevieve S. Lubas, 68, of Harlingen Road, died April 25 in the Princeton Medical Center.

Mrs. Lubas was a member of St. Alphonsus Church of Hopewell; the Princeton Elks Lodge Auxiliary No. 2129; the Hillsboro Senior Citizens Club, and the Montgomery Township Youth Club.

Widow of Theodore J. Lubas, she is survived by [children omitted for privacy]; two brothers, Stephen of Orange City, Fla., and Joseph Mirota of Whitehouse Station, and 10 grandchildren.

Mass of the Resurrection was Friday in St. Alponsus Church with Burial in Highland Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Montgomery Township Rescue Squad [Source; The Princeton Packet, Wednesday, May 3, 1978].

Gen Mirota and Ted Lubas, 1934. Copyright 2014 Genealogy Sisters.
Gen Mirota and Ted Lubas, 1934. Copyright 2014 Genealogy Sisters.

I always find it interesting when photographs have been cut in half. Sometimes it was done simply to fit into a wallet. Tombstone Tuesday is a blogging prompt suggested by Geneabloggers. Good luck searching for your ancestors!

3 thoughts on “Tombstone Tuesday – Theodore and Genevieve Lubas

  1. What incredible engravings on that headstone! I’ve never seen one like that—is it unusual? I have really only studied Jewish ones, so this is very different.


    1. Amy, This type of engraving is very common for Roman Catholic gravestones. So much so, that I have to say I take it for granted, but your perspective makes me look at it with new eyes. Thanks!


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