Wenfang Yu of Princeton dies at 88

Wenfang Yu

Wenfang Yu of Princeton passed away at age 88 on Dec. 28 after a long-time battle with dementia.

She was born on April 29, 1934 in Liaoning, China and graduated from Nantai elementary school.  She then decided to attend high school and pursue higher education in Anshan, the city where she spent most of her lifetime.

She married Zhaoqun Zhou in 1963 in Anshan. They would have been celebrating their 60 years wedding anniversary in January. Together they built a full and beautiful life with two sons and one daughter. She and her husband immigrated to the United States in 2000, helping raise their grandchildren.

She was a beautiful and loving person. Within her lifetime, she had helped many around her and had great relationships with all. She loved learning new things including foreign languages, including Japanese and English. She enjoyed knitting and making embroidery. She made delightful sweaters, mittens, and hats for her children, grandchildren, and friends.

Throughout her career, she was employed as a chemical engineer at the Angang Environmental Institute and retired after 35 years of service. She was smart and detailed-oriented in her work, won many awards, and made many friends.

She is survived by her husband Zhaoqun Zhou, two sons, one daughter, a daughter-in-law, and a son-in-law: Xiaozhe Zhou, Zhi Zhou, Hong Zhou, Wen Zhang and Wenjie Zhao; four grandchildren, Haotian Zhou, Robert Zhao, Alina Zhao and Kyle Zhao; a brother and a sister, Dianfu Yu and Wenrong Yu. In addition to her parents, Dehou Yu and Changan Sun, Wenfang was predeceased by other brothers and a sister.

She and her family are grateful for the incredible care at Princeton Care Center and from the Lighthouse Hospice team in the last month of her life, and for all the help from aids, friends, and neighbors in Harriet Bryan House and the Wishing Well Center over the past few years.

A visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2 at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home at 40 Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow at the Princeton Cemetery at 29 Greenview Avenue.