Joseph J. Nemes, Jr. –


Joseph J. “Joe” Nemes, Jr., of Plainsboro, NJ, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, October 29, 2021.

Born in Manville, New Jersey, Joe’s family moved to a farm in Skillman, where he drove the family’s tractor and did a lot of farming as a teenager. He went to Princeton High School where he met his future wife, Della. After graduating in 1944, Joe enlisted in the US Navy. He was a member of the elite Seabees and rose to the rank of Journeyman Carpenter 3rd Class in the 147th Naval Construction Battalion, serving in Okinawa.

After his honorable release, Joe returned home and became a research chemist at American Cyanamid. Della graduated in 1947, they married in 1949 and lived together in Princeton. They built a house together in Bridgewater where they had their three children, Jeffry, Pamela and Wenda. Joe and Della then moved to Hillsborough, NJ.

Joe’s dad bought property on Route 206 near Rocky Hill and started a Philco business. Wanting to help, Joe and his brother, Robert, decided to fix some lawn mowers. After seeing success, they made a big addition and opened a lawn mower business, Joseph J. Nemes & Sons, Inc., in 1955.

Joe loved to travel and bought a pop-up trailer they were touring the United States in on vacation. Additionally, Joe and Della have traveled extensively in England, Italy, Switzerland, Africa, Peru, Australia, China, Japan and Canada. Joe had a passion for photography which led him to join a club in Somerville and develop his own film and his own images.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Della; his brothers, Robert of Florida and Patrick of Michigan; his son Jeffry and his wife Diana; and her daughters, Pamela Willett and Wenda Nemes. Joe’s loving family also includes his grandchildren, Adam Nemes and his wife, Amanda, Zachary, Thomas and Joseph Willett; and her great-grandchildren, Andrew and Ashley Nemes.

Visiting for family and friends will be on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with a memorial service starting at 11:30 a.m., at AS Cole Son & Company, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury, New Jersey.

Interment will follow at Westminster Cemetery in Cranbury NJ.

Cremation services were held in private.

Masks are optional for the services of Joseph J. “Joe” Nemes, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joe’s memory to the Plainsboro Presbyterian Church, 500 Plainsboro Rd., Plainsboro, NJ 08536 or to Alzheimer’s New Jersey, Attn: Development Dept., 425 Eagle Rock Ave. # 203, Roseland, NJ 07068 or by visiting


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