On Friday, March 5, 2021, Shobha Contractor, loving wife, devoted mother of two children and doting grandmother of five grandchildren died at the age of 77. She passed away near her home in Hillsborough, NJ where she lived with her family for almost 4 decades.
Shobha was born on November 15, 1943 in Mumbai, India. She graduated from Mithibai College in 1964 with an Economics major before immigrating to the United States in 1970. After living in Hoboken and Passaic, she settled in Hillsborough in 1982. Shobha worked for many years in Hillsborough as a bank teller at New Brunswick Savings Bank, and later at Provident Savings Bank. She later also worked as a sales associate at Macy’s in Bridgewater.
Shobha was widely admired for her gracious spirit, warm smile and generous personality. Besides spending time with her family and friends, she was passionate about international travel, Bollywood movies and music, cooking, and national politics.
Shobha is survived by her husband of 50 years, Kanti Contractor, and two children: her son Ashish Contractor and his wife Amy Lung, and her daughter Kavita Contractor Morris and her husband Jason Morris; as well as her five grandchildren, Austin Contractor, Aiden Contractor, Adrian Contractor, Elijah Morris and Alisha Morris; and an extended family of relations and friends from around the world, and from all walks of her very full life.
A viewing for relatives and friends will be held from 9am-12pm on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 US Highway 206, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.
A religious funeral service and cremation will follow from 1-3pm at Franklin Memorial Park in North Brunswick. Due to capacity restrictions, the service at Franklin Memorial Park will be live streamed. Webcast details to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask donations be made via: gofundme.com/f/shobha-contractor-memorial-fund, which will endow the Shobha Contractor Memorial Scholarship fund at Hillsborough High School, as well as provide annual grants to charities in Somerset County, focused on causes she cared deeply about: food insecurity, education, woman’s issues and voting rights.