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Vol. LXII, No. 17
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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G. Ashley Cooper

Betsy Steele Halpern

Willie B. Mitchell

Melitta W. Schueller

Viola Richardson

Memorial Service for Robert F. Goheen

G. Ashley Cooper

G. Ashley Cooper, 82, of Skillman, died April 15 after a long illness at his home at Stonebridge in Skillman.

The son of John Sisson Cooper and Nora McDonald Cooper, he was born in Shanghai, China. At the age of 9, he was sent to school in Stancliff Hall in Derbyshire, England. He continued his education at Oundle School in England, graduating at 18. The scholarship he won to Cambridge was postponed as he joined The Lifeguard Regiment instead. After six months at Sandhurst, he had further training at Windsor as a Second Lieutenant.

At the end of World War II, he was ordered to Germany as a regimental signals officer and received his Captain’s bars. He was then posted to Egypt and later to Palestine. In 1947 he left the military and returned to England where he joined an insurance company and later passed his actuarial examinations. The company sent him to Cairo where he stayed for five years before leaving as a result of the Suez crisis.

He moved to the United States in 1957 where he worked for TPF&C, a pension consulting firm in Philadelphia. In 1966 he joined the Wyatt Company and started an International Pensions Division.

Upon retirement he moved to Pennington and later Stonebridge at Montgomery. While in Pennington he helped to start the Princeton Officer’s Society and served as its president for several years.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Betty Edwards; a son, Grant Ashley Cooper of Haddonfield; two daughters, Dr. Carol Cooper of London, England, from his first marriage, and Lucy Cooper Reicheneker of Middle Village, N.Y.; a step-son, Robert Malcom McNair Jr. of Newtown Square, Pa.; and seven grandchildren.

The funeral service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Crisis Ministry, c/o Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton.

Arrangements are by The Kimble Funeral Home.

Betsy Steele Halpern

Betsy Steele Halpern, 86, of Princeton, died peacefully at home April 3 with her family around her.

A graduate of UCLA and the University of Chicago, she worked as a Jungian analyst in New York City and Princeton.

A world traveler, she traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

She is survived by her four children, Jeff, Tamara, Tia, and Nick; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grameen Foundation,, 50 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. (888) 764-3872, ext. 125.

Willie B. Mitchell

Willie Burch Mitchell, 89, of Lawrenceville, died April 15 at Compassionate Care Hospice St. Francis Medical Center.

Born in Thomasville, Ga., and educated in the Thomasville public school system, he had lived in Lawrenceville for the past 57 years. He was an Audio Visual Aide Instructor for Princeton High School.

He was a U.S Navy veteran of World War II.

A member of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E Church, where he served as a trustee and sang in the senior choir, he was also a member of the Lawrence Township Civic League and the Lawrence and Ewing Planning Board.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Wooding Mitchell; a daughter, Judith Mitchell-King; a brother, Clifford Mitchell; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was April 21 at Mt. Pisgah A.M.E Church, with the Rev. Vernard R. Leak, pastor, officiating. Interment was at Princeton Memorial Park, Robbinsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mt. Pisgah A.M.E Church, 170 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08542.

Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.

Melitta W. Schueller

Melitta Wiechert Schueller, 104, of Princeton, died April 16 in Princeton.

She was born in Frauenburg, Latvia to Emilie Julianne Konov and Friedrich Ferdinand Wiechert.

Her husband, Lutz Schueller, predeceased her many years ago.

Mrs. Schueller, known to many as Omi, and her family were caught up in the turmoil of World War II. She and her daughter emigrated to the U.S. in 1956 to join her sister and sponsor, Margarete, in New Rochelle, N.Y. Her sister had fled Posen, Germany, now Poland, in 1945 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1951.

In Riga, Latvia, Mrs. Schueller, who spoke six languages, tutored university candidates. While living in New Rochelle, she worked as a bookkeeper. She moved to the Princeton area in 1985 and lived for many years at St. James Village in East Windsor. For the past five years, she had lived at Buckingham Place Assisted Living.

She is survived by her daughter, Ute Carberry of Princeton; three granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren.

A public memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. this Friday, April 25 at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, Nassau Street, followed by a private reception.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Dementia Research, online at or by calling Dr. Ralph Nixon at (845) 398-5423.

Viola Richardson

Viola Richardson, 97, of Princeton, died March 25 at home.

Born in Fredericksburg, Va., she was a lifelong Princeton resident. She was a private duty L.P.N.

She was the daughter of the late John and Amanda Rebecca Davis; wife of the late Burlie Richardson; mother of the late Raymond Richardson, Ralph A. Richardson, and Nora Richardson Banks; and sister of the late Orlean, Erin, Ernest, Dempsey, John, Ralph, Leonard Davis, Pauline Wright, Edith Richardson, and Nora Allemao. She is survived by two sisters, Dimple Taliaferro of Ashland, Va. and Ruth Costa of New Bedford, Mass., and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

A graveside service was held March 28 at Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Memorial Service for Robert F. Goheen

A service of remembrance and celebration for Princeton University president emeritus Robert F. Goheen will take place this Sunday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the University Chapel.

Dr. Goheen died March 31 at age 88.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton University Annual Giving program.

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