John R. Bodo
The Rev. John R. Bodo, 85, of Mountain View, Calif., died June 30 surrounded by his family and friends. During the 1950s he was the pastor at Nassau Presbyterian Church.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1940 with his parents, fleeing the Nazis. He completed his theological studies, started at the University of Geneva, receiving his bachelor of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1942. He was ordained a Presbyterian pastor that year, and later earned a Ph.D. in church history from Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1950 he married Jeanne Pfeiffer, with whom he had two daughters. The couple divorced in 1963. In 1974 he married Mary Lou Lindstrom.
Fluent in English, French, German, and Hungarian, he served as staff interpreter at the Founding Assembly of World Council of Churches in 1948. He became a lifelong supporter of ecumenism.
As pastor of the First Presbyterian Church (now Nassau Presbyterian Church) during the 1950s, he championed the integration of the church community.
In the 1960s he served as chairman of the Department of Practical Theology at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, and as chaplain and professor of religion at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. In 1969 he became the pastor of Old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Upon his retirement he became minister at large and served as interim pastor to ten different congregations. In 2002, he left retirement once again to serve as pastor of the Westhope Church in Saratoga, Calif., where he remained active until his death.
Dr. Bodo was known as a visionary leader of his congregations, dedicated to sound theology and to social justice. He loved preaching, teaching, and writing, and published nine books. A classically trained cellist, he enjoyed playing in small performances. While pastor of Old First Presbyterian, he founded the Old First Center for the Arts to "affirm and enhance the Church's relationship between art and Christian faith." The concerts are still going strong after 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Erika Bodo and Jessica Wise; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service was held July 6 at Old First Presbyterian Church of San Francisco.
Memorial contributions may be made to the San Francisco Network Ministries, 559 Ellis Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94109.
Barbara Clark Delany Buermeyer, 86, of Princeton, died peacefully August 4 at home. She was born in Princeton to Helen Goldey Delany and Stephen Krusen Delany.
A graduate of Wellesley College with a major in art history, she worked for Princeton University in the Department of Art and Archaeology, for the University of Michigan's Department of Art History, and for the National Council of Churches in New York City. She was later employed for many years by the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, prior to moving back to Princeton where she served as Assistant to the Dean at The Lawrenceville School.
An active member of All Saints' Church, she taught Sunday School, served as the Parish Secretary and as the church representative to Church Women United, and led the Prayer Chain for the past five years. She was also a member of the Order of Saint Luke. She devoted much of her life to the church.
Predeceased by her husband, H. Ernest Buermeyer, in 1999, and by her sister, Elizabeth Delany Alley, in 2004, she is survived by two stepsons, Henry Buermeyer of East Corinth, Vt., and David Buermeyer of Vienna, Va.; eight step-grandchildren; and 14 step-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at All Saints' Church, 16 All Saints' Road, on Saturday, September 17 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. Arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to All Saints' Church Christian Education or the Church Women United Camp Fund. For more information, call All Saints' Church at (609) 921-2420 or visit www.allsaint.org.
Alice T. Canning, 71, of Princeton, died August 12 at the University Medical Center at Princeton, surrounded by her children and her former husband.
Born in Paterson, N.J. in 1934, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Anna Canning, and sister to the late Ellen P. Fagan.
She graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Hackensack and attended Bergen Junior College and the New York School of Interior Design. She was the founder more than 20 years ago of Canning's Ideal Tile Co. in Lawrenceville.
She enjoyed tennis, golf, and bridge, as well as interior home decorating.
She is survived by four children, Elizabeth, John and Thomas Canning, all of Princeton, and Christopher Canning of Robbinsville; and her former husband, John R. D'Aiuto of Knoxville, Tenn.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. this Friday, August 19 at the Queenship of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Dey Road, Plainsboro. Interment will be private. There are no calling hours.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 601 North Clinton Avenue, Trenton 08638.
Frank J. Cosentino, 71, of Princeton, died August 9 at home following a six month battle against multiple myeloma.
Born in Sparkill, N.Y., he was the son of Rose and Frank Cosentino Sr.
As a young man at Tappan Zee High School he excelled in many areas and is remembered as "one of the most outstanding athletes of Rockland County." He was first in academic studies in his class, president of the student body, a member of the National Honor society, and valedictorian of his graduating class.
He was elected by the Sportswriters Association to the All-County team in football, basketball, and baseball in his junior and senior years. He was the Rockland County junior golf champion and junior champion of the five lower counties of New York State. Awarded a four-year Scholarship to Princeton University, he excelled in sports there too, playing on the undefeated freshman football team and the varsity team which won the Ivy League Championship in 1956. He was also captain of Princeton's golf team and a member of the Cannon Club.
After graduating in 1956 with a bachelor of science degree, he spent two years in the U.S. Army with the Judge Advocate Office in Germany. He joined Edward Marshall Boehm, Inc. in 1959 as executive assistant to Mr. And Mrs. Boehm. He was involved in all aspects of the Boehm Porcelain Studio and travelled extensively presenting lecture programs and exhibitions. He became president of Edward Marshall Boehm Inc., and its subsidiaries, Boehm of Malvern, England, and Boehm of Llandow, Wales.
He was the author of four books concerning the art of porcelain, including a biography of Edward Marshall Boehm. He retired in 1992.
He was a member of the Princeton Club of New York City and Hanover Golf Club, and a member of the Barracuda Golf Club for more than 30 years.
He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Nancy Holmes Cosentino; a daughter, Laura Cosentino of Lawrenceville; two brothers, Bruno and Art, and a sister, Jean Cosentino Pagnozzi, all of Rockland County; two step-daughters, Reagan Hofmann of Ringoes and Tracy Hofmann Rosen of Santa Fe, N. Mex.; and a step-grandson.
Private cremation services were held under the direction of the Hartmann Memorial Home, Mercerville. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Harold E. Covert, 58, of Robbinsville, died August 11 at home. Born in Trenton, he lived in the Princeton area most of life.
A U.S. Army veteran, he served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.
He loved fly fishing in the area and in northern New Jersey.
He is survived by his wife, Sydney Covert of Bristol, Va.; and four children, Robert Covert of Missouri, Raymond Covert of Texas, and Martin Covert and Victoria Covert, both of Princeton.
Funeral arrangements and interment were private and under the direction of The Kimble Funeral Home. There are no calling hours.
Randy Pignona, 37, of Metairie, La., formerly of Princeton, died recently in Metairie of a heart attack.
He is survived by his grandmother, Sylvia Petrone Ross of Skillman; his mother, Janice Klein of Germany; his father, Ernie Pignona of North Carolina; a son, Zachary, and a daughter, Emily, both of Metairie; a sister, Sherry Pignona; and a brother, Ernest Pignona.
A funeral service was held in Metairie. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a date to be announced at St. Paul's Church, Princeton.
Waling Chung Wei, 96, of Princeton, died peacefully on August 12 at home.
Born in China, she grew up in Shanghai where she met her husband, the late Tseh Heen Wei. They were married at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. in 1936. Mrs. Wei moved to the United States with her family in 1941 and lived in Bronxville, N.Y. until 1971. From 1971 to 1975, she and her husband resided in Hong Kong. After her husband's death, she returned to Manhattan where she lived from 1975 to 2003. She moved to Princeton in 2003.
She was the daughter of the late Mun Yew Chung, who held various diplomatic positions representing the Chinese government in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere.
Mrs. Wei was talented in various areas of handwork and was employed as a designer for the American Thread Company. For the past 30 years, she was a private investor.
She was an enthusiastic and tireless traveler throughout her life. As a child, she traveled within China with her family; after her marriage, she and her husband traveled worldwide. Following her husband's death, she continued her travels to Europe, the Far East, and the Near East. She also loved music and was a devotee and patron of the Metropolitan Opera. Always delighted with learning and new experiences, she took courses well into her ninth decade. She became computer/internet skilled in her early 90s.
She is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline Wei Mintz of Baltimore, Md., and Madeleine Wei of Far Rockaway, N.Y.; two sons, Dr. Fong Wei of Princeton and Robert C. Wei of Upper Saddle River; a sister, Lucille Chan of Vancouver, B.C.; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Marble Collegiate Church at Fifth Avenue and West 29 Street in Manhattan on Thursday, August 18 at noon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mun Yew Chung Memorial Fund, Yale University Office of Development, P.O. Box 2038, New Haven, Conn. 06521.
Arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.