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Vol. LXII, No. 34
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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Obituaries

Susan Clagett

Donald W. Arons

Mary Sculerati

Utami Sutanto

MaryAnne K. Henderson



Susan Clagett

Susan Clagett

Susan Mary “Sue” Riley Clagett, 94, of Princeton, died on Sunday, August 10, at the University Medical Center at Princeton after struggling with pneumonia and a subsequent stroke.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, she spent her childhood years in Mishawaka, Indiana, and subsequently worked there as a newspaper reporter. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College (Columbia University) in New York City, she also worked as a copy editor for Life Magazine. Living on Riverside Drive in New York City, she celebrated the end of WW II by signaling flashlight welcome messages in Morse Code to troop ships returning up the Hudson River, once even getting a signal in return. While living in New York, she also met and married Marshall Clagett, an instructor at Columbia University.

After moving to Madison, Wisconsin, where her husband was employed by the University of Wisconsin as a professor of Historical Science for the next 17 years, she raised their three children and continued to work part time as an editor. The family came to Princeton in 1964, where her husband became a permanent member of the Institute for Advanced Studies and she worked part time as an administrative assistant in the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

Living with the family in Paris, Rome, and London while Marshall conducted research, she enjoyed the new cultures she encountered while exploring the cities she lived in. (She once got up at 4 a.m. to attend an early morning religious procession in Rome.) She also traveled frequently, accompanying her husband to Egypt, Scandinavia, and Russia, while taking solo trips to Italy (a cooking adventure), Alaska, and the western United States (a photography tour). An avid reader and photographer, she loved solving crossword puzzles and baking treats for her husband’s students, who occasionally attended seminars at their home. Her solutions for dealing with life’s problems were “roll with the punches” and “any port in a storm.”

She was predeceased by her husband in October of 2005 and three brothers, Bertram, Robert, and Richard Riley. Surviving are her daughter, Kathleen, of Baltimore, and her sons, Michael, of Yardley, Pa., and Dennis, of Geneva, Switzerland; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by a great grandson, several nieces and nephews, and good friends she made in her travels worldwide.

A funeral mass was held Saturday, August 16, at St. Paul Catholic Church, followed by a private cremation. Burial of her remains will be with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions in her memory to Catholic Charities, 383 West State Street, Trenton, NJ, 08618, would be appreciated.

Arrangements were handled by the Kimble Funeral Home in Princeton.

Donald W. Arons

Donald W. Arons, 80, died Wednesday in the University Medical Center at Princeton. Born in Philadelphia, he resided in both Princeton and Boca Raton, Florida. A pioneer and visionary in the swimming pool and fiberglass industries, he was a member of Greenacres Country Club, Boca Raton Resort & Club and Trenton Cyrus Lodge #5 F&AM. His hobbies were art pottery, golf and dancing.

Son of the late Morris and Mary Arons, he is survived by his wife Edna Marval Arons; three sons, Mitchell Arons of Lawrenceville; Glenn Arons of Potomac, Md.; Perry Arons of Princeton; a stepson, Todd Devin; a stepdaughter, Kim Meltzer; three grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

Funeral services and burial are private in Princeton Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel,1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.

Mary Sculerati

Mary Cevera Sculerati, 94, of South Seaside Park, Berkeley Twsp., N.J., passed away peacefully Friday August 1, at Bey Lea Village, Toms River, surrounded by her loving family, the caring staff and Care Alternative Hospice.

Born and raised in Princeton, she was a gourmet cook and a master gardener. Predeceased by her husband William Sculerati in 1980, two brothers, her twin Anthony Cevera and Albert Cevera, and two sisters, Jennie DiMassa, and Frances Rossi. Surviving are three daughters, Barbara A. Lintus of Seaside Park, NJ; M. Jean Cotner of Tampa, Fla., and Dr. Nancy Sculerati-Sanes of Pawling, N.Y.; a sister, Catherine Rhubart, of Princeton, N.J.; four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Interment will take place Saturday, September 6, at 11 a.m. at Trinity All Saints Cemetery in Princeton.

Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 809 Central Avenue, Seaside Park, is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ryanfuneralhome.com.

Utami Sutanto

Utami H. Bernadette Sutanto, 84, of Plainsboro, died Saturday, August 16, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Indramayu, Indonesia, she was a member of Queenship of Mary Church, Plainsboro. Predeceased by her parents, Tjim-Eng and Ong-Lanio (Poey) Tan, and her husband Iman Santoso, she is survived by her son, N. Iwan, a brother, Owen Tan, a sister, Hosanna Sutanto, and two grandchildren.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, August 18, from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Queenship of Mary Church in Plainsboro. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

MaryAnne K. Henderson

MaryAnne K. Henderson, of Penns Neck, died Thursday, August 14, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Trenton, she was a Penns Neck resident since 1960. Retiring from Capital Health Systems at Fuld in 1997 with over 12 years of service, she was certified as a paramedic in 1978 and was captain of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad from 1985 until 1987. Daughter of the late Francis H. and Katherine Kraus Kmiec, she was predeased by her husband, John R. Henderson; her daughter, Sheila L. Henderson; and her sister, Frances G. Innella; she is survived by a daughter, Moragh S. Henderson-Boyan; a brother Stephen Kmiec; a sister Caroline Kandrac; two grandchildren, and her longtime companion, Diran Dermen of Princeton.

A memorial mass was celebrated on Tuesday at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, September 27, at 2 p.m. at Quaker Meeting House, Quaker Road, Princeton. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

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