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Vol. LXIV, No. 34
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
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Marie L. Matthews

Catharine E. Rhubart

June C. Cawley

Eva B. Gibson

Kempton Memorial

Anne D. Fiumenero Tocco

Victor Glasser

Peter T. Ramus

Jerry Pascale

Marie L. Matthews

Marie L. Matthews

Marie Lewis Matthews, 79, of Princeton, died August 18 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

She graduated from the University of California-Berkeley and received a Masters in Education from Goucher College. After teaching elementary school for four years, she retired to raise her family.

An accomplished nature photographer, she was also very active in philanthropic affairs. She was the trustee of the Mothers 2 Mothers Program, a trustee of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, and a trustee of the Corner House Foundation. She was also a member of the Library Advisory Committee of the University of California-Berkeley, as well as a past trustee of the McCarter Theatre Center and Princeton Day School.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Edward Matthews; her daughter, Louise Matthews Flickinger; her sons, Gregory Matthews, Douglas Matthews, and Russell Matthews; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home in Princeton. The funeral and burial will be private and limited to family members. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either Friends of the Mothers Programmes, the University of California-Berkeley Foundation for the Benefit of California Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, or the Princeton Health Care System Foundation.

Catharine E. Rhubart

Catharine E. “Dolly” Rhubart, 84, of Princeton, died August 19 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong resident. After graduating from Princeton High School, she worked at the Princeton Film Center and later retired from the Institute for Advanced Study.

She was a past member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Hook and Ladder Fire Company of Princeton.

Daughter of the late Marie Antoinette and Nicholas Cevera, wife of the late John H. Rhubart, sister of the late Anthony and Albert Cevera, Mary Sculerati, Frances Rossi, and Jenny DiMassa; she is survived by her son, John H. Rhubart Jr.; her daughter, Marcia Lynn Crossley; and three grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. on August 27 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on August 27 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on August 26 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, or to Health Care Ministry P.O. Box 1517, Princeton.

June C. Cawley

Former Princeton resident and onetime wife of former Princeton Borough Mayor Robert Cawley, June Collins Cawley, 87, died on August 15 at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth Maine.

Born on June 21, 1923 in Bethlehem Pennsylvania to Iva B. Hummel and Earle W. Collins, she attended Liberty High School and Moravian Seminary for Women in Bethlehem, Pa. From school years through much of her adult life, she performed in various community theater groups. After college she enrolled in acting courses and joined a Schubert company on a road tour which started in the Middle Atlantic States and moved south and west ending in Los Angeles. While the company was in Atlanta, her future husband Robert (Bob) returned from a trip in the U.S. Maritime Service. They became engaged after she left the theater company to return home to Bethlehem and they were married April 14, 1945, at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity. Their wedding was delayed by 15 minutes out of respect for the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

They lived in the Bethlehem area until 1963 when she joined the Junior League of Bethlehem and participated in their service projects. That experience gave her a lifetime dedication to community service. More recently, she enjoyed her volunteer work at the Southwest Harbor, Maine, Public Library book sale project.

She also did some acting and directing during her residence in Summit, N.J. and Princeton, where she resided for more than 30 years. In addition to raising four children, she occasionally worked outside the home as a secretary. In Princeton she was secretary to the Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Keenly interested in dance, especially ballet, she loved daughter Alissa’s ballet performances and enjoyed seeing her grandchildren performing in the Summer Festival of the Arts. She also sang with both church choirs and community choruses in several towns.

When living on Mount Desert Island, Maine, she often hiked in Acadia National Park and climbed all the peaks there. She and Bob built a summer house on Echo Lake in 1986 and in 1996 a year-round house on Beech Hill Road.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years; two sons, John and George Cawley; two daughters, Alissa Cawley Meredith and Joan Cawley Winterbottom; and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to (in Maine): Southwest Harbor Public Library, Church of St. John in Southwest Harbor, and The Summer Festival of the Arts on Mount Desert Island; or to Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.

A funeral service was held at the church of St. John in Southwest Harbor on Saturday, August 21, at 3 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to her husband, Bob Cawley, or P.O. Box 277 Mount Desert, Maine 04660.

Eva B. Gibson

Eva Berit Gibson, 84, of Princeton, died August 13.

Born in Hoor, Sweden, she completed school and worked for General Motors in Sweden for several years.

The youngest of five siblings, she came to Princeton in 1952 to work as an au-pair. She joined the Swedish community here, where she met and married the late James J. Gibson, also from Sweden. After becoming a U.S. citizen, she first worked as an executive assistant at Educational Testing Services (ETS), and later assumed the role of homemaker to raise her family.

She loved gardening, sewing, music, crossword puzzles, and linguistics. She read and spoke several languages, including English, Swedish, Italian, German, Russian, and French. When her children were older, she pursued a career in real estate and earned an associate’s degree in Business Administration at Mercer County Community College.

She is survived by her sister, Lillan Fransson of Sweden; her sons, John and James; her daughter, Sally; and one grandson.

She will be buried next to her husband in Goteborg, Sweden. No service is scheduled at this time.

Kempton Memorial

A memorial service for Mina Bluethenthal Kempton, who died on July 21, will be held on Saturday, August 28, at 2 p.m., at the D & R Greenway Land Trust’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton (off Rosedale Rd, nearly opposite the Johnson Park School). Memorial contributions may be made to D & R Greenway Land Trust, Southern Poverty Law Center, or Doctors Without Borders.

Anne D. Fiumenero Tocco

Anne D. Fiumenero Tocco, 86, of Princeton, died August 21.

Born to the late Antoinette and Frank Fiumenero in Princeton, she was a lifelong resident.

Predeceased by her husband, Santo Tacco; her sisters, Frances Cannizzaro, Ida Petrone, Antoinette Chieffalo, Jane Fiumenero, Mary Fiumenero; her brothers, Peter, Anthony, John, and Patrick Fiumenero; she is survived by her sons, Ronald, Santo, and John; her daughter, Anita; her sister, Helen Kronk; and two grandsons.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on August 28 at Princeton Church of Christ, 33 River Road, Princeton.

Calling hours will be held August 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.

Victor Glasser

Victor Glasser DDS, 93, died August 10 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in New York City, he attended New York City public schools, Brooklyn College, and graduated with high honors from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School.

Dr. Glasser was a member of two honor societies, Omicron Kappa Upsilon and the Matthew H. Cryer Society. He interned for one year at the Murray & Leonie Guggenheim Dental Institute in New York City.

In 1942 he entered the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant in the Dental Corps and served in the Pacific Theater, rising to the rank of Major.

Dr. Glasser lived and practiced dentistry in Great Neck, N.Y. for thirty years before retiring to the British Virgin Islands. He and his wife, Muriel, lived there for fifteen years and he pursued his passions for scuba diving, underwater photography, and gardening. In 1991 they moved to Princeton to be closer to their family.

Dr. Glasser loved nature, gardening, and travelling the world. A lifelong lover of classical music, he played the clarinet in the Queens Symphony and the Great Neck Symphony. In Princeton, he joined the Westminster Community Orchestra as a clarinetist. Although his eyesight began to fail due to macular degeneration, Dr. Glasser continued to play chamber music.

Predeceased by his parents, Hyman and Jennie Glasser; his brothers, Herbert and Milton; he is survived by his wife, Muriel Posner Glasser; his daughter, Karen Howe; his son, Michael; three granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; and his guide-dog, LaSalle.

A Celebration of Life memorial service is planned for the fall. Donations may be made in Dr. Glasser’s memory to Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc., P.O. Box 3950, San Rafael, Calif., 94912-3950 or online at

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

Peter T. Ramus

Peter Tracy Ramus, 63, formerly of Princeton, died August 17 after grappling with cancer for six years.

Born in Greenwich, Conn., to Michael and Grace Ramus, he grew up in Princeton. He graduated from Princeton High School and has an Associate’s degree in Industrial Power Technology from Mercer County College.

A master electrician, his career encompassed a wide variety of positions, including being an independent electrical contractor in the Princeton area, and an electrician at Muhlenberg College and Princeton University for 17 years.

Initially hired at Princeton as an electrician, he became foreman of the university’s Electric Shop, later advancing to manager of Electrical Trades.

In 1999, he and his family relocated to northern New England when he accepted a position as electrical designer for Dartmouth College. Later he was an electrical inspector for the city of Lebanon until his illness prevented him from continuing.

He also enjoyed a variety of other jobs throughout his life, ranging from electrician for the Murphy Brothers’ Traveling Carnival, breakfast chef, school bus driver, and volunteer for the Princeton Rescue Squad.

Beneath his sometimes serious exterior, he had a unique sense of humor with his quirky expressions and wry insights.

Happiest outdoors, he loved hiking, canoeing, raising vegetables, going to fairs, and using his tractor. He also meditated daily throughout his adult life.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Ginny Ramus; his son, Luke; his daughter, Julia; and his two sisters, Anne Gray and Grace Ramus.

A memorial service will be held August 27 at Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction, Vt. There will be a calling hour from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by a service starting at 4 p.m. Everyone is invited back to the Ramus home to celebrate his life.

Condolences may be expressed in an online guestbook at

Jerry Pascale

Jerry Pascale

Jerry Pascale, 89, father of Township Administrator Jim Pascale, died at home August 14.

Born and raised in Hoboken, N.J., he was a World War II veteran. He spent his entire career working at Maxwell House coffee in Hoboken. A lover of life, dancing, and laughing, he was always fun to be around.

He is survived by his partner, Barbara; his son, Jim; his sister, Yolanda; and five grandchildren.

There will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the staff at Acorn Glen, 775 Mt. Lucas Road, Princeton.

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