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Vol. LXII, No. 35
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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David Kerlin

Anthony R. Vaccaro

James M. Kyte Jr.

Jack L. Roemer

Colin A. Henry

Lucy L. Elmer

David Kerlin

David Kerlin

David Darton Kerlin, 81, of Princeton, a resident at The Windrows, died August 22 in the Pavilions at Forrestal surrounded by his family.

Born in Washington, D.C. to William J. Kerlin and Annunciata (Nan) Darton Kerlin, his formative years were spent in Chevy Chase, Md. Attending local schools, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout at 18. After working several years for Johns-Manville, he became an agent for State Farm Insurance Co.

In 1949 he married Amelia Buck of Washington and in 1955 moved to New Jersey to become one of the first State Farm agents in the state. Settling in Westfield, he became president of the Jaycees and served on the Mayor’s Youth Council and with the C.Y.O.

Awarded his Chartered Life Underwriter designation, he became Agency Director for the Mid-Atlantic area before moving to Princeton in 1972 to open an office on Nassau Street as an agent again. He retired in 1995 after a 41-year career with State Farm.

Mr. Kerlin and his wife enjoyed summers for 35 years aboard the Blue Whale, docked at the head of Barnegat Bay in Point Pleasant. His other interests were extensive travel, with road trips across the United States and cruises abroad.

He is survived by his wife, Amelia; his children, Christine Kerlin of Arlington, Wash., John Buck Kerlin of Robbinsville, and Marie Kerlin of Princeton; two sisters; a step-mother and step-sister; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held August 26 at St. David the King Church, Princeton Junction. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. David the King Building Fund, 1 New Village Road West, Princeton Junction 08550; or to Hands Together, P.O. Box 80985, Springfield, Mass. 01138.

Anthony R. Vaccaro

Anthony R. Vaccaro, 88, of Columbus, died August 23 at home. Born in Johnstown, Pa., he resided most of his life in Princeton before moving to Columbus in 1996. He was a graduate of Princeton High School.

In 1941 he founded, along with two of his brothers, the Indian Camp Poultry Farm. In the late 1960s he and his brothers founded the Clarksville Sod Farm. He retired in 1996.

He was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Josephine Vaccaro, and his siblings Guy, James, Carmella, Ann, and Matilda Vaccaro and Mary Swinnerton. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis Biancosino Vaccaro; four daughters, Kathleen Vaccaro of Columbus, Phyllis Russo of Lawrenceville, Lorraine Grochala of Robbinsville, and Nancy Ryan of Florham Park; two brothers, Joseph Vaccaro of Boynton Beach, Fla. and John Vaccaro of Lawrenceville; a sister, Frances Grochala of Columbus; and nine grandchildren.

The Funeral will be Thursday, August 28 at 8:30 a.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue.

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

Visitation hours will be today, August 27 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville 08691; or to St. Francis Medical Center, 601 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton 08629.

James M. Kyte Jr.

James Mathison Kyte Jr., 81, of Princeton, died August 23 peacefully, surrounded by his beloved wife of 59 years and their two daughters.

A longtime resident of Princeton, he was born and raised in Glen Ridge, spending many happy youthful summers sailing on the Shinnecock Bay off East Quogue, Long Island. In his Flying Dutchman, he participated in the 1964 Olympic Trials.

Mr. Kyte graduated from The Peddie School in 1945 before serving his country in the U.S. Army in the final year of World War II, stationed in Bremen, Germany. He went on to Dickinson College, earning a B.A. as a member of the Class of 1950. While in Carlisle, he met and married his wife, Virginia, in the summer of 1949. In his professional life, he was president and CEO of Coated Products Co. in Middlesex. He spent his years before retirement as a consultant.

A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he loved gardening and to his final day kept busy tending his daughter’s two gardens. He was an active and faithful member of the Princeton University Chapel. With his wife, Ginger, he was a tireless and avid fan of any and all athletic teams of Princeton University. In his later years, he loved spending summer days with his family at the Jersey shore.

Preceded in death by his parents James Mathison Kyte and Lucille Gowdy Kyte, he is survived by his wife, Virginia (Ahl) Kyte; two daughters, Kimberly Kyte of Princeton and Jamie Kyte Sapoch of Hopewell; a sister, Constance Kyte Downs of Florida; a brother, Bruce Kyte of North Carolina; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held this Friday, August 29 at 11 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home, 71 East Prospect Street, Hopewell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Princeton University Chapel, c/o Associate Dean Deborah Banks, Princeton University, Murray Dodge Hall, Princeton 08544.

Jack L. Roemer

Dr. Jack L. Roemer, 74, a dentist in Princeton for more than 40 years, died August 19 at home.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a resident of Princeton for the past 44 years. He graduated from Brooklyn College and New York University Dental School. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

He was a consultant for the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry, an examiner for the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners, and former president of the New Jersey Dental Association.

He was a member of the Mercer County Dental Society and the New Jersey and American Dental Associations.

Son of the late Max and Bertha Roemer, he was preceded in death by his son Philip B. Roemer and his sister Ruth Sessler. He is survived by his wife, Marion Plaxen Roemer; a son, Jonathan Roemer of Princeton; two daughters, Michelle Roemer Schoen of Doylestown, Pa. and Shari Pflueger of Austin, Texas; a brother, Sidney Roemer of Alpharetta, Ga.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be offered to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, Ill. 60018; or to the New Jersey Foundation of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, c/o the New Jersey Dental Association, 1 Dental Plaza, North Brunswick 08902.

Colin A. Henry

Colin A. Henry, 87, of Princeton, died August 20 in the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Crosby, England, he resided in Canada from 1950 until 1960. He had been a resident of Princeton for more than 40 years.

Mr. Henry graduated from the Merchant Taylors School, Crosby, England, and served in the British Army as Captain in the Kings Regiment with service in Europe and the Far East.

He retired in 1986 as vice president of the industrial division of Homasote Company, West Trenton.

He was a member of Trinity Church, the Springdale Golf Club, and the Old Guard of Princeton.

Son of the late Alexander and Mary (Leigh) Henry and father of the late Ann Henry, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary C. (Day) Henry; a brother, Roy Henry of England; two sisters, Kay Lusted and Betty Wills, both of England; and a granddaughter.

The funeral service was August 26 at Trinity Church. Burial will be private.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Church Memorial Garden Fund, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton 08540.

Lucy L. Elmer

Lucy L. Elmer, 86, a resident of Stonebridge in Skillman, died June 22 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Hampton, Va., she graduated from Mary Institute in St. Louis and attended Sweet Briar College.

She and her late husband, Warren P. Elmer, Jr., were longtime residents of Princeton. They had previously lived in St. Louis, Richmond, and Rome, Italy.

Mrs. Elmer was a dedicated volunteer at various libraries, Recording for the Blind, and, for 40 years, the University Medical Center at Princeton.

She was predeceased also by her parents, Virginia Mason and William DeLoss Love; a brother, William Love; and a sister, Nancy Broyles. She is survived by her three children, Virginia Stafford, W. Philo Elmer, and Molly Wooden; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Princeton Medical Center Foundation at 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08540.

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