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Vol. LXII, No. 49
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
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Harriet Flynn

Dolores C. Matarese

Robert C. Sturken

Renata C. Lupa

Harriet Flynn

Harriet Howland Flynn, 94, of Princeton, died November 5 at the University Medical Center at Princeton. She had been a resident of the Windrows for nine years.

She was born in Berlin, Germany of her American father, Nathaniel J. Howland and German mother, Clara von Westenhagen. She lived with her twin sister, Alice, and her brother, Thielo, in Germany until 1933 when the family returned to live in the United States. The children had previously visited the United States on various occasions; Harriet and her sister attended Wheaton College.

In 1940, she married Thomas D. Flynn, son of John T. and Alice Bell Flynn of Bayside, New York. A graduate of Princeton University with the class of 1935, Mr. Flynn became a partner of Arthur Young and Company. The family moved to Port Washington in 1949, then lived in Sands Point, N.Y. for more than 40 years.

Mrs. Flynn was active in the creation of the Long Island Symphony Orchestra. An enthusiast for public support for the arts, she later created the Friends of Channel 13 on Long Island and served on Channel 13’s Friends of 13 board. For many years she taught English to foreign-born students at Paul D. Schreiber High School.

Over the years, the Flynns were members of the Nassau Country Club, Sands Point Golf Club, Port Washington Yacht Club, Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, and the Village Club. Mrs. Flynn was also a longtime member of the Sands Point Garden Club.

The Flynns were ardent travelers. They traveled regularly throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America, with occasional visits to Australia and New Zealand. They recuperated from the holidays for many years with ski trips to Leche, Austria. In 2000, they moved to the Windrows in Princeton with a group of friends from Sands Point.

Mrs. Flynn was predeceased by her husband in 2003. She is survived by her children, Susan Flynn Gordon of Tenafly, N.J., Christine Flynn of Manhattan, and John Flynn of Sands Point, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.

Dolores C. Matarese

Dolores C. Matarese of Jupiter, Florida, formerly of Princeton, died November 27 at home in the presence of her children.

Born in Ischia, Italy, in 1924, she moved to Princeton in 1952, then to Princeton Junction with her late husband Luigi in 1963. Mrs. Matarese moved to Jupiter in 2007.

She retired in 1968 from Carter-Wallace after 16 years of service. She was previously employed for four years at Kentile Floors.

A volunteer fire fighter at Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Co., she was one of the first female fire fighters. Known for her cooking, she offered her services for various community functions.

She was a former member of St. Paul’s Church in Princeton before St. David the King Church was established, then became a member of St. David the King Church.

Daughter of the late Antonio and Maria Mattera, wife of the late Luigi Matarese, sister of the late Josephine Mattera, and grandmother of the late Chase Marie and Michela Applebaum, she is survived by two sons, Ralph Matarese of Hamilton Township and Anthony Matarese of Jupiter; a daughter, Mariann Matarese of Yardley, Pa.; four brothers, Aniello and Armando Mattera of Ischia, Italy, Vincent Mattera of Kendall Park, and Albert Mattera of Trenton; five sisters, Giorgette of Belle Mead, Nini and Michella of Ischia, Italy, Vincenza of Argentina, and Andonita of Capri, Italy; and three grandchildren.

The funeral will be Thursday, December 4 at 10 a.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. It will be followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church on Nassau Street. Entombment will follow in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Hamilton Township.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, December 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Mission, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tenn. 38101; or to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33407-2387.

Robert C. Sturken

Robert C. Sturken, 89, of Princeton, died November 24 at home.

He was an engineer and executive who did pioneering work in paper coating technology that is widely used around the world.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was valedictorian of his high school class, and enrolled at age 16 at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, where he received a degree in mechanical engineering in 1940. He subsequently did graduate work in chemical engineering at Columbia and Yale Universities.

During World War II, while employed by the DuPont Company, he worked on a classified government project developing anti-radar technology to protect targets from enemy detection. After the war he transferred to DuPont’s engineering design division as a project engineer, rising to become supervisor of what was at the time the world’s largest organic chemicals plant, in Deepwater, N.J.

In 1950, he joined the Egan Machinery Company of Somerville, N.J. as a partner, later becoming vice president and chief financial officer during his three decades with the company. His design for an extrusion coating machine received a U.S. patent in 1952, forming the basis for a line of machines used to coat paper products with plastic. His invention had an impact on the public in a variety of ways, affecting the production of such basic household items as milk and juice cartons. The technology was eventually licensed to many companies around the world. He later worked as an engineering and management consultant and in 1980 was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Savings Bank of Somerville, where he chaired the investment and loan committees.

A resident of Princeton for 46 years, he was active in a number of non-profit organizations, serving as a trustee of Stevens Institute and president of its alumni association, and on the boards of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, Friends of the New Jersey State Museum, and the Printmaking Council of New Jersey. He was a longtime member of the Nassau Club.

He was known throughout his large circle of family and friends for his kindness and generosity, his ability to fix anything, and his talent as a jazz pianist.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the artist Marie Sturken (nee Ryan); a son, Carl of Katonah, N.Y.; two daughters, Barbara Peterson of Hastings on Hudson, N.Y. and Marita Sturken of Manhattan; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 13 at the Unitarian Church, 50 Cherry Hill Road, followed by a reception at the Nassau Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Area Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville 08648.

Arrangements were by the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home, Hopewell.

Renata C. Lupa

Renata Cuomo Lupa, 69, of Princeton, died peacefully November 30 at the University Medical Center at Princeton with her family at her side. She fought a courageous battle against cancer.

Born in Ischia, Italy, she and her family moved to the Princeton area when she was 15 years old.

A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she touched everyone’s heart through her knitting and crocheting.

She was predeceased by her parents, Vincenzo and Teresa Cuomo, and a sister, Anna (Nina) Cuomo. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Joseph Lupa Sr.; three daughters, Luisa and Anna Lupa of Princeton and Tina Marciniak of Bordentown; a son, Joseph Lupa Jr. of Princeton; two sisters, Francesca Porcaro of Princeton and Clara Toto of Mercerville; a brother, Frank Cuomo of Kingston; and two grandsons.

The funeral will be this Friday, December 5 at 8:30 a.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 4 at the funeral home.

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