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Vol. LXIV, No. 51
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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Obituaries

Stanley C. Smoyer

Angelina Gasperetti

Peter S. Smith

Robert E. Harwood

Gurnelle W. Katz

Joe E. Penick

Joseph A. Dubee



Stanley C. Smoyer

Stanley C. Smoyer

Stanley Charles Smoyer, 98, of Princeton, died at home on December 15.

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, he graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1930; Dartmouth College, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1934; and Michigan Law School in 1937.

He returned to Akron to work in his father’s and uncle’s law firm until 1942 when he moved to Washington, DC, to join the legal staff of the War Production Board. In 1946, the pharmaceutical firm Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J., hired him as a member of its legal office. He was associate general counsel for the corporation at the time of his retirement in 1974.

He married Barbara Brooks, also an Akron native, in 1940. She died in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Read, whom he married in 1997.

Involved in the Princeton community from the moment he moved there with his family in 1946, he was an active volunteer in municipal government. He served on the Township town council, including one year as mayor, and in several other local organizations, including two Township/Borough Consolidation Committees. He was a driving force in the founding and continuation of the Greater Princeton Area Community Foundation; a leader of the board of the Princeton branch of Planned Parenthood; and an active trustee of Princeton Day School.

He and his wife, Barbara, promoted recreational opportunities for all Princeton residents. After her death, he funded the Barbara Smoyer Memorial Field in Princeton. He enjoyed contributing generously his time and his good fortune to these community organizations as well as many others.

He was an active member of Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Springdale Golf Club, and The Nassau Club. He loved travelling and was pleased to have visited each of the seven continents and, by his count, over 60 countries.

A Dartmouth man through and through, he was active through service within his class of 1934, on the Alumni Council, and as Chairman of the Trustees’ Committee on Equal Opportunity. He was proud of the Smoyer/Brooks connection to the College, which included a brother, a brother-in-law, a nephew, and his two sons as Dartmouth alumni.

A believer in the value of athletic competition, he was an avid swimmer, tennis player, and golfer. He was a generous donor to soccer fields and tennis courts at Mercersburg, Princeton Day School, Phillips Academy, the town of Princeton, and Dartmouth.

Predeceased by two children, Janet and Bill, a Marine who died in Vietnam in 1968; he is survived by his wife; two children, Nancy and David; three grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; his step children, Linda Arnold, Jim Read, James Neilsen, and Donna Read; eight step grandchildren; and three step great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on December 20 at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. 03755; or The Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area, 437 East State Street, Trenton, N.J. 08608.


Angelina Gasperetti

Angelina Gasperetti

Angelina Gasperetti, 88, of Princeton, died November 30 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born, raised, and educated in the Trentino Alto Adige region of Northern Italy, she immigrated to the United States in 1954. She resided most of her adult years in New York City and moved to Princeton in 2005.

She was a vibrant individual who devoted her life to her family, her faith, and her community. At the age of 53 she was predeceased by her late husband, Severino, and raised their three teenage children as a single parent.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Parish in Princeton and of St. Brigid Parish in New York. She was employed for two decades as an Educator for the NYC Board of Education and was honored with many awards for her community service including a Citation for Outstanding Citizen from the New York State Assembly in 1995.

She is survived by her children, Joseph, Christine, and Louis; and three grandchildren.

Peter S. Smith

Peter Scott Smith, 44, of Princeton Junction, died December 10.

Born in New York City, he resided there before moving to Princeton Junction in 1998. He graduated from the University of Maryland College Park, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

He was a portfolio manager for the past 17 years with Lord Abbett and Company of Jersey City. He was a member of the Water Mill Beach Club, Springdale Country Club, and the New York Athletic Club.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Maeve Brophy Smith; his son, Harrison Brophy Smith; his daughter, Ryan Sophie Smith; and his parents, Peter Windon and Patricia Smith.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on December 18 at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations in his memory to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, jdrf.org.

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


Robert E. Harwood

Robert E. Harwood

Robert E. Harwood, 81, of Princeton, died December 17 at Princeton Care Center.

Born in Olean, N.Y., he resided in Princeton for most of his life.

He was a United States Army Korean War Veteran. He retired in 1987 after 32 years of service as a Tool and Dye Maker with RCA at David Sarnoff Research Labs, where he received several patents for advancing machining techniques.

He was a talented artist who created carvings, jewelry, and paintings. He loved his family, the outdoors, gardening, and was an active member of St. Paul’s Church.

Son of the late Charles and Frances Harwood; he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Adelina Harwood; a son, David Harwood; a daughter, Dana Robinson; two sisters, Lorraine Forrest and Betty Miller; and seven grandchildren.

Friends may call on Wednesday, December 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 23 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Health Care Ministry of Princeton, P.O. Box 1517, Princeton, N.J. 08542; or Christine’s Hope for Kids Foundation, c/o BFS, 731 Alexander Road, Suite 203, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

Gurnelle W. Katz

Gurnelle Weldon Katz, 92, died December 19 in New Brunswick, N.J.

Born in Griffin, Ga., she trained as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta, Ga., where she worked as an operating room nurse before enlisting in the Women’s Army Corps in 1942. She served at Fort Benning, Ga., where she met her husband, the late Bernard Katz.

After World War II, she and her husband moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. where she continued to work as a nurse before starting a family. They lived for several years in Toledo, Ohio before moving to Somers, N.Y. and then to North Salem, N.Y. After the death of her husband, she moved to Monroe Township, N.J. to be closer to her daughter’s family.

She loved to travel and visited many countries with her husband. After his death she traveled with her late brother, Robert “Flemin” Weldon and his wife, or with her dear friend, the late Kay Fogarty.

Although retired from nursing, she never stopped being a nurse. She volunteered at the Monroe Senior Center and helped others when she could at Rossmoor Adult Community, Buckingham Place Assisted Living, and The Francis E. Parker Home in New Brunswick where she lived at the end of her life.

Predeceased by her husband, Bernard Katz; she is survived by her daughter, Marion K. Littman; and two grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster, N.Y., with burial in North Salem, N.Y. to follow.

The family will be receiving visitors at home in Princeton on Friday, December 24 from noon to sundown, and on Sunday, December 26 from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, 102 East Mermaid Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. 19118; or to the North Salem Historical Society, 85 Keeler Lane, North Salem, N.Y. 10560.


Joe E. Penick

Joe E. Penick

Joe Edward Penick, 90, of Princeton, died December 16.

Forn in Frederick, Okla. to Jesse Olin and Grace Lane Penick, he was an only child. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Atlus, Okla. Where they lived until he went off to college.

He was a gifted musician and played in the Harve Walker Orchestra and other “Big Bands” while in high school. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he played trumpet and piano in the Boomers Dance Band. There he met his future wife, Jean Scott, whom he married in 1942. He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering.

The young couple first lived in Dallas, Texas, where he was employed by the Magnolia Petroleum Co., a subsequent affiliate of Mobil Oil. During World War II, he served on the Aviation Gasoline Advisory Committee of the Petroleum Administration for Defense whose mission was enhancing the supply of military fuels.

During his long and successful career with Mobil Oil Corporation, he and his growing family lived in Glenn Rock, N.J.; Providence, R.I.; Augusta, Kan.; Palos Verdes, Calif.; and Chappaqua, N.Y. He retired in 1985 as Senior Vice President of Mobil Oil Corporation with responsibility of Mobil’s worldwide research and engineering activities. He was a creative leader who was inventor or co-inventor of over 60 U.S. and foreign patents in the field of petroleum refining.

He and his wife have enjoyed a long period of retirement, with homes in Princeton and Naples, Fla. In Princeton, he was a member of the Springdale and Bedens Brook Golf Clubs, The Nassau Club, the Old Guard of Princeton, and the Nassau Presbyterian Church. He was also a founding member of the Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples.

Predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Jean Penick; he is survived by his two sons, Joe Edward Penick Jr. and David Penick; and three grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, on December 21. Burial was at Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.


Joseph A. Dubee

Joseph A. Dubee

Joseph Andre Dubee, 65, of Princeton, died December 10 at University Medical Center at Princeton after a nine-year battle with Prostate Cancer.

Born and raised in Glens Falls, N.Y., he was a graduate of Siena College and received a master’s degree in English from Russell Sage College.

He taught grade school for five years in Albany, N.Y., before becoming a professional employee of the Boy Scouts of America where he served for 21 years in Councils located in Trenton, N.J.; White Plains, N.Y.; Bethesda, Md.; and Philadelphia, Pa. In 1994 he joined the Union League of Philadelphia as Youth Work/Scholarship Director, retiring as Foundations Director in 2007 due to health issues.

A loyal and devoted parishioner of St. John the Evangelist, Philadelphia, he served on the Finance and the Capital Campaign Committees. He was a Lay Reader and Eucharistic Minister. Always a gentleman and compassionate friend to many, he was also a religious scholar, an avid reader, and a late-night gourmet cook.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Beverly Crane Dubee; a brother, Adrien Dubee; a step-son, William Crane; a step-daughter, Elizabeth de Jong-Crane; and four step-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for January 10, 2011 at 3 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist, 1332 So. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102; or the University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.

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