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Vol. LXII, No. 53
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Raymond Fisher Sr.

Harriet J. Kaftanic

Frank J. Sannino

Edgar L. Van Zandt

Raymond Fisher Sr.

Raymond Fisher Sr.

Raymond Fisher Sr., 63, of Princeton, died December 18 at the Princeton Care Center after a long battle with cancer.

Born and raised in Princeton, he attended the Princeton school system.

Predeceased by his father, Isaiah “Binky” Fisher, and a daughter, Debra, he is survived by his mother, Estelle Fisher of Princeton; two sons, Ray Jr. of Philadelphia and Raymond III of Trenton; six daughters, Sherri of Trenton, Briana of Princeton, Aisha, Tynisha, Arlene, and Priscilla of Trenton; two brothers, Gilbert of Princeton and Aaron of Franklin Park; a sister, Patricia (Tish) Lewis of Hamilton; stepchildren Passionette Harmon and Stanley Harmon of Trenton and Jermaine Tingle and Tony Tingle of Graysonville, Md.; his former wife, Patty Ann Yates of Princeton; his fiancée, Gloria Perez of Princeton, six grandchildren; and special friends Arlene Harmon of Trenton, Diane Tingle of Graysonville, Md., and Inger Adams of Inglewood, Calif.

The funeral service was December 27 at the First Baptist Church. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Family of Raymond Fisher, c/o the Hughes Funeral Home 324 Bellevue Avenue, Trenton 08618.

Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home.

Harriet J. Kaftanic

Harriet J. Kaftanic, 87, of Princeton, died December 27 at Park Place Center in Monmouth Junction after a brief illness.

Born in Springfield, Ill., she lived in Metuchen before moving to Princeton in 1972.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Illinois State University in 1943. She also attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to her marriage, she was employed as a schoolteacher for the city of Hammond, Indiana.

She was a volunteer Girl Scout leader and trainer in Metuchen, a founding member of Watercolorists Unlimited, and a member of the Garden State Watercolor Society. Her work was exhibited at various local shows.

Predeceased by her son, Richard William Kaftanic, she is survived by her husband of 61 years, Edward M. Kaftanic; a daughter, Linda Meuse of Cherry Hill; a son, Barry E. Kaftanic of Princeton; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 3 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Friday, January 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, One Hamilton Avenue, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, 120 Wall Street, 19th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10005, Attn: Donations Dept.; or online at

Frank J. Sannino

Frank J. Sannino, 89, a lifelong resident of Princeton, died December 28 at The Pavilions at Forrestal in Plainsboro after a brief illness.

A graduate of Princeton High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps after high school and was honorably discharged as a sergeant after serving in World War II. After leaving the military, he and his brother Pete began the Sannino Plumbing and Heating business in 1946.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Princeton. In addition to plumbing, his leisure time was spent gardening.

He was predeceased by his parents, Giro and Vincenza Migilizzi Sannino, two brothers, and a sister. He is survived by two nieces, Sandra Morreale of Tennessee and Terri Hoschek of Toms River, and two nephews, Mark Sannino of Princeton and Billy Sannino of Erwinna, Pa.

Services will begin on Monday, January 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, One Hamilton Avenue, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Church Cemetery.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Sunday, January 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542.

Edgar L. Van Zandt

Edgar L. Van Zandt

Edgar L. Van Zandt, 80, of Plainsboro Township, died December 25 at Kindred Hospital, Havertown, Pa.

Born in Princeton, the son of the late John Percy and Helen Benedict Van Zandt, he had resided in Plainsboro since 1998, having previously lived in Flemington for many years.

A 1949 graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Agriculture, Mr. Van Zandt owned and operated Van Zandt Sales & Service Company, first in Blawenburg, then in Raritan Township. After selling his firm in 1980, he became a sales representative with Hobensack Farm Equipment, Warminster, Pa.

Among his numerous civic activities, he was a longtime treasurer for Habitat for Humanity in Trenton; former head of the Hunterdon County Housing Association, where he was responsible for obtaining low-cost senior citizen housing in Flemington; a longtime member of the Flemington Baptist Church; a 50-year member of the Princeton Agricultural Society; head of the Buildings & Roads Committee of Windrows Estates in Plainsboro; an honorary member of the Flemington Rotary Club; member of the Princeton Old Guard; and a former treasurer of Thompson’s Point Association in Charlotte, Vt.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Edna Gillett Van Zandt, in 2005. He is survived by two sons, David E. Van Zandt of Chicago and Thomas R. Van Zandt of Redondo Beach, Calif.; two daughters, Mary V.Z. Wachterhauser of Havertown, Pa. and Shirley E. Van Zandt of Upperco, Md.; a brother, John P. Van Zandt Jr. of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a sister, Elizabeth Adams of Greenville, S.C.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held this Saturday, January 3 at 1 p.m. in Blawenburg Reformed Church, 424 County Highway 518, Blawenburg, under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington. Interment was private in Blawenburg Cemetery, Blawenburg. There are no calling hours.

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Memorial contributions may be made Habitat for Humanity, 601 North Clinton Avenue, Trenton 06538.

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