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Vol. LXII, No. 7
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
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Angel A. Lodovica

Sue-Jene Chen Wong

Richard E. Bradley

Richard E. Bradley

Richard E. Bradley, 99, of Princeton, died February 5 at home.

Born in Newark, he lived in Princeton for 66 years. He worked in Princeton and Trenton in the construction business and built many houses in Princeton Township. He was the building inspector for Princeton Township in the early 1950s.

He served during World War II as a civilian contractor, building airfields at Shemya Air Base, Alaska.

He was the “clerk of the works” at Meadow Lakes in Hightstown.

A Master Mason for 50 years, he was also a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 781, the USGA, Princeton Shriners Club, and Springdale Golf Club, where he played well into his 90s.

Predeceased by a son, Paul, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lillian Bradley; four daughters, Eileen Bradley, Joyce Buchanan, Janice Stevenson, and Nora Gay; a stepson, Arthur Ridler; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral was February 8 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery, Montclair, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton 08540; or to the American Cancer Society of New Jersey, Mercer County Chapter, 3076 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville 08648.

Donald J. Page

Donald J. Page, 74, of Princeton, died February 4 at the Potomac Home after a long illness.

Born in Cambridge, Mass. to Duncan and Florence Page, he had lived for 35 years in Reston, Va. before moving to Princeton nearly eight years ago.

He served his country with the United States Air Force, having been stationed in Japan during the Korean War.

He graduated in 1955 from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Mr. Page worked until his retirement in 2001 as the Director of Information Resources for the U.S. Government in the General Services Administration. In that capacity he was also the Chief of the Policy Division and Senior Person for many United States agencies.

He loved the outdoors, nature, and walking. He enjoyed music of all types but particularly classical music and jazz.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret (nee Ferguson) Skutch Page of Princeton; his children, Stephen Eric Page of Virginia Beach, Va., Tamara Michele Patterson of Raleigh, N.C., and Valerie Page James of Sumter, S.C.; two stepsons, David William Skutch and Christopher Grady Skutch, both of Montclair; four grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held February 9, conducted by Michael Prewitt of the Montgomery Ministries.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association of New Jersey.

Orren Jack Turner

Orren Jack Turner, 88, of Princeton, died February 6 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born and raised in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident.

He was an Army veteran of World War II.

A master photographer, he was past president of the Professional Photographers Association of New Jersey, a member of the American Society of Photographers, and a member of the Royal Photographers Society of Great Britain. He was a former Rotarian of Princeton.

He was appointed as a member of the Board of Health and the Zoning Board of Princeton by two Mayors.

Son of the late Orren Jack and Margaret Applegate Turner, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marianlouise Thomson Turner; a son, Jay of Morganton, N.C.; a daughter, Blair Turner of Washington Crossing, Pa.; two sisters, Ruth Lutz of Princeton and Margaret Caldes of Tijeras, N. Mex.; and a grandson.

The funeral will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08542.

Arrangements were under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Sylvester Vernon

Sylvester Vernon

Sylvester “Syl” Vernon, 79, of Trenton, died February 2 at Compassionate Care Hospice, St. Francis Medical Center.

He was born and raised in Ohatchee, where he also attended school.

He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He worked at Davlyn Industries, Inc. for 23 years.

He was a member of the Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church where he served on the Senior Usher Board. He was also a member of the American Legion Charles Robinson Post No. 218.

Son of the late John and Margaret Boozer Vernon and brother of the late Edward Vernon Sr., Myrtis Mahone, and Sue G. Vernon, he is survived by his wife, “Sugie”; a daughter, Marcella Rone; and a granddaughter.

The funeral service was February 9 at Mt. Pisgah A.M.E Church on Witherspoon Street. Interment was in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.

Angel A. Lodovica

Angel Ajero Lodovica, 90, of Trenton, formerly of Princeton, died February 1 in Compassionate Care Hospice in St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton.

Born in the Philippines, he was a longtime Princeton area resident before moving to Trenton. He was employed as a household manager with a local area family for over 40 years.

Son of the late Felix and Rufina Ajero Lodovica, and husband of the late Estelita Lodovica, he is survived by a daughter, Susan Ziegele of Long Valley, N.J.; two sons, Renato of Hamilton and Cesar of Princeton; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held February 9 at the Mapleshade Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Mapleshade, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, Hamilton Square.

Sue-Jene Chen Wong

Sue-Jene Chen Wong, 80, of Princeton, died February 2 at home.

Born in Taibou, Taiwan to Duong Lei Wong and Shui Yuan Lu, she attended Tainan Girls Second High School and later worked in the Taiwanese Department of Agriculture.

Married to the pediatrician Chia-Chi Chen, M.D., she was the matriarch of an extended family household numbering more than two dozen people. She was unexpectedly widowed at the age of 45.

In her later years she split her time between Chiayi, Taiwan and Princeton, with her two eldest daughters. She loved tending her flowers and listening to classical music.

She attended the Taiwanese-American Fellowship Presbyterian Church and the Evergreen Academy of Senior Citizens in New Brunswick.

She is survived by a son, Ming Lun Chen, M.D.; daughters Pei-Jan Shieh, M.S. R.Ph., Pei-Jon Chen, M.D., Pei-Huei Lee, M.D. and Pei-Lin Su, M.D.; and nine grandchildren.

A wake was held at The Kimble Funeral Home on February 6. A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 9 at the Taiwanese-American Fellowship Presbyterian Church in New Brunswick.

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