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Vol. LXV, No. 8
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Helen Dyer

Frances J. Karch

Helen F. Kronk

Marie E.B. Wallace

Jacqueline S. McLaughlin

Anthony C. Zuccarello

William P. Michaels

Helen Dyer

Helen Dyer

Helen Dyer, 98, died February 11 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst, Mass.

Born in 1912 to Swedish immigrant parents, she grew up in Newport, R.I. She studied in Boston to become a secretary after graduating from Rogers High School in Newport. While working in Boston she became a member of Old South Church. In 1934 she met Henry Dyer, then a young graduate student at Harvard, in a church theatrical production, and they were married that year in Gordon Chapel at Old South Church.

Following the birth of their third child in 1946, she and her family lived in Brookline, Mass. In 1952 the family moved to Princeton where she worked as a secretary in the Princeton Theological Seminary for several years.

An avid reader, she was interested in a wide variety of subjects. She joined a Swedish reading group to refresh and extend her knowledge of her first language, and after her husband retired they traveled to Sweden. She volunteered for a number of church and civic organizations, and especially enjoyed playing in the handbell choir at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. She was a life-long Democrat.

In 1998, she moved to a retirement community in Amherst to be close to family.

Predeceased by her husband in 1995; she is survived by three children, Janet Bridgham, Nancy Babb, and Paul Dyer; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

The funeral arrangements are private and under the direction of Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst.

Frances J. Karch

Frances Joanne Karch, 80, of Princeton, died February 18 at Clare Bridge of Hamilton.

Born in Pottstown, Pa., she lived most of her life in Princeton.

She retired as a schoolteacher with the Mercer County Special Services
in Trenton after more than 20 years of employment. She was a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton.

Predeceased by her brother, Donald Brown; she is survived by her husband, William H. Karch; three sons, Fritz, Eric, and David; her brother, Richard Brown; and two grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on February 23 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 or at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. To extend condolences or sign the guest book, please visit www.TheKimbleFuneral

Helen F. Kronk

Helen Fiumenero Kronk, 88, of Princeton, died February 17 at Acorn Glen Assisted Living.

Born in Princeton, she graduated from Princeton High School. She retired from Princeton University Press where she was the only female printer and therefore named “Queen of the Press Room.”

She enjoyed traveling in her younger days, doing crossword puzzles, and playing cards. She was an avid Mets fan and never missed watching a game.

Daughter of the late Frank and Antoinette Calu Fiumenero; and wife of the late Frederick Kronk; she was also predeceased by her sisters, Frances Cannizzaro, Ida Petrone, Antoinette Chieffalo; Anne Tocco, Mary and Jane Fiumenero; and her brothers, Tony, Peter John, and Patrick Fiumenero.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on February 22 at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery, Georges Road, North Brunswick.

Donations may be made to the Health Care Ministry of Princeton, PO Box 1517, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

Marie E.B. Wallace

Marie Elizabeth Bradley Wallace, 80, died February 17 at National Health Care Nursing Center in Sumter, S.C.

Born in Hightstown, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Thomas Bradley and Grace Dey Bradley.

She was a member of Swan Lake Presbyterian Church and was a retired file clerk with Princeton University.

Predeceased by her son, Robert L. Van DeWater Jr.; three sisters, Kathleen, Margaret, and Mary; and her former husband, Robert L. Van DeWater Sr.; she is survived by her daughter, Cynthia L. Walker; two brothers, John Bradley and Frank Bradley; two sisters, Eileen Huzzy and Grace Doyle; two grandchildren; and her former husband, Thomas Wallace.

Memorial services were held at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church, 912 Haynsworth Street, with Pastor Chuck Staggs officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, S.C. 29210.

Online condolences may be sent to www.sumter

Jacqueline S. McLaughlin

Jacqueline S. McLaughlin, referred to by family as Coco, 78, of Columbus, N.J., formerly of Princeton, died February 15.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Joseph McLaughlin; six children, Joseph, Michael, Susan, Patricia, Richard, and Jacqueline; 12 grandchildren; and her twin sister, Micheline Dodson.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 26 at 1 p.m. at St. David the King Catholic Church, 1 New Village Road, Princeton Junction.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Martin House, 794 East State Street, PO Box 1025, Trenton, N.J. 08606-1025.

Anthony C. Zuccarello

Anthony C. Zuccarello, 99, of Penns Neck, died February 18 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Trenton, he moved to Penns Neck in 1944. He retired in 1976 as a union printer for the “Trentonian,” Princeton Printing and Commercial Printing in Trenton.

He was a former member of Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad from 1966 to 1968, and a member of St. Paul’s Church and its Knights of Columbus Council #636. Founder and coach for West Windsor Little League for many years, he was also an avid tennis player until the age of 91.

Brother of the late Joseph D., who died in France during WWII, Daniel Zuccarello and Rose M. Kelly; and grandfather of the late Jon A. Zuccarello; he is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary V.; his son, Joseph D; two brothers, William A. and Robert K. Zuccarello; a sister, Jean V. Zuccarello; two grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on February 23 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street.

Calling hours were held on February 22 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery in Hopewell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company, 245 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction, N.J. 08550.

William P. Michaels

William P. Michaels, known to friends and family as Bill, died February 20 at Princeton Medical Center of pneumonia.

He grew up in New Jersey and Key West, and graduated cum laude with honors in American Literature from Middlebury College. He later earned a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.

In 1974 he moved back to New Jersey where he worked in Princeton first as a programmer and then as a technical writer at Princeton Financial Systems.

He enjoyed hiking in the mountains of New England and California, becoming an End to Ender on Vermont’s Long Trail and completing all but eleven of the Adirondack 46 highest peaks.

Widely read in literature and with a great love and knowledge of classical music and jazz, in his fifties he became a skilled solver of word puzzles of all kinds and in 1996 joined the National Puzzlers League, attending all of their yearly conventions.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judy Rowe Michaels; and his sister, Virginia Harlow.

A family gathering in Maine this summer will celebrate his life.

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