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Vol. LXIII, No. 28
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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Michael J. Myers

Susan K. Lehnhardt

Norma Brent

John Rossi

Mary E. (Mazie) Curtis

Jeffrey Tkacs

Michael J. Myers

Michael J. Myers

Michael J. Myers, 68, of Beaufort, S.C., formerly of Princeton, died July 1 of melanoma in Philadelphia.

Born in Sterling, Illinois, he earned a BSEE degrees from the University of Illinois, a law degree from George Washington University Law School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Following his marriage in 1966, he worked in Philadelphia for Woodcock and Washburn. He then moved to J.H. Whitney in New York City and Smith Barney, also in New York City. After leading and then spinning out the venture capital arm of Smith Barney, renamed First Century Partners, he helped develop many startup companies. A longtime member of the board of directors of Office Depot, he also served on numerous other boards.

Mr. Myers was a co-developer of Cat Island in Beaufort, S.C., which he loved. While dedicating himself to his career in investment banking, he developed his passions for golf, opera, Shakespeare, and learning. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, the New York City Harvard Club, Springdale Golf Club and Nassau Club in Princeton, Secession Golf Club and Sanctuary Golf Club in Beaufort, and the Union League in Philadelphia.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children Greg and Jen; and two granddaughters.

Memorial donations may be sent to Wissahickon Hospice, 150 Monument Road, Suite 300, Bala-Cynwyd, Pa. 19904; or to the Friends of Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, S.C. 29902.

Susan K. Lehnhardt

Susan K. Lehnhardt

Susan K. Lehnhardt, 60, of Princeton, died June 30 in Morocco following a brief illness.

Born in Milford, Conn., she grew up in New Jersey and had lived in Princeton for the past ten years. She previously resided in New York and California.

A graduate of Hunterdon Central High School, she subsequently earned a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Delaware and went on to study molecular biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, earning a Ph.D. She worked in the biotech field for several years before attending Fordham University Law School to earn a law degree. She practiced patent law in New York, California, and New Jersey.

She will be remembered by her family and friends for her generosity, quick smile, and wealth of knowledge. She was a devoted aunt to her nieces and nephews and instrumental in their lives as a mentor, friend, and travel companion.

Predeceased by her father, Albert Lehnhardt Jr., she is survived by her mother, Minnie Witkowski of Clinton, N.J.; a sister, Melissa Lehnhardt of Stockton, N.J.; a brother, Karl Lehnhardt; and a sister, Abigail Weidel of Harbourton, N.J.

The funeral service was July 11 at the Chapel in Harbourton Cemetery, Harbourton. Interment followed in the cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. To send a condolence, visit

Norma Brent

Norma Brent of Princeton died July 8 in Princeton.

Born Norma Zaretsky in the Bronx in 1915, she graduated from James Madison High School and Hunter College, and earned a Master’s of Arts in the Teaching of Reading from Adelphi University in 1968.

Her early career included work as a bookkeeper and executive assistant in the advertising industry and for Faberge Fragrances. She later served as a staff member of the New York Herald Tribune World Youth Forum, an annual program that convened high school seniors from more than 40 nations; and worked for Pilots Employment Associates where she evaluated and matched professional pilots for placement in corporate flight operations.

Her major career contribution and most satisfying professional experience, however, was as a second grade teacher specializing in the teaching of reading. A creative teacher, her classroom was a miniature library where reading instruction was individualized for each student’s strengths and interests.

After retiring from teaching, Mrs. Brent became an active volunteer. In Sarasota, Florida, she served as a docent giving art appreciation tours at the Ringling Museum of Art, and represented troubled teenagers as a guardian ad litem in the Sarasota County Family Court. She also developed and instituted a Latchkey Children’s program under which children who came home to an empty house after school could call to speak to a senior citizen volunteer for advice.

In 1983, she moved to Rossmoor in Monroe Township, where she resided for 18 years. At Rossmoor, she founded Caring Friends, a network of people who checked on each other and provided transportation for residents who did not drive. She chaired the Rossmoor Arts and Activities Council, served as a docent at the Zimmerli Museum of Art in New Brunswick, and was active in the League of Women Voters for many years.

Her husband of 38 years, Alfred H. Brent, an arbitrator of labor-management disputes, died in 1980. She is survived by a son, Daniel Brent of Princeton; and three grandchildren.

The funeral service was July 10 at The Jewish Center of Princeton. Burial followed at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Iselin.

Memorial contributions may be offered to United Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, a synagogue of the donor’s choice, or the Princeton Junior School.

Funeral arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.

John Rossi

John Rossi

John Rossi, 94, of Princeton, died peacefully July 8.

Born in Pettoranello, Italy, he had been a resident of Princeton since 1931.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Rossi worked at H.P. Clayton on Palmer Square for 58 years. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed reading books about World War II, and faithfully followed his beloved New York Mets.

He was predeceased by his wife, Vincenza; a son, John D. Rossi; a brother, Frank Rossi; and a sister, Adelgisa Toto. He is survived by a daughter, Nancy Vincent of Burke, Va.; two sons, Felix Rossi of Ringoes and James Rossi of Falls Church, Va.; a sister, Bambina Ciotola of Isernia, Italy; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was July 13 at the Kimble Funeral Home. It was followed by a funeral mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Entombment was in Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick.

Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.the

Mary E. (Mazie) Curtis

Mary E. (Mazie) Curtis, 94, formerly of Princeton Junction, died July 13 at Merwick Care Center in Princeton after a lengthy illness.

Born in Philadelphia, she grew up on a farm in Cherry Hill, N.J. She married Ted Curtis in 1940 and moved to Princeton Junction in 1960.

She and her husband were avid lovers of golf and tennis.

Mrs. Curtis was active in the community. She volunteered for the June Fete, was a member of the Republican Club, and played golf as a nine-holer.

She was predeceased by her husband, Theodore P. Curtis; a son, Michael Curtis; her brother Thomas Kerrigan; and her sisters Anna Mumford and Katherine Kerrigan. She is survived by two sons, Theodore T. Curtis of Hilton Head, S.C. and Kevin A. Curtis of Ringoes; two granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.

The funeral service will be tomorrow, July 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street.

Burial will be in Princeton Cemetery.

Visiting hours for relatives and friends are Wednesday, July 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Princeton Hospice Memorial Fund, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton 08540.

Jeffrey Tkacs

Jeffrey Tkacs, 51, of Princeton, died July 11 at home.

Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong area resident. He attended Princeton High School.

A painter for many years in the Princeton area, he was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing.

Son of the late George and Marjorie Tkacs, he is survived by a son, Jeffrey Tkacs Jr.; a sister, Nancy Hagadorn; and three brothers, George Jr., James, and Mark Tkacs.

The funeral and burial will be private.

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

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