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Vol. LXIII, No. 29
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Genevieve “Genny” Nicole Lescroart

Malcolm B. Barton

Karen I. Cotton

Jessie Gaylord

Jean H. Mason

Maria Grazia Feola-Matticoli

Genevieve “Genny”
Nicole Lescroart

Genevieve “Genny” Nicole Lescroart

Genevieve “Genny” Nicole Lescroart, 24, of Princeton, died July 10 of kidney cancer at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York City.

The daughter of Emmett and Deborah Lescroart of Princeton, she was a 2003 graduate of Princeton Day School, where she was an enthusiastic member of the varsity field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams. She continued to play club-level lacrosse at the University of San Diego, where she graduated as a member of the class of 2007 with a major in psychology and minor in English.

After graduation, Ms. Lescroart remained in the San Diego area working as an EMT. She also spent time volunteering and serving at several San Diego area hospitals, including the San Diego Center for Children where she assisted troubled youths, the Aurora Behavioral Care Center where she worked with psychiatric patients, and Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla where she served as a paramedic. Always concerned for the health and welfare of others, she had been enrolled in the University of Oregon’s Post-Baccalaureate program to become a physician’s assistant, a job she believed would allow her to pursue her interest in healthcare.

She was passionate about everything in her life: her friends, her family, and her career. An avid scuba diver, traveler, and athlete, she will be remembered for her contagious zest for life, her constant smile, and her positive outlook.

She is survived by her parents; a brother, Byron, also of Princeton; three sisters, Natalie of Washington, D.C., Alexandra of Richmond, Va., and Charlotte of Princeton; and her boyfriend, Patrick Winter of Brightwaters, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, at noon this Saturday, July 25.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society under Genny’s tribute page, found at

Malcolm B. Barton

Malcolm Brewster “Bruce” Barton, 82, of Pennington, died peacefully July 15.

Born in Hartford, Conn., the son of Malcolm and Cornelia Watrous Barton, he was a graduate of the Loomis School and Yale University. He served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946.

He was a co-founder of Learning Enrichment Inc., an educational publishing company with U.S. and international clients, which he served as president until retiring in 2008.

He lived a life filled with music as a member of the Whiffenpoofs, Yale Glee Club Associates, Blue Hill Troupe, and other choral groups in Bedford, N.Y. and Princeton. He was also an accomplished painter and soufflé maker, rabid New York Giants fan, and New York Times aficionado whose joie de vivre touched everyone he knew. He possessed a gift for compassion and a rare generosity of spirit.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Carlotta “Lolly” Espy Barton; a daughter, Brooks Barton Addicott of Park City, Utah; a sister, Priscilla Barton Hutton of Nashville, Tenn.; his stepchildren Kley Parkhurst and Jennifer Parkhurst; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for September in New York City.

Karen I. Cotton

Karen Imparato Cotton, 58, of Princeton, died of cancer July 14 at home.

She was born and raised in New York City, with a two-year stay from age 6 to 8 in Santa Rosa, Calif. She graduated from the Dalton School, and received her BA and a Master’s degree in urban planning from NYU.

She was an artist, graphic designer, mother, and an animal welfare advocate. She campaigned for non-lethal solutions to deer over-population in Princeton.

A member of the board of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, she also worked with the Humane Society of the U.S., the New York City Audubon Society, and American Bird Conservancy in Washington, D.C., where she was the campaign manager for bird collisions. She was instrumental in the inclusion of bird safety standards in the requirements for LEED Green Building Certification. She spearheaded the Lights Out campaign in San Francisco and was involved in Project Safe Flight. She deeply loved the animals and birds she fought for, as well as her family and friends.

She approached all parts of her life with equal passion and dedication. She was respected and admired by all who knew her.

She is survived by her father and mother, Anthony Imparato, MD and Agatha Petriccione Imparato of Sherman, Conn. and St. Petersburg, Fla.; her husband, John Cotton, MD of Princeton; a son, Alex Cotton of New York City; a daughter, Sonya Cotton of San Francisco; and a sister, Maria Imparato of Belmont, Mass.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 15 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the New York City Audubon Society or American Bird Conservancy.

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

Jessie Gaylord

Jessie Gaylord, 89, of Doylestown, Pa., formerly of Princeton, died July 16 in the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia.

Born in Marianna, Pa., she was a resident of Princeton for 62 years before moving to Doylestown in 2003.

She was the co-founder of Ewing Cleaners & Fabrics and Anthony’s Taxi. She was an outstanding designer and creator of clothing.

Daughter of the late Paul and Catherine (Caspari) Mari, wife of the late Anthony Gaylord, and sister of the late Orlando Brunetti and Ida Fein, she is survived by a son, Anthony R. Gaylord of Princeton; a daughter, Debra Gaylord of Doylestown; a brother, Nello Mari of Washington, Pa.; and a grandson.

The funeral will be today, July 22 at 10 a.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. It will be followed at 11 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Jean H. Mason

Jean H. Mason

Jean H. Mason, 83, of Skillman, died July 14 after living with Alzheimer’s Disease for eight years.

Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong Princeton resident before moving to Skillman four years ago. She was the wife of the late Ralph S. Mason, a co-founder of Mason Griffin Pierson, and former Mayor of Princeton Township.

Mrs. Mason was a graduate of Princeton High School with the class of 1944, which she served as class secretary, and a graduate of Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School.

She served as a volunteer for the Merwick Unit of Princeton Hospital and the American Red Cross, and as a Sunday school teacher at Second Presbyterian Church of Princeton. She was a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church.

A secretary, wife, homemaker, and mother, she enjoyed music, trees, bird watching, and collecting seashells on Sanibel Island.

She is survived by two sons, Rip Mason of Beverly Hills, Calif. and Tom Mason of Hopewell; a daughter, Karen Mason of Hopewell; a brother, Tim Harris of Glenville, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 1 at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 West Broad Street, Hopewell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to YMCA Camp Ralph S. Mason, 23 Birch Ridge Road, Hardwick, N.J. 07825.

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

Maria Grazia Feola-Matticoli

Maria Grazia Feola-Matticoli, 76, of Isernia, Italy, died June 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Born and raised in Isernia, Italy, she resided in Phoenix, Ariz. for the past 5 years. Daughter of the late Nicola & Lucia Feola, wife of the late Domenico Matticoli.

She is survived by her son, Tony Matticoli and her daughters, Lucy Matticoli-Mason & Aurora Matticoli-Martinez.

A memorial mass will be celebrated Saturday July 25, 2009, at 9:30 am at St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

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

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