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Vol. LXI, No. 30
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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Deborah A. Brooks

Marjorie C. Baker

Constant Gianacaci

Dorothy R. Glas

Arline J. Van Wessem

Arthur C. Warner

Deborah A. Brooks

Deborah A. Brooks

Deborah A. Brooks, 51, of Princeton, died July 17 at Merwick Care Center.

Born in Princeton, she was a lifelong resident.

She was employed for 30 years at New Jersey Hospital Association as an office service manager. She was also involved with the Girl Scouts of America. For many years she was a leader, assistant leader, and cookie manager for the Princeton Service Unit.

Daughter of the late James R. Brooks Sr. and sister of the late James R. Brooks Jr., she is survived by her mother, Delores DelVecchio Brooks; and a sister, Cynthia Gabauer.

The funeral service was July 20 at the Kimble Funeral Home. Burial followed in Rocky Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3076 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville 08648.

Marjorie C. Baker

Marjorie Credo Baker, 89, of Nantucket, Mass., formerly of Princeton, died July 7 at home. She had been a year-round resident of Nantucket for 30 years.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1938, and completed a year towards her master's degree in education there in 1939. She was married in 1941, gave birth to five children, and divorced in 1960.

Faced with the prospect of raising and supporting her children as a single parent, she drew on her schooling in education and taught home-bound physically challenged children, becoming one of the first teachers accredited in Special Education in the Princeton regional school system. After raising her children in Princeton and summering on Nantucket, she retired to live on the island full time.

She was a Daughter of the American Revolution, Abiah Folger Franklin Chapter, and a member of the Nantucket Yacht Club, Sankaty Head Golf Club, and Cliffside Beach Club. She enjoyed playing golf and bridge with her friends. She was also a lover of animals and island conservation, and supporter of many other causes, but most of all she looked forward to visits with her children and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Marjorie, in 1947. She is survived by two daughters, Leanne (Lili) Ayres Baker of Nantucket and Gertrude (Trudy) Warner Baker Millar of Boxford, Mass.; two sons, Elias (Bloxy) Bloxom Baker of Lakeville, Conn. and Warren von Credo Baker of Chicago, Ill.; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 20 Fair Street, Nantucket on August 24 at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 20 Fair Street, Nantucket; or to Nantucket MSPCA, Crooked Lane, Nantucket.

Constant Gianacaci

Constant "Frenchy" Gianacaci, 81, of Manahawkin, formerly of Princeton, died July 15 in Southern Ocean County Hospital, Manahawkin.

Born in St. Zachrie, France, he moved to Princeton in 1946. He was a United States Army Veteran.

Mr. Gianacaci was the owner, for more than 23 years, of Frenchy's Gulf Service Station on Nassau Street. He was recognized for his patriotism by the Daughters of the American Revolution, receiving an award for flying the American flag in front of his service station.

He was the past president of the Mercer County Gasoline Retailers, and a longtime member of the Princeton Elks Lodge 2129.

An avid fisherman and a member of the Manahawkin Fishing Club, he also enjoyed photography and telling stories of his life experiences. But his greatest love was being surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Son of the late George and Sophie Scottis Gianacaci, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Tamasi Gianacaci; a son, John Gianacaci of Hopewell; a daughter, Gabrielle Protinick of Robbinsville; three brothers, John, Alexander, and Nicholas; seven sisters, Maryse, Josephine, Helen, Gabrielle, Marcelle, Victorine, and Paulette, all of France; and four grandchildren.

The funeral was July 20 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Paul's Church. Burial followed in Brainerd Cemetery, Cranbury.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 2550 Route 1, North Brunswick, N.J. 08902-4301; or to the University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08540.

Dorothy R. Glas

Dorothy R. Glas, 85, of Princeton, died July 17 at Compassionate Care Hospice, Trenton.

Born in Princeton, she had been a lifelong Princeton resident before moving to Hamilton Square in 2005.

She retired in 1974 from Princeton Medical Center after 30 years as an R.N. She was a member of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad Auxiliary, former president and member of Princeton Post 76 American Legion Auxiliary, member of the Somerset Nurse Alumni, Society of Registered Nurses at Somerville, Chapeau Passe 8 & Forty, and a member of the Victory Chapter O.E.S. No. 96 of Hamilton Square.

Daughter of the late Vidar and Nellie Rose, wife of the late William P. Glas Jr., and grandmother of the late Kirsten Glas, she is survived by two sons, Jonathan (Rick) Glas of Littlestown, Pa. and Alan (Randy) Glas of Newnan, Ga.; a daughter, Meredith G. Snedeker, with whom she lived in Hamilton Square; and five grandchildren.

The funeral was July 23 at Princeton United Methodist Church. Burial was in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, Inc., P.O. Box 529, Princeton 08542.

Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Arline J. Van Wessem

Arline J. Van Wessem, 90, of Princeton, died July 19 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born, raised, and educated in Okawville, Ill., she moved to St. Louis in 1935, married Lester James Van Wessem in 1940, and lived in St. Louis before moving to Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1973. She moved to Livingston, New Jersey in 1977 and then to Princeton in 1985.

While in Livingston, she was a clerk at the Y.M.C.A., having previously worked as a retail clerk in St. Louis and Hattiesburg.

She was an active member of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Princeton.

Daughter of the late William and Amanda Middendorf, wife of the late Lester James Van Wessem, sister of the late Violet Middendorf, and grandmother of the late Mark James Goerss, she is survived by two daughters, Katherine Goerss of Pennington and Eunice Ann Schowalter of Florence, S.C.; a sister, Eunice Tonsing of St. Louis; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was July 24 at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, Nassau Street at Cedar Lane, with the Rev. Dr. John Mark Goerss officiating.

Burial will be this Friday, July 27, at 1:30 p.m. at Roseland Burial Park, Hattiesburg, Miss.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 407 Nassau Street, Princeton 08540.

Arthur C. Warner

Arthur Cyrus Warner, 89, of Princeton, died July 22 at home, leaving behind many beneficiaries of his teaching and his philanthropy.

Born in Newark, he distinguished himself scholastically, graduating from Princeton University in 1938 and later from Harvard Law School.

He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a Second Lieutenant. After the war he went on to teach history at the University of Texas and Rider College.

He was dedicated to civil rights, especially the rights of gay citizens. In his later years, his interests turned to the brain and its development beyond the norm. As a result he founded Sentience Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to sponsoring research and programs exploring the expansion of the brain's capacities, its maintenance, and its optimal health.

A memorial visitation was held yesterday, July 24 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Sentience Foundation, 98 Olden Lane, Princeton 08540.

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