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Vol. LXIII, No. 30
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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Martha Lee King

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Martha Lee King

Martha Lee King

Martha Lee King, 98, a longtime Princeton resident and wife of the late Dr. John A. King, died peacefully in her sleep June 14 at the Merwick long-term care facility on Bayard Lane.

A 44-year resident of Princeton, she had been a Merwick resident for the last 6 years.

Born in The Dalles, Oregon, one of three children of Michelle Penners and John D. Prank, she was raised in The Dalles and Portland, Oregon. She later lived in Kenilworth, Ill.; Short Hills, N.J.; Manhasset, N.Y.; Albany, N.Y.; and Minneapolis, Minn.

She graduated from the U.S. Grant High School in Portland in 1929, where she was her classroom reporter her senior year. After high school she briefly pursued a career in nursing. But after completing the nursing program at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, she gave up nursing due to personal health problems caused by her rigorous nursing schedule. She then pursued a business career, attending a business school in Portland while working at her father’s car dealership and construction company as a bookkeeper. However, the Great Depression caused her to reconsider a business career. She stayed at home to help her family, working at whatever was available.

She subsequently realized that higher education and the opportunities it provided held the most promise for her. In 1937, she attended the College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., where she became actively involved with the League of Women Voters and a fervent supporter of women’s rights. She met her future husband, John A. King, while taking a chemistry class at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She graduated from the College of Saint Catherine with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry in 1941, and was married that summer.

For the next 51 years she was a devoted wife and homemaker, who raised four children while her husband pursued a career in industrial chemistry. After his death in 1992 she enjoyed time spent with her children and grandchildren, and playing the piano, a pastime she continued while living at Merwick.

A generous, kind, and loving person, she will be missed by all who knew her, but particularly by her devoted caregiver and companion Irina Rekhviechvili.

She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, John A. King; a sister, Vera F. Mather of Seattle, Wash.; and a brother, Lloyd Frank of Salt Lake City. She is survived by two daughters, Clarissa A. K. Donnelly of Berkeley, Calif., and Mary Lee King Coulson of Athens, Greece and New York City; two sons, John A. King 2nd of Wakefield, Mass. and. Dennis P. King of Ewing, N.J.; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A private funeral service was conducted at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, c/o Msgr. Walter E. Nolan.

Frieda Y. Chimacoff

Frieda Yaruss Chimacoff, 98, of Hightstown, died July 22 in Meadow Lakes Nursing Home, her home for 18 years.

Born in Russia, she arrived in the U.S. in 1914 and grew up in Newark and Irvington. She had an early career as the head of pediatric nursing at the Newark Beth Israel Hospital, an identity she maintained and cherished throughout her life.

She was married for 42 years to Hyman Chimacoff, a physician in Newark until his death in 1976. She lived most of her adult life in suburban northern New Jersey.

Her love of bridge kept her alert until her final weeks.

She is survived by a daughter, Ruth Chimacoff Macklin of Bronx, N.Y.; a son, Alan Chimacoff of Princeton; three granddaughters; and three great-granddaughters.

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