Obituaries

Martha C. Allen

Kevin J. Fahey

Barbara B. Genster

Eugene P. Gillespie

Edward L. Kubacki

Edith C. McKay

Irma Mihan

Linda R. Weathersby



Martha C. Allen

Martha C. Allen

Martha Cortelyou ("Marnie") Allen, 81, of Charlottesville, Va., formerly of Princeton, died April 9 at home after a lengthy illness.

The daughter of Rose P. and Raymond V. Cortelyou, she was born in Princeton.

She attended Princeton High School and earned a bachelor of arts in English from Oberlin College.

She lived for much of her life in Princeton and Rocky Hill before moving to Puerto Rico in 1977. While in Rocky Hill, she directed a pre-school program and was active in community affairs, helping to found a Meals-On-Wheels program in Princeton. She was instrumental in founding the Rocky Hill Library.

During the 1980s, she served as director of library outreach programs throughout New Jersey for the New Jersey Committee for the Humanities, a state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Charles David Allen, in 1979. In 1993 she married Joseph Blotner, biographer of William Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren. She moved to Charlottesville in 1995 following Prof. Blotner's retirement from the English Department at the University of Michigan.

She is survived by three sons, Peter Jackson, Christopher Talbot, and Stephen Noyes Allen; a sister, Priscilla Cortelyou Little of Washington, D.C.; a brother, the Rev. James Upton Cortelyou of Lake Luzerne, N.Y.; two step-daughters, Tracy Willoughby of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Pamela Blotner of Berkeley, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

A celebration of her life for her friends and family will be held at Stonebridge at Montgomery at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Hospice.

Kevin J. Fahey

Kevin J. Fahey, 46, a Princeton resident since 1995, died May 20 of injuries sustained in an automobile accident May 18.

Born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, he attended Yale University where he studied Political Science and was a member of the a cappella singing group, the Whiffenpoofs. After graduation, he worked as an advertising copywriter at Young & Rubicam Detroit, writing and producing campaigns for Lincoln-Mercury, Uniroyal, and Michigan Bell.

In 1990, he moved to New York City to join Young & Rubicam New York. A creative director with the agency, he spent many years overseeing work for AT&T, MetLife, Accenture, Jello, and Burger King, among others. His Colgate "Primary Colors" commercial was selected by Adweek magazine as one of the best spots of the 90's, one of the rare packaged goods spots to make the list.

In Princeton, he was an active supporter of Princeton Youth Baseball, Princeton Girls Softball, and the Princeton Recreation Dillon Basketball leagues. A friendly presence on the sidelines, he had a knack for quickly learning the names of the young athletes and their parents.

Son of the late Patricia Rose O'Donnell and Robert J. Fahey, he is survived by his high school sweetheart and spouse, Anne Cowin Fahey; a son, Eamon; a daughter, Byrne; two sisters, Maureen Gaylord of Hilltown Township, Pa. and Colleen Rush of Port Washington, N.Y.; and three brothers, Brian of New York City, Sean of Carmel, Ind., and Darren of Streetsboro, Ohio.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at The Art Directors Club, 106 West 29 Street, New York City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to OxFam America, attn. Tribute Giving, 26 West Street, Boston, Mass. 02111-1206; or the to the Princeton YWCA, attn. Valley Road School, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton 08540.

Barbara B. Genster

Barbara Burke Genster, 85, of Princeton, died June 1 at her home at The Windrows.

She was born in La Salle, Ill., to Edmund J. Burke, M.D., and Anna Christianson Burke.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she majored in German and French and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board. She was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. In the years immediately following World War II, she was employed by Marshall Field & Company and Harvard University. After the birth of her children, she devoted her talents to her husband, children, and grandchildren. Her interests included languages, literature, and international travel, especially in Europe.

She was an avid reader and tennis fan.

Predeceased by a son, David Brian, in 1964, she is survived by her husband of 64 years, Charles Joseph Genster; five children, Margaret Mary Genster of Seattle, Wash., Jane Emily Genster of Washington, D.C., Julia Ann Genster of Concord, Mass., Joseph Burke Genster of Seattle, and Sara Genster Robling of Larchmont, N.Y.; a sister, Mary Emily Baggott of Peoria, Ill.; and ten grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today, June 7 at St. Paul's Church. A reception at The Windrows will follow.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy at P.O. Box 196, Libertyville, Illinois 60048-0196.

Funeral arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Eugene P. Gillespie

Eugene P. Gillespie, 87, of Princeton, died May 31 at home, with his wife, Sara, and son, Peter, at his side.

He was born in Greenville, Pa., the son of Stanley A. and Bess A. Gillespie.

He was an alumnus of Mercersburg Academy, class of 1936, and Princeton University, class of 1940.

In January of 1941, after one semester at UVA Law School, he was called up for his year of active duty in the U.S. Army Artillery Corps. He served with distinction during World War II as a pilot in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. After the war, he earned a regular Army commission and served as a career officer until his retirement, with the rank of full colonel, in 1964.

He then worked until 1974 in the administration offices at Princeton University, and later served as a trustee of Princeton Hospital, shepherding donations for the Renaissance Project. More recently he served as a trustee of McCarter Theater, raising funds for renovation of the theater.

He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Nancy McNulty, and his first wife, George Ann. His second marriage, to Betty Johnson, ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife Sara; three children, Peter Gillespie, Sir William A. Gillespie, and George Ann Gillespie Fox; his former wife Betty Johnson; a granddaughter; and a step-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on June 16 at Princeton University Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton 08540.


Edward L. Kubacki

Edward L. Kubacki

Commander Edward L. Kubacki USN, Ret., 87, of Princeton and Lake Harmony, Pa., died May 28 at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park.

Born in Reading, Pa., he graduated from Reading Senior High School, continued his engineering studies at the Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute, and in 1941 received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University.

He volunteered for active duty as an Ensign in the Navy in July 1941. His first assignment was at the Naval Gun Factory in Washington, D.C. He attended Harvard and MIT and, on completion of his studies, was selected to be the first instructor of Radar control of shipboard ordinance at the Fleet Service School in San Diego, Calif. He was then assigned to the U.S.S. Belleau Wood from October 1944 to February 1946 as the radar maintenance officer. While aboard, he participated in the Okinawa Gunto, Iwo Jima, and Japan operations for which he earned three stars on his Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. He was also awarded the Presidential unit citation with star.

After World War II, he was Staff Radio and Sonar Officer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. He then attended school at the Naval Supply Corps in Bayonne, and was assigned to the Electronic Supply Office in Great Lakes, Ill. From there he received orders to the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts. He served on the U.S.S. Delta as the comptroller and supply officer and at the Naval Air Station in Atlantic City, as the supply and fiscal officer. In 1955 he returned to Bayonne, where he served as Director of the Military Assistance Program, Executive Assistant to the Rear Admiral, and Director of the Military Security Program for 48 foreign countries.

During 1959 and 1960 he served in Korea as assistant comptroller and member of the Chief Joint Military Assistance Advisory Group. When he returned to the States, he completed his more than 20-year naval career in June 1962 as the Transportation and Shipping Officer and Commander of the Eastern Sea Frontier in New York City, where he had a top secret rating. During his military career he was also awarded the American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy Occupation (Asia) Medal, China Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean Defense Service Medal.

After retiring from the military, he entered the teaching profession and spent 23 years as a mathematics and science professor for the Somerset County Vocational and Technical Schools, teaching at the Somerset County Technical Institute and the Somerset County College. He retired from teaching in 1986.

He was a 65-year life member of the Theta chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity, a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, a life member of the Military Officers Association of America, a member of Disabled American Veterans, and a life member of the New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey Retired Educators' Association, and National Education Association-Retired.

Predeceased by his oldest brother, Wallace Kubacki, he is survived by his wife, Ellen Kubacki; a daughter, Ellen Thompson of Princeton; a brother, Daniel C. Kubacki of West Lawn, Pa.; and a grandson.

Burial with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. on July 27 at 9 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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

Edith C. McKay

Edith Caputo McKay, 85, a 16-year resident of Princeton, died May 28 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Brookline, Mass., she was the sixth of nine children, all of whom settled in the Boston area.

Eager to support the war effort after graduating from high school (all four of her brothers served in World War II), she worked for the First Service Command in Boston, transcribing dispatches from Europe and the Pacific, as well as the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, D.C. After the war, she joined the U.S. Department of Foreign Service, where she was assigned to an administrative position at the American Consulate in the French West Indies.

She moved to Manhattan in the late 1940s where she began a 15-year career with the United Nations, working primarily in the Department of Public Information. In Manhattan she met James McKay, a Brooklyn native and lawyer; they were married in 1955 and moved to Pearl River, N.Y. Following her husband's death in 1987, she realized a lifelong wish by moving to Princeton with her Welsh Corgi and Siamese cat.

She is survived by four children, James Jr. of Princeton, Ellyn of Takoma Park, Md., Thom of Summit, and Kathleen of Ossining, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Dialysis Clinic, Inc., 117 North Center Drive, North Brunswick 01890, attn. Kathy Searson.

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

Irma Mihan

Irma Mihan, 91, of Princeton, died May 25 at Merwick Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Bremen, Germany, she emigrated to New York City in 1937. She moved to Princeton in 1941.

She was married to Eric P. Mihan Sr., founder of E.P.M. Steins and The English Shop, a Princeton business that opened its doors in 1951. She served as a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader for several years in Princeton and was a member of the Princeton Lions Club Auxiliary and the Lioness Club.

During her life she volunteered almost 5700 hours over the course of 39 years at The Medical Center at Princeton, where she was instrumental in securing free valet parking for all UMCP volunteers. She continued to be an active hospital volunteer until April of this year. She was also a member of The Woman's Club of Princeton.

A longtime participant in Swedish Gymnastics at the Princeton YWCA, she completed the course for training instructors in Swedish Gymnastics in 1976, then taught exercise in the YWCA Vitality in Maturity program for senior citizens until her mid-eighties. A league bowler for over 50 years, she also earned numerous trophies, individually and with her teams. She continued to bowl through 2005. With her husband, she was a charter member of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Princeton, where she was an active congregant for 58 years and a longstanding member of the church choir and other church organizations.

Predeceased by her husband, she is survived by two sons, Eric of Oxford, Md. and Herbert of Waynesboro, Ga.; a daughter, Elisabeth Linda Louise Mihan of Princeton Junction; a sister, Lieselotte Rietdorf of Bremen, Germany; a brother, Harry Singer of Cherry Hill, N.J.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral was May 30 at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah. Burial was in Princeton Cemetery.

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

Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Linda R. Weathersby

Linda Rose Weathersby of Skillman died May 28 at home. She was the proprietor of Town and Country Interiors, LLC, an interior design firm in Skillman.

She was born in Easton, Pa. to Sadie Mae and Virgil Scherier. After her father died in 1961 her family moved to Indianapolis, where she lived until moving to Princeton in 1991. She formed Town and Country Interiors in 2000, providing interior design advice and services for private residences and public spaces including the First Church of Christ in Princeton.

A graduate of Lawrence High School in Indianapolis, she received her B.A. degree in political science from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1970. While at Indiana University she was an active member of Chi Omega sorority. She married her husband, Dr. George Weathersby, in Indianapolis.

She was employed by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education as a research specialist before her marriage. She was an active parent volunteer at her children's schools, Park Tudor School in Indianapolis and Princeton Day School, where she was co-chair of the annual auction.

She was an active member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, serving on its board of directors, chairing several committees, and serving in its Nassau Street Reading Room.

She is survived by her husband, George; two children, Deborah J. Weathersby and Geoffrey B. Weathersby; and a sister, Deborah Milliser of Aurora, Colo.

A celebration of her life is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, June 18 at the family home in Skillman.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Mrs. Weathersby's passion for interior design and commitment to the history of Christian Science may be honored by a gift to the Longyear Museum Lynn and 400 Beacon Street Fund, 1125 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467.

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