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Vol. LXI, No. 25
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
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Bessie N. Parago

Charlotte B. Carlson

Charles J. Greene

Hendrica L. Kim

Hedvig A. Koppanyi

Frances B. Miller

Lillian J. Petty

Richard G. Poole Sr.

Bessie N. Parago

Bessie N. Parago

Bessie Naomi Parago, 100, of Princeton, died June 11 at home.

Born in Virginia, she had been a resident of Princeton for 78 years.

She was educated in the Rhode Island school system. She was a retired employee from the Princeton Regional School System.

A member of Trinity Episcopal Church, she served for many years on the church's Altar Guild.

Wife of the late Wilson D. Parago, mother of the late Yvonne J. Groomes, and grandmother of the late Barrie A. Coy and Kirk R. Groomes, she is survived by two daughters, Barbara Banks and Faithe Coy; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and two special friends, Maggie Johnson and Doris Burrell.

The funeral service was June 16 at Trinity Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Frank Strasburger officiating. Interment was in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home.

Charlotte B. Carlson

Charlotte B. Carlson, 86, of Monroe Township, died May 27 at her home in the Rossmoor Retirement Community, surrounded by her family.

She was the founding owner of Carlson Graphics of Princeton.

Born in Utah, she earned an engineering certificate from the University of Nebraska in 1941.

She is survived by two sons, Joel and Kris Carlson; a daughter, Elaine Carlson Seldner; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Doctors Without Borders or to the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad.

Charles J. Greene

Charles J. Greene

Charles Joseph Greene, 86, of Princeton, died June 11. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident.

He was educated at Witherspoon School and Princeton High School. After graduating from Princeton High, he entered the United States Army in 1944, serving for for two and a half years before being released with an honorable discharge in January, 1946.

He was employed by the Belle Mead Army Depot, Crowe Construction Company, and South Brunswick Board of Education.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the American Legion, Phantom Baseball Club, Client Clown Club, and Charcoal Social Club, and, for 40 years, the Kendall Park Fire Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Garfield and Ida Belle Greene, and his siblings Elizabeth Douglas, Julia Massey, Dorothy, George, and Lacelia Greene, and Margaret Dugger. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Olga Greene; two daughters, Charla Gilchrist and Jo Ellen Jefferson, both of Princeton; a son, Gordon Smith of Willingboro; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was June 15 at the First Baptist Church. Interment was in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton.

Hendrica L. Kim

Hendrica Leegwater ("Ria") Kim, 65, of Wayne, N.J., formerly of Princeton, died June 11 following a long battle with endometrial cancer.

Born in Heerhugowaard, Netherlands, she emigrated with her family to Terra Ceia, North Carolina, when she was four years old, later graduating from Calvin College with a B.A. in English. After college she spent a number of years teaching in Harlem, N.Y., South Dakota, and Seoul, Korea. She met her husband, Samuel Kim, in Korea, after which the couple settled in Princeton. She received a master's degree in social work from Rutgers University and for 25 years was the director of the psychiatric social work department at Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead.

In 1997 the Kims moved to Wayne, where she worked as a psychiatric social worker at Bergen Regional Medical Center and maintained a private practice. Over the years she served as mentor to many students and social workers and was recognized as an extraordinary teacher and advocate for the mentally ill.

She is survived by her husband, Samuel DukHae Kim, and daughter, Julie Leegwater-Kim.

A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Hackensack on June 15.

Hedvig A. Koppanyi

Hedvig Aranka Koppanyi, 94, formerly of Princeton, died October 27 in Midland, Georgia.

Born in Iglo, Hungary, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Gyozo and Gizella Farkas Bruckner.

A 30-year resident of Princeton, she retired from the Princeton University Library and was a member of the Centro Hungaro and Girl Scouts in Buenos Aires, and the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Princeton.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Denes Koppanyi; a brother, Geza Bruckner; and a grandson. She is survived by a son, Zsolt Koppanyi M.D., of Columbus, Ga.; a daughter, Emese Posfay of Geneva, Switzerland; a brother, Dr. Peter Bruckner of Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Dr. Viola Szucs of Budapest, Hungary; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Her ashes will be laid to rest next to her husband on June 29 in Princeton Cemetery at 11 a.m. A brief burial ceremony will be held at graveside.

Frances B. Miller

Frances B. Miller, 91, formerly of Princeton, died June 6 in Fullerton, California.

Wife of the late William Miller, she is survived by a son, James Miller of Brea, Calif.; a daughter, Patricia Peach of Princeton; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to SAVE, a Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton.

Lillian J. Petty

Lillian J. Petty, 89, a lifelong resident of Princeton, died June 12 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

She was employed by New Jersey Bell and later by Princeton University.

An active parishioner of St. Paul's Church and a member of Court Moran No. 378 Catholic Daughters of America, she was also an avid bowler.

The daughter of the late Ella and Charles Jones, she is survived by her husband of 62 years, Joseph H. Petty; a daughter, Janice Vermeychuk of Hamilton Square; a son, Joseph Petty III of Las Vegas, Nev.; and three grandchildren.

The funeral service and burial in Princeton Ceme-tery were private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 12 Roszel Road, Princeton 08540.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home.

Richard G. Poole Sr.

Richard G. Poole Sr., 88, a longtime resident of Princeton, died peacefully June 13 at Stonebridge.

Born in Lake Forest, Ill., he attended The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. and earned his Bachelor's degree in geology at Princeton University. He played ice hockey on Princeton's championship team of 1941 and was awarded the William B. Blackwell Cup as the player who in sportsmanship and influence most contributed to the sport.

After graduating from Princeton, he served as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy during World War II, working in the interior of China for Naval Intelligence.

In 1947 he married Ann Hochschild of New York City.

As a businessman his career included employment by AMAX of New York City and Rome Cable Company of Rome, N.Y.

The Pooles raised four children in Clinton, N.Y. and in 1964 moved abroad to Grenoble, France, where Mr. Poole began studying for his next career. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1966, he joined the faculty of Princeton Day School as a French teacher, and hockey and tennis coach.

An active sportsman, he enjoyed golf, tennis, hunting, fly fishing, and skiing. He was a member of the Nassau Club, Bedens Brook Club, Pretty Brook Club, and The Nassau Gun Club. He served on the board of The Experiment in International Living, The Adirondack Museum, Sterling College, and The Langeloth Foundation.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann; four children, Richard Poole Jr. of Dekalb, Ill., Peter Poole of Rochester, N.H., Kathrin Poole of Princeton and Hong Kong, and Walter Poole of Phnom Phen, Cambodia; and eight grandchildren.

Burial will be in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. in the Adirondack Mountains, where he spent cherished time with family and friends.

The memorial service will be Monday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at Princeton University Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 4th Street, Santa Monica, Calif. 90401. The Foundation may also be reached at (800) 757-2873.

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