Obituaries

Joseph P. Cipriani

Bernice V. Freeman

Lawrence E. McHugh

Maurice C. Oldham

Ethel Pellichero


Joseph P. Cipriani

Joseph P. Cipriani, 81, of Princeton, died June 10 at the University Medical Center at Princeton, two days after celebrating his 81st birthday.

Born in Burlington, N.J. and raised in Groveville, he lived in Lawrenceville before moving to Robbinsville, where he resided for 37 years. He had been a Princeton resident for the past three years.

A graduate of Hamilton High School, he attended electrical training in Flagstaff, Arizona.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he worked on a carrier ship as a pilot and an airplane mechanic/electrician.

He was employed by RCA Sarnoff, Princeton, and Mercer County Community College from 1969 to 1989 as an electrician.

He was a member of the Italian American Sportsman Club, Hamilton; a member and past president of Mercer Community College Union/AFCME for eight years; and an avid hunter. He enjoyed watching his favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles; playing the slot machines in Atlantic City; and, most of all, spending time with his family and friends.

Son of the late Paul and Olga Soppranzi Cipriani and father of the late Dianna Cipriani, he is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia Petroni Cipriani; a daughter, Tina La Placa of Princeton; a sister, Margaret DiStefano of Morrisville, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

The funeral was June 16 at the Brenna Funeral Home, Trenton. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Saint Gregory the Great Church, Hamilton.

Burial with military honors took place in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Gregory the Great Church, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton 08690.

Bernice V. Freeman

Bernice Virginia Freeman, 98, of Princeton, died June 3 at Merwick Rehabilitation Center.

She was born in Boston to Helena Nesbit Freeman and Richard Leslie Freeman.

Before moving to Princeton, she taught at the Perkins Institution where she was supervisor of Fisher House. During World War II she worked in the mapping division of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. At completion of her government service, she was employed by the Personal Book Shop, Boston.

She moved to New Jersey to accept a position at the Princeton University Bookstore, thus beginning her long association with the University, advancing first to the Firestone Library Acquisitions Department, later to the Woodrow Wilson School Library.

After retiring from full-time Princeton employment, she worked part-time in the University libraries and volunteered at Bainbridge House. She continued her dedicated involvement with church and community while residing at Elm Court.

Predeceased by her sister, Helen Freeman Waible of Princeton, she is survived by a nephew, Fred Waible and his family of Rutland, Mass.

A memorial mass will be offered at St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street, on Friday, July 27 at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Cedar Grove, Dorchester.

Arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home.

Lawrence E. McHugh

Lawrence E. McHugh, 57, of Hamilton, died June 20 at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center at Hamilton, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Princeton, he was president of M-Zone Consulting, a firm specializing in marketing services for the restaurant industry.

An avid golfer, he was a former member of Springdale Golf Club.

Son of the late Elmer L. McHugh, he is survived by his mother, Ida M. McHugh of Hamilton, and a sister, Sharon McHugh of Princeton.

The funeral service and burial were private.

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

Arrangements were by the Kimble Funeral Home.

Maurice C. Oldham

Maurice Clifton Oldham, 48, of Los Angeles, formerly of Princeton, died May 17.

He was educated in the Princeton public school system and received his B.A. degree from Rider University and an MBA from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.

After moving from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1994, he embarked on a career in photography. Forming his own company, MTalent Photography, he worked in the entertainment industry photographing people in different parts of the world. He shared his photos in public exhibits and with friends.

He also enjoyed volunteering at his daughter's school, St. James Episcopal School, in Los Angeles, where he directed The Village Family Praise Team.

A youth member of Morning Star Church of God in Christ in Princeton, he became an active member of The Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles.

He was predeceased by his father, Maurice Clifton Oldham, and by his grandparents Merzie and Alice Odell Lee, Maurice Clifton Oldham Sr., and Gladys Wood.

He is survived by his former wife, Kimberly Elise (Trammel); two daughters, Aja Arial and Jaela Rose; his mother, Mamie Oldham of Princeton; and a sister, Wendy Oldham and brother-in-law Seymour Burke of Fanwood, N.J.

A memorial service will be held this Saturday, June 30 at 11 a.m. at Morning Star Church of God In Christ, 45 Birch Avenue. A repast will follow at 1 p.m. at the Hank Pannell Learning Center, 2 Clay Street.

Friends are invited to sign the on-line guest book at www.legacy.com.

Ethel Pellichero

Ethel Pellichero, 96, of Franklin Township, died June 20 at Merwick Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Berermegh, Hungary, she immigrated to the United States in 1914, residing first in Raritan and then New Brunswick for 15 years before moving to Little Rocky Hill in 1940.

She retired in 1948 from the Franklin Township Board of Education, where she co-founded hot lunches for Franklin Park schoolchildren. She also worked at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick.

She was a charter member of the Little Rocky Hill Ladies Auxiliary Fire Department, a charter member of the Franklin Park Senior Citizens Club, and, for more than 12 years, a volunteer at the Consolata Mission in Franklin Park.

Daughter of the late Paul and Suzzi Varga Kovacs, and wife of the late Bert "Boots" Pellichero, she is survived by a son, Arthur J. Pellichero of Lebanon, Pa.; a daughter, Eleanor Aanonsen of Griggstown; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

The funeral service was June 22 at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction. Burial followed in Ten Mile Run Cemetery.

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