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Vol. LXIII, No. 10
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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Estelle M. Sands

Mary “Rhetta” Hoagland

Frances-Sue Williams Ganoe

Ralph Grattan Smith

George Schloss

Rada Fulper Shows

Estelle M. Sands

Estelle M. Sands

Estelle M. Sands of Princeton died March 6. She was predeceased by her husband, George H. Sands.

Mrs. Sands was born and raised in Berwick, Pennsylvania. After graduating from nursing school, she moved to Princeton where she met her husband. She became involved with all of his interests including his work and golf. They spent many winters at their home in Lost Tree Village in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Mrs. Sands’ charitable work in Princeton and Florida was most important to her, as she and her husband established the George H. and Estelle M. Sands Foundation. During their winters in Florida, she was active on the board of the Lost Tree Charitable Foundation and made visitations to many charities in North Palm Beach County.

The Sands Scholars Program was started at the University of Pennsylvania and supports eight nursing scholarships per year. Mr. and Mrs. Sands also received the Honorary Alumni Award from the university. Recently, Mrs. Sands became a member of the Academy of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Princeton Public Library and The University Medical Center at Princeton were very important to her, as were many other causes in the Princeton community.

Mrs. Sands is survived by two sons, Jeffrey and George Jr.; two daughters, Deborah and Judie; and many grandchildren. The funeral will be private for the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Public Library or The Arts Council of Princeton.

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

Mary “Rhetta” Hoagland

Mary “Rhetta” Hoagland

Mary “Rhetta” Hoagland, 83, of Princeton, died March 5 at The University Medical Center at Princeton.

The daughter of George L. McGowan Sr. and Edith Lane McGowan, she was a lifelong resident of Princeton who attended the John Witherspoon School for Coloreds before graduating from Princeton High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Emma, Lillian, and Bertha; and a brother, George. She is survived by a daughter, Edith McGowan; her devoted companion of 38 years, Jack Yeager; and many nephews and nieces.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 112 Witherspoon Street. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.

Frances-Sue Williams Ganoe

Frances-Sue Williams Ganoe

Frances-Sue Williams Ganoe, wife of Charles S. Ganoe, died of heart failure on March 3 while recovering from pneumonia and lung surgery at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Norris Williams II. Her father, a survivor of the Titanic, was twice U.S. tennis singles champion, held five U.S. and one Wimbledon doubles title, won a gold medal for mixed doubles at the 1924 Paris Olympics, and played on seven winning Davis Cup teams.

Mrs. Ganoe attended Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, Pa., and graduated from Oldfields School in Glencoe, Md. She and her husband lived in Wayne, Pa. before moving to Princeton in 1979.

An avid gardener, she was a member of the Garden Club of Princeton and the Garden Club of Philadelphia. She was an accredited judge for the Garden Club of America and, as an exhibitor, won many blue ribbons at the Philadelphia and other flower shows. She was also a member of the Ausable Club in St. Huberts, N.Y., where the family has a summer home.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Hemsley Hughes of Glendale, N.Y. and Alice Ryden of Larchmont, N.Y.; three brothers; and three grandchildren.

Burial in the Adirondacks will be private. In lieu of flowers and in recognition of Mrs. Ganoe’s love for animals, memorial contributions may be made to SAVE, 200 Herrontown Road, Princeton 08540; or to North Country SPCA, 23 Lake Shore Drive, Westport, N.Y. 12993.

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

Ralph Grattan Smith

R. Grattan Smith, 61, of Stannard, Vermont, formerly of Princeton, died February 25 in Rhinebeck, New York, after a six-month struggle with cancer.

Born in New York City, the second son of the late Bevin and Elizabeth D. Smith of Princeton, he grew up in Princeton and received his bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute.

An accomplished artist and commercial designer by training, he was an adventurous spirit whose career took him in many different directions. Living at various times in Alaska, Oregon, and California in addition to New York and Vermont, his occupations ranged from welder on nuclear submarines to crew on fishing boats and oil rigs, salesman, and long-haul trucker.

He is survived by a partner, Daryl Aldrich of Montpelier, Vt.; two brothers, Robinson of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Warren of Rhinebeck, N.Y.; and a sister, Caroline, of Kullavik, Sweden.

George Schloss

George Schloss, 86, of Monmouth Beach, N.J., formerly of Princeton, died December 1, 2008 at home.

A native of New York City, he graduated at 16 from Columbia Grammar School in New York and began his college education at the University of Chicago. Before enlisting in the U.S. Army, he hitchhiked around the United States, reading all of Shakespeare’s works. After World War II he traveled the world in search of meaning.

Back in the U.S., he married, settled in Connecticut, and became a family man, working in New York City as an editor for Colliers magazine. Later, while living in New Jersey, he was one of the founders and supporters of the Princeton Waldorf School. In 2006 he and his wife moved to Monmouth Beach.

Mr. Schloss was a loving family man and a gentleman scholar. His lifelong search for meaning was rewarded when he discovered Douglas Harding’s written works, his experiments and the movement that was founded to explore both. During the last decades of his life Mr. Schloss expanded on Harding’s thinking. His letters and essays took Harding’s work to a new level which was discovered two years ago by Alan Mann of Australia. Mr. Mann, one of the founders of the Thomas Traherne Society, helped Mr. Schloss publish his essays and letters in two volumes entitled The Language of Silence.

He is survived by his wife of eleven years, Antoinette Goodwin Schloss; four children, Adam Kernan-Schloss of Alexandria, Va., Ellen Blakeley Smith of Santa Rosa, Calif., Thea Schloss Kokoshi of Jersey City, and Lucian Schloss of Portland, Ore.; a stepdaughter, Erin Magnuson Buhler of Little Silver, N.J.; five grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

A celebration of Mr. Schloss’s life was held at the Nassau Inn on December 4. His cremated remains were buried in Princeton Cemetery on December 5.

Arrangements were by the Kimble Funeral Home.

Rada Fulper Shows

Rada Fulper Shows, age 68, of Yardley died peacefully at home on Thursday, March 5th after a long illness.

Born Mary Gerarda to Agnes and William Fulper on January 22, 1941, she was a resident of Yardley for most of her life. She graduated from Miss Fine’s School in Princeton, Class of 1958, where she was president of the Student Council, and attended Connecticut College in New London, CT. For several years she wrote and edited in-house publications for Dow Jones.

With her sisters, she was a founder and co-owner of Fulper Tile, a company with the historic mission of bringing back her grandfather’s famous “arts and crafts” pottery glazes. Significant original pieces from the Fulper Pottery Company, of Flemington, NJ, are now part of the permanent collection of prominent museums, such as the Metropolitan in New York.

Beautiful, loyal, kind-hearted, and quick-witted, she had a passionate love of the poetry of Robert Frost and W. B. Yeats, and of the history and natural beauty of Bucks County and the New Jersey shore.

She is survived by her beloved husband, George Shows, a son, John Merlino, a daughter, Anne Elizabeth Hill, grandchildren, Caleb William and Abigail Jane Hill, step-daughters, Sallie and Alexandra Shows, and sisters, Agnes Fulper, Julia Fulper Hardt, and Anne Fulper.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to The Nature Conservancy or the Alzheimer’s Association.Arrangements are under the direction of FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home,Yardley, PA.

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