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Vol. LXII, No. 11
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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Mary Gianacaci

Donald A. Peterson

Mary Gianacaci

Mary Gianacaci, 77, of Manahawkin, died Wednesday, March 5, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Princeton, she was a longtime resident before moving to Manahawkin in 1986. She was a member of St. Pauls Church. An expert seamstress for women’s clothing in her early years, she opened Mary G Dress Shop, an exclusive shop in Princeton. She had many clients who came to appreciate her ability to work directly with the New York women’s fashion designers to find the one unique dress for each specific customer. She really enjoyed the later years of the shop when she was joined by her daughter Gabrielle. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband and family and especially to France to visit with family. After retiring, she enjoyed being at her shore home. Her love for cooking and gardening was well recognized by family and friends and she enjoyed opening her home to others. But most of all, she cherished her time with her husband, children and especially her loving grandchildren.

Daughter of the late Michael and Caroline Rosso Tamasi, wife of the late Constant “Frenchy” Gianacaci, sister of the late Carmella Hardy, Marion Pollack and Angie Friel, she is survived by a daughter, Gabrielle, and son, John, and four grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Tony Tamasi, Angelo Tamasi, James Tamasi, and three sisters, Ida Ferrara, Helen Olson, and Carol Harris.

The funeral arrangements were made by the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial followed in Brainerd Cemetery, Cranbury. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church.

Donald A. Peterson

Donald A. Peterson, 79, of Princeton, died Sunday, March 9, in the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he has resided in Princeton for the last 30 years. He retired after many years of service with Monsanto Chemical Company of St. Louis Missouri. A regular at Lambertville Flea Market, he was a lover and collector of antiques and a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a medic.

Son of the late Conrad and Christiana Peterson, he is survived by his wife Barbara J. Peterson of Princeton; his sons, David of Pennington, James of Princeton, and William of Ivoryton, Connecticut; his brother David of Decatur, Illinois; his sister Ruth Graydon of Lakewood, Ohio, and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at First Presbyterian Church of Titusville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Titusville, 48 River Drive, Titusville, N.J. 08560.

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

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