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Vol. LXIV, No. 19
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Elizabeth S. Updike

Philip Erlich

Isabelle M. Peck

Janet B. Yost

Jo Kessel Buyske

Jo Kessel Buyske, 81, of Crozet, Va., formerly of Princeton, died May 5, peacefully at her daughter’s home in Crozet.

Born in Ithaca, N.Y., the third of five children of Quinta and Marcel “Ket” Kessel, she spent her childhood in Ithaca and Storrs, Conn. She earned degrees in food chemistry from Cornell University and food bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin.

She married Donald Buyske, with whom she had four children. She lived for long periods in Ridgewood, N.J., Mountain Lakes, N.J., and, following her retirement from New York Life, in Princeton.

From college on she was an active participant and leader in many volunteer organizations, especially in the League of Women Voters and as an officer of her Cornell class.

She is survived by her children, Susan Gail Buyske of New York City, Donna Cattell-Gordon of Crozet, Jo Buyske of Philadelphia, and Steven Buyske of Princeton; her siblings, McKeen Kessel of Walpole, Mass., Brina Kessel of Fairbanks, Alaska, Edgra Ringler of Easton, Md., and Quentin Kessel of Storrs, Conn.; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Virginia Institute of Autism Adult Services Program, 1414 Westwood Road, Charlottesville, Va. 22903.

Friends may sign the guest register at

Joseph Lupa Sr.

Joseph Lupa Sr., 74, of Princeton, died May 8 peacefully at home, with his entire family by his side. He fought a courageous battle against cancer.

Born in Ischia, Italy, he served in the Italian Navy. A mason, he was retired from the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Union Local No. 5.

A devoted and caring father, he enjoyed cooking, gardening, and salt-water fishing. He was known for his great sense of humor.

He was predeceased by his wife Renata, his parents Salvatore and Luisa Lupa, and his brother Aniello. He is survived by a son, Joseph Lupa Jr. of Princeton; three daughters, Luisa Lupa of Princeton, Anna Lupa of Princeton, and Tina Marciniak of Bordentown; a sister, Vincenza Artiano of Ischia, Italy; two grandsons; and many in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The funeral will be 9:30 a.m. today, May 12 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Elizabeth S. Updike

Elizabeth Stout Updike, 98, formerly of Princeton, died May 1 in Agawam, Mass. Born in Trenton, she moved to Princeton in 1920 and lived there most of her life.

She graduated from Princeton High School in 1930 and attended Rider College. She was employed with Princeton University for more than 15 years, working first in the University Library and later for the Secretary’s Office in Nassau Hall.

A lover of music, she sang in many church choirs and in augmented choirs for special occasions. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Cranbury, The Wyckoff House and Association, and the Golden Age Neighbors of Cranbury.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Edgar S. Updike; a daughter, Joan C. Flood; and a grandson, Robert Flood. She is survived by a son, Robert Updike of Greenfield, Mass.; three grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was private. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Hopewell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the University Medical Center at Princeton.

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

Philip Erlich

Philip Erlich

Dr. Philip Erlich, a longtime resident of Princeton and a Princeton University alumnus, died April 28 of heart failure, at Buckingham Place.

Born in New York City in 1924, he grew up enjoying the waterfront pleasures of Sheepshead Bay and his years at Abraham Lincoln High School.

He graduated from Princeton University with the class of 1945 and received his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine in 1947. He interned at Bellevue Hospital and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, where he met his future wife, Gloria Chasson. Shortly after their marriage he joined the Army Medical Corps as a Captain. His assignment to Fort Dix led them to New Jersey and to their subsequent settlement in Princeton.

From 1955 to 1993 he had a private psychiatric practice and was on the attending staff of Princeton Hospital. He was also a consultant at what was then called Trenton State College. For many years he was Chief of Neuropsychiatry at the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

He was a member of the American Psychiatric Association and served on the board of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association

He enjoyed traveling, playing poker and bridge with friends, ski trips with his family, and rooting for his son Austin at bicycle races — especially gratifying when his son won a New Jersey state championship. His later years were enriched by old and new friends in 55 Plus, Community Without Walls, and his Havurah.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria; his daughter Julie of New York City and Orient, N.Y.; his son Austin of Palo Alto, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Interment was in Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge.

Isabelle M. Peck

Isabelle M. Peck, 87, of Robbinsville, died April 30 at home, surrounded by her family. She was formerly a longtime resident of Pennington.

Born in Napoleon, Ohio, the daughter of Oliver and Nina Mears, she was a graduate of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, and earned a Master’s of Arts in Music from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Mrs. Peck taught school before marrying her late husband Carson C. Peck Jr. in 1947. She served her church for many years as music director and was a dedicated volunteer in support of her children and her community.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Peck was predeceased by a brother, John. She is survived by her four children, her son Chris Peck of Palo Alto, Calif.; her daughter, the Rev. Dr. Nina Reeder of Robbinsville; her son Arthur Peck of Orinda, Calif.; and her daughter Nila Eisenach of Princeton; ten grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and four step-great-grandchildren.

The family is grateful to all those who provided support and care to Mrs. Peck during the last years of her life, in particular Martina Chudasova whose companionship and care gave Mrs. Peck a great deal of joy.

The funeral service was May 8 at the Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church, Lawrenceville, with the Rev. Dr. David Davis of Nassau Presbyterian Church officiating. Private entombment was in the Ewing Presbyterian Church Mausoleum, Ewing.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the Pastor’s Fund, c/o The Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church, 1039 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648.

Arrangements were by Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, Lawrenceville. To leave a condolence for the family, visit

Janet B. Yost

Mrs. Janet Breeding Yost, 84, of West Orange, N.J., formerly of Princeton, died May 3 at home.

Born in Stevensville, Md., she graduated from Stevensville High School in 1944 as class valedictorian. She then graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music.

She owned and operated the 18-unit Kent Motel in Stevensville from 1953 to 1960.

In 1960 Mrs. Yost moved to Princeton, where she lived for 49 years. While there she was an active member of the Present Day Club, the Women’s College Club, the Nassau Club, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a Bronze Life Master in bridge.

She moved to West Orange in November 2009 to be with her daughter, Robin.

She is survived by her daughter, Robin J. Roman; a brother, Theophilus Breeding of Stevensville, Md.; and one grandson.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial service at the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, 2688 Main Street, Lawrenceville, on Saturday, May 22 at 2 p.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 845 Third Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10022.

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