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Vol. LXI, No. 20
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
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George T. Algeo III

Elizabeth G. Allen

Joseph P. Amari

Barbara C. Bamman

Carolee Cortelyou

Elaine Ellerstein

Oliver V. Houghton

Eleanor W. Kuser

Rocco Perna

Vitamato Procaccini

George T. Algeo III

George Thomas ("Skip") Algeo III, 63, of Princeton, died May 8 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born and raised in Rahway, he had been a resident of Princeton for the past 15 years.

He was a Vietnam Veteran who served with the 75th Airborne Ranger Regiment.

A carpenter for more than 35 years with L.U. 781 of Princeton, he worked on various projects at Princeton University and the surrounding area.

He is survived by his mate of 33 years, Charlotte Woodland; two sons, James Algeo of Reading, Pa. and Jason Algeo of Edison; a sister, Harriet Callan; and three grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, May 12 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Elizabeth G. Allen

Elizabeth Gilroy Allen, 46, of Lawrenceville, died last week.

Born in Harrisburg, Pa. to William J. Gilroy and Elizabeth Zapolski Gilroy, she was raised in Levittown, Pa.

She was a graduate of Pennsbury High School and Trenton State College.

She began her career as a special education teacher at the Center for Autistic Children in Princeton, and most recently worked as a resource room teacher for Hopewell Valley Regional School District.

A lover of art and music, she found peace and tranquility in nature and strength through her strong spiritual beliefs in earth-based religion. Her greatest joy was her children.

She is survived by her children, Zachary Allen, 14, and Dante DeLucia, 12; her father, William Gilroy; a sister, Jane Gilroy; and her life partner, Phyllis DeLucia.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church at Washington Crossing, 268 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, on Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Princeton House, 905 Herrontown Road, Princeton 08540; or to the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing.

Joseph P. Amari

Joseph Phillip Amari, 80, of Ribera, Sicily, formerly of Princeton, died March 25. Burial was in Ribera, where he spent his childhood and last years.

He served in the United States Army.

He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and worked in the garment industry. His last position before he opened his shop in Princeton was as a tailor in the custom tailoring department at Christian Dior Inc. The Joseph Amari Shop offered women's suits, coats, and evening wear designed and tailored by Mr. Amari. He also taught women's tailoring in the Ewing and Pennington adult evening schools.

He volunteered his talents to many opera productions and fashion shows in the area.

He was predeceased by his wife, Joan Hanley Amari, and a son, Vincent Joseph Amari. He is survived by two daughters, Mary Alice Hagemann and Kathleen Amari Adams; and four grandchildren.

Barbara C. Bamman

Barbara C. Bamman, 79, of Princeton, died May 8 at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. A lifelong resident of Princeton, she was retired from Princeton University where she had been employed for many years as a research technician.

Daughter of the late Barbara (Foote) Bamman and Edward Becker Bamman Sr., she was predeceased also by her brother Edward B. Bamman Jr. She is survived by a cousin, Catherine Foote Richardson of Baltimore, Md.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. this Friday, May 18 at All Saints' Church, 16 All Saints' Road. Burial was private in Trinity All Saints' Cemetery.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to SAVE, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton 08540; or to Recording for the Blind, 20 Roszel Road, Princeton 08540.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home.

Carolee Cortelyou

Carolee Jeanne Maier Cortelyou, 63, of Whiting, N.J., formerly of Princeton, died April 25 in the Van Dyke Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Toms River Community Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends.

Born in Elizabeth, she had been a resident of Princeton for 33 years before moving to Whiting in 2005.

She attended Muskingum College in Ohio.

A vice president of the Montgomery Bank, she also worked for the New Jersey Department of Banking and had been president of the National Association of Banking Women.

She was predeceased by her father, Albert Maier. She is survived by her mother, Olive Maier of Whiting; her husband, J. Garrie Cortelyou; a son, Bruce of Hopewell; a daughter, Laura, of Long Beach, N.Y.; two brothers, Bert of Whiting and Doug of Whippany; and two grandchildren. She is also survived by her friend since high school and faithful nurse, Patti Stryker.

A memorial service was held May 12 at the Six Mile Run Reformed Church, Franklin Park.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home, Hopewell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross 911 Fund.

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Elaine Ellerstein

Elaine Ellerstein of Princeton died April 29 at the Cornell Weill Medical Center of New York Presbyterian Hospital, following a short illness.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. to William and Ruth Sklan, she moved to the Bronx, N.Y. to the home of her mother's sister Bertha following her parents' divorce. There she attended public schools, graduating from Roosevelt High School. She then entered Hunter College, graduating with a B.A. in sociology.

She taught special education at Benjamin Cardozo Junior High School in Rockaway Beach, Queens. It was there that she met and married Stuart M. Ellerstein, who was completing a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (Polymer Institute). The family subsequently moved to the Princeton area when Dr. Ellerstein took a senior research position at TRI in Princeton. After her husband went to Thiokol in Trenton, she resumed her teaching career in special education, in the process earning her MSW at The College of New Jersey (then Trenton State College). She then started to teach at Upper Freehold schools in Allentown, N.J.

Following her husband's transfer to Morton Chemical's Laboratories in Woodstock, Ill., after the merger of Thiokol and Morton, she went into real estate in Barrington, Ill. with Baird and Warner. She initiated an art fair in Barrington, her home for nine years. The Ellersteins returned to Princeton in 1993.

She was an award-winning water colorist. She also worked in oils and printing. She was an art advocate who gave lectures on the history of women artists to various organizations. An avid theater, ballet, concert, and museum attendee, and a member of bridge and book clubs, she also loved world-wide travel.

She is survived by her husband, Stuart; three sons, Robert, David, and Bruce; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to The Jewish Center of Princeton (, The Arts Council of Princeton (, or The Myelodysplasic Syndromes Foundation (

Oliver V. Houghton

Oliver V. Houghton

Oliver Van Lieu Houghton, 86, of Princeton, died May 7.

Born in Trenton, he grew up in Lawrenceville and moved to Princeton 58 years ago after his marriage to Marion Stover.

He attended Princeton High School and The Hun School, then graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in civil engineering. He served as an officer in World War II in the Navy Civil Engineering Corps with the 68th Seabee Battalion.

He was self-employed as a building contractor and civil engineer and had his own business in Princeton from 1945 until his retirement in 1990.

He was an active member of The Nassau Club, Trinity Church, the American Legion, and Springdale Golf Club. He loved spending time with his family and playing golf, and later in his life, spending time with his Springdale Breakfast Club.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marion Stover Houghton; a son, Douglas; a daughter, Jill; a brother, Jack of Florida; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held May 11 at Trinity Church, followed by a reception at Springdale Golf Club.

Memorial donations may be sent to SAVE, the Princeton Small Animal Rescue League, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton; or to PHS Senior Living Foundation, 13 Roszel Road, Suite C120, Princeton 08543.

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

Eleanor W. Kuser

Eleanor W. Kuser

Eleanor Caithness Will Kuser, 80, of Princeton, died May 1 at Merwick of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Born in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the Rev. Theodore St. Claire Will and Mary Eleanor Hardinge. Her father's career as an Episcopal priest moved the family to Kentucky and Virginia but she considered Atlanta, Georgia her home, where her father was rector of All Saints Church.

She was a graduate of Washington Seminary, now called the Westminster School in Atlanta. She met and married her husband, John Erdmann Kuser, in Atlanta. They moved to Princeton in 1953.

While raising three daughters, she volunteered with the Red Cross, the Junior League, the Hospital Auxiliary, the Hospital Fete, and Planned Parenthood, and was a supporter of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart where she founded the Hardy Mums. She was a founding member of the Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton, and a member of the Garden Club of Trenton and the Metropolitan Club in San Francisco. She was a former member of the Bedens Brook Club, the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, and the Present Day Club. She was also an active member of Trinity Church in Princeton.

While living in Corvallis, Oregon in the late 1970s she founded the Corvallis Women's Tennis Association, served as a working member of the Portland Art Museum, and organized tours for the Honors Program at Oregon State University.

She was a quiet philanthropist who gave generously of herself, lending money to found small businesses and to young couples to buy their first homes. She was courageous in her own battle with lung cancer, which she survived in 1993. She took delight in other people and was always interested in new things, including learning to use a computer while in her sixties.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, John E. Kuser; her daughters Olivia Erdmann Kuser of San Francisco, Calif., Caryl Hardinge Kuser of Princeton, and Eleanor Caithness Kuser of Montecito, Calif.; a brother, Theodore St. Clair Will of Atlanta; a sister, Austina Will Norris of Savannah, Ga.; and one grandson.

A memorial service was held May 15 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Her ashes will be interred privately in the Memorial Garden at Trinity Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton; or to HiTops Teen Health Center, 21 Wiggins Street, Princeton.

Arrangements were by the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Rocco Perna

Rocco Perna, 94, of Princeton, died May 11 at home.

Born in Pettranello, Italy, he had been a resident of Princeton since 1926.

Employed at Princeton University, he retired in 1979.

He was a member of St. Paul's Church.

Son of the late Antonio and Rosa Perna, he is survived by his wife of 75 years, Ida Nini Perna; a son, Anthony of Princeton; a brother, Joseph Perna of Hamilton Square; and two grandchildren.

The funeral service will be today, May 16 at 8:30 a.m. at The Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Paul's Church at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Vitamato Procaccini

Vitamato Procaccini, 86 of Princeton, died May 11 at home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Pettoranello Di Molise, Italy, he emigrated to the United States in 1955. He served in the Italian Army during World War II and was held prisoner of war for two years in a German prison camp.

He was self-employed as a gardener in the Princeton area.

He was a member of the Roma Eterna Lodge and Italian-American Club of Princeton. He was most proud of his garden.

Son of the late Pasquale and Lauretta Valentino Procaccini, and brother of the late Giovanni Procaccini, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Alberina Pirone Procaccini; two sons, Sam of Princeton and Anthony of Ewing Township; three daughters, Laura Hullfish of Yardley, Pa., Julie Emmons of East Windsor, and Margaret Benedetti of Mercerville; two brothers, Mario of Montreal, Canada, and Antonio of Princeton; a sister, Carolina Toto of Pettoranello; ten grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral was May 15 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Paul's Church. Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Princeton Health Care System, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton 08540.

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