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Vol. LXIV, No. 20
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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Janet May Lasley

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Janet May Lasley

Janet May Lasley

Janet May Lasley died on Thursday May 13, 2010, at her home surrounded by her family, after an epic battle with cancer that lasted over 12 years. During her long fight, she drew on the expertise and artful talents of a broad array of doctors and healthcare providers.

She was the beneficiary of medical treatments and procedures that did not even exist when she was initially diagnosed. In time, she became an extreme outlier, defying all expectations of survival. She was deeply appreciative of the vast efforts of all the people who helped her fight her cancer.

While Janet put much time and energy into managing her treatment, she did not allow cancer to dominate her existence. Instead, she used it as inspiration to focus ever more passionately on a fully engaged life raising her family, connecting deeply with friends, growing her design and construction business, traveling far and wide, helping others achieve life dreams.

Janet was born in Princeton on Friday November 13, 1953. While briefly attending the University of Colorado at Boulder, she helped build a cabin in the mountains and thereby found what would eventually become her life calling. Before pursuing that calling, she returned to Princeton and took a five-year detour to United Parcel Service, where she worked first as a driver (to this day some of her former Nassau Street customers remember her as their delivery person) and later a supervisor and manager.

In 1979, she left the predictability of corporate life at UPS and returned to her passion for building things. She found employment as a carpenter working for a small firm whose owner was willing to teach her construction estimating, contract scheduling, and construction management. Armed with these new skills she struck out on her own in 1984 and started Lasley Construction Inc.

In 1989, she met her future husband and business partner, Marc Brahaney. They married in 1991. Shortly thereafter Janet and Marc formed Lasley Brahaney Architecture and Construction where she worked until her death.

Janet is survived by many family members including her husband Marc Brahaney, two children Caylin Elizabeth Lasley Brahaney and Charles Thomas Lasley Brahaney, her parents John and Kay Lasley of Princeton, sister Martha Lasley and brother-in-law David MacDonald of Troy, PA, and their children Jake MacDonald, Will MacDonald, Cory Keen and Cory’s husband Mike Keen, brother David Lasley of Ewing, NJ, brother Tom Lasley and sister-in-law, Meg Lasley of Hamden, CT, and their children Q, Ever, Cage and Tru.

A celebration of Janet’s life is planned for Saturday, May 22, starting at 5 p.m. at her home at 634 Rosedale Road in Princeton. Please go to Facebook and search “Celebrating the Life of Janet” for details.

The family is grateful for the outpouring of support and appreciates condolences and favorite stories about Janet sent to Janet’s wall on Facebook or

Contributions in Janet’s memory may be sent to any of the following organizations:

* HomeFront, 1880 Princeton Ave., Lawrenceville, N.J 08648.

* Dr. Ronald DeMatteo’s research lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Make check payable to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, put “Dr. DeMatteo lab” on the memo line and mail to Lila Varricchio, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065.

* Any charitable organization of the reader’s choosing.

James T. Gibbons Sr.

James T. Gibbons Sr., 87, of Princeton, died May 12 at the Acorn Glen Assisted Living Residence.

A resident of Princeton for nearly 50 years, Mr. Gibbons was chairman and president of the Peoples National Bank of Central Jersey (now Bank of America), headquartered in New Brunswick and Piscataway, from 1962 until his retirement in 1986. Prior to that time, he was an officer and executive with banks in Jersey City and Easton, Maryland.

Born and raised in Bloomfield, N.J., Mr. Gibbons served in the U.S. Army between 1942 and 1946 with the Third and Ninth Armies in three major European campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was a graduate of Knox College, New York University School of Law, and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

He served on the board of directors of the United States Comptroller of the Currency for many years and was a founder of New Brunswick Tomorrow in the early 1970s. He received numerous professional honors and awards throughout his career. He was also a longtime Rotarian, member of the Lawrenceville Golf and Tennis Club, and a manager in the Princeton Youth Baseball Association.

Predeceased in 1995 by his wife of 50 years, Geraldine Clifford Gibbons, he is survived by three children, James T. Gibbons Jr. of East Brunswick, Constance A. Gibbons of London, England, and F. Clifford Gibbons of Lawrenceville; and a granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 17 at St. Paul’s Church. Burial was next to his wife at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Montclair.

Memorial contributions may be made to Knox College at Knox College Office of Advancement, 2 East South Street, Campus Box K230, Galesburg, Ill. 61401.

Arrangements were under the direction of The Kimble Funeral Home. To extend condolences online or share memories in the guest book, visit

David Leland Carter

David Leland Carter died peacefully, with his family in attendance, on April 30, 2010, after suffering a severe stroke. He was 82.

After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1945, David served in the US Army as medic, stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Class of ’49 at Princeton University.

David came to the Hopewell area in 1959. He spent nearly his entire business career in municipal bonds, working for a variety of firms in New York City, and retiring as a Senior Vice-President for the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico in its New York office. For ten years after retirement, he and his wife, Hope, ran a small company renovating old houses. Retiring from that career as an accomplished carpenter, he then went into local government, serving East Amwell Township in Hunterdon County for nine years, first on the Planning Board and then as an elected member of the Township Council. He moved to East Amwell in 1983 and was particularly supportive of the preservation of land in the Sourland Mountains, placing over sixty acres of his own land into preservation.

He was an enthusiastic sportsman and enjoyed tennis, canoeing, and sailing. He and Hope also enjoyed traveling, and their enthusiasm for walking and sailing took them to many exotic climes throughout the world. They had recently returned from a sailing charter in the Sea of Cortez.

David is survived by his wife, Hope Hemphill, whom he married in 1955, two daughters Ann Carter Lyons and Alantha C. Carter, his son Stephen W. Carter, and two grandchildren, David and Lane Mehltretter. He is also survived by his brother Burnham Carter and his sister Alison Carter Mitchell.

Contributions in David’s memory may be sent to: Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth. 13640 Route 22, Canaan, NY 12029, Attn: Loris Turner, CFO. Please specify: David Leland Carter Professional Development Fund.

Arrangements were by The Mather Hodge Funeral Home.

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