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Vol. LXI, No. 22
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
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Walter B. Foster Jr.

Alfonso Buono

Suzanne G. Dyckman

Basil J. Ferrara

Mary E. Griffiths

Evelyn B. Thurm

Walter B. Foster Jr.

Walter B. Foster Jr.

Walter B. Foster Jr., 85, of Princeton, died May 18 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident.

After graduation from Princeton High School with the class of 1940, he was drafted into the Army in October 1942, serving in the motor pool in Cardiff, Wales, and Marseilles, France. Immediately before his discharge in December 1945, his Colonel selected him to drive him on a tour through West Germany. Three months later, in March 1946, he married his high school sweetheart, Araxy Kurkjian. The couple cashed in their War Bonds to purchase a cornfield lot on Kingston Road, where Mr. Foster labored for years to build their Cape Cod home. He could always be found working on the house, building furniture, or refinishing antiques. He carried on the tradition when he retired to help his son, Drew, build his barn and farmhouse in Ringoes.

His early employment included work as a carpenter for Ken Marple, and as a fireman on the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1954 he joined Nassau Savings and Loan of Princeton as Executive Secretary, becoming a vice president in 1964, and retiring as president in 1984. At his retirement he was affectionately referred to as "Mr. Nassau Savings and Loan" for his integrity, respect and support for his directors and employees, long commitment to the company, and personal service to the community he loved.

His commitment to the community also included service as tax collector for Princeton Township from 1958 to 1963, and membership on Township Committee from 1964 to 1969.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Princeton, the Republican Club of Princeton, Hopewell Valley Golf Club, and Nassau Presbyterian Church.

In his retirement he made hundreds of bluebird houses and donated them to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. He was known by his friends and neighbors for his selfless availability and skill in assisting them in performing household repairs when they were in a pinch.

He is survived by his wife, Araxy; a daughter, Penny, of Manhattan; two sons, Walter Kim of Rocky Hill, and Drew of Ringoes; a brother, Julius, of Knoxville, Tenn.; a sister, Janice Gibson of Princeton; and two granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at Princeton Cemetery, under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington 08534.

Alfonso Buono

Alfonso Buono, 81, of Kendall Park, formerly of Princeton, died May 23 at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Barano D'Ischia, Italy, he immigrated to Princeton in 1971 where he resided before moving to Kendall Park in 1979.

He was an avid Bocce player, fisherman, and card player, but most of all enjoyed making homemade wine.

Son of the late Giuseppe and Clelia Aria Buono, he is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carmela DiMeglio Buono; two sons, Joseph and Salvatore; a daughter, Liliana Marna; four sisters, Maria Baldino, Brigida Trani, Anna Balestrieri, and Giovanna Buono; two brothers, Catello and Francesco Buono; and nine grandchildren.

The funeral was May 26 at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church, Kendall Park. Burial was in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Central New Jersey Region, 2600 U.S. Route 1, North Brunswick 08902.

Suzanne G. Dyckman

Suzanne Getty Dyckman, 79, of Skillman and Point O'Woods, N.Y., died May 14 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Spring Lake, N.J., she was a daughter of Lorenzo Todd Getty and Helen Lee McCaldin. She had been a Princeton area resident since 1963.

She was a graduate of the Rumson Country Day School, the Morristown-Beard School, and Vassar College, class of 1949, where she studied early childhood education. She taught preschool, and was executive assistant to the Rev. Arthur Lee Kinsolving at St. James' Episcopal Church, New York City. Later, she was employed by Wm. Sword & Co. of Princeton, and served as director of development at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.

An active community volunteer, she took particular pride in her positions as president of the Stony Brook Garden Club, president of the board of the animal shelter SAVE, a member of the Rockingham board and Trinity Church Altar Guild, and co-chair of the Hospital Fete. She also served as chairman of the Church at Point O'Woods.

She was a member of the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Nassau Club, Women's Club of Lawrenceville, and Stony Brook Garden Club.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis Hamilton Dyckman Jr., a graduate of The Lawrenceville School, class of 1944, and Princeton University, class of 1948. She is survived by her three children, Jennifer Dyckman Aldrich of Huntly, Va., Katharine Dyckman Benziger of Yardley, Pa., and Francis Hamilton Dyckman III of Princeton; a sister, Martha Lee Getty Wallender, and eight grandchildren.

A memorial Service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on June 1 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Pretty Brook Tennis Club.

Memorial contributions may be made to SAVE, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton 08540.

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

Basil J. Ferrara

Basil J. (Sil) Ferrara, 92, of Princeton, died May 21 in Sea Crest Village, Little Egg Harbor.

Born in New York City to Antonio Ferrara and Carmella Roberti Ferrara, he moved to Princeton when he was two years old. After graduation from Princeton High School in 1934, he received his college education at Rutgers University and spent his lifetime working for the United States Postal Service, eventually retiring as Postmaster from 1972 to 1979.

He was responsible for the opening of both post offices in Princeton and West Windsor. He was known by his nickname "Sil" to all postal workers.

He was the director of the St. Vincent De Paul Society, and a trustee of St. Paul's Church.

Predeceased by his three brothers, William, Asti, and Dominick Ferrara, and a sister, Rita Daniels, he is survived by his wife of 71 years, Ann D. Pietrinferno; a daughter, June Sullivan of Little Egg Harbor; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral was May 25 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at St. Paul's Church. Burial was in Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Tuckerton Seaport, P.O. Box 52, Tuckerton, N.J. 08087.

Mary E. Griffiths

Mary E. Griffiths, 59, of Princeton, died May 23 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Born and raised in Plainfield, she had resided in Princeton for the past 20 years. She worked for Telcordia Technologies in Piscataway for 25 years, retiring in 2002.

She attended Caldwell College, was an avid reader, and enjoyed needlework. She also served as a volunteer at the Contact of Mercer County 24 Hour Hotline for two years.

Predeceased by her father, Robert L. Griffiths, and a brother, Howard Griffiths, she is survived by her mother, M. Elizabeth Griffiths of Plainfield; two brothers, Robert Griffiths of Houston and Peter F. Griffiths of Darlington, Md.; and four sisters, Pat Griffiths of Orange, N.J., Catherine Griffiths-Bilner of Cape Cod, Mass., Joann E. dePadua of Park Ridge, Ill., and Christine E. Goldstein of Wyndmoor, Pa.

The funeral was May 29 at the Higgins Home for Funerals, Plainfield. It was followed by a Mass of Resurrection at St. Mary's Church in Plainfield. Cremation was private. Burial will be at noon today, May 30, in St. Gertrude's Cemetery, Colonia.

Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10016.

Evelyn B. Thurm

Evelyn Boches Thurm, 75, of Princeton, died May 23 at home.

Born in Lowell, Mass., she was a former resident of Boston.

She was a graduate of Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing and was a registered nurse.

She was a member of The Jewish Center, Princeton Historical Society, and Jewish Women International.

Wife of the late Dr. Richard H. Thurm, she is survived by two sons, David A. Thurm of Bronxville, N.Y. and Dr. Daniel W. Thurm of Sharon, Mass.; a daughter, Karen Thurm Safran of San Jose, Calif.; a sister, Carole Paris of Ridgewood, N.J.; and seven grandchildren.

The funeral service was May 25 at The Jewish Center of Princeton. Burial followed at Union Field Cemetery, Ridgewood, N.Y.

Memorial contributions may be offered to Jewish Women International. Arrangements were by Orland's Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing Township.

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