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Vol. LXIV, No. 45
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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Ruth Lester

Virginia P. Budd

Angelo N. Arcaro

Mary K. Levenstein

Ann Rita Fischer

Ruth Lester

Ruth I. Blydenburgh Lester, 90, of Princeton, died November 1 at Princeton Care Center.

Born in Trenton, she was a lifelong Princeton resident. An avid Bingo player, she loved Atlantic City.

The daughter of the late Herman and Irene Smith Ranke; wife of the late Carl Blydenburgh; and mother of the late Carl C. Blydenburgh; she is survived by a son, David E. Blydenburgh; two daughters, Ruth Jansen and Alice Eisenmann; a brother, Marvin Ranke; 10 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Arrangements are private and under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

Virginia P. Budd

Virginia Pawling Budd, 72, died November 2 at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Hamilton.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she came to Princeton over 25 years ago.

She was a graduate of The Stevens School of Chestnut Hill and The Chambers School of Design, both in Philadelphia. During her 40-year career as an Interior Decorator, she worked in the Princeton, New York, and Philadelphia areas.

An avid gardener, she was a very active member of the Princeton Garden Club and the Huntingdon Valley Garden Club. She was involved in the Philadelphia Flower Show as an exhibitor and a volunteer.

Predeceased by her husband, Peter C. Budd; she is survived by two sons, Peter C. Budd Jr. and Stephen Budd; a daughter, Kimberly B. Doub; and eight grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, November 16 at 11 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

Please visit to extend condolences and share memories in the guest book.

Angelo N. Arcaro

Angelo N. Arcaro, 89, of Pennington, died November 8 at home.

Born in Indeprete, Isernia, Italy, he resided in Princeton for over 61 years before moving to Pennington 3 years ago.

He served in the Italian Army during World War II for over three years before being captured as a prisoner of war for three years. While a prisoner of war, he cooked for the American troops as well as Generals Montgomery and Eisenhower.

In 1954 he established Arcaro Construction Company as a masonry/concrete contractor, later building several homes throughout Princeton. He later became Vice President of A.W. Arcaro Construction Company, a company started by his son in Arizona.

Son of the late Salvatore and Filomena Arcaro; father of the late Nicholas J. Arcaro; and brother of the late Antonio Arcaro; he is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carmela M. Arcaro; his children, Anthony W. Arcaro, Robert J. Arcaro, Angelo N. Arcaro Jr., Salvatore Arcaro, Margaret Buchanan, and Catherine Shillaber; a brother, Patrick Arcaro; a sister, Rosina Tamburri; 13 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 11 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday, November 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542; or Pennington First Aid Squad P.O. Box 101 Pennington, N.J. 08534.

Mary K. Levenstein

Mary Kerney Levenstein, 69, died November 9 at University Hospital in Princeton.

The original director of the Circle in the Square Theatre School and head of fundraising for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, she worked in the theater in New York for many years.

In the late 1980s, she pursued what would become a lifelong dedication to holistic healing. She was highly esteemed as a compassionate, insightful, and skilled psychotherapist. In particular, her work with cancer patients was an invaluable resource to countless people in the community.

She was a champion of animal rights and supported a number of animal rescue groups.

The daughter of the late Elsie Regan Kerney and James Kerney Jr., she is survived by her husband, Earle Levenstein; her daughters, Cairistin Mills, and Ruth McDaniels; her brothers, J. Regan Kerney and T. Lincoln Kerney; a sister, Ellen Kerney; three stepchildren; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 13 at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

Personal reflections are welcome at www.caring

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to

Ann Rita Fischer

Ann Rita Fischer, 83, of Princeton and Rocky Hill, died October 29.

Known as Rita to her family and friends, she grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Her passion for the arts developed early and remained central to her life. She studied piano at the Julliard School, graduated from Julia Richmond High School, and attended New York University.

She married in 1951 and had three children. After living in Great Neck, Long Island and in Lawrenceville, the family settled in Princeton in 1964.

She volunteered at the Peace Center during the Vietnam War, and she supported progressive and environmental causes throughout her life.

In the 1970s she returned to school and received her bachelor’s degree from Trenton State College, where she majored in fine arts and worked for the art department while a student and after. Later she taught color theory at the Princeton Art Association, exhibited her paintings locally, winning several awards and holding a number of one-woman shows. She also edited the Princeton Library newsletter.

Known for her devotion to her family, her quick wit, and love of literature, she also had an encyclopedic knowledge of many aspects of culture.

In the 1990s, she and her husband moved to Rocky Hill.

Wife of the late Edward I. Fischer, she is survived by her daughters, Susan Alice Fischer and Judith E.F. Oakley; her son, David Ben Fischer; and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made in her name to: American Civil Liberties Union, Habitat for Humanity, Nature Conservancy, or Planned Parenthood.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.

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