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Vol. LXV, No. 46
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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James J. Groome

Mary Lee R. Fuller

Richard J. Kiefer

Adela A. O’Brien

CJames J. Groome

James J. Groome

James J. Groome, of Princeton, died November 8 at home.

The youngest of three children of James Bernard Groome and Agnes Maguire of Philadelphia, he was born on April 20, 1934. He was a graduate of Girard College and LaSalle College and did graduate work at the University of Michigan.

He began his career as a staff writer for the magazine of the Pennsylvania Railroad and held marketing positions at Sun Oil Company and Burroughs Corporation before joining the founding management team of GeoDatic Corporation. In 1971, he joined the American Hotel & Motel Association, where he served as director of marketing, until 1987, when he founded a consulting company.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his children, Kimberly, James, and Kevin; and nine grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 11 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial followed at Princeton Cemetery in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, N.Y. 10087; or at

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Mary Lee R. Fuller

Mary Lee R. Fuller, 92, of Princeton, died October 30 at Acorn Glen.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she was a long-time resident of Levittown, N.Y. before moving to Princeton in 2001.

Watercolorist, avid horticulturist, and art teacher, she retired in 1981 with over 25 years in the Levittown School District.

Daughter of the late Harlow L. and Elizabeth T. Rockwell; and wife of the late James H. Fuller; she is survived by her children, Jamie Fuller and Nancy Beranbaum; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225; or Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771.

Richard J. Kiefer

Richard J. “Dick” Kiefer, 71, of Hamilton Township, died November 11 after “writing a new page in the treatment of lung cancer,” according to one of his doctors.

Born and raised in Princeton, he moved to Hamilton Township in 1964.

After graduation from Princeton High School, he started an upholstery and drapery business. He soon continued the family carpentry tradition, working with Princeton Local 781 for 30 years before his retirement in 1999.

He had various interests including bowling, golfing, camping, and square dancing. He was an active and much loved member of the Edinburg Road Chapel in Mercerville. He helped build many churches in the Dominican Republic through Meeting God in Missions, as well as making and donating hundreds of wood crosses to express and share his love for Jesus.

Predeceased by his first wife, Carole A. Kiefer; his parents, Louis and Mary Kiefer; and his brother, Karl; he is survived by his wife, Patricia C. Kiefer; his son, Wayne; two grandchildren; two brothers, William and Louis Kiefer; two sisters, Mary Cooke and Anna Mayer; and his wife’s sons, Jerry and Jeff, and their four children.

Funeral services will begin on November 16 at 11 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery. Relatives and friends may gather beginning at 10:15 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to either The Christian Missionary Alliance (Great Commission Fund in memo line), P.O. Box 35000 Colorado Springs, Co. 80935-3500; or The American Cancer Society.

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Adela A. O’Brien

Adela Ann O’Brien, formerly of Princeton, died in August in Borrego Springs, Calif.

She was a graduate of St. Paul’s School and Princeton High School. She earned a BA from Mount St. Mary College in Los Angeles, and a MLS from Rutgers.

She taught at St. Paul’s School before moving to California. She taught at The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks before retiring to Borrego Springs.

She is survived by her husband, Terry; her brother, Mark Sayles; and her stepchildren, Barrett and Rachelle O’Brien.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, Princeton, at Noon on November 19.

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