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Vol. LXIV, No. 47
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
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Gerald W. Perpetua

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Eileen Hamilton Wigner

Gerald W. Perpetua

Gerald W. Perpetua

Gerald (Jerry) W. Perpetua, 65, of Plainsboro, died November 21 at Princeton Hospital.

Born in Princeton in 1945, he attended the Princeton school system and Trenton Junior College. He is a past member of Saint Paul’s Church in Princeton, and was a current member of Queenship of Mary Church in Plainsboro. An electrician by trade, he was a member of IBEW local 269 in Trenton for over 42 years, the last 15 of which he spent with AC Scott Electric.

He coached little league baseball for many years when his children were young and continuing as they grew up. He was a member of the VFW and served as an usher for Queenship of Mary Church as it was being established. He enlisted in the Marines and served in Vietnam until 1967 when he was honorably discharged because of injuries suffered in the war. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.

An athlete and sports enthusiast, he enjoyed bowling, skiing in the Pocono Mountains with his kids, snowmobiling in upstate New York, surf and freshwater fishing, and target shooting with his son and daughter. In addition, he played softball throughout his life into the Senior Leagues of Mercer and Middlesex counties. He could often be found riding down back roads on his Harley heading to the Delaware Water Gap or out into Pennsylvania with his friends or son.

Predeceased by his parents, Charles and Anna Perpetua; he is survived by his wife, Filomena Perpetua; his daughter, Amy Perpetua; his son, Michael Perpetua; and his brother, Charles Perpetua.

The funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 27 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street. Entombment will be in St. Mary’s Mausoleum Hamilton Township.

Calling hours will be held Friday, November 26, from 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

His family would like to thank everyone for all of the prayers, love, and support that he was showered with over this past year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown Street, Suite 2D, Watertown, Mass. 02472; or visit

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Eleanor M. Hoisington

Eleanor Meredith Hoisington, of Princeton, died on October 29 in Burlington, Vt., after a short illness.

Born and raised in Pennington, she was the daughter of Eleanor Brennan Meredith and George Edward Meredith. She graduated from Cathedral High School in Trenton and earned a B.A. in Art from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

She taught in the Trenton School system and at the Katzenbach School for the Deaf. Her next profession was that of a stay-at-home mother and she raised five children. During the 1980s and 1990s, she worked at the Lawrenceville School as the Social Director for Student Activities. She also obtained her real estate license and was active in the greater Princeton area. From 2005 until September 2010, she was employed by the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.

A vibrant, spontaneous, and gregarious person, she had many interests and participated in various civic and social clubs, including the Montgomery Township Historical Society, Princeton Friends of Open Space, and the Present Day Club.

She was an avid outdoors woman who loved riding, gardening, and her farm. She also enjoyed traveling to Martha’s Vineyard, lunching with friends in New York, and being with family. She appreciated the strong friendships she developed from living in a close-knit neighborhood near downtown Princeton.

She is survived by five children, Sharon Hoisington Gilmore, Rich Hoisington, Jeff Hoisington, Tim Hoisington, and Meredith Hoisington; her sister, Jean Povinelli; and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on December 4 at 1 p.m. in the Edith Memorial Chapel at the Lawrenceville School. A reception will follow in the Manor House at the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Donations may be made on her behalf to the Princeton Friends of Open Space.

Eileen Hamilton Wigner

Eileen “Pat” Hamilton, 95, died November 18.

Born in Brixham, England, she moved with her mother to the United States at the age of eight. She grew up in New York, and resided in Princeton most of her adult life.

Although she was modest to the core, she was a woman of accomplishments in her own right. As a young woman, she was a prize-winning sculptress at Cooper Union and later a professional artist. She devoted most of her life to applying her keen mind and meticulousness to the painstaking care of others.

A pillar of strength for her family, she was always able to give — seemingly needing little for herself. She was a patient listener with a sympathetic ear, sharing her hard-won wisdom and giving praise and demonstrating pride for the accomplishments of others. She was loyal to all whom she loved and never said an ill word about any of them.

Throughout her life she had shown great courage. She leaves behind the wonderful family she shepherded. She was the wife of Donald R. Hamilton and later Eugene Wigner; mother of Erica Weeder McIndoo, Eleanor Hamilton Sienkiewicz, and David R. Hamilton; the grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 13.

A private memorial service will be held at the family Thanksgiving gathering in Lewes, Del.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Multiple Sclerosis or to the Donald Ross Hamilton Memorial Lecture Fund, Physics Department, Princeton University.

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