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Vol. LXII, No. 48
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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Margaret Frederiksen

Ruth “Roni” Williams

Pearl Pashko

Dorothy M. Thomas

Catherine (Kay) Walsh

Margaret Frederiksen

Margaret “Markie” Frederiksen, nee Anna Margaret Miller, died November 21 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Born in Moulton, Iowa, she was the youngest of the six children of John Wesley Miller and Annie Mary Hebson. She was raised in Des Moines, where she attended school and Drake University. She taught school in Iowa and later in Princeton.

She met her husband, Norman “Fritz” Frederiksen in Drake, Colo. They were later married in 1936 in Des Moines. They moved to Syracuse, N.Y., where her husband was completing his Ph.D. in psychology at Syracuse University. They later moved to Princeton, where they lived together until Dr. Frederiksen’s death in 1998.

Mrs. Frederiksen was active in organizations in Princeton including the University League, P.T.A., and League of Women Voters.

She is survived by her twin sons John Roland Frederiksen of Berkeley, Calif. and Seattle, Wash. and Carl Hebson Frederiksen of Montreal, Canada; and by five grandchildren.

Arrangements were by The Kimble Funeral Home.

Ruth “Roni” Williams

Ruth “Roni” Williams

Ruth “Roni” Williams, 66, of Princeton Junction, died November 17.

Born Ruth McGuire in New London, Conn. to Morgan K. McGuire and Ruth B. O’Neill, she was raised in Stonington, Conn. She was known her whole life as Roni.

She was a longtime teacher and head of the Pre-School at Stuart County Day of the Sacred Heart and a founding trustee of the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.

She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Maureen; a brother, J.B.; and a son, Dennis L. Williams. She is survived by her husband, Frank J. Kenny Jr.; three daughters, Karen (Williams) Newman, Elizabeth (Williams) Munns, and Mary Elizabeth (Kenny) O’Keefe; three brothers, Stephen, Peter, and Daniel McGuire; a sister, Winifred Hoff; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated November 22 at St. Paul’s Church, followed by a reception and private family burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stuart County Day School of the Sacred Heart or Princeton Academy of the Scared Heart.

Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Pearl Pashko

Pearl Pashko, 96, of Bellingham, Wash., formerly of Princeton, died peacefully November 23 with her daughter and granddaughter at her side.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was one of five Meiselman sisters. With her death, the last is gone. Her remaining sister died just a week before Pearl.

Her early years were happy ones in the midst of a large extended Jewish family in the heart of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood. She passed the police exam as a young woman, graduated from Hunter College, became a librarian, and then received her master of arts at Columbia, going on to complete most of a Ph.D. in the Irish Theater.

Married to Stanley Pashko in 1943, she co-authored several books for boys and girls. The couple moved to New Jersey in 1956 and to Princeton in 1959. She taught English, French, German, and classes for gifted children for more than 35 years in Princeton and Franklin Township Schools. She was a dedicated teacher who inspired many young people to achieve more than they had imagined they could.

She was a member of the Princeton Unitarian Church for more than 45 years and remained a Princeton resident until she moved to Bellingham to be near her family in 2006.

Her husband, Stanley, died in 1982. She is survived by her daughter, granddaughter, and husband, Ariana and Hakim Kaci and grandson, Noah Hammarlund.

No formal memorial service is planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy; or to the Princeton Unitarian Church.

Dorothy M. Thomas

Dorothy Morgenstern Thomas of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a former longtime resident of Princeton, died October 25 in Chapel Hill.

She is survived by a son in New Zealand and a daughter in Raleigh, N.C.

Catherine (Kay) Walsh

Catherine (Kay) Walsh, wife of the late Edmund V. Walsh, passed away peacefully on Nov. 24, 2008 in Bridgeport. Born in Dublin, Ireland on Aug. 20, 1910, she immigrated to the United States, a country she loved, in 1930, settling in New York City where she married in 1938. Together they raised their family in Queens Village and later in Purchase, (White Plains) NY where Kay resided until 2000. She relocated to The Watermark at 3030 Park Ave., Bridgeport, where she made many new friends.

Kay loved life and lived it to the fullest. Besides her family, her passions were the stock market, contract bridge, and cooking. One of her great pleasures was recommending stock tips to her children and grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Kay was predeceased by her brothers William, James, John and Christopher McDonnell, and sisters May McDonnell, Peggy McEleavy and Rose McGonigle. She is survived by her son, Kevin Walsh and his wife Candice of Princeton NJ; her daughter, Sheila McKelvey and her husband, Ray of Fairfield; five grandchildren, Jennifer and John Walsh of NYC and Kevin, Michael and Catherine McKelvey of Fairfield; a sister, Elizabeth Ryan and brother, Patrick McDonnell of Florida and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, November 28, 2008 at 12:00 noon at St. Pius X Church in Fairfield. Interment is private. Friends may greet her family prior to the Mass on Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Shaughnessey-Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road, Fairfield.

Donations may be made in her memory to: New England Retina Research & Education Foundation, 2200 Whitney Ave., Hamden CT 06518 or The Merton House, 43 Madison Ave., Bridgeport Ct. 06604. To send an online condolence, please visit

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