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Vol. LXI, No. 48
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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George Hilton Sands

John M. Greene

Joseph Frediani

Stephen Hinds

Anne O’Neill

John J. Stachowicz

Helen H. Yard

Lorraine D. Feher

Victoria F. McCarthy

Laurence J. Theilgard

Charlotte P. Robson

George Hilton Sands

George Hilton Sands

George Hilton Sands, 82, of Princeton, died November 20 at home after a short illness, surrounded by his family. He was the founder of the Hilton Realty Company.

Born and raised in North Miami, Florida, he had been a longtime resident of Princeton.

Upon graduating from Miami Military Academy, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific during World War II. After the South Pacific, he attended Princeton University in an officers training program. He met his wife, Estelle, at the University.

After graduating from Rider College with an accounting degree, he worked with a local accountant and within a few years opened his own accounting practice in Princeton. During that time, he discovered his passion and talent for real estate. He sold his accounting practice and founded Hilton Realty Company, a real estate investment company. Over the years, he expanded his business into Florida and Pennsylvania.He was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling with his wife. For several years they participated with the People To People Golf program. Established by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, the organization strived to spread good will to other nations through sports.

With his wife, he established the George H. and Estelle M. Sands Foundation which has contributed to the Princeton Public Library, the University Medical Center at Princeton, the Arts Council of Princeton, and many other local and out-of-the-area organizations. The couple also established the Sands Scholars Nursing Program at the University of Pennsylvania, which provides scholarships for eight students a year. This year, they received the Honorary Alumni Award from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Sands also served for many years as a trustee for Rider University.

He is survived by his wife, Estelle; two sons, Jeffrey and George, Jr.; two daughters, Judie Sands and Deborah Gartenberg; and 17 grandchildren.A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. December 7 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Public Library.Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

John M. Greene

Dr. John M. Greene, a distinguished research physicist and applied mathematician who worked for many years at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, died October 22 in San Diego. The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, exacerbated by the smoky atmosphere of the recent southern California fires.

Born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pa., he received a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Rochester in 1955.

A longtime resident of Princeton Junction and Princeton Township, Dr. Greene spent 27 years as one of the leading theoretical physicists at PPPL, where he worked with colleagues to make pioneering contributions to plasma physics and fusion energy. An internationally recognized scientist, he was awarded the distinguished Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics by the American Physical Society in 1982. In 2006, together with his colleagues Clifford Gardner, Martin Kruskal, and Robert Miura, he was awarded the Steele Prize by the American Mathematical Society.

Upon leaving Princeton in 1982, Dr. Greene joined the theoretical physics group at General Atomics in La Jolla, Calif., and was an adjunct professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. He continued to work productively with and inspire many colleagues there until his retirement in 1995.

He was an Eagle Scout, hiker, camper, and bird watcher. He was active in the Sierra Club in New Jersey and took part in many local conservation projects wherever he worked, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Australia, and Japan.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Alice; a daughter, Emily; a sister, Priscilla; and two grandchildren,

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury (Web/Support), 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Va. 22203.

Joseph Frediani

Joseph Frediani, 85, of Princeton Junction, died November 19 at Merwick Care Center in Princeton.

Born in Italy, he has been a resident of the Princeton area since 1948.

He served with the Italian armed forces during World War II. He was brought to the United States as a POW, where he later met his wife, Mary. He retired in 1983 from David Sarnoff Research Laboratories, where he had been employed as a plumber for 30 years.

He was predeceased by his son, Robert Joseph Frediani in 1997. In addition to his wife of 60 years, Mary Cervera Frediani, he is survived by nieces and nephews in Italy.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated November 24 at St. Paul’s Church. Entombment followed in Franklin Memorial Park Mausoleum, North Brunswick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Stephen Hinds

Stephen Edward “Timmy” Hinds, 65, of Princeton, died November 15 at the Merwick care facility.

A graduate of Princeton High School, he was known as the falsetto voice of the popular singing group The Ecuadors that performed at Saturday night canteens. 

He worked for Polychrome Press before spending the last 20 years of his work career with Hesco Electric Company.  

Known for his quiet, unassuming warmth, friendly smile, work ethic, and concern for others, he was a best friend to many. 

He was predeceased by his parents, Mary Hinds Gordon and Paul Hinds; three children, Tina, Mark, and David; and his stepmother, Pearl Hinds. He is survived by his son Steven Kendrick Hinds; sisters Paula Manuel, Mona Gordon, and Monica Gordon; a stepsister, Mary Louise Brown; a life companion, Teri Constance; a perpetual friend from childhood, Ronnie Wells; and a grandson.

Anne O’Neill

Anne O’Neill

Anne O’Neill, 81, of Simsbury, Conn., formerly of Princeton, died peacefully November 22 at home, surrounded by her family.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Anthony and Beatrice Haran, she had lived in Brewster, N.Y. for 25 years and in Princeton for ten years before moving to Simsbury.

She had been a member of St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster, N.Y. and St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

Predeceased by her husband, Dr. Hugh J. O’Neill, and her brothers James, John, and William Haran, she is survived by her seven children, Anne Gates of Princeton, Hugh O’Neill of Princeton, Kevin O’Neill of Pound Ridge, N.Y., Kathleen Jamieson of Washington, D.C., Eileen Lagrotteria of Scituate, Mass., Timothy O’Neill of Gorham, Maine, and Mary Downs of Simsbury; two sisters, Elizabeth McCabe of Albuquerque, N.M. and Kathleen Grimes of Rockville Centre, N.Y.; and 15 grandchildren.

The funeral was November 26 at the Vincent Funeral Home, Simsbury, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at St. Mary’s Church, Simsbury. Burial was November 27 at St. Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery, Brewster, N.Y.

Memorial donations may be made to Mclean Visiting Nurses, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, Conn. 06070. For on-line condolences, visit

John J. Stachowicz

John Joseph Stachowicz, 86, of Princeton, died November 26 at the University Medical Center at Princeton, surrounded by his family.

Born in Chicopee, Mass., he moved to Princeton in 1946 to marry his wife of 61 years, Mary Bonavita Stachowicz.

The founder and proprietor of 206 Hardware Corporation for 38 years, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son, Michael John of Skillman; two daughters, Victoria Socha of Darien, Ill. and Marybeth Stone of Princeton Junction; a brother, Frank of Springfield, Mass.; and five grandchildren.

The funeral will be Thursday, November 29 at 10 a.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home today, Wednesday, from 3 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Health Care Ministry of Princeton, P.O. Box 1517, Princeton 08542; or to St Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08540.

Helen H. Yard

Helen H. Yard, 87, of West Windsor, died November 10 in Bear Creek Assisted Living, West Windsor.

Born in Trenton and a lifelong Princeton resident, she owned and operated the Rug and Furniture Mart and the Ivy Manor with her late husband Arthur. She was a member of the Rossmoor Community Church, Springdale Golf Club, and Rossmoor Golf Club in Jamesburg.

Daughter of the late Alvin W. and Marion R. Harris and wife of the late Arthur B. Yard, she is survived by two daughters, Alison Purvis of Pennington and Linda Y. Sheldon of Alexandria, Va.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral was private.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Hospice Program of the Princeton Home Care Services, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton 08540; or to Lawrence Animal Hospital, 3975 Princeton Pike, Princeton 08540.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Lorraine D. Feher

Lorraine D. Feher, a lifelong resident of Rocky Hill, died peacefully November 14 in the home in which she was born 81 years ago.

A member of the Princeton High School class of 1943, she was known for her strong convictions and opinions. She was a caring and helpful neighbor and an active member of her community.

Mrs. Feher and her late husband Steve were avid naturalists, with a great interest in Native American culture. For many years they maintained a summer cabin in Grand Lake Stream, Maine.

She was retired from Belle Mead General Service Administration Depot in Hillsborough.

She was a member of the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill and a vice president of the Rocky Hill Cemetery Association.

The only child of the late Anita and Leber Frank, she was predeceased also by her husband Steve Feher, who died in 2000, and her husband Andrew Daniels, who died in 1961. She is survived by two nieces and a nephew.

Interment was November 17 at Rocky Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rocky Hill First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 175, Rocky Hill 08553; or to the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill, Washington Street, P.O. Drawer L, Rocky Hill 08553.

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

Victoria F. McCarthy

Victoria McCarthy, 54, of Princeton, died November 22 at the University Medical Center at Princeton following an illness. She was the chair of the English Department at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, where she taught middle and upper school English.

She graduated from Stuart Country Day School and received her A.B. from Smith College, where she majored in American Studies. She earned a master’s in English from Rutgers University, where she served as a teaching Fellow in the expository writing program.

She began her teaching career at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York where she taught English for 10 years. While at Nightingale-Bamford she founded and served as advisor for the Middle School Literary Magazine and the Middle School Book Review.

At Stuart, she taught English for 12 years, serving most recently as chair of the English Department. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. She co-edited A Child’s Anthology of Poetry, published by Ecco Press in 1995.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin; her mother, Iris Flournoy of Skillman; two children, Caroline and Michael; and four sisters, Lee Flournoy of Williamstown, Mass., Anne Flournoy of New York, NY., Mary Longino of Phoenix, Ariz., and Alyson Flournoy of Gainesville, Fla.

Interment will be private. A memorial service will he held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.

Laurence J. Theilgard

Laurence J. Theilgard

Laurence J. Theilgard of Waverly, Pa., formerly of Princeton, died November 13 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Son of the late Niels and Clara Rebecca Erickson Theilgard, he was born and educated in Princeton. He served in the Navy as an electronics technician and was honored with the Victory Medal and the American Theater Medal. He was a graduate of Princeton schools and received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Princeton University. He later studied business law and accounting at the University of Michigan. He began his career in the salt industry when he joined International Salt Co. and managed various mines and plants, including locations in Avery Island, La., Walkins Glen, N.Y., and Detroit. The highlight of his career was building a solar sea-salt plant on the Dutch island of Bonaire. He spent the final 18 years of his career at the company headquarters in Clarks Summit, Pa. as vice president of production and engineering.

His retirement was filled with skiing, bicycling, playing the trumpet, sailing, travel, and spending winters on Bonaire.

He met his wife, Joan, on a ski trip to St. Anton, Austria. While living five years on Bonaire, he was involved in local activities including the Lions Club, where he was a founding member and served as president and district chair. He was also a charter member of the Bonaire Flying Club.

He was a director of Alkali Ltd., a salt industry organization in Jamaica, and president of the Princeton Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

He was a member of the Princeton University class of 1949, where he was a member of the Prospect Club. He served as class vice president and treasurer, and as reunion chairman for his 45th class reunion and co-chairman for his 50th and 55th class reunions.

He was predeceased by his wife, the former Joan Halverson; a son, Mark, and a brother, Neil. He is survived by a son, John Theilgard of Chapel Hill, N.C; a daughter, Susan Moriearty of Clarks Summit; two sisters, Janet Englehart of Silver Spring, Md. and Carel Fass of Towson, Md.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held this Friday, November 30 at 1:30 p.m. in Princeton Cemetery. The funeral service was held in the Church of the Epiphany, Glenburn, Pa. Arrangements are by Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. 111 Colburn Avenue, Clarks Summit, Pa. 18411.

To send an online condolence, visit

Charlotte P. Robson

Charlotte P. Robson, 92, of Princeton, died November 20 at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., she grew up in Winter Haven before attending the Indiana University School of Nursing, where she earned an R.N. degree. She subsequently moved to New York City and worked at St. Luke’s Hospital, where she met her late husband of 64 years, Stuart, while he was a patient.   She was a former member of All Saint’s Choir and Altar Guild and The Present Day Club. She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Swierczek; a son, Stu Robson, Jr.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday, December 1, at All Saints’ Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to All Saints’ Church, All Saints’ Drive, Princeton 08540; or to TASK, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 872, Trenton 08605. 

Arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

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