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Vol. LXI, No. 40
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
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Mary R. Dey

Anne M. Hibbard

Donald P. Spence

Memorial Service for Huberta Wright

William C. VanPelt

Mary R. Dey

Mary R. Dey

Mary R. Dey, 83, of Princeton, died October 1 peacefully at the Compassionate Care Center at St. Francis Hospital.

She attended St. Paul’s Grammar School in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School. Shortly thereafter she joined the U.S. Navy.

She was an admired employee at Nassau Savings & Loan in Princeton where she eventually retired.

Her hobbies included dancing, reading, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

Daughter of the late Ann and Harry Cauley and mother of the late Marianne Klink Busco, she is survived by her twin sister Ann Gething of Allentown; a brother, Harry Cauley of Cherry Valley, Calif.; a son, Kerry F. Klink of Princeton; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated this Friday, October 5 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street. A private committal service will take place in Princeton Cemetery where her ashes will be buried with her beloved daughter Marianne.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mid Jersey Chapter, 28 Kennedy Blvd., Suite 180, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816; or to National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue/Bob Hope Road, Miami, Fla. 33136-1494.

Anne M. Hibbard

Anne M. Hibbard, nee O’Kane, 85, of Princeton, died September 11 at home, surrounded by her family.

She was a fourth generation Princeton resident. Throughout her life she touched many people in the Princeton area, both as a switchboard operator with Bell Telephone and as a trust officer with the First National Bank.

During World War II she worked at a war plant making 22 millimeter shells.

An avid reader and animal lover, she impressed those she knew with her strength and generosity.

She was preceded in death by her husband Albert, her sister Shirley, and her brother John. She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Stockbridge of Granbury, Texas; two sisters, Wanda Roche of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Vermie Greenwood of Bisbee, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.

The funeral will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton Hospice, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton 08540; or to the SAVE animal shelter.

Donald P. Spence

Donald P. Spence

Donald P. Spence, 81, of Princeton, died September 25 after a short illness.

He graduated from the Lincoln School in 1943, Harvard University in 1947, and Columbia University in 1955, with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 in Europe.

From 1954 to 1974, he conducted research and taught at the Research Center for Mental Health of New York University. In 1974, he became professor of psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

The author of more than 100 articles and book reviews, he published Narrative Truth and Historical Truth, widely considered a classic text in the field, in 1982. Two other books followed, as well as several translations into other languages. His many honors and awards included, most recently, the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Theoretical and Philosophical Division of the American Psychological Association in 2004.

Following his retirement in 1996 he became involved in many Princeton activities. He was an active member of Musical Amateurs and Princeton Pro Musica, and served on the boards of the Senior Resource Center and House II of Communities Without Walls. He also enjoyed working for Habitat for Humanity and actively participated in the Old Guard and the Harvard Club of Princeton.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary (nee Cross); four children, Keith of Jacksonville, Fla., Sarah McGregor of Athens, Ga., Laura Ash of Princeton, and Katherine of Princeton; a sister, Carol Spence Muntz of Charlottesville, Va.; three grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

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

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Memorial Service for Huberta Wright

A memorial service for Huberta Nunn Wright, who died August 20, will be held this Saturday, October 6 at 11 a.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542; or to Friends of the Princeton Public Library, P.O. Box 422, Princeton 08542; or to DeCordova Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, Mass. 01773.

William C. VanPelt

William Clark VanPelt of Lawrenceville died September 30 at Helene Fuld Medical Center, Trenton.

Born in Pittsburgh, he was a graduate of Penn State University. He was a freelance television producer.

The son of William H. and Nancy Glace VanPelt, he is survived by two sisters, Lisa VanPelt Diller of Gaithersburg, Md. and Meredith VanPelt of Boca Raton, Fla.

The funeral service will be private, and there will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home.

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