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Vol. LXI, No. 42
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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Virginia F. Hackney

Antonio L. Mattino

Anne D. Egberts

Dominique G. Wenzel

Dominique G. Wenzel

Dominique Godet Wenzel, 59, of Princeton, died October 10, after being hit by a car while bicycling.

Born on November 7, 1947, in Melle, France, she attended the University of Poitiers and then earned a master’s degree in anthropology from the Sorbonne (University of Paris). She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the University of Chicago, where she met Jack Wenzel, to whom she was married until 1999.

She lived in France, Denmark, England, and Maryland, before moving to Princeton, in 1987.

An independent teacher of the French language, she taught a mix of students, including children starting their first language, home-schooled children. children of French expatriates, business travelers, retirees studying literature and conversation (with an emphasis on Proust and Saint-Exupery); and many others.

She co-authored several French language books, and developed and translated educational materials and tests for Berlitz, ETS, and others.

An active member of the Princeton Recorder Society and the Princeton Latin America Task Force, she was also an avid reader, walker, tennis player, and nature enthusiast. She was particularly fond of the D&R Canal towpath.

While living in France, she sang with the A Coeur Joie Contrepoint choir. She traveled to France every summer, loved the Spanish language and Latin American culture, and was an aficionada of Renaissance music.

She is survived by two adult children, both graduates of Georgetown University: Sophie Wenzel, a public health specialist working in Anchorage, Alaska; and Nikolai Wenzel, a professor of economics at Hillsdale College in Michigan; her parents, Pierre and Colette Godet, her sisters Odile Godet and Isabelle Glavany-Godet, and her brother Xavier Godet, all living in France.

The cremation will be private. A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, October 20, at 2 p.m. at the All Saints Church, 16 All Saints Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princeton Latin America Task Force (Anne Reeves c/o Princeton Public Library), or a nature preservation organization of the donor’s choice. In addition, a memorial scholarship fund will be established in her name.

Lucille Bongiovanni

Lucille Bongiovanni

Lucille Bongiovanni, 85, died October 12 at home after an extended battle with cancer and kidney failure.

A long time Princeton resident, she was born in Hoboken and lived in several parts of the country.

She was an avid supporter and served on the Board of Directors of the Eden Institute and Hands Together. Georgian Court College honored her with a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree.

She was preceded in death by her husband Michael Bongiovanni, former Chief Executive Officer of Squibb Specialty Products Group. She is survived by her two daughters, Michele Miller of Skillman, and Dr. Gail Bongiovanni of Cincinnati, Ohio, and two grandchildren.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, October 16, at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial in the St. Paul Church was followed by burial in the Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hands Together, P.O. Box 80985, Springfield MA 01138; Eden Institute, 1 Logan Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540; or The Lucille and Michael Bongiovanni Scholarship Fund at the College of Pharmacy, Rutgers University.

Virginia F. Hackney

Virginia Hackney, 49, of Princeton, died October 5 in her parent’s home on Martha’s Vineyard, after battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, on April 29, 1958, she spent most of her youth in Princeton, where she attended the public schools. From age 14, she attended Elwyn Institute in Pennsylvania, where she learned many of the skills which helped her to lead a full and independent life. Upon graduating in 1978, she returned to Princeton, where she worked at Educational Testing Services, and then at the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles. She also worked in dining services at Princeton University.

In 1998, she moved to Martha’s Vineyard, where she received support from the community and especially from the Disability Services program at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

Despite her lifelong mental handicap, she lived a busy life, riding her bicycle without regard for weather or traffic.

She worked part-time for Chilmark Chocolates and was a camper/counselor at Camp Jabberwocky. In addition to participating in Martha’s Vineyard Figure Skating Club’s annual ice skating shows and in numerous off-island skating competitions, she sang in the choir at Grace Episcopal Church. She also appeared in many productions at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, where she performed the role of Old Crow in the production of The Snow Queen.

Each year, she traveled to Princeton, where she stayed in the Nassau Inn, and celebrated her birthday with her family and old friends.

She is survived by her parents Lucy and Sheldon Hackney; her brother Fain Hackney; and her sister Elizabeth McBride.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: MVCPC, Inc.(Camp Jabberwocky), P.O. Box 1357, Vineyard Haven, Mass. 02568; Grace Episcopal Church, Box 1197, Vineyard Haven, Mass. 02568; Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Inc., 111 Edgartown Road, Vineyard Haven, Mass. 02568; The Vineyard Playhouse,P.O. Box 2452, Vineyard Haven, Mass. 02568; or the Martha’s Vineyard Figure Skating Club, P.O. Box 1542, Vineyard Haven, Mass. 02568

Antonio L. Mattino

Antonio L. “Tony”Mattino, 84, of Hamilton Square, died October 12 at the Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.

Born in Procida, Napoli, Mr. Mattino came to the United States from Italy in 1954. He settled in the Princeton area in 1956, before making his home in Hamilton Square in 1980.

After over 40 years of service, he retired in 1994 from the Fifth Dimension in Trenton, where he worked in shipping, receiving, and maintenance. He also worked part time at Princeton University as a groundskeeper.

He graduated from high school in Italy and was a member of the Italian Merchant Marines. His hobbies were fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife Rosa Prencipe Mattino, two sisters and two brothers, his daughters Sally Van Fleet and Celeste Mattino-Levine, and two grandchildren.

Funeral services took place October 15 at the Saul Colonial Home, Hamilton Square followed by entombment in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 1600 Route 22 East, Union, NJ 07083.

Anne D. Egberts

Anne D. Egberts

A resident of the Princeton area since 1994, Anne Drummond Egberts, 43, died unexpectedly on October 6.

Memorial services were held Saturday, October 13, at the Manor House at the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, of which she was a founding board member.

Daughter of Robert Drummond and the late Carol Drummond, she grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1986, she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Colorado College, where she majored in history and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. In 1989, she graduated from Stanford University Law School.

She lived overseas in Germany and Holland after her studies. Through 2002, she held consulting and marketing positions, with McKinsey and Co. in New York among other companies.

Raising her three sons led her to pursue a nursing career. After completing pre-requisite credits for nursing in 2002-2003, she was admitted to the nursing program at Mercer County Community College, from which she graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 2005. She was a registered nurse in maternity at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

Her hobbies included traveling, and reading.

She is survived by her sons, Pieter (15), Duncan (12), and Alexander (8); their father Jan-Hendrik Egberts; her father Robert K. Drummond of Milwaukee; her brother, Robert Young Drummond of Los Angeles; her grandmother Naomi Young of Muscatine, Iowa; and her aunt Dorothy Jarvis of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The Anne Egberts Memorial Fund for the Education of Autistic Children in Princeton c/o Marianne Carnevale, 103 Linden Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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