Obituaries

Giovanni (John) Balestrieri

Edith R. Mather

Patrick F. McManimon Sr.



Giovanni (John) Balestrieri

Giovanni (John) Balestrieri

Giovanni Giuseppe (John) Balestrieri, 67, of Lawrenceville, died August 28 after a lifetime of disabilities.

Born in Barano D'Ischia, Italy, to Luigi and Cataldina Balestrieri, he came to Princeton in 1952 where he lived for many years. In his later years he lived in various homes throughout New Jersey, before moving to the Lawrenceville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He held many odd jobs, his favorite being a caddie at Springdale Golf Club.

A music lover, he enjoyed gathering with the family to play the harmonica and sing songs. He enjoyed listening to and singing Italian music, polkas, country western, and spiritual music. He also liked to learn foreign languages and spoke a bit of many.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Dominick Balestrieri of Hamilton, and sister Maria Libralato of Venice, Italy. He is survived by two brothers, Ralph of Lawrenceville and Salvatore of Princeton Junction; and three sisters, Marianna Balestriere of Princeton, Carmela Mangone of Princeton Junction, and Filomena Mazzella of Hopewell.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated September 2 at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrenceville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 112 Franklin Corner Road, Lawrenceville 08648; or to St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542.


Edith R. Mather

Edith R. Mather

Edith Reed Mather, 92, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., formerly of Princeton, died August 20 at Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes-Barre, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Sea Bright, N.J., to Mabel Dennis Reed and Howard Beck Reed, she grew up in Princeton. She graduated from Miss Fine's School for Girls in 1931 and attended Mt. Holyoke College and New Jersey College for Women.

In 1934 she married William Brewster Mather and, with the aim of ultimately becoming missionaries, she and her husband set out for China. There her husband did his first two years of medical training at Peking Union Medical College, while Mrs. Mather started the first Girl Scout troop in Peking. Returning to the States so that her husband could complete his next two years at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, she and her family settled in Penns Neck.

In 1940 the Mathers were appointed missionaries to China, and set out again for Peking, where they enrolled in the Chinese Language School. With the situation becoming tense after the Japanese occupation of North China, the Language School moved to Baguio in the Philippine Islands. After the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, the Japanese interned all the Americans in Baguio at Camp Holmes. The couple's third child, Sarah Anna, became the first American to be born at Camp Holmes.

The family remained at the Baguio Internment Camp until late 1944 when they were moved to Bilibid Prison in Manila. After their liberation in 1945, the family returned to Princeton. Mr. Mather joined the staff of McCosh Infirmary at Princeton University while Mrs. Mather raised their three children. She volunteered as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, and worked part-time as secretary-treasurer for the Girl Scout Council. She also served on the board of directors of the Homemaker Service. Her summers were spent assisting her husband, the camp doctor for Keewaydin Camp, Lake Dunmore, Vt.

Following her husband's retirement, she and her husband moved to Mt. Gretna, Pa., to be near their second son, James. Beginning with their 40th wedding anniversary they began to make annual extended trips to Switzerland, where they stayed at the same hotel and grew to consider the hotel staff as part of their extended family.

When her husband suffered a crippling stroke in 1993, requiring nursing home care, she moved to Wilkes-Barre to live with her daughter Sally.

An avid reader, she was sought after for her advice and intelligent conversation.

Predeceased by her husband in 2003, she is survived by a daughter, Sarah (Sally) Renda of Kingston, Pa.; two sons, William of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and James of Mt. Gretna, Pa.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation; or to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250.

A memorial service will be held in Mt. Gretna, Pa. at the convenience of the family.

Patrick F. McManimon Sr.

Patrick F. McManimon Sr., 82, of Glen Gardner, N.J., died August 29 at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington. Born in Trenton, he had lived in Princeton for 80 years before moving to Glen Gardner two years ago.

He retired in 1988 as a steam fitter for Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Local No. 9 of Princeton, and more recently of Trenton, for over 43 years. He was treasurer of Local No. 360 and later Local No. 9.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.

A member and past chief of Engine Company No. 1 of the Princeton Fire Department, he was also an assistant Little League baseball coach in Princeton.

Husband of the late Barbara McManimon and father of the late Kevin S. McManimon, he is survived by a daughter, Shevawn Graesser of Glen Gardner; a son, Patrick of New Jersey; and a grandson.

The Funeral was September 2 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Paul's Church. Burial was in St. Paul's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sean P. Graesser College Fund, Bank of America, c/o Patricia Honan, 50 Route 173, Clinton, N.J. 08809.

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