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Vol. LXV, No. 36
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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Seneca W. Ottey

Peter F. Morse

Arthur J. Zoubek

Seneca W. Ottey

Seneca W. Ottey

Seneca White Ottey, 60, of Rocky Hill, died September 1 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Known as “Sonny” and “Butch” to many, he was born and raised in Rocky Hill. He attended Princeton High School and Mercer County College. He worked as an HVAC mechanic at National Starch & Chemical Company for 26 years, and then at Jones Lang LaSalle until retiring in June 2011.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a devoted Mets fan, history bluff, and coin collector. He always lent a helping hand. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sheila Krzewinski Ottey; two daughters, Michelle Urban and Shana Ottey and a son, Shane Ottey; his brother, William Ottey and sister Shirley Yost.

Visitation and service was held at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home on September 6. Funeral Services were held after the visitation.

Interment will be held on September 8 at the Rocky Hill Cemetery at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Esophageal Cancer Action Network, PO Box 243, Stevenson, Md. 21153;

Peter F. Morse

Peter F. Morse

Peter Farnsworth Morse died unexpectedly on August 19 of a fatal cardiac arrhythmia while playing squash in Lagos, Nigeria.

Born June 9, 1946, he was a student of Princeton Day School and was named to their Athletic Hall of Fame on May 14, 2011. He graduated from Portsmouth Priory (now Portsmouth Abbey), Class of ’64, Colorado College (B.S., ’68), Boston College (M.Ed, ’72), University of Colorado (M.S. ’75) and the University of Utah (PhD, ’80). He held a doctorate of mathematics and double masters degrees in mathematics and math education. He used his training to teach geophysicists throughout the world the technical skills required to locate oil reserves in remote locations.

He spent 31 years as a Texaco (now Chevron) employee, supporting international resource development as an expatriate in Colombia, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan. His work around the globe afforded him and his family opportunities to explore over fifty nations. These experiences helped develop and influence the family’s interest and appreciation of different cultures, cuisines, and traditions.

After a lifetime of athletic accomplishments earned from grade school through college and beyond, he made it a habit to be in the top tier of any competition he entered. He realized a dream by winning the 60+ Men’s U.S. Squash Nationals in Atlanta in March 2008. From tennis, squash, and soccer to hockey, billiards, and table tennis, he made friends through his love of sports across five continents.

The son of Louise J. Morse and Marston Morse; he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Melissa Gabel Morse; his children, Perrin Morse, Meroe Morse, and David Morse; and his siblings, Julia Morse, William Morse, Elizabeth Morse Reardon, and Louise Morse; and two grandsons.

The family will hold a private memorial service in his honor.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you look within your community or beyond and find someone or some group needing assistance and offer them a hand up, in any way you can. This was the way he lived his life and his family would love to know that his goodness is being passed forward.

Arthur J. Zoubek

Arthur J. Zoubek, 98, died August 31. He resided at Buckingham Place Assisted Living in Kingston, N.J.

Born on October 27, 1912, in Irvington, N.J., he was the son of German immigrants, Johan and Johanna Zoubek. He lived in West Orange most of his life, moving to Middletown, N.J. in 1974.

He served in the US Navy in the Philippines during World War II. After the war, he worked for Commercial Solvents in New York City, beginning as a secretary and moving on to sales. He then joined his brother, Harry, in Zoubek Associates, Inc., a construction supply business. His natural sales ability and genuine interest in people led to a successful career and the brothers worked together until their retirement.

In 1942, he married Genevieve Thecla Byrne.

He was a man of many talents. His gardens were showplaces and his ability to fix anything in his home was amazing. He often wondered how it was that he had lived this long. He had a gentle spirit, wisdom, and a mischievous sense of humor.

When he lost his eyesight in his early 90s, he became a devotee of WNYC and would talk about world and national events with a knowledge and curiosity that astounded those who met him.

Predeceased by his wife, Genevieve Thecla Byrne; his brother, Harry; and his sister, Dorothy; he is survived by his son, John; his daughter, Janet; six grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held on September 9 at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown, N.J. from 5 to 8 p.m.

The funeral mass will take place on September 10 at 10:15 a.m. at St. Catharine’s Church, 108 Middletown Road, Holmdel, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WNYC, PO Box 1550, New York, N.Y. 10116.

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