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Vol. LXIV, No. 37
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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Christopher M. Budzinski

Laura Cava

Vincent J. Cancilla

Paul E. Gray

Reno Morandi

Christopher M. Budzinski

The municipal engineer of the Borough of Princeton, Christopher M. Budzinski, 50, of Lawrenceville, died September 9 at Capital Health System Mercer.

Born in Trenton, he was a resident of Ewing before moving to Lawrenceville in 1995. He was employed as the municipal engineer for the Borough of Princeton, and was the former municipal engineer for the Township of Lawrence.

A graduate of Lawrence High School, Class of 1978, and Drexel University, he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

A life member of the Slackwood Volunteer Fire Company, he was an avid golfer and had also coached baseball and basketball for the Lawrence Township Recreation League.

Son of the late Edmund Budzinski, he is survived by his wife, Cheryl Smith Budzinski; his two sons, Andrew and Jeffrey; his mother, Stella Budzinski; his brother, Edmund Budzinski; and his sister, Linda Johnson.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated September 13 at St. Michael’s R.C. Church, 1130 Brunswick Avenue, Trenton. The Rev. Msgr. James G. Innocenzi officiated. Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to N.J. Special Olympics, 3 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, N.J. 08648 (; or to the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, N.J. 08961 (

Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors. To leave a condolence, please visit

Laura Cava

Laura Marie Maranzano Cava, of Princeton, died August 24.

Born in November of 1916, she was a lifetime resident of New York City until she moved to New Jersey 20 years ago.

A Bohemian in the true sense of the word, she loved art, music, and intellect. She was the epitome of growing old gracefully and in good humor.

Predeceased by her husband, Bob; and her sons, Anthony and Michael; she is survived by her sons, Robert and Daniel; and six grandchildren.

Her family thanks the staff at the Merwick Care Center for making her last months comfortable and for giving her their friendship.

A remembrance of her life will be held on Saturday, September 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.

Vincent J. Cancilla

Vincent J. Cancilla

Vincent Joseph Cancilla, 80, died September 6 at his residence in Princeton.

Born in Erie, Pa., he attended Gannon College where he majored in history. After a short teaching career in Canada, he joined the U.S. Army and served as a medic in Korea. After the war, he attended West Virginia University and received a master’s degree in social work (MSW).

He moved to Pittsburgh where he held a variety of positions in social work. There, he met and married his first wife, Polly Granger, and together they raised two sons, Dale and Charles. The family moved to Highland Park, N.J., where he was the Director of the Middlesex Family Service Association for seventeen years. Later, he joined the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Services and Selfhelp Community Services. He loved his work and derived much satisfaction from helping people.

An ardent traveler to over 40 countries and most of the United States, he and his wife, Earlene, enjoyed meeting and making friends along the way. A quintessential Italian whose family of origin came from Vallelonga, Sicily, he especially loved Italy.

He and Earlene hosted foreign students through the Princeton University International Center for over 25 years. He loved to cook while listening to classical music, and often surprised his wife and guests with fantastic dishes. A master gardener, he spent much time in his yard and enjoyed the outdoors.

Upon the death of his two younger brothers, he became the patriarchal head of his seven nieces’ and nephews’ families.

He is survived by his wife, Earlene; his sons, Dale and Charles; his stepchildren, Jon Baumunk, Denise Crystal, Craig Baumunk, and Joyce Mersereau; and 11 grandchilren.

Graveside services were held September 8 at Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery, Princeton.

Donations may be made in his memory to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. To extend condolences online or share memories in the guest book, please visit

Paul E. Gray

Paul Edward Gray died September 11.

Born in Joliet, Ill. in 1940, he attended the University of Mississippi as an undergraduate and earned his PhD at the University of Virginia in 1964.

A committed journalist for most of his life, he began his career at age 14 at a radio station in Jackson, Miss., and soon graduated to The Clarion Ledger where he wrote obituaries. He also wrote an evaluation of William Faulkner’s work upon that writer’s death.

He taught at Princeton University, where he published a humorous piece in The New Yorker Magazine. In 1973 he left Princeton and began writing for the press section at Time Magazine. He wrote book reviews there for 25 years and many cover stories on a variety of topics. After his retirement in 2001, he contributed to The New Leader and The New York Times.

He is survived by his mother, Erma Gray; his wife, Betsy; two children, Margaret Gray and David Gray; and four grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Brian, Bruce, and Douglas Gray; and a sister, Martha Lovett.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue.

Reno Morandi

Reno Morandi

Reno Morandi, 86, died August 30 of complications from pancreatic cancer and congestive heart failure at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

He was born to Augusta and Ernesto Morandi just outside of Fort Bragg, Calif. on September 6, 1923. A student at Fort Bragg High School, he became president of his class and a member of the football team. In Fort Bragg he met his wife of 63 years, Charolette Mae (Shirley) Mulvahill.

He served in Europe during World War II and graduated with a degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was offered a job with Sunshine Biscuits where he rose to the position of vice president and was later transferred from Oakland to New York in 1964, then on to New Jersey in 1979.

Preceded in death by his daughter, Julie; his brother, Hugo; and his sister, Emma; he is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Hillsborough, N.J.; his sons, Larry, Michael, and Brian; his daughters, Laura Kenerson and Donna Napoli; his sister, Rose Miller; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation supporting pancreatic cancer research at or to The Princeton Healthcare System Oncology Fund.

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