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Vol. LXI, No. 39
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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Sallie B. Goodman

Rose L. Williams

Mary Federico

Thelma Young

Julius Persicketti

Stephen J. Wiener

Marie Vaccaro

Memorial Service for Joseph Boyd

Memorial Service for Bohdan Paczynski

Sallie B. Goodman

Sallie B. Goodman

Sallie B. Goodman, 78, of Princeton, a presence in the Princeton theater community for more than 40 years, died September 18 at the University Medical Center at Princeton. The cause was non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Born Sallie Cullen Brophy in Phoenix, Ariz., she was the daughter of Frank Cullen Brophy and Sallie Blake. She had an early interest in theater, graduating from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in 1950. Her subsequent arrival in New York coincided with the “golden age” of live television, and she appeared in many episodes of programs of that era: Ben Casey, Medic, The Fugitive, The U.S. Steel Hour, and the Dick Powell Theater. In 1958 she starred in a Western series called Buckskin. She also played a featured role in the Oscar-winning film The Children’s Hour, starring Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn.

She married George J. W. Goodman in 1961. They lived in California while he wrote the screenplay to his novel The Wheeler Dealers; she continued with acting roles. Following their move to Princeton in 1965, she began to direct student productions at Princeton University’s Murray Dodge Theater. Several of her students went on to careers in the theater. Dan Berkowitz hosted the popular Princeton Cabaret for a number of years; John Vennema was recently seen in Emily Mann’s Mrs. Packard at McCarter Theater; and Bill Hootkins, now deceased, was one of the starship pilots in Star Wars.

Ms. Goodman taught acting and theater at Rider College for 20 years, directing A Streetcar Named Desire and As You Like It, among others. She also directed an off Broadway production of Joyce Carol Oates’ Presque Isle.

She also worked as a consultant in public speaking for individuals and corporations, using a video camera and instant replay techniques to illustrate her points. Her clients included several U.S. Senators. She specialized in helping architects prepare their presentations for major bids.

After her retirement, she became a practicing Buddhist, which led her to five years of volunteer work with the Princeton Hospice.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, George; two children, Mark of Newton, Mass. and Susannah of Washington, D. C.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service at the Berlind Theater is planned at a date to be announced.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The Sallie Goodman Memorial at McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton 08540.

Rose L. Williams

Rose Lamantia Williams, 90, of Princeton, died September 18 peacefully at home. She would have celebrated her 91st birthday on October 3.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she lived in Princeton until her marriage, at which time she moved to Colonia, N.J. She returned to Princeton after the death of her husband.

During World War II she worked at General Motors as part of the war effort, assembling Avenger airplanes. She took great pride in identifying herself as “Rosie the Riveter.” Later she worked in retail shops in Princeton, ending her career as a buyer in the gift department of Bamberger’s in Menlo Park.

She was the daughter of the late James and Teresa Tassone Lamantia, step-daughter of the late Frank Burratti, wife of the late Henry F. Williams, and sister of the late Anna Boccanfuso. She is survived by a son, Walter Williams, and grandson Nicholas of Iselin; and a sister with whom she resided, Catherine Cirullo.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated September 20 at St. Paul’s Church. Burial followed in Clover Leaf Memorial Park, Woodbridge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 529, Princeton 08542; or to Trust Fund for Nicholas Williams, c/o Fran Jones, 537 Drexel Avenue, Lawrenceville 08648.

Arrangements were by the Kimble Funeral Home.

Mary Federico

Mary Federico, 97, of Princeton, died September 21 at home.

Born in Trenton, she was a Princeton resident for most of her life.

She was the wife of the late Sante N. Federico and mother of the late Margaret Ann Federico. She is survived by four daughters, Betty Pilenza of Princeton, Eleanor Pirone of Princeton, Mary Rodkey of Yardville, and Judith Federico of San Francisco, Calif.; two sons, Samuel Federico Jr. and Richard Federico, both of Princeton; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today, September 26 at St. Paul’s Church. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542.

Arrangements are by the Kimble Funeral Home.

Thelma Young

Thelma C. Young, 93, of Sun City West, Arizona, formerly of Princeton, died September 10 at Grandview Health Center, Sun City West.

Born in Covington, Indiana, she was a born singer, performing from a very young age for family and friends and entering the University of Illinois Voice Performance Department on full scholarship in 1932.

She married her Rossville, Illinois, High School sweetheart, Wilbur Young, in 1935 and they moved to Princeton, where he began work as a financial officer at Princeton University. During the following 45 years, Mrs. Young was active not only as a singer but also in community activities such as the Princeton Music Club, Princeton Garden Club, and Princeton Board of Education, which she served as president for several years. She was also on the board of the Princeton Boychoir School.

She also worked as business manager at Miss Fine’s School and later as a teacher of music at Princeton Day School.

After moving to Sun City West in 1980, she continued her musical activities as a soprano soloist and choir director at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, and as a member of the Sun Cities Symphonic Chorus.

Preceded in death by her son William in 1969 and her daughter Jane in 2007, she is survived by her husband, Wilbur; a son, Steven Young; a daughter, Mary Bragado; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held September 16 at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, Sun City West.

Memorial contributions may be made to the music program at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, 13658 West Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, Ariz.

Arrangements were by the Camino del Sol Funeral Chapel, 13738 West Camino del Sol, Sun City West, Ariz. 85375.

Julius Persicketti

Julius Persicketti, 74, of Hamilton, died September 15 at home after a brief illness, surrounded by his family. He was a master shoe repairman who owned and operated John’s Shoe Repair in Princeton for 35 years until his retirement six weeks ago.

Born in Trenton, he had been a longtime resident of Hamilton.

He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, enjoyed auto racing in his leisure time, and was a dog lover.

Son of the late Carmine and Marietta Persicketti, he is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dolores Persicketti; a son, Joseph; a daughter, Debra Eisenbeil; his sisters and brothers, Ann Orsi, Katherine Grianbone, Dominick Persicketti and John Persicketti, all of Hamilton, and Mary Dunbar of York, Maine; and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his good friends and neighbors Robert and Melba Selmon, Joe Shargo, Helen Shargo, Ozzie and Ingrid Mazoriegos, all of Hamilton, and Kim Oaties of Princeton.

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton.

Arrangements were by the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square.

Stephen J. Wiener

Stephen Jeffrey Wiener, 52, of West Windsor, died suddenly September 21 at home. Born in Queens, N.Y., he lived in New Hyde, N.Y. before moving to West Windsor Township 14 years ago.

A graduate of The State University of New York at Buffalo, he obtained his master’s degree from Manhattan College. He was employed for 30 years with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, rising to assistant chief mechanical engineer.

In 1998, he founded and coached the Lady Hawks Woman’s Basketball League in West Windsor. He also coached recreational soccer, basketball, and softball, as well as travel basketball and soccer teams.

Son of the late Bernard S. Wiener and brother of the late Barbara Kaminsky, he is survived by his wife, Barbara K. (Johnson) Wiener; his mother, Gertrude (Appel) Wiener of Monroe Township; and three daughters, Samantha Wiener of Woodbine, Md. and Stefanie and Brooke Wiener at home.

The funeral was September 23 at the Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton. Interment was in Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2550 Route 1, North Brunswick, N.J. 08902-4301.

Shiva was observed at the residence on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Marie Vaccaro

Marie Vaccaro of Princeton died September 6 at Compassionate Care Hospice, St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton.

Born in Trenton in 1940, she spent her childhood on a farm in Hopewell.

She was a graduate of Barry University, Miami, Fla., where she earned a B.A. in elementary education. She taught for nine years in Florida before moving back to New Jersey, at which time she joined Bristol-Myers Squibb.

She was a “modern day evangelist” who displayed her faith by marching against abortion, making pilgrimages, and trying to shepherd individuals back to the Catholic faith. She had a steadfast devotion to the Blessed Virgin, believed in Mary’s intercession through the rosary, relied on divine providence, and trusted divine mercy.

Predeceased by her parents, James and Mildred Vaccaro, and a brother, Jim, she is survived by three brothers, Joe, David, and John; and three sisters, Millie Ann Clancey, Margaret Slugocki, and Jeanne Hassell.

Her family wishes to thank Compassionate Care Hospice for the care they gave Marie, and Bristol-Myers Squib for all the volunteers who took her to her many treatments.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated September 10 at St. Paul’s Church. Interment was in Highland Cemetery, Hopewell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 6th Floor Tower, St. Francis Medical Center, 601 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton 08629; or to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home.

Memorial Service for Joseph Boyd

A memorial for Joseph Boyd, who died August 9, will be held at the Princeton Public Library on Witherspoon Street this Sunday, September 30 at 2 p.m.

Memorial Service for Bohdan Paczynski

A memorial service for Princeton University astrophysicist Bohdan Paczynski will be held this Friday, September 28 at 3 p.m. in the Princeton University Chapel.

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