September 12, 2012

Obituaries 9/12/12

Rose DiFalco

Rose DiFalco, 86, of Princeton, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, August 31, 2012. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she had been a resident of Princeton since 1966. Rose was a member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, the Altar Rosary Society, and past president of the Princeton Italian-American Sportsman Club Ladies Auxiliary. Rose was an avid traveler, enjoyed cooking, and most of all, spending time with her family.

Daughter of the late Vincent Fasano and Elena Fasano-Picariello, sister of the late Antonette Fasano, she is survived by her husband of 57 years Charles DiFalco, a son and daughter-in-law Louis and Darlene DiFalco, two daughters and a son-in-law, Elena and Antonino Russo, and Vincenzina DiFalco. She was the beloved grandmother of Vincent, Matthew, Anthony, and Jennifer Rose.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, September 4, at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church. Entombment followed in the Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad P.O. Box 529, Princeton, N.J. 08542 or St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540.


George O. Isaacson

George O. Isaacson died peacefully on August 31,2012. He leaves this world in the way he lived it, with dignity, courage, respect, and kindness. He was the much loved husband to Joan Isaacson (formally Israelit), dearest father of Laurie Domers, Steven Isaacson, and Stacie Isaacson, and the sweetest grandfather to Ashley Domers, Alli Domers, Sydney Isaacson, and Olivia Isaacson.

Dr. Isaacson practiced dentistry in Princeton, for many years including over 20 years with his son Steven. Supported by his mother and father Celia and Harry Isaacson and brothers Bernie, Danny, and Marty, George was able to attend dental school in Philadelphia, Pa. He graduated in 1954 from Temple University Dental School. While in dental school, he was a member of Alpha Omega Fraternity, the Kolmer Honorary Medical Society, and the James Society of Oral Pathology. After dental school, he entered the Air Force as a First Lieutenant for two years stationed in Sacramento, Calif. In 1956 he opened a dental practice with his brother Danny. He and his brother co-authored an important text on fixed prosthodontics. After a number of years, he was able to open his own practice in Princeton. Over the years of practice, he gained many honors in his field. He lectured in front of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, and even gave a lecture in mainland, China. He taught dentistry part time at the University of Pennsylvania from 1962-1980. He became a fellow of the American College of Dentists in 1994. He leaves behind numerous past patients who revere him and often state, “Dr. George saved my mouth”.

George was very active in sports throughout his life. In his high school years, he played basketball for Trenton High. He also enjoyed tennis and golf and was a member of Greenacres Country Club for many years. He was an avid stamp, coin, and fine arts collector. Most of all, he was a family man who cherished his time with loved ones.

Funeral services were on Tuesday at 1 p.m., Har Sinai Temple 2421 Pennington Road, Pennington. Burial followed at Ewing Cemetery, Har Sinai section, Scotch Road, Ewing. The period of mourning was observed Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the home of Steven Isaacson and Laura Lichstein, 14 East Shore Drive, Princeton. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Funeral arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ.


Owen E. Desmond

Owen E. Desmond III, 77, of Skillman and a fifty-year resident of Princeton, died peacefully on Thursday morning August, 24, at home with his family.

Born in Racine, Wisconsin, July 19, 1935 to Florence (Burns) and Owen E. Desmond Jr., he graduated from the University of Notre Dame (1957), and from the Columbia University graduate school of business (1961). From 1957–59 he served as a 2nd Lt. in the Army, stationed in South Korea. He spent the majority of his working career in New York City in financial services, primarily institutional research and sales.

A member of the Pretty Brook Club and the University Club of New York, Mr. Desmond was an active member of the Princeton community. Most recently, he was a volunteer at Princeton Hospital, where he gave over 5,000 hours of service. He was a Eucharistic Minister for St. Paul’s Church serving parishioners in Princeton Hospital as well as the homebound.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol O’Brien Desmond; a sister, Katherine D. Hoesel (Walter) of Duvall, Washington; a brother Michael B. Desmond of Boston, Mass.; his daughter Anne C. Desmond of Princeton, and her children Owen Ristic (9) and Deirdre Ristic (5); His son, and daughter in law, Owen E. (Ned) and Kristina H. Desmond of Wellesley, Mass, and their three children: Jackson (11), Maja (9), and Tyler (5).

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Owen’s memory can be made to: the Princeton Hospice Program, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Chest Diseases Center, c/o Office of Development, 654 West 170th St., N.Y.C, N.Y. 10032, Attn. Allison Yessin.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Anne Hulme Vierno

Anne Hulme Vierno passed away, September 1, 2012 at Stonebridge at Montgomery Retirement Community after a brief illness.

Anne was born in Swarthmore, Pa, and moved to Clearwater, Fla. where she lived, after meeting and marrying, H. H. Baskin, Jr.

Anne later moved to Princeton and met her loving husband, Ralph A. Vierno, with whom she was married 38 wonderful years.

Anne graduated from the University of Delaware, and after moving to Princeton from Florida, Anne worked for many years at the Educational Testing Service. She was an avid reader, loved playing bridge, and was a member of the College Club of Princeton, the Princeton Day Club, and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Florida. Anne volunteered for many years at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton.

Anne is survived by her husband of 38 years, Ralph A. Vierno; two daughters, Elisabeth Hulme Ashby, recently widowed from her loving husband, Philip K. Ashby, Victoria Baskin-Smith and son-in-law, Theodore (Ted); and her son, Hamden H. Baskin, III and daughter-in-law, Robyn; step-daughter, Michele Ciganek and son-in-law, Bill; and three grandchildren, Theodore B. (Teddy), Rachel and Randall. Anne is also survived by her two brothers, Norman and Robert Hulme, and her sister, Terry Merrick and many loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at

2 p.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542. On the memo line please reference “In Memory of Anne Vierno”.