August 28, 2013

Obituaries 8/28/13

Obit Campbell 8-28-13Consuelo Bland Campbell

Consuelo Bland Campbell, age 84, died August 23, 2013 in Princeton.

Born in Washington, D.C., she spent her early childhood and summers in Culpeper, Va., her mother’s family home. Consuelo later resided in Princeton for nearly 80 years. She was educated at Witherspoon School for Colored Children and Princeton High School. Consuelo worked as a buyer and salesperson for H.P. Clayton’s Dry Goods Store in Palmer Square for many years.

Consuelo was a member of the following churches, lodges, and organizations: Member and ordained deacon and elder of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church; member and chair of many committees at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, including the original Verse Speaking Choir; Past Worthy Matron, Aaron Chapter #8 Order of the Eastern Star of Princeton, serving as secretary for many years; daughter of Isis, Kufu Court #118 in Princeton; board member at Princeton Nursery School, Princeton Arts Council, and Princeton Senior Resource Center; held memberships at the Church of Women United, Presbyterian Women of the New Brunswick Presbytery, Elizabeth Taylor Byrd Fund, John-Witherspoon Civic Association, YWCA, United Way, Dorothea’s House, and Princeton Public Library; served as a volunteer at Princeton Hospital.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Clara M. Banks, and husband, Floyd J. Campbell.

Consuelo is survived by five children: Daphne C. Williams, Sharon N. Campbell, F. Bruce Campbell (Winifred), Lynette E. Campbell, Mark P. Campbell (Marcia Erazo); eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins and friends.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Calling hours will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church. Interment will be held at the Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday, August 30, 2013, at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church. Organizational service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church and/or the Clara-Gano Fund (grants to organizations providing enrichments opportunities to families with children) of the Philadelphia Foundation, 1234 Market Street, Suite 1800, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home in Trenton.


Obit Bleiman 8-28-13Yvonne Bleiman

Yvonne Bleiman transitioned from her mortal body on August 20, 2013, after suffering from severe injuries after being struck by a car as she was crossing the street with a friend. She left us while experiencing unconditional love from those closest to her and while embracing all those forms of religion, spiritualism, and mysticism that will support her on her journey and assist her continued watchfulness over her family and friends.

Yvonne arrived in Princeton with her husband, Junius “Jay” Bleiman and her daughter, Rebecca Anne, in 1966 after living in Athens, Greece. The most important part of her will always be here with us, while the molecules and atoms of her existence will be buried alongside her adoring husband, Jay, at West Point where they had met in 1959 one fateful night at the officer’s club where she was serving as a military nurse/officer.

Like the bird, the heron, which she admired and was inspired by through her interest in Native American mythology, she too was the essence of a free spirit. A true artist, she had the ability to accomplish things in ways that others may not, and possessed a confidence in her uniqueness. She was gifted with the physical, mental, and emotional powers of balance and adaptability, self-reliance and determination, and was not easily swayed by the opinions of others. She trusted her own instincts and, in the end and forever, symbolized transformation and a peace within the changing.

We will miss the grace and beauty that only she could have brought to the world and taken with her to the hereafter. Her daughter, Rebecca, her grandchildren, Olivia and Jay, and her brothers, “Skip” and Bob Nelson of Seattle and her partner Greg Moore will continue to celebrate her life and greet her in all they see — trees, flowers, birds, butterflies, clouds, animals — and in everything else that is beautiful, special, and vulnerable.

Yvonne was not one to believe in obituaries and when reflecting on what she wanted when her final journey arrived, she shared with her daughter to let all of you to know that “it was fun!” A small memorial tribute will be held on September 15.

Donations can be made to the Rock Brook School 109 Orchard St. Skillman, N.Y. 08558 where Yvonne had been a teacher for many years.


Ann Goeke Raas

Ann Goeke Raas, 62, passed away peacefully on August 24at her home in Pottersville, N.J.

She was born and raised in Princeton, the daughter of Richard and Ann Goeke. Ann attended Villa Victoria Academy, graduated from the University of Dayton, and later earned a Master’s Degree in English at Kean University.

Ann spent 10 years as an English teacher at Roselle Park, Bernardsville, and Chatham high schools before beginning a successful career as a pharmaceutical copywriter and editor. Building her expertise over several years at the Harrington Group, Ann went on to start her own business — Final Version LLC — specializing in medical marketing. An avid reader and Scrabble enthusiast, Ann will be remembered as a highly motivated individual who was a kind and gentle spirit. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, and spending summers at Tanglewood, Mass. taking in classical music.

She is survived by Scott, her loving husband of 33 years; her children, Alyssa and James; her mother, Ann Goeke; her brother and his wife, Charles and Carol Goeke; and Scott’s parents, Bill and Judy Raas. She will be fondly remembered by many other family members and friends.

A gathering will be held on Thursday, August 29, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Layton Funeral Home at 475 Main St. Bedminster, N.J. A service will be held on Friday, August 30, at 10 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church at 2 Lees Hill Rd. New Vernon, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that individuals donate blood to their local blood bank or make a donation to the American Association of University Women – AAUW Somerset Hills, PO Box 5, Basking Ridge, N.J. 07920.


Evelyn Elizabeth Mueller

Evelyn Elizabeth Mueller, formerly of Princeton, died August 21, 2013, in Hightstown. She was 98. Mrs. Mueller was born March 5, 1915, in Everett, Mass., to Ernest Clinton Phillips and Sarah Elizabeth (MacNeal), the first of three children.

She graduated from Framingham State College with a BS in Education in 1937 and worked as a dietician for four years in the Boston, Mass. area. On June 5, 1941, she married Dr. Charles William Mueller, and shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Princeton. Mrs. Mueller spent the rest of her life in Princeton, working and enjoying the community.

A wife, mother, and homemaker, Mrs. Mueller did volunteer work with the Medical Center at Princeton, the Red Cross, the Cub Scouts, the Women’s Club, the Present Day Club, the Women’s College Club of Princeton, and her church, St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church.

In 1964-65, under the sponsorship of the American Field Service, the Muellers served as host parents for a Brazilian student, Francisco Soares, who became part of the family and with whom Mrs. Mueller communicated for years.

Mrs. Mueller’s hobbies included reading, gardening, needlework, and painting. She was devoted to her family and many friends.

Mrs. Mueller was preceded in death by her brother, Edwin James Phillips, her parents, Ernest and Sarah Phillips, and her sister, Virginia Marie Phillips Jones, all of Massachusetts. She was preceded in death, as well, by her husband, Charles William Mueller, in 2005.

She is survived by sons Edwin, of Portland, Ore., and Lawrence, of Durango, Colo., grandchildren Kristen Mueller, of London, U.K., Elizabeth and Jesse Mueller, of Durango, and beloved niece, Sarah Anne Jones, of Hull, Mass.

Private graveside services were held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 in Princeton Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton.

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