June 12, 2019

Obituaries 6/12/19

Lucienne Pucciarelli Tullo

Lucienne Pucciarelli Tullo, 93, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on Sunday June 2nd.

Lucienne, “Lulu,” was born on February 18th, 1926 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Emile Gariepy and Margaret Cassidy. She is survived by her loving son William Tullo, daughter-in-law Shari, and grandsons Matthew and Michael. Twice widowed, Lucienne was preceded in death by William Tullo and Joseph Pucciarelli. Lucienne was also preceded in death by her four siblings Emile, Emilenne, Therese, and Marcel.

Lulu worked as a nurse’s aide until her retirement in 1993. She loved cooking and playing with her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Her family will hold private services and requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Eden Institute, Serving Children and Adults with Autism, 2 Merwick Road, Princeton NJ 08540.

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


Keith R. Koleno

Keith R. Koleno, 59, of Princeton, passed away on June 7, 2019 at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

He was born in Perth Amboy, raised in Hopelawn, and has resided in Princeton for the last 30 years.
Keith attended Rutgers University and The Chubb Institute for computer programming. He was employed as an administrative supervisor in the computer division with the New Jersey State Judiciary Department for the last 10 years.

Keith was an avid reader and board game collector. He enjoyed challenging board games with family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Anita Koleno.

Surviving are his sisters, Paula Blaze and her husband Stephen of Branchburg, Karen of Hopelawn, and his nieces, Christine and Lauren.

Memorial visitation will be held on June 15, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. at Flynn and Son Funeral Home, 23 Ford Avenue, Fords with a service at 2:30 p.m.

A private cremation was held.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
For directions or to send condolence messages, visit www.flynnfuneral.com.


Dorothy Ruth McCusker

Ruth died June 6, 2019 in Princeton, NJ, aged 94. She was born in Bellaire, OH, to Rev. Boyd McCleary of Amsterdam, NY, and Mabel Kyle of Dunedin, New Zealand.

She spent her summers at Green Lake, NY, and dearly loved the hills and lakes of the area. She attended schools in Bellaire, OH, and Oneonta, NY, and took college classes at Beaver College before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in Education with a specialty in Occupational Therapy. There she met her husband, Joseph Henry McCusker, who predeceased her in 1994.

Her children have fond memories of her picking berries, watching birds, and pouring over books and maps of the history of the Boston area, where she lived for eight years.

Ruth moved to Princeton in 1960 and later entered the workforce at Peterson’s Guides. Her interests in homes soon led her to work for the Princeton Township Engineering Department. She volunteered at the League of Women Voters and at the Princeton Hospital “Fete” where she developed lasting friendships. Her friends treasured Ruth for her wonderful sense of the absurd.

She is survived by her son William McCusker of Sioux Falls, SD; her daughters Kathleen Conard of Gresham, OR, and Nancy McCusker of San Mateo, CA; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 179 Spruce Circle, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Dr. Thomas Allen Buzard

Thomas Allen Buzard, MD, FACS of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully at the age of 86, on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Tom was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on November 1, 1932 and was a native of Brookline, City of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Dormont High School in 1950. He enrolled at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, telling his father that he wanted to attend college there upon first sight, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1954. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. In 2004, he received his alma mater’s highest honor — The Service to Humanity Award.

Tom wanted to be a doctor at any early age, so he could care for others. He graduated from the Temple University School of Medicine in 1958, completed his internship at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, PA, in 1959, and completed his residency in General Surgery at Temple University Medical Center in 1963.

While a Resident at Temple, he met Betty Powers, a Temple nursing student. They were married in March of 1963, and resided in Green Tree, PA, briefly prior to Tom accepting an opportunity to be on the staff at Helene Fuld Hospital in Trenton, NJ, now the Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Buzard shared his professional talents with dignity and humility throughout his career. In addition to running his private surgical practice, he served as both Vice President and President of the Medical Staff over a four-year period, was Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Surgery Department for three terms each, was Chief of Surgery for three terms, was the founding Director of Trauma Surgery which he served for five years, and was Chairman and member of multiple Board Committees. As the inaugural Director of Trauma Surgery, Dr. Buzard took great pride in helping to build the hospital system’s first Trauma Program, which is flourishing today.

Tom was a nurturing, always-providing husband, father, and grandfather. A resident of Princeton since 1968, he was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. He was a member of the Springdale Golf Club, and was a faithful member of Nassau Presbyterian Church for 48 years where he served on the Session and was Chair of the Finance Committee. Tom savored travel and enjoyed annual summer visits to his beloved Stone Harbor, NJ, with his family.
His greatest joy was his family with whom he shared many happy memories together. Dr. Buzard is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Betty Powers Buzard; his three children, Thomas Buzard Jr. and wife Arlene of Franklin Park, PA; Lisa Vande Yacht and husband Troy of Milwaukee, WI; and Robert Buzard and wife Karen of Newport, RI; and seven grandchildren, Audrey, Elaine, and Mark Buzard; Mason and Connor Vande Yacht; and Thomas John (T.J.) and William Buzard.

A Memorial Visitation will be held at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ, on Thursday, June 20th from 6–8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, on Friday, June 21st at 11 a.m. with a reception at 12 p.m. All are welcome.

Many heartfelt thanks to the physicians, administrative leaders, and staff at Capital Health Regional Medical Center for their wonderful loving care and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Capital Health System (www.capitalhealth.org/donate) and/or Arm in Arm, who help feed, shelter, and employ people of Trenton, NJ (www.arminarm.org).