April 27, 2016

obit L Joan Goodman_MedL. Joan Goodman

L. Joan Goodman (nee Mehltretter) of Lawrenceville, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, three weeks shy of her 80th birthday.

Born in New York City, she was raised on Staten Island by her foster parents, Vincent and Minnie Ernst and their daughter Anna. She graduated first in her class from both St. Sylvester’s school (in 1950) and New Dorp High School (in 1954). She received a scholarship to the College of New Rochelle and graduated cum magna in 1958. After two years as an Ursuline novitiate, she decided to return to secular life and earned her master’s of arts from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

Joan first taught high school English at Northwestern Senior High School in Prince George’s County, Md., but spent the last 26 years of her career at Princeton High School in Princeton. She became a well-loved and respected institution known as “JG” there. Students did not take her courses to get an easy “A”, but to learn how to write well. She also advised the award-winning student newspaper, The Tower, for ten years, staunchly defending its freedom of press when necessary.

After retiring in 1999, Joan, always a social activist, kept incredibly busy with extensive volunteer, church, and charity work. She also began to travel, ultimately visiting more than 70 countries. When her grandchildren arrived she made regular trips to see them in between their visits to her. She was an avid reader, and never drove anywhere without a “Books On Tape” playing. She loved to be outdoors, walking and bicycling year-round, and cross-country skiing whenever possible.

Joan is survived by her two beloved sons, John V. Goodman and his wife Dorota Bulik of Malden, Mass.; and Christopher J. Goodman and his wife Kim of Round Rock, Tex.; her three grandchildren, Nicolas, Maya, and Theo; her brother Albert Holtje and his wife Anita of Staten Island, N.Y.; her sisters Irene Lamprecht of San Antonio, Tex. and Jennie Coins of Harlingen, Tex.; her ex-husband James A. Goodman of Princeton; many nieces and nephews; other family, dear friends, and former students; and her cherished cats Kami and Zeke.

Joan’s funeral mass was at the Church of St. Ann in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, April 26, and she was interred at Lawrenceville Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders or the Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.


Timothy C. Hull

Timothy C. Hull, 64 years young, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016.

Born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Tim lived the last 40 years in Princeton. Once a master carpenter, Tim moved to Princeton to be with his wife, Martha and daughter, Valerie in 1979. He retired in 2012 from the Township of Montgomery where he was employed for almost 30 years.

Tim loved to travel the U.S.A., loved history, was an avid fisherman, a wonderful carpenter, had an excellent sense of humor, and enjoyed a clever crossword puzzle.

Tim is survived by his wife, Martha F. Stockton; daughter Valerie Stockton Petredis; 2 grandchildren, Dorian Nikzad (5) and Lillie Nikzad (3); his brother Michael Hull and wife Mary, brother Tod Hull, and a step-mother Linda Hull.

A quiet family service will be held over the summer. In lieu of flowers please think about Tim when you make a contribution to your favorite charity. He loved Trout Unlimited or Ducks Unlimited but any nature-oriented charity would please him.

April 20, 2016

Obit Martin 4-20-16Shirley Martin

Shirley Jean Carter Martin, a resident of Belle Mead, N.J. for 50 years, passed away at home on April 12, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was born on April 19, 1931 in Sayre, Pennsylvania to Carl A. and Marion S. Carter. Her sister, Helen Louise Carter Templer and both parents predeceased her.

 Shirley graduated from Laceyville High School and Robert Packer School of Nursing in 1952. Upon graduation she worked at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Morristown Memorial, BrainBio Center in Skillman, and Ingersoll-Rand in Painted Post, N.Y. where she met and married Arthur I. Martin. She enjoyed her nursing career so much and always said it enabled her to have many wonderful experiences throughout her life.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Art, of 58 years; her daughter Debbie and husband Bob Joslin; and her son Wade and wife, Lee Ann. Her grandchildren Matthew, Rachel, Emma, Kelly, Zach, and grand-dog Maggie will always be surrounded by her love and were her greatest joy.

Shirley was active in many organizations throughout her life and was supportive of public education through her involvement with the Montgomery P.T.A., Montgomery Athletic Boosters, and Montgomery Township Education Foundation. She was a co-founder of the Girl Scouts program in Montgomery Township. In later years, Shirley enjoyed her activities with the Present Day Club, DAR, and HomeFront.

A passion for travel took her to all corners of the globe but her favorite place was Grand Cayman. Long Beach Island was her domestic destination for summers with her children and grandchildren. Quality time with her family made each gathering special for each of us.

Shirley’s family visited with friends at Cherry Valley Country Club, Hobler House on Saturday, April 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. and a Celebration of Life was held at the Harlingen Reformed Church on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Shirley’s memory to the HomeFront Playground, which is being constructed at their new facility in Ewing. Donations can be sent to HomeFront, 1880 Princeton Ave, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 to the attention of Connie Mercer (playground act).


Junior Van Skillman

Junior Van Skillman, 87, of Princeton died Sunday, April 17, 2016 at home. Born in Princeton, he was a lifelong resident. Junior was the owner for many years of Morris Maple and Son in Princeton. He was a member of Princeton Fire Company #1.

Son of the late William Henry and Lida (Vanmater) Skillman; father of the late Lynn Simpson, William Skillman; he is survived by 2 sons Jeffrey and Michael Skillman; and a daughter Heidi Skillman.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

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


Obit Hernquist 4-20-16Thyra Hildegard Hernquist

Thyra Hildegard Hernquist, 95, passed away on Saturday April 16, 2016 at The University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro after a brief illness.

She is survived by her three children Lars Hernquist of Lexington, Massachusetts; Thomas Hernquist of Seattle, Washington; and Ingrid Hernquist of Princeton. Thyra is also survived by 7 grandchildren.

She was born in Västra Strö, Sweden on February 18, 1921 and was one of 10 children. Thyra was married to Karl G. Hernquist in 1949 and together they moved to the United States in 1952. She supported Karl in his career at RCA where he worked for 34 years. While at RCA, Karl became a world renowned physicist in the area of gas lasers. He received over 35 patents and numerous awards while at RCA. Thrya and Karl became residents of Princeton in 1952, and she received her U.S. citizenship in 1957. She was married to Karl Hernquist for 65 years until his passing in 2014.

Thyra was a dedicated mother and devoted wife. She believed strongly in providing an education for her children. Lars received his PhD in astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology; Thomas received his MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business; and Ingrid received her JD degree from Rutgers.

Thyra was an avid swimmer and swam a mile a day until the age of about 90. She worked at Princeton’s YMCA for many years as a swim instructor and lifeguard. She also loved nature and was an active bird watcher and botanist. Thyra and Karl enjoyed traveling together and visited many countries on multiple continents during their lives.

In 1971 Thyra received a Certificate of Recognition from the American National Red Cross for saving the life of a young boy as the result of a skating accident on Carnegie Lake in Princeton.

A memorial service will be held at Stone Hill Church 1025 Bunn Dr., Princeton, NJ on April 23rd at noon. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Alternatives, Inc., 600 First Avenue Raritan, NJ 08869 are appreciated.


Obit Wyckoff 4-20-16Joan Blanche Wyckoff

Joan Blanche Wyckoff died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Arbor Terrace Assisted Living facility in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Born in Orange, N.J. on January 9, 1931, she was a long time resident of Princeton Junction where she resided with her now deceased husband, Harry Wyckoff.

Joan was employed as an office manager by Manpower Inc. in Princeton. She also worked as a director of a local day care for over 15 years. After retirement, Joan enjoyed going to the local senior center where she socialized with friends and played cards.

She is survived by two sons, Richard H. Ernst and wife Mary Ann of Ponte Vedra, Florida; Harry Ernst of Ewing; a daughter, Beth Allen, of Vineland, NJ; 2 step sons Geoff Wyckoff and wife, Donna, of Titusville, NJ; and Hank Wyckoff and wife, Karen, of Hawaii; nine grandchildren, Robert, Michael, Bradley, Tara, Brittany, Courtney, Justin, Ben, and Ruth; four great grandchildren, Jacob, Jayden, Audrina, and Arielle; three sisters, Ellanore Lange of Washington State, Barbara Endiso of Kenilworth, NJ, and Lois Lombardi of West Orange, NJ; along with many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton; on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Haven Hospice (Suite 119), 8301 Cypress Plaza Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

April 13, 2016

Lewis Charles Kleinhans III

Lewis Charles Kleinhans III, in his 86th year, passed away peacefully with his family in attendance on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Litchfield County, Conn.

Born on June 3, 1930 in Essex County, N.J. to Lewis Charles Kleinhans II and Elizabeth Cotheal Andrews Kleinhans, he was a retired vice president of Chemical Bank. Lewis was educated at Princeton Country Day School, the Hotchkiss School (’49) and Princeton University (’53). He was a cheerful and energetic man who truly loved his life. Lewis enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially those taking place on the water.

He was a member of the Metropolitan Club, the Edgartown Reading Room, the Edgartown Yacht Club, and the Litchfield Country Club, where he enjoyed sailing, golfing, bridge, backgammon, and the occasional game of tennis.

Lewis volunteered for the YMCA of Red Bank, N.J., spearheading the fundraising, design, and construction. He also wrote for the Princeton Alumni Weekly on behalf of his father’s class of 1925.

Lewis is survived by his wife Lucie Guernsey Kleinhans; his two sisters, Susan VanWyck Gilbertson and Cotheal Linnell; his two sons, Lewis Charles Kleinhans IV and Daniel Bayard Kleinhans; and his daughter Jacqueline Andrews Kleinhans. Four grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Hotchkiss School, 11 Interlaken Road, Lakeville, CT 06039.


Lincoln Ekstrom

Lincoln Ekstrom, age 83, a research chemist and environmental scientist, died on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Robert Wood Johnston Hospital in New Brunswick.

Lincoln was born in Providence, Rhode Island on August 21, 1932, the son of Claus Emanuel Ekstrom and Marjorie Robertson Ekstrom. He graduated from the Peddie School in 1949, received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1953, and his PhD from MIT in 1957. He was the husband of Ruth Burt Ekstrom, whom he married in 1957. He is survived by his wife and numerous cousins.

Lincoln moved to Princeton in 1957 when he became a member of the technical staff at RCA Laboratories. There he worked on III-V semiconductors, thermoelectric materials, magnetic materials, and materials related to the Videodisc project. He was a member of the team receiving the David Sarnoff Outstanding Achievement Award for developing high temperature thermoelectric materials. He also received RCA Laboratories Achievement Awards for work on magnetic materials and on photoconductor materials.

Later Lincoln worked as staff scientist for an environmental consulting firm in Matawan, New Jersey. His projects there included environmental work prior to the construction of the Secaucus Railroad Transfer Station as well as a number of other projects throughout New Jersey.

Lincoln was the author of numerous professional articles and held several patents. He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemists; he was a member of the American Chemical Society.

Active in Brown University alumni activities, Lincoln served as president of the Brown Club of Central New Jersey during the 1960s. He also chaired the local Brown Alumni Admissions Committee for many years. Lincoln was proud of his Swedish heritage; he was a member of the Swedish Colonial Society and the American Swedish Historical Museum. He was a member of the Nassau Club.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, Vermont. Contributions in Lincoln’s memory may be made to the Peddie School, 201 South Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520-3349 or to The Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellowship Fund, Brown University, PO Box 1877, Providence, RI 02912.


Obit Love 4-13-16Anne Murrey Love

Anne Love of Princeton, passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on April 5, 2016.

Anne Elizabeth Murrey was born at home September 3, 1921 in Gallatin, Tennessee, one of 5 children. Her mother, Ruth Harrell Murrey was a homemaker and her father, John Woodall Murrey, a prominent lawyer and judge. She had a wonderful childhood growing up in the South with great, early memories of riding in a cart pulled by a goat, receiving a horse for graduation, and campaigning with her father when he ran for U.S. Senate in the early 1930s.

After graduating from Sullins College, Anne moved to New York City where she met Jim Love. The two married in 1944 and moved to Princeton in 1946 to start a family. They enjoyed a very active life in the Princeton community. Anne served as a member of the Altar Guild at Trinity Church, volunteered at Princeton Hospital and was a committee member for the annual Hospital Fete; was a member of the Present Day Club and the Contemporary Garden Club; and loved playing golf at Springdale.

Anne worked for the Gallop Organization when they first moved to Princeton. After raising her four children, she returned to work in real estate becoming a top seller, working well into her 80s. She loved selling real estate in Princeton and especially enjoyed the friendships she developed throughout her successful career.

Anne and Jim were married for 64 years until his death in 2008. He was the love of her life and favorite dance partner. After his passing, she became an avid knitter, giving away her homemade hats and scarves to family, friends, doctors, and caregivers. She relished her Tuesday bridge games and looked forward to her Thursday night cocktail parties, which she hosted for neighbors and friends. She read the newspaper daily, was a diehard Phillies fan and consistently beat her daughters in double solitaire — “even with one bad eye,” she would say! She loved to be outdoors and took special delight arranging flowers, nurturing her orchids, and feeding and watching the hummingbirds on her patio. Anne loved her kids and truly adored her grandkids. Never wanting to miss a party, last fall she attended two of her granddaughter’s weddings, one requiring an 11-hour car ride to North Carolina where she made a splash at all the gatherings. She was the quintessential southern hostess and her home was open to all. Even at the age of 94, she was never “old” and lived each day with laughter and a positive, bright spirit.

Anne is survived by her son Allyn Love and wife Maggie of Raleigh, North Carolina; daughters Lisa Love and husband Jan Blazewski; Cindy Pearce and husband Tom all of Lawrenceville; Cathy Love and husband Bill Mezey of Berwyn, Pennsylvania; grandchildren Katie Pearce, Alex Mezey, Taylor Scott, Meghan Blazewski, Mollie Parlini, Charlie Jones; and beloved nieces and nephews in Tennessee and Kentucky.

A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey. Burial will be private under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.


Obit Hegedus 4-13-16Alan K. Hegedus

A Memorial Service for Alan K. Hegedus, age 79 of Worthington, Ohio will be held Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home in Worthington.

Mr. Hegedus was born on April 4, 1937 in Richeyville, Pennsylvania to the late Steve and Cathryn Marie (Matheson) Hegedus. He died Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at his home in Worthington.

Alan is survived by his children Bob (Lori) Hegedus of Columbus, Ohio. Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.


Obit Mernagh 4-13-16Myra A. Mernagh

Myra A. Mernagh passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 2, 2016 with her devoted daughter Nancy at her side. She was a young 93. Mom was the sweetest person and best mother in the world, and she was loved by everyone who knew her. We celebrate her life with every breath we take. She is now at peace in the arms of God, her beloved husband of 70 years, and her cherished mother. Mom asked that the following be used as her obituary, and that it be left in her own words.

I was born to Blanche E. (Kellogg) Stocking and J. Lee Stocking on March 17, 1923 in Akron, Ohio. I had an older brother, Milan Stocking, who preceded me in death many years ago. I loved playing many different sports, but my passion was tennis. After graduation from North High School in Akron, I got a job at the Dime Savings Bank. It was during this time that I met Harry C. Mernagh and we fell in love. Because this was also the time of World War II, Harry made the decision to enlist in the Army; as so many of our brave American men and women did. After three years he returned from Italy and we were married on August 12, 1945. While we were on our honeymoon the war ended just two days later on August 14. This was the best wedding present ever! After our first daughter Janet was born, we moved to Princeton so Harry could attend Westminster Choir College on the GI Bill. Our other two daughters, Nancy and Joanne, were born in Princeton. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1952, Harry got a job at Educational Testing Service (ETS) while he was working on his graduate degree. That job turned into a 35 year career with ETS. I also worked at ETS for many years until I retired in 1988.

Harry and I enjoyed traveling, wintering at our home in Florida, golfing, taking long bike rides, and just being together. Our ashes will be put to rest at Princeton Cemetery. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to All Saints’ Church in Princeton, or to a charity of your choice.

I am blessed to be survived by my loving daughters, Janet Bancroft and husband Robert, Nancy Mertz and husband Gary, Joanne O’Brien and husband Robert; four grandchildren, Heidi Loforese and husband Martino, Shannon Gilkey and husband Brian, Brian Mertz and wife Genesis, Neva Orlando and husband Bill; and seven great-grandchildren Michael, Kayla, Tyler, Jordin, Jameson, Mara, and Domenica. My dearest husband Harry, the love of my life, passed away last year at the age of 92.

I have enjoyed a long and loving life with my family and friends. Praise be to God.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 15, 2016 at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton.

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


Adeline S. Broitman

Adeline Weinberg Broitman died April 8, 2016 at home at 86. She was the wife of Harold Broitman and had lived in Princeton since 1970.

Mrs. Broitman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her parents came to this country as part of the wave of Russian Jews who emigrated in the mid 1920s. Her mother was 12 and came with two older sisters; her father, who was 18, and came with his sister, was taken in by a cousin who taught him the printing trade. Both attended school while working and met in high school.

Addie Brotiman attended Lincoln high school in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn College with the class of 1949. She met Mr. Broitman, an engineering student at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, in 1948. He was working as a bus boy at a resort in the Catskills where she was visiting as a guest. They were married in 1949.

Addie worked in her father’s printing business and her husband worked in his father’s men’s clothing business. In 1968 Mr. Broitman took a job with RCA Astro Division in Hightstown and the Broitmans moved to Princeton soon thereafter.

Addie and her husband shared a love of art and interest in architecture. In the late 1980s, they embarked on the design and construction of the house of their dreams on Brooks Bend in Princeton, overseeing every detail of design and construction.

Addie was an avid reader who enjoyed playing tennis, working in ceramics, painting in oils, and knitting. She was a former board member of the Princeton Senior Resource Center and with her husband was a member of Community Without Walls, Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study, The Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University, and the Princeton Jewish Center. Her many charitable activities were an important and satisfying commitment to the community.

Addie was a kind and loving friend, quick to help those in need. She was dedicated to women’s rights with high sensitivity to independent activities.

In addition to her husband, Addie is survived by a son, Steven L. Broitman, a past professor of molecular biology at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., his wife Barbara Wood, a polymer scientist and their two sons, Benjamin and Adam; and a daughter, Jessica Broitman, a psychoanalyst in practice in Berkeley, Calif., her husband, Gibor Basri, an astrophysicist and past vice chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, and their son Jacob. Also surviving is her sister Dorothy Glanz.

The funeral services were held last Monday at The Jewish Center of Princeton.

Arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel,1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.


Alice Whipple

Dr. Alice Goodloe Whipple died in Princeton on April 2, 2016, she was the widow of General William Whipple Jr., the daughter of Edith Jamison Goodloe and Alfred Minor Goodloe, and the sister of Alfred Minor Goodloe. She is survived by her stepchildren, Ann Anderson, William Whipple III, Claire Steck, Philip Whipple, and their families. She is also survived by her cousins, Peter Kerns, William Kerns, Jenny Kerns (Windsor-Vann), Adrian Kuyk, Martha Kuyk Hull, Lucie Fitzgerald, Charles Hall, Marianne Miller, and their families.

Dr. Whipple was born in Roanoke, Virginia. She is a graduate of Hollins College, Virginia. She studied Pastoral Counseling at the University of Chicago (Div.) She later obtained two masters degrees (MS in Counseling and Main Psychology.) She then obtained a PhD in rehabilitation counseling from New York University.

She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, the Present Day Club, the New Jersey and Mercer County psychological associations, and the Old Guard of Princeton. She was a licensed psychologist and also an addiction specialist with many years of experience in the mental health/addictions field. She felt gratitude toward the many fine patients coming to see her, who were sources of inspiration and often awe. She was also grateful for all the kindness given by others, dear friends, family and fellow residents and staff of Windrows, for the blessings in life. She believed that at one time she had been lost and was found through amazing grace. She endeavored to give back to others the healing and caring she had received. A memorial service will be held on Sunday May 15, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the Windrows followed by a reception with family members.

She will be buried in a simple graveyard service in Gordonsville, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Brain Tumor Association.

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


Morrie Click

Morrie Click, 91, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and formerly of Princeton, passed away on April 3, 2016. He is survived by his wife Edythe, daughter Rhonda Mace, and two grandchildren Matthew and Leah.

He was a real estate and insurance broker in Princeton for over 60 years. He was president of Mercer County Board of Realtors and was a member of Greenacres Country Club.

He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Donations may be made to charities of your choice.

April 6, 2016

Mary Ryan

Mary Ryan, 83, died at home with her family in attendance in Princeton, on Easter Sunday morning, March 27, 2016 after an illness.

Mary was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1933, the daughter of Irish immigrants. She graduated from St. Theresa School and from Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School. After earning a BA in English Literature from St. John’s University and a MS in Education from SUNY New Paltz, she became an elementary school teacher in New York City Public Schools.

With her husband and children, Mary moved to the Princeton area in 1969 and made her home in Belle Mead. She was a dedicated member of St. Paul Parish, where she served as president of the Parent-Teacher Association and where she became an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, serving local hospital patients. For many years, she was active at the YM/WCA of Princeton as a certified lifeguard and first aid instructor, and she managed year-round donations for the Bryn Mawr book sale. Later in life, she became a certified volunteer for the New York City Department of the Aging and led exercise classes for seniors. Mary sought out Catholic churches and communities everywhere she went, and she traveled all over the world as a religious pilgrim. She was a steadfast believer in the right to life.

Mary is survived by her husband of 55 years, William, Sr., and her children, Peter, Patricia, Joseph, and John; she was predeceased by her children, William, Jr., and James. Mary is also survived by her grandchildren, William, Andrew and Michael; her brother, Peter, and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, April 4, 4-7 p.m., at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 10 a.m., at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow at St. Charles/Resurrection Cemeteries, 2015 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

Anyone wishing to honor the deceased may make a contribution to Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence, 2999 Schurz Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465-3826.


Gerald Joseph Kent III

Gerald Joseph Kent III, age 85, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016 in San Diego, California, after a sudden illness.

He was a long time resident of Princeton, New Jersey, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, before moving to Northfield, New Hampshire, in 2007, then to San Diego in 2015.

Jerry was born on November 24, 1930 in Newark, New Jersey, the only child of Gerald Joseph Kent, Jr. and Elizabeth Tisdale Platt. He grew up in Hillside, New Jersey, and graduated from Hillside High School and The Lawrenceville School. A natural athlete, he starred on both the baseball and football teams and was named to the 1948 all-state football team. The memories of those games and the friendships he formed with his teammates during those years were treasured his entire life.

Jerry developed a passion for studying and learning and found his vocation in organic chemistry. He graduated from Upsala College with a BS degree in 1955 and was awarded graduate degrees in organic chemistry at Princeton University, earning a master’s degree in 1958 and a PhD in 1959. He holds many patents from his time working as a research chemist at Merck Pharmaceutical Company in Rahway, New Jersey.

His appointment in 1962 as associate professor of chemistry and chairman of the division of natural sciences at Rider College in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, marked the beginning of his academic career. Instrumental in creating and shaping every aspect of the new science division at Rider College, he designed the new science building and labs, recruited and hired the faculty, and developed the curriculum. Dr. Kent’s 32 years of leadership, dedication, and high standards of teaching helped build the foundation of the science department at Rider University. In 1980, he was awarded the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of his teaching excellence. He retired from Rider in 1994, but remained active in the field through volunteer teaching and consulting.

As an avid tennis player, Jerry played almost every day well into his 70’s. For many years he owned and piloted a Cessna 172. His three dogs Morris, Sophie, and Maddie were particularly special to him and brought him great joy. He was active in the Lutheran Church wherever he lived.

Jerry was devoted to his family, his church, and the success of his students. He loved talking to people and he loved sharing his knowledge of chemistry. Jerry’s stories and laughter will be missed.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Birgit E. (Albert), daughter Samantha Kent (Timothy Butterfield), and grandson, Holden Butterfield, all of San Diego; two children from his first marriage, Christine Kent (Jack Roosma) and Matthew Kent (Sandra Bovee) both of Princeton; also his first wife, Julie Hosford, of Princeton.

Funeral arrangements were private. Donations in his honor may be made to the Rider University chemistry department, Attn: Denise Pinney, University Advancement Lib. 137, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099.

For an online guestbook please visit http://legacyfuneralcare.com/obituary/gerald-joseph-kent-iii/


Obit Shea 4-6-16John E. Shea

John E. Shea passed away on April 1. He was 72.

Born in Chicago, he graduated from Marshall University and became involved in local politics, eventually working as a front man for Richard Nixon in his 1968 presidential campaign. After moving to New York City he formed Canon & Shea, a business-to-business advertising agency. There was never a Canon, however Mr. Shea felt a partnership sounded more substantial than a sole proprietorship. The agency grew every year, acquiring clients worldwide, until 2014 when it was dissolved after Mr. Shea was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

After moving to Princeton in 1995, where he lived until his death, Mr. Shea volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, an usher and elected on the vestry at Trinity Episcopalian Church. He was a true bon vivant, movie star handsome, a worldwide traveler, and a lover of good food and drink. He enjoyed a nightly vodka martini, believing vodka was more benign than gin. The evening before he died his daughter, Emily, asked if he would like her to make him a martini. He replied, “Yes please. Make it gin”.

His survivors include his wife, Doris, their daughter, Emily, and a sister Karen Nakamura.

A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Church in Princeton, NJ at 5 p.m. on June 25, 2016.

March 30, 2016

Obit Lehnert 3-30-16Mildred M. Lehnert

Mildred M. Lehnert passed away on March 24, 2016 at the age of 84. She was the loving wife of the late Rudolf F. Lehnert, and the daughter of Mildred and John McCool. Born in McKeesport, Pa. she moved to Princeton as a young girl. She attended Centenary College and then worked for RCA.

Mildred lived most of her life in Princeton, enjoying raising her family and attending Princeton University basketball games, football games, and other events with her husband Rudy (Class of ’52). She was a member of the Princeton Ladies Lions Club for many years. Some of her favorite times were summers in Beach Haven N.J., boating travels in the Caribbean and cross-country car trips.

 “Millie” was a very happy lady and spread this joy to those around her. After Rudy passed away, Mildred lived her last four years in Warminster, Pa. near her daughter Laurie. She is survived by her children Cheryl Lehnert Costello, John Lehnert and Laurie Lehnert Horan, her grandchildren Katie and Sean Horan, and her sister Joan McCool Dyer.

The funeral service will be held 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Mather Hodge Funeral home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 400 Freedom Drive Newtown, PA 18938.

March 23, 2016

Obit Dyck 3-23-16Nicholas B. Van Dyck

Nicholas B. Van Dyck, whose strong commitment toward making the world a better place led to his serving as a Presbyterian pastor in parishes around the world and as a lecturer and administrator at Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as the executive director of two national education institutions, died on March 20, 2016 at home in Princeton from Lewy body dementia (LBD). He was 82 and had lived in Princeton since 1968. Son of Presbyterian missionaries who served in China from 1917 to 1949, Dr. Van Dyck was born in Pasadena, Calif., in 1933 and spent his early childhood in China. He was home-schooled before attending first grade in Shanghai. With the outbreak of World War II, the family returned to the United States where his father was given different assignments and was also often away in China. Young Nicholas attended schools in New York City, Princeton, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Grenloch, N.J., before receiving his diploma at the Stony Brook School on Long Island in 1951. During the 1950s he interrupted his college career to serve as a naval aviator aboard the carriers USS Tarawa and USS Antietam in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. His duties included serving as squadron legal officer and later public information officer for the US Sixth Fleet. Dr. Van Dyck graduated from Rutgers University in 1959 and Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1962. He was awarded a PhD in the use of language and mythology in Biblical interpretation at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA in 1962, he served as pastor of parishes in Scotland, Palisades, N.Y., and Melbourne, Australia, as well as a lecturer at universities in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth, Australia. From 1968 to 1975, Dr. Van Dyck was a lecturer in Practical Theology and the associate director of Field Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was elected chair of the Association for Theological Field Education in 1975. At the Seminary he also directed summer programs in Organizational Development for pastors and officers and executives of non-profit organizations. This background and his interest in the impact of institutions and cultural forces on society led Dr. Van Dyck, along with members of the U.S. House and Senate plus corporation executives and creators of prime time televisions’ family programs, to found the National Council for Children and Television and its institute for writers, directors, producers, and advertisers. These efforts resulted in a decade of notable and well received family TV series from 1976-86. Dr. Van Dyck’s experience with churches, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship, as well as his work in television programming led to his being appointed director of Religion in American Life in 1988. This position, which he held for the next decade, involved marshaling media resources, especially public service advertising (the Invite-a-Friend Campaign), and religious congregations to strengthen the positive contributions of religion for greater family and neighborhood stability and worthwhile futures for all citizens, especially children. In Princeton, Dr. Van Dyck volunteered at Nassau Presbyterian Church and the Rotary Club, where he served as president. He also served on the executive committee of the Old Guard. He served on the boards of the YMCA, Family Services Agency, American Red Cross, Princeton Youth Fund, the George H. Gallup International Institute, and the Rotary Foundation, which provides scholarships for vocationally focused high school graduates.  He is survived by his wife Marcia, who brought a strong Quaker heritage to their marriage in 1958. He is also survived by their four daughters, Karen Rhoads Van Dyck, Jennifer Bevier Van Dyck, Sarah Paxson Van Dyck and Rebecca Booraem Van Dyck; their husbands and seven grandchildren, Jacob, Benjamin, Leander, Maximilien, Odessa, Ella, and Katherine.  A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, March 28 at noon at Nassau Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Coalition for Peace (www.peacecoalition.org). Alternatively contributions can be made to any other organizations which serve the needs of children or those which further interfaith relationships.


Obit McClurg 3-23-16Julia Jeanette McClurg

Julia Jeanette McClurg, age 89, died of natural causes on Saturday, March 19 at Meadow Lakes in East Windsor, New Jersey. Born to Mary and Rev. David Ferguson on April 21, 1926 in Richmond, Indiana, Julia was the first-born girl in more than three generations of Fergusons. Julia graduated from Muskingum College in 1948, the same year she married Robert McClurg. Bob and Julie lived in and around Syracuse, New York where they raised their three children Scott, Mark, and Mary Beth. Julia’s interests included fashion, music, and nature. An active member of Park Central Presbyterian Church, Julia was an elder, choir member, and director of the first hand bell choir in Central New York. Within the community, Julia’s tireless efforts helped to launch the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra where she served on the Board of Directors. Julia was a life member of the auxiliary for UPSTATE University Hospital at Community General. When not playing golf at Skaneateles Country Club, Julia was a volunteer with Skaneateles F.I.S.H. (Friends in Service Here). Julia moved closer to her daughter following the death of Bob; she had resided at Meadow Lakes since October 2009. Mary Beth has been blessed by her Mom’s close proximity and the McClurg family is deeply grateful for the ongoing love, care, and support that Julia received while a resident at Meadow Lakes. Survivors include Scott (Suzanne), Happy, and Mary Beth (David); eight grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Julia was predeceased by her son Mark (Happy) in 1996 and husband, Bob in 2007. A memorial service is tentatively planned for the summer in 2016. Julia bequeathed her body to UMDNJ Medical School Anatomical Association. Memorial contributions are welcome at the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), Park Central Presbyterian Church (www.parkcentralchurch.org). Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (www.symphonysyracuse.org), or Springpoint Living Senior Foundation (www.springpointfoundation.org).


Clare Brown Amabile

Clare Brown Amabile passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on March 18, 2016 in Princeton, New Jersey. Born in Westfield, New Jersey on August 13, 1922, she bore the imprint of the Depression, World War II, and the tragic death of a beloved older sister in her early years. However, resilient and ambitious, Clare built a successful market research firm, Clare Brown Associates, which was subsequently acquired by Maritz Market Research, Inc. She mentored those in her professional and personal networks and through Project Ready at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth, N.J. An active volunteer throughout her life, she visited detained immigrants and asylum seekers at the Elizabeth Detention Center with First Friends. A woman ahead of her time, she was a yoga enthusiast and a believer in health food decades before these were part of the popular culture. Although her college education had been interrupted, she achieved her goal of completing her degree before her children, receiving her B.A. from the College of New Rochelle in 1979. Clare was predeceased by her husband, Frank R. Amabile, in 2004. She was a source of inspiration and encouragement to her children, Jean Telljohann of Manhattan and Princeton; Raymond Amabile of Wethersfield, Connecticut; and Gael Amabile of St. Paul, Minnesota; who survive her, along with six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial is celebrated today at St. Paul Catholic Church, Princeton at 10:45 a.m. Entombment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery Mausoleum, Newark, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Clare’s memory to The Little Sisters of the Poor Holy Family Residence, 330 Exchange Street South, St. Paul, MN 55102-2311. Remembrances may be left at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Lawrence Shendalman

Dr. Lawrence Shendalman, 76, dedicated husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, dentist, and finisher of 22 New York City marathons passed away Friday, March 18, 2016 after a long battle with prostate cancer.  Dr. Shendalman was born in Toronto, Canada. He studied engineering physics at the University of Toronto. He then received a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University. Dr. Shendalman later returned to school at the University of Pennsylvania where he received the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine. He was a partner at the Princeton Dental Group. He is survived by his wife (Anita) of over 51 years, daughters (Elissa and Melanie), two sons-in-law (William and Daniel), sister (Bernice), grandchildren (David, Charlie, Isabel, and Jack ). In addition, he is survived by a niece (Eva) and two nephews (Philip and Paul). Funeral services and burial are Sunday at 1 p.m. at Ewing Cemetery, 78 Scotch Road, Ewing Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, prostate research or Greenwood House. Shiva was observed at his residence on Sunday, March 20 and Monday, March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.


Nancy J. Baran

Nancy J. Baran, 63, of Princeton Junction died March 15, 2016, at home, surrounded by her family. On April 15, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nancy was born to John A. Baran and Loretta T. Kofomehalis, the eldest of three children. She spent many happy hours in the company of her beloved grandmother, Anna Baran. A lifelong reader and the editor of her high school newspaper, Nancy recognized very early that words were powerful tools. “Why?” was always her favorite question. A graduate of Lafayette College and charter member of the 619 High Street Feminist Defense League, she married John F. Wagner in 1974. Nancy earned a J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law and began her career in private practice. Nancy was a tremendous intellect and a solutions-focused lawyer. She made a career in financial services law at Prudential for 34 years. Nancy was particularly proud of the critical role she played on the Living Needs Benefit Team, which allowed terminally ill policyholders to access their life insurance proceeds while they are living. This was a groundbreaking benefit in the life insurance industry, and she was pleased that it was able to help terminally ill policyholders provide for their loved ones, access end-of-life care, and protect their families’ homes. Nancy’s creativity, intellect, and passion made her a major contributor to this effort. She was a pioneer in the field of privacy and drafted major legislation on this issue, leading Prudential’s first privacy office. As Chief Legal Officer of Prudential Select Brokerage, she pioneered its third party sales force model, the cornerstone of its successful sales strategy. Nancy’s thoughtful leadership over many years was extremely valuable, particularly in a time of evolving state and federal regulation of insurance companies. She advised on, and helped Prudential come to the right answers about some of the most critical issues it has faced in recent years. She was a problem solver, creative influence, dear friend, mentor, and caring colleague who invested deeply in others. She always had a moment to listen and offered a deep well of sage advice. Her colleagues viewed her as a role model for anyone trying to manage a successful career, rich family life, and wide circle of friendships. Nancy was an accomplished cook who used food to gather the people she loved, and took pleasure in experiencing other cultures through their recipes. Guests from around the world had their first American Thanksgivings at her table. An amateur biologist, she was deeply interested in the natural world. In childhood, she imagined becoming the next Jacques Cousteau. She could often be found with binoculars and field guide in hand, at home or in Chincoteague, Va., teaching someone to identify a bird. As a gardener, Nancy carefully selected plants that would attract her beloved birds, butterflies, and insects, and she made sure something was blooming in her yard from February through the late fall. Fresh flowers gave her tremendous pleasure and she kept them in her house year-round; Nancy shared them by arranging the flowers for her church. Nancy had a deep faith in Jesus Christ, and was a member of Windsor Chapel for over 30 years. She served on the boards of several international missions agencies, most recently World Team, which shared the hope of Christ across the world. Nancy’s greatest accomplishment was her family. She is survived by her husband, John Wagner; children, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Andrew, and William; their spouses, whom she adored, Anthony DiSanti, Pattie Wagner, and Allison Simi; grandchildren Henry and Josephine DiSanti-Wagner, to whom she loved to read her extensive collection of children’s literature; sister Thresa Dewar and her husband, Mark; brother Jay and his wife, Tyna; nieces, nephews, and many friends. Her family celebrated her life on Sunday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. at Windsor Chapel, 401 Village Road East, West Windsor. Friends were asked to call on Saturday, March 19, at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercer Street Friends Food Bank.


Carl Bennett Good

Carl passed away quietly on Monday, March 14, 2016 at his home in Cooperstown, N.Y., with Pamela, his wife of 54 years, by his side. Frequent visits from family and friends had made Carl’s last days happy and comfortable. Carl, a member of the Princeton University Class of 1959, resided in Princeton for 36 years. He began his career at IBM after which he was president of RJ Newman, an historic building restoration company. Carl then joined Homasote Company in Trenton, designing and marketing industrial packaging made from recycled materials. He retired in 2002. In Princeton, Carl and Pam raised their family and traveled widely. Carl was active in the Princeton community and contributed to the town’s many performing arts associations. Carl was a member of the Board of Trustees of the professional Princeton Ballet Company. On occasion he appeared on stage with the company; Carl astonished the audience and himself, gamely dancing a minuet in the annual performance of The Nutcracker. Carl and Pam settled in Cooperstown, N.Y., where Carl dedicated himself to the Village and its natural resources. Carl served on the Board of Directors of the Otsego Lake Association and a number of committees to preserve the Village and its environment. Carl was also active in the Rotary Club of Cooperstown and supported the club’s many activities. Carl is survived by his wife and two daughters, Gretchen Good Pingel and Lisey Bennett Good; sons-in-law J. Spencer Pingel and Leonard Scott Snyderman; and his grandchildren Rory, Fritz and Sophie.  Donations in Carl’s memory may be made to the Otsego Lake Association, PO Box 13, Springfield Center, NY 13468, and the Rotary Club of Cooperstown, PO Box 993, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Plans for a memorial service will be announced later this spring. Arrangements are under the care of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.

March 16, 2016

Obit Westover 3-16-16Hazel Vivian Staats-Westover

A beautiful person died February 21, 2016 in a flood of love and peace and hopefully, a little bump of morphine. The Reverend Hazel Vivian Staats-Westover: a so-so cook, a too-fast driver, an insomniac, a giggler, a feminist, a leftist, an activist, and a Christian.

She grew up Dutch in rural New Jersey between the wars, riding horses, going to the one-room schoolhouse where her mother was the only teacher, and playing the organ in the Griggstown Reformed Church. She and her younger brother Lloyd had a musical revue that launched a lifetime of musicianship. She had perfect pitch, toured playing a silver trumpet in an all-girls brass band, and well into her 90s she would twist her face up and sight-read full scores and sing soprano alongside.

The full sweep of her life is too big for a Facebook post: there are countless interviews and citations (Feminists who Changed America, 1963-1975!) and little dictaphone tapes where she told her stories, and we’ll have to put it all together at some later date. For now, the abridged version: after her father had died young in a car crash, she went west to USC and then to Chicago Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School. She ministered to Japanese internment camp survivors. She housed and mentored a young Jesse Jackson in Southside Chicago while he organized Martin Luther King’s Operation Breadbasket (please listen to Cannonball Adderley’s Country Preacher, which was recorded at that time, about that time). She spoke in front of 100,000 people at a socialist antiwar rally in Paris, sharing the dais with Madame Nguyen Thi Binh. She was a chaplain and the first director of the Women’s Center at Princeton University after they began admitting women in the 70’s. When a great-granddaughter of hers had a third-grade history lesson about the Roosevelt’s, Hazel was pleased to pitch in. She had, after all, lunched with Eleanor.

She married twice in her life. Her first husband was the father of her two children Dawn and Allan, a preacher turned civil rights activist who left her during the full ardor of the free love era. Her second husband was an ex-Marine and lifelong Republican who adored her, adorably, until his death last year, even as she posted STAND UP TO THE NRA petitions all over Facebook.

As fitting for someone who worked on a version of the Bible with all the male pronouns taken out (think HERstory, but over the entire King James Bible), Hazel was a massive Hillary supporter, even if her politics were more Bernie. It’s bittersweet to think Clinton will win but Hazel won’t be here to see it. The Clintons, for their part, have a huge responsibility not to play cynical with the support of women like Hazel, who shouldered the struggle for decades. She fought a non-binary fight, for women’s rights but also for love and economic justice and inclusion of all kinds. Hazel had been officiating ceremonies for same-sex couples for years before it was legal marriage. When it came time for her to officiate a grandson’s wedding, she happily suggested that for the multi-faith non-believer couple that she could put a brown paper book cover over her Bible so the Buddhists and Jews and Christians would all feel equally welcome.

Despite her lifetime in the ministry, Hazel was never content to parrot scripture as if it held incontrovertible truths (it was, after all, written by men). She always had more questions than answers, and death was no different. She spent much of this winter at her daughter’s home in Key West dying rather cheerfully, with an out-loud sense of wonder. “This is so fascinating,” she would say. “I get to see what life is all about.”

The hospice doctor came in the week after Christmas and had the kind of warm bedside chat that hospice is so good for. Grandma told him some abbreviated version of her travels — into East Germany, the Soviet Union, to China for the U.N.’s World Conference on Women — and he asked her why she traveled so much. “I just wanted to MEET all these PEOPLE out there,” she said in the jolly all-caps emphatics she used for everything. “Just to see who they ARE, see what makes us all HUMAN.”

Her family is in awe of everything she did and saw in her life. She shaped many lives. But for family, she left a simpler example: optimism and joy to the last. “I don’t know where I’m going after this,” she said not long before she died, “but I’m sure it’s going to be great.”

In that great place, wherever it is, she might rejoin her son, Allan. She is survived by her daughter Dawn; her grandsons Charles, David, Nathan, Leslie, Robert, and Florent; six great-grandchildren; and Bob Staats-Westover’s three children; Douglas, Diane, and Bryce; grandchildren Peter, Stephen, Mark, Michael, Anna and John; and ten great-grandchildren.

Written by her grandson Nathan, transmitted with great love through Dawn Thornburgh, blessed to be her daughter ….

A Celebration of her Life and Memorial Service will be held on March 26, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the University Chapel at Princeton where she was ordained. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite charity: Hazel would encourage something to do with women’s issues, but will maintain, as always, her dedication to your right to choose.


Obit Murray 3-16-16Marilyn Murray

Marilyn Murray, 81, of Princeton, died February 27, 2016. Born August 22, 1934 in South Bend, In., she graduated from Purdue University and earned a Masters degree in social work from IUPUI in 1984. She worked briefly in that field in Seattle and for 10 years in Tucson before moving to Princeton in 2001. Here, she worked as a dog-walker and care-giver, enjoying all the people and pets that she was able to help.

Predeceased by her parents, William and Mildred Gray; brother Ronald Gray and daughter Sheryl Liechty; Marilyn is survived by brother Lowell (Jean) Gray of Titusville, FL; son Brian (Becky) Liechty of Plymouth, In.; daughter Lynn (Larry) Peterson of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren Ryan, Kevin, and Eric Peterson; and Erica Liechty (Adam) Nagel, Jessica (Rick) Beatty, and Tristan (fiance Alexis Morgan) Liechty; great-grandchildren Carter and Hunter Beatty; and Logan, Lilah, Gage and Jase Nagel; and nieces Pat Gray and Claudia Benyon and nephew Doug Gray.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 3 p.m. in the community room at Spruce Circle in Princeton. All are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SAVE Animal Shelter.


Phillip Amico

Phillip Amico, 57; a long time resident of the Palmer Square neighborhood in Princeton, passed away March 9, 2016 of natural causes. Phillip was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y.; the son of the late Joseph C. Amico, MD and Mildred Amico. He graduated from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, Georgetown University, and Syracuse University. Phillip had a long and rewarding career with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson; traveling the world as a marketing director for the neuroscience franchise.

He is survived by his mother, Mildred Amico of Rye, N.Y.; brothers Paul of Hoboken, N.J.; Joseph of Armonk, N.Y.; Christopher of Manlius, N.Y.; and Matthew of New York City along with 9 nieces and nephews.

An event celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, March 19 from noon to 3 p.m. at Grand Vin, 500 Grand Street, Hoboken, N.J. You may contact the family for further details.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Alice R. Davison

Alice R. “Betty” Davison, 92 of Princeton passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Park Place Center in Monmouth Junction, N.J. Born in Spring Lake, New Jersey, she was a lifelong resident of Princeton.

After graduating from Princeton High School, she enlisted in the United States Navy at the onset of World War II, being honorably discharged at the end of the war. She then joined the NJ Bell Telephone Company where she worked for many years before joining The Hun School of Princeton where she worked until her retirement.

She was a member of Trinity Church and American Legion Post 76. She was a proud charter member of the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad Ladies Auxiliary and the Engine Company #1 Ladies Auxiliary. One of her proudest accomplishments was writing “The Firemen’s Prayer” that is still read today.

Alice was predeceased by her husband Francis S. “Sam” Davison; her son, Francis S. “Booper” Davison Jr.; her parents, Pauline and Charles Rauch; a sister, Marjorie Hunt; and brothers Albert “Hooker” Rauch, Joseph Rauch, and Jack Rauch. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Ann Davison and her grandchildren Sara, Ryan, and Scott Davison, all of Princeton; her sister Marilyn Wilson of Robbinsville; special niece Linda Fugate of Columbus; and many additional nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, officiated by Rev. Catherine E. Williams, Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care, Princeton United Methodist Church. Alice was laid to rest with military honors beside her beloved husband in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Senior Care Ministry of Princeton, PO Box 1517, Princeton, NJ 08542 or a charity of the donor’s choice.


Obit Walsh 3-16-16Barbara Ann Walsh

We remember Barbara, 83, a remarkable colleague, friend, aunt, and sister who passed away unexpectedly one year ago on March 20, 2015. Now, on this first anniversary of her passing, we reaffirm our love for her and how much she touched our lives and those of all who knew her.

Barbara was brought up in New Bedford, Massachusetts and became the first in her family to attend college, graduating from Pratt Institute with a degree in food service management. She expanded her expertise in gourmet food preparation, graduating with special honors from Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris and receiving certification in Italian cuisine in Venice. A special honor was her election as a “Life Fellow” of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.

Her career included positions in school foodservice management and acting director of food services at the Reader’s Digest Association. Along with responsibility for the service of 4,000 meals a day to staff, she was in charge of the prestigious executive dining room, hosting international celebrities, government, and corporate officials.

A highly skilled food service administrator with a top performance record, she was recruited as director of food and nutrition services for the Princeton, New Jersey regional school system where she worked until her retirement. She loved interacting with the teachers and students, inviting them to menu meetings and food tastings, and encouraging them to enjoy new foods she and her staff prepared. While adhering to the strict federal meal and budget guidelines, Barbara focused on fresh, healthy, whole foods presented in an appealing manner.

Throughout her career, she was a gourmet cook and food stylist. As president of the New Jersey Nutrition Council and the New Jersey School Food Service Association, she received awards and accolades from her colleagues and professional associations. She trained dietetic interns and medical nutrition students from Rutgers University’s food science department and was associate professor of food service management, Gloucester County College, Gloucester, N.J. She was a contributing author of quantity food preparation and sanitation textbooks, and participated in research projects with the U.S. department of agriculture nutrition and technical service.

Barbara moved to Tequesta, Florida after her retirement, where she enjoyed leisurely days in her condo by the intracoastal waterway. She loved spending time with her 3 sisters and their husbands, 7 nieces and nephews, and 16 great nieces and nephews.

She will be remembered for her spirit of adventure, her love of animals, and her secret recipe for chocolate fudge sauce! She didn’t have children, but we, her three sisters, were the beneficiaries of her kind heart, generosity, and love of travel.

We are truly blessed to have had her for a sister, and we will never forget the
wonderful memories we shared together. She will live on in our hearts forever.

Her loving sisters,

Christine, Carol, and Sandie.


Shang Wen Yuan

Shang Wen Yuan, 87, of Princeton died Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Shanghai, China, he moved to the United States in 1949. He received a BS and MS in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1953 and 1955, respectively.

Mr. Yuan resided in Morristown for over 35 years before moving to Skillman in 2000. He retired in 1998 with over 40 years of service as a civil engineer with, and a partner of Hazen and Sawyer Consulting Engineers, New York City.

Son of the late Yuan An Pu and Jin Qian Mei, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, Pearl P. (Yao) Yuan; a son Jeffrey Yuan; a daughter Frances Yuan; two sisters Jean Yuan and Sylvaine Tam; and three grandchildren Brian and Mira Yuan, and Justin Liu.

The funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial followed in the Princeton Cemetery.

March 9, 2016

Obit Tufo 3-9-16Robert Del Tufo

Robert Del Tufo, one of New Jersey’s most revered and accomplished attorneys, died at home in Princeton on March 2, 2016. He was 82. Born in Newark, he attended Newark Academy, Princeton University (’55) and Yale Law School (’58).

Robert Del Tufo loved New Jersey — its heft, grit, and potential. And he dedicated himself — from the day he passed the Bar — to serving the state — as U.S. Attorney, as director of Criminal Justice, as Attorney General, and more. When he returned to private practice, it was to open the New Jersey office of Skadden Arps where he was partner and of counsel for the last 20 years of his practice.

Public service was Robert Del Tufo’s calling. Over his career he served on scores of not-for-profit boards from the N.J. Sports and Exposition Authority to drug prevention programs such as Daytop and Integrity House, to John Cabot University in Rome, and toward the end of his career, to the troubled University of Medicine and Dentistry of N.J. — a pro-bono position he held for five years, ultimately restoring its institutional integrity. The late Richard Leone, one time head of the Port Authority wrote: “Del Tufo was chosen to fill every significant law enforcement post the state and nation had to offer in N.J. And he took on tasks that would not ordinarily be considered a test of integrity — like rebuilding trust in the state’s medical and dental school. He is the very model of law enforcement, justice, and the American way.”

Robert Del Tufo was defined by unusual pairings. He was a fearless litigator and tender-hearted friend; a humble high-achiever; an intensely private man and devoted public servant; an ardent listener, learner, and mentor. He was True North. He was a devoted, giving and protective husband to his wife, Kate Nouri Hughes, and he was a towering but shadowless father and grandfather who had the back of everyone of his four children, two step-children, and ten grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on March 16, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. Funeral arrangements are through the Mather Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City.


Barbara Sayre Ellis

Barbara Sayre Ellis died March 1, 2016. She was born December 5, 1920 to Frank and Marie Sayre and grew up in Philadelphia. A graduate of Germantown Friends School (1938) and Wells College (1942), she married Donovan R. Ellis, Jr. in 1947.

Through her genuine interest in others, outgoing personality, and keen sense of humor, Barbara formed strong connections with the people she encountered — both personally and professionally. The resulting host of friendships was maintained over long periods, some spanning nine decades.

During her 60 years in Princeton, Barbara actively participated in various civic organizations and the Nassau Presbyterian Church. An honorary member of Princeton University’s Class of 1940, she dabbled in real estate in the 1970s and 80s.

Barbara’s husband of 42 years died in 1989. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law; Joan Ellis Swanson (Ted) of Lynchburg, Va., and Julie Ellis Williams (Ray) of Ashland Va. She is also survived by two grandsons, Clayton Williams of San Francisco, Calif; Kirk Williams of Boulder, Colo.; and grand-dog Bella.

A memorial service and celebration of her life took place in Nassau Presbyterian Church Chapel in Princeton, Friday, March 4 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Barbara would want those who knew her to share laughter and time with loved ones. Contributions in her memory may be made to Meals on Wheels or a charity of your choice.


Janet Elizabeth Howe

Janet Elizabeth Howe, 83, of Princeton died Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Merwick Care Center. Born in Baltimore, Md. on July 4, 1933, Janet was a resident of Princeton for over 49 years. Janet had a long and rewarding professional career, which included working at Ballantine Cashmere Sweaters, N.Y., Lord & Taylor, N.Y., Commodities Corporation, Princeton, and HIP of N.Y, Drexel Burnham Lambert, N.Y., and Johnson & Johnson, Skillman. Janet also volunteered at Princeton Project 55 and was a founding member of the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association.

Janet was an avid New York sports fan and rarely missed a Yankees, Knicks, or Giants game. Janet got the chance to meet Derek Jeter with her sister Pat and nephew Howe Burch at Camden Yards, a memory she truly cherished.

The New York Times was her favorite paper, and the news and a martini at 5 p.m. was her favorite ritual. Being a Democrat, politics was often a topic of conversation with her close friends, many of whom she had from high school, college, career, and social life.

Daughter of the late Edwin S. Howe and Katherine (Monahan) Howe, she is survived by her son Peter D. Spagnoli; Ex-husband Paul D. Spagnoli, Jr.; brother, John Howe; and three grandchildren, Jinmee, Oliver, and Sullivan Spagnoli.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. March 12, 2016 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


Obit Elden 3-9-16Richard Elden

Richard Edward Elden, 93, passed away peacefully at home on March 3, 2016. Dick lived in Princeton for 51 years before moving to Skillman in 2014.

The son of Howard Edward Elden, executive vice president of Dunlop, and Mary Horton Elden, a pharmacist from Ovid, N.Y., Dick was born in Seneca Falls, N.Y. He grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. with his parents and his older brother Howard S. Elden, who predeceased him in 2003. A gifted mathematician, he attended Bennett High School, earning the highest score in the state of New York on the 1940 Regents exam, and graduated as a chemistry major and math minor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1944, where he also enjoyed crewing in sailboats on Boston’s back bay.

After graduating from MIT, he went to work at Columbia University to work on a “Secret War Project,” which turned out to be the Manhattan Project. Although the goal of this work was never revealed to him and his co-workers (or even their supervisors), he quickly figured out that they were trying to use gaseous diffusion to enrich uranium to make an atomic bomb. He served in the Navy during World War II, but was prohibited from leaving the U.S. because of his knowledge of the top-secret project. Instead he was stationed in the Wirephoto Division in the Navy Department Building in Washington, D.C, and decades later enjoyed recounting that he saw the photo of the Bikini Bomb Test before President Truman did.

After the war, he worked at Becco Chemical, earned a Masters Degree in chemistry from the University of Washington, and completed the coursework for his PhD. He became the manager of the FMC Corporation plant in Vancouver, Washington. He met Laurel Jean “Lolly” Pithoud on a blind date in Portland, Oregon. He and Lolly, who predeceased him in 1988, were married in September, 1955. He worked at FMC Princeton from 1963 until his retirement. In 1980 he became a patent attorney, attending law school at night at Seton Hall University while working full-time at FMC. He prosecuted 59 patents for FMC and argued before the U.S. Patent Court in Washington, D.C. After he retired in 1994, he volunteered for two decades as a courier at Princeton Medical Center.

He was a Renaissance man: a creative, innovative, and open-minded thinker who enjoyed intellectual and hands-on activities. He taught Lolly how to cook and was so proud that she surpassed his ability. His chocolate mousse cake was the preferred dessert at every family event. He enjoyed the Sunday Times crossword puzzle and the games of bridge, cribbage, and pinochle. He played golf and loved the beach. He designed and built furniture, caned chairs, made jam, invented things, sang in choirs, rode his bicycle to work, jogged, and was an avid gardener. He knew German and Russian in addition to PASCAL, COBOL, and Basic, and wrote emails to his children and grandchildren in the areas of history, math, and science. Tracing the family genealogy was an interesting quest, from present day back to 1066. He was a member of All Saints Church in Princeton. He is survived by four children: Jennifer L. Elden Mischner, Dr. Lisa M. Elden, Christopher E. Elden, AIA, and Mary Rebecca Hutchins, their spouses, and ten grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on March 19, 2016 at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Princeton Hospice, 88 Princeton Hightstown Road, Suite 202, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550 or online at www.princetonhcs.org.


Obit Wilson 3-9-16Stuart VanVranken Willson Jr. 

Stuart VanVranken Willson Jr., who was born on April 25, 1931 and was a long-time resident of Princeton, died peacefully at home on March 2, 2016, of natural causes. He was 84 years old.

Stuart was the beloved husband of Amelia Murchio Willson, to whom he was married for more than 25 years. He was born in La Crosse, Minnesota, the youngest child of the late Marie Carlson and Stuart Willson, Sr., who was the CEO of the Northern States Power Company, Minnesota’s largest electric utility.

The Willson family moved to Montevideo and then Faribault, Minnesota, where Stuart became the Minnesota state high school golf champion, won Fuller Brush Company sales awards while still a teenager, and graduated as high school class valedictorian. He worked as a ditch digger during school summer breaks, a job he said taught him the importance of a good education, which he pursued at Yale. During his freshman year there, the Willsons relocated to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Stuart spent his summers home working on the Great Lakes ore carriers, ferrying coal across Lake Michigan.

After graduating with an engineering degree from Yale and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, Stuart became a direct commission officer in the U.S. Army. Envisioning a posting abroad for himself, he was instead posted to Fort Dix, New Jersey. His disappointment with his posting was short lived. As a young lieutenant he was responsible for the payroll of the entire base, and he developed lifelong friendships with other finance officers. Those years of Army service gave him responsibilities and opportunities almost unknown to someone in his early 20s. He thrived and looked back on those years as some of the most formative of his professional life.

After being honorably discharged from the Army, Stuart began his business career as an engineer but eventually recognized his professional calling was in sales. He joined Princeton’s CUH2A, and with a small group of partners, built it into what became New Jersey’s second largest science and technology architecture and engineering firm, at the time specializing in architecture for pharmaceutical research and manufacturing. After retiring from CUH2A, Stuart became a sales executive for the Philadelphia firm of Kling Stubbins, from which he retired in 2013.

An avid golfer, he was a member of Springdale for many years and eventually joined Bedens Brook. He won a number of club championships during those years. In 1990 when he married his second wife Amelia, a technology strategist from Manhattan, he taught her to golf, and they often played 9 holes together after work. She and a friend witnessed his hole in one on the 9th at Springdale.

Stuart was also a member of the Nassau Gun Club for many years and for several years was also a member of the Log Cabin Gun Club. He hunted in Botswana with Harry Selby, one of the great hunters of his day.

He is survived by Amelia, his daughter Wylie from his first marriage to Rosalie Richards of Princeton, his sister Joan Carver of Kalamazoo, and five nieces and nephews and their children from the Willson family.

He is survived by five sisters-in-law and five brothers-in-law and their children from the Murchio family. Stuart was predeceased by his son, Stuart Willson III, and by his sister Sally LaPierre of Wichita.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton. The interment will be private. Since flowers are not appropriate during the Lenten season, anyone who would wish to have sent flowers might like to make a contribution to Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.

March 2, 2016

Susan Heymsfeld

Susan Heymsfeld, 68, passed away after a brief illness, surrounded by her family and friends on Friday, February 26, 2016, at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Mrs. Heymsfeld was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, class of 1969. She met her husband, Joel, in New York City in 1972, and they married two years later.

A member of the Present Day Club and the Nassau Club, she was campaign chair of the Women’s Campaign for the Jewish Federation of Princeton. She was active in Hadassah, and volunteered at the Community Park Library and the John Witherspoon Middle School Library, as well, serving on the board of the Princeton Regional Scholarship Foundation.

Predeceased by her parents, Marjorie B. Cornacchio and William Goldsmith, Mrs. Heymsfeld is survived by her husband of 41 years, Joel; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Heymsfeld Johnson and Christopher Johnson; a brother and brother-in-law, Robert W. Goldsmith and William Liebell; her step father, John F. Cornacchio; two step sisters, Janet Cornacchio and Gina Leahy; and a granddaughter, Eleanor Natalie Johnson.

Funeral services were held Sunday, February 28, at Orland’s Ewing Memorial
Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township. Burial was at Washington Cemetery, Deans. The period of mourning was observed at the home of Joel Heymsfeld in Princeton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Program at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.


Dean W. Harrison, Sr.

Dean W. Harrison, Sr. died on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at his home in Yardley, Pa. He was 84 years old. Dean leaves his wife Nancy with whom he shared 59 wonderful years of marriage. Born in Boston, Mass. to Lester and Hazel Harrison, Dean was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University Class of 1954, and Columbia University School of Law.

He served as a member of the Counter Intelligence Corps of the U.S. Army, then pursued his legal career with companies including State Street Bank, Bank of
America, and Visa. He was a civic leader, serving as Community Development Director as well as City Councilman for Gloucester, Mass.

A gifted tenor, he sang for many church choirs including St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Yardley, Pa. and toured and sang with the Princeton Nassoons alumni a cappella group. An avid tennis player, devoted husband, and beloved father, he brightened every room he entered with his love and constant smile.

He is survived by his beloved wife Nancy Barrows Harrison; his son Dean Harrison Jr. of
Pennington; daughter-in-law Judith Lightfoot Clarke; and adored grandsons, Owen and Beckett Harrison. He is also survived by his brother, David E. Harrison and sister-in-law Michele Holovak Harrison, and nephew and niece, Michael and Lisa. Dean is predeceased by his daughter, Jennifer Harrison McNamara, who brought him joy every day of her life.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on March 3, 2016 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Yardley, Pa. and at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester, Mass. on April 9, 2016. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Music Ministries of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Yardley, Pa. or the Music Fund of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Gloucester, Mass.


Obit Wilson 3-2-16Debra A. Johnson-Wilson

Debra A. Johnson-Wilson, of Princeton, departed this life February 27, 2016 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Debra was born in
Princeton, on August 13, 1957 where she attended Princeton Public Schools and graduated as a member of Princeton High School’s class of 1975. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Debra retired from Johnson & Johnson in 2011 with over 30 years of dedicated service. She was a member of The First Baptist Church of Princeton where she served passionately for many years. The Ladies Guild Ministry was very dear to her heart.

Debra was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Jamesena Johnson, Sr.; mother-in-law Verna D. Wilson; and brother-in-law, Freddie “Mikey” Wilson.

Debra’s memory will be forever celebrated and remembered by her devoted husband, Richard Wilson, Sr.; two daughters, Ayisha Johnson and Ricara Wilson; one son, Richard Wilson, Jr. (Stephanie), and 1 granddaughter, Amaia Willis; one brother, Donald Johnson, Jr. and one sister, DeAndrea Hall (Wade); sister-in-law, Yvonne Wilson-Rice (Eddie); two aunts, Beverly Phox and Joyce Trotman-Jordan (Kevin); two uncles, Roscoe Trotman (JoeAnn) and Marvin Trotman, Sr. (Martha); 1 god-son, Brandon Merrill; many cousins, several nieces and nephews and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at The First Baptist Church of Princeton, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. Calling hours will begin at 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Reverend Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors, Second Baptist Church, of Evanston, Illinois will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ladies Guild of The First Baptist Church.

Interment will be private. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton, N.J.

February 24, 2016

Christine L. Wright

Christine L. Wright (Tina), 65, passed away peacefully at her home in Princeton on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 after a brief illness.

Born in Goodland, Kansas, Tina moved to Princeton in 1990 to take up a position at the Educational Testing Service, where she worked for 22 years before her retirement in 2012. As a leader in the Assessment Development English Language Learning Department, she worked in test development and administration.

Always the adventurer, Tina moved to Laramie, Wyoming, to earn a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wyoming, where she met her husband Ashley W. Wright, an English and journalism major. Their travels in the Pacific and Asia together took them to Hawaii, where Tina earned a Master’s degree at the University of Hawaii in teaching English as a Second Language and then on to Hong Kong, where she and her husband lived for 14 years before moving to Princeton. Tina taught specialized English as a second language at Hong Kong University.

Tina loved language and music and was a voracious reader, passions she instilled in her Hong Kong-born twin daughters, Ashley and Leslie.

Tina was predeceased by her father, Dr. David Lasley; her biological mother and her brother David Lasley Jr. She is survived by her husband Ashley W. and their two daughters, Dr. Leslie L. Wright and Ashley E. Wright; her stepmother Ina Katherine Wells and her husband Bob Wells; her brother Spencer Lasley and his wife Ann; and her brother Rod Lasley and his wife Kimberly.

At Tina’s request, no services were held. Her family will gather to scatter her ashes in the Rocky Mountains at a later date.

Memorial contributions in her memory to Medecins Sans Frontieres (DoctorsWithoutBorders.org/donate) are appreciated. Extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.


Obit Aronovic 2-24-16Sanford M. Aronovic

Sanford M. Aronovic died peacefully on February 21, 2016 after a short illness. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was raised in Manhattan, eventually settling in Princeton with his wife Gilda in 1965. He was deeply loved and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gilda Aronovic, his three children — Dan, Asher, and Diane — and five granddaughters. Dr. Aronovic was 89.

Sandy (as he was called) was an excellent student, graduating Stuyvesant High School for gifted students at the age of 16. After serving in the U.S. Air Force at the end of World War II, by the age of 19 he had graduated from Columbia University’s School of Pharmacy. His father owned a pharmacy in Manhattan, and wanted him to take over the business. But since the age of 16, Sandy knew he wanted to be an analytical chemist, and he eventually earned his PhD in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He worked at Lederle Labs in N.Y., American Cyanamid in Stanford, Conn., Maumee Chemical in Ohio, and Union Camp and Thiokol Chemical in N.J.

Sandy was an active member of The Jewish Center of Princeton, a tennis and table tennis player, as well as a lover of the jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Louis Armstrong. He saw all three of his children participating on the Princeton High School tennis teams and all of them playing trumpet in the high school studio jazz band. He was an active member of CWW, Community Without Walls for Seniors in Princeton. He went to the gym 3 days a week and was an avid reader of novels. He will be sorely missed.

Services will be private.


Sylvia R. Lizana

Sylvia R. Lizana, 96, of Princeton died Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Brandywine Senior Living surrounded by her loving family. Born and raised in Chile she also resided in Argentina before moving to Princeton in 1990. Sylvia was an accomplished concert pianist at the Chilean Conservatory of Music where she was recognized for her talent by Claudio Arrau. An avid and highly intellectually curious reader, she was also a woman ahead of her time. She was a civil aviation pilot, a Steeple Chase performer, she sat at the table with Eva Perón. She traveled the world to fulfill her always pressing need of learning about humanity. In Princeton she joined the Latin American Group of Women of Princeton and was a member of the unique reading club of the South American ladies of Princeton.

Daughter of the late Valentin and Rosa Lizana-Parrague; sister of Lelia and Joseph II Ferrere of France; mother-in-law of the late Charles Feit; grandmother of the late Paul Andre Feit; wife of the late Sergio Schindler; she is survived by her daughter Hedwig Feit of Princeton, New York, and Santiago de Chile; and her loving friend and nurse Reina Donis; as well as by her sisters-in-law; brother-in-law; nephews; nieces; grand-nieces; grand-nephews; and great-grand-nieces and great-grand-nephews. Also by her loving friends spread around the world.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at St. Paul’s Church 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Lawrenceville Cemetery.

Friends may call on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Paul Andre Feit Memorial Fund at Baruch College, 1 Bernard Baruch Way, VC 6th Floor, Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, NYC, N.Y, 10010


Catherine Lengyel

Catherine Lengyel, 87, passed away on Sunday February 21, 2016 at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in Somerville, N.J. with her loving family by her side. She was born in Lyndhurst, N.J. the daughter of the late Theodore and Marie Stawicki. Mrs. Lengyel was a lifelong resident of Hillsborough, N.J. Over the years, she worked in sales at Nina and Davids Clothing Store, as a cook at LaJay’s Restaurant, and before retiring, as a baker/server at Hillsborough High School. Mrs. Lengyel enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends.

She was a very active member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Hillsborough. She was a member of the Church Rosary Society and Choir. Mrs. Lengyel also was a worker and baker at the Church bingo games, made Holy Bread for the Church, and baked for the Bishops. She was predeceased by her husband Charles Lengyel (1922-1995) and by her brother Leonard Stawicki.

She is survived by her sons Richard and his wife Holly; James and his wife Bernadette; and daughter Patricia Sadowski and her husband Charles. She is also survived by 7 granddaughters: Tracy, Kate and her husband Matt; Lara and her husband Joe; Jennifer and her husband Kyle; Gabriella, Abigail, and Bailey; and by 5 great-grandchildren Jillian, Benjamin, Henry, Sophie, and Sam; and by her sisters-in-law Josephine Stawicki and Betty Stano and her husband Michael.

The viewing will be on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Ketusky Funeral Home, 1310 Brooks Blvd., Manville, N.J., (908) 575-8512. The Parastas Service will take place at 4 p.m. during the viewing. The Funeral will be on Friday, February 26, 2016, 8 a.m. from the Ketusky Funeral Home followed by a 9 a.m. Funeral Service at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Hillsborough. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Hillsborough. Donations may be made in her memory to: St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 1900 Brooks Blvd., Hillsborough, NJ 08844. For additional information please visit our website at www.ketusky.com.


Kathleen K. Schoemaker

Kathleen K. Schoemaker, 64, of Blue Bell, Pa. formerly of Princeton, died on February 22, 2016 at her home. She was born in Mineola, N.Y. on November 5, 1951 to Frances (Pakula) and the late Alex S. Kozlowsky. Kathleen was the chief financial officer for Domain Associates, LLC.  for 30 years. She was a dedicated member of St. Helena Church in Blue Bell and St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. Kathleen is survived by her children Jeremy Schoemaker and Annemarie Tester (Michael), her grandchildren Katelyn Marie Tester and William Michael Tester, and her sister Terese Fernandez. She was pre-deceased by her brother Paul Kozlowsky. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Helena Church, 1489 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, Pa. 19422. The Viewing will be Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Emil J. Ciavarelli Family Funeral Homes, 516 Fayette St. Conshohocken, Pa. 19428, and Saturday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at St. Helena Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Charitable contributions to Einstein Montgomery Cancer Center where Kathleen received loving care can be made online at http://advance.einstein.edu or send checks to: Walk Through the Park, Einstein Healthcare Network, Development Department, Braemer Building, 5501 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141. Online donations should be designated “Walk Through the Park”. All are welcome to attend the annual Walk on May 21, 2016 at the Norristown Area Farm Park to support the Cancer Center. Condolences may be made at www.ciavarellifuneralhomes.com.

February 17, 2016

Obit Cross 2-17-16Mary S. Cross

Mary S. Cross, 79, died peacefully at home on Friday, February 5, 2016. Born in Louisville, Ky., she had been a resident of Princeton since 1975. For Mary, Princeton was a place full of friends whom she loved dearly. She thrived on life at Princeton University and regularly audited classes there. Mary spent summers in Nantucket, and it was there that she met her late husband, Theodore L. Cross, in 1973. Mary attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia, but on learning that Hollins College intended to start a year abroad program, she immediately transferred and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris for a year. This first adventure abroad instilled in Mary a deep appreciation of the world beyond the familiar and sparked her insatiable lifelong desire to travel and explore foreign cultures. Before her death, she had been hoping to join her three daughters for a trip to Cuba, and was planning a trip to her beloved Istanbul.

Mary was a photographer with a keen artistic eye. Among the many countries she visited and photographed were Vietnam, China, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Burma. She spent significant time in Egypt where she was a trustee of the American University of Cairo (AUC) for 20 years. She authored acclaimed photojournalistic articles and books including Behind the Great Wall (1979), Egypt (1991), Morocco: Sahara to the Sea (1995), Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth (2001), and Sacred Spaces: Turkish Mosques & Tombs (2013). Her eye for aesthetics included a passion for flowers. Her gardens were legendary and her house was always enlivened by magnificent arrangements of amaryllis, peonies, and tulips.

Mary had many loves: In later life she developed a passion for baseball, becoming a devoted Yankees fan, obsessed with Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte. She was an avid reader of non-fiction (history and politics), Nabokov, and the New Yorker. She also loved spy novels and movies. Mary was hooked on political news, especially Hardball with Chris Matthews. She described herself as a “Yellow Dog Democrat” (one who would rather vote for a yellow dog than a Republican). She adored lectures and discussions about politics and foreign affairs, and she regularly sat in on meetings at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she was a member. She loved the plays of Athol Fugard and was an avid patron of McCarter Theater. Mary did not hesitate to share her opinions on any topic from U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East to how many centimeters a painting needed to be lowered. But what Mary loved most was surrounding herself with her friends; and she was, in fact, preparing for a small dinner party when she died. Mary will be remembered for her tenacious spirit, extreme candor, unflagging energy, and love of interesting people, especially those with a wry sense of humor (whom she described as “droll.”)

In addition to her 20 years with AUC, Mary was a member of the Boards of Directors of Network 20/20, the Princeton Arts Council, the American School of Tangier, and the Near East Foundation. Mary sat on the advisory council of the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

Daughter of the late William A. and Dorothy (Smith) Stoll, she is survived by three daughters and their spouses: Stuart Warner and David Paltiel, Ann Warner Anderson and Ken Anderson, Polly Warner and Christopher Crawford, and eight grandchildren: Daniel, Benjamin, Madeline, Claire, Deirdre, Theodore, Eliza, and Alexandra.

Those wishing to make a charitable contribution in Mary’s memory are asked to donate to HomeFront (www.homefrontnj.org), an organization dedicating to helping the homeless in Southern New Jersey, the Trenton Soup Kitchen (www.trentonsoupkitchen.org), Doctors Without Borders, or Planned Parenthood.

A memorial service will be held on April 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Chancellor Green on the Princeton University Campus. For any additional information you may contact the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.


Obit Overton 2-17-16Leigh G. Overton

Leigh G. Overton, 96, of Hightstown, died Friday, February 5, 2016 at Meadow Lakes Nursing Home.

Born and raised in Elizabeth City, N.C., she moved to Princeton in 1953 and was a resident of Meadow Lakes since 2001. She was a realtor and artist and owner of Hello Princeton. She was a member of Trinity Church in Princeton.

Daughter of the late William and Helen V. (Robinson) Gaither; sister of the late William Gaither, Jr.; she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Hubert and Judy Overton of El Paso, Tex.; a sister Bettie Stokes of Colfax, N.C.; a grandson David M. Overton and his wife Hilary of the Philippines; a sister-in-law Frances Gaither of Rocky Mount, N.C.; special aid Treena West; four nieces and one nephew.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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


Louis E. Ceccoli

Louis E. Ceccoli, 80, of Yardley, Pa., died suddenly at his home on January 20, 2016.

Son of Louis and Anita Ceccoli, deceased, he was born in Pittston, Pa. Louis graduated from Olyphant High School, Olyphant, Pa., where he was celebrated as a local football hero; attended Mercersburg Academy, Chambersburg Pa.; and earned his BS from Villanova University.

He retired as director of sales, Manhattan, for Commerce Clearing House International, Inc. He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann; his son, Louis; and his sister, Judith C. Colnaghi, of Princeton. Memorial services to be announced.

February 10, 2016

Obit Stackhouse 2-10-16Rev. Max L. Stackhouse

Reverend Dr. Max L. Stackhouse, former professor at Princeton Seminary died on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at home in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He was 80 years old.

After graduating from DePauw University and Harvard Divinity School, Dr. Stackhouse was ordained by the United Church of Christ and went on to be internationally recognized as a theologian in the field of Christian social ethics. After early involvement in the civil rights movement, he pioneered work in public theology, economics, globalization, and ecclesiastical concerns.

Dr. Stackhouse held the Herbert Gezork Professorship at Andover Newton Theological School, where he was on the faculty for nearly 30 years before becoming the Stephen Colwell Professor of Christian Ethics, later the Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life, at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1993 to 2006. Dr. Stackhouse held numerous international visiting professorships, with long-term relationships at United Theological College in Bangalore, India, China, and South Korea, and within the former Eastern Block, with additional lecturing, conferences, and teaching in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Fiji, Thailand, South Africa, Taiwan, Australia, Brazil, Europe, and the United States.

His writings and teachings spanned more than half a century and include approximately 500 articles, book reviews, and book chapters. He authored or edited 25 books, among them On Moral Business; Creeds, Societies & Human Rights; and his last major work, God & Globalization, a four-part series sponsored by the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey. A Festschrift, Public Theology for a Global Society: Essays in Honor of Max Stackhouse, was published in 2010, followed by a book of essays, Shaping Public Theology: Selections from the Writings of Max L. Stackhouse in 2014, both by the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Dr. Stackhouse served as president of the American Theological Society, The Society for Christian Ethics, and the James Luther Adams Foundation. He was instrumental in the founding and served as the director of the Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, and was a founding member of numerous other groups, including The Niebuhr Society, the Covenant Interest Group at the Society of Christian Ethics, and the China Academic Consortium, as well as the Berkshire Institute of Theology and the Arts, which he established with his wife, Jean Stackhouse, and led for 15 years. He was on the editorial boards of several journals, including The Christian Century, Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of Political Theology, Religion in Eastern Europe, and Faith & International Affairs. He received a Leadership Award from The Center for Public Justice in 2007 and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, DePauw University, in 1994.

Locally, Dr. Stackhouse was an active member of The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge, an avid tennis player, music lover, and beloved spouse, father, brother, and grandfather. He was known for his sense of humor and generosity of spirit. He is survived by his wife, Jean Stackhouse; son Dale Stackhouse and daughter-in-law Robin Olds Stackhouse of Indianapolis, Indiana; son David and daughter-in-law Amy Stackhouse of Edgecomb, Maine; daughter Sara Stackhouse and son-in-law Johan de Besche of Arlington, Massachusetts; grandchildren Molly, Zachary, and Violet; and sister Judy Harris of St. Louis, Missouri.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13 at 3 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Max Stackhouse to Covenant House New York, Attn: Sandra Latchman, 461 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10001-1810, or online at covenanthouse.org; or The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or at michaeljfox.org.


William Crouse Becker

William C. Becker, a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, died peacefully on February 6, 2016 from natural causes at the age of 89. He has resided in the Princeton area since 1957.

He graduated from Reading High School Class of 1944, served in the U.S. Army during 1945-46, and is a 1951 honors graduate of Rider College. For six years, he was associated with the New York offices of Arthur Andersen & Co. He joined Princeton University Press in 1957, a scholarly book publisher closely affiliated with Princeton University. In 1966, he was promoted to the new position of associate director and controller, retiring in 1990 after 33 years of distinguished service.

Over the years, he was active on a number of Boards and Committees, serving on the statistics committees of the American Book Publishers Council and the Association of American University Presses in the early 60s; as treasurer of the Association of American University Presses in 1968-1970; on the Board of Directors of Centro Interamericos Libros Academios from 1969 to 1975, an organization based in Mexico City, jointly sponsored by the Association of American University Presses and the University of Mexico; on the Board of Directors of the newly formed Princeton chapter of the National Association of Accountants during the late 60s and early 70s; as treasurer of the Princeton Nursery School in the late 70s and early 80s; and as treasurer of the Master Gardeners of Mercer County during the 90s.

He was a member of the first graduating class (1994) of the Master Gardener of Mercer County Program, a volunteer organization sponsored by Rutgers University through the Extension Service; and for 15 years sang with the Hopewell Valley Chorus, starting in 1995.

He is survived by Nancy, his wife of 48 years, a son Christopher and his wife Chia-lin, residing in Oakland, California; a daughter Pamela of Pennington, and her husband Robert E. Haberle; two grandchildren, Taylor Haberle and Alexandra Becker. His brother E. Martin Becker of Reading, Pennsylvania predeceased him in 2014.

A memorial service will be held at a future date.


Martha Lou Stohlman

Martha Lou Lemmon Stohlman, her daughters at her side, passed away in October 2015, shortly before her 102nd birthday, leaving a life rich in experience and accomplishment. A native of Springfield, Missouri, she graduated from Sweet Briar College and received her PhD in psychology from Cornell University. From 1937–1944 she taught at Colorado College before joining the Foreign Service. In Rome, she met W. Frederick Stohlman, on leave from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. They married a year later, in 1946. He died in 1966.

A woman of great talent and curiosity, she was always active. In Princeton, she was one of the founders of the Princeton Study Center. An elder and, for two years, director of Christian Education, she was always involved in the life of Nassau Presbyterian Church. Serving on the Environmental Commission of the Borough, she was involved with studies on noise, traffic congestion, and excess mail.

Martha Lou was an avid participant as an alumna of Sweet Briar College, serving in many areas including the Board of Overseers as well as receiving many awards for her efforts. She wrote The Story of Sweet Briar College.

The Presbyterian Church commissioned her to write John Witherspoon: Parson, Politician, Patriot on the occasion of the nation’s bicentennial. The Lemmon Tree is her unpublished memoir of growing up in the Ozarks. She also wrote many articles for various publications.

An avid reader, she was never without two or three books, covering a variety of subjects. Beginning with a trip to South America in 1937, her great sense of adventure took her to many places in the world. Always active, she loved the outdoors and visiting her many friends. With a keen eye for art, she made beautiful photographs and was an accomplished pianist. Her final two decades she lived at Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Martha Lou will be remembered as a remarkable woman in all that she did, with a keen intellect, a generous spirit, and a quick wit.

She is survived by two daughters, Julie Stohlman of Seattle, Washington and Suzanne Stohlman of Kennebunkport, Maine.

Donations in her honor may be made to the Crisis Ministry, 123 East Hanover Street, Trenton, NJ 08608, in memory of Martha Lou Stohlman. This program was dear to Martha Lou’s heart. www.fluehr.com.


Obit Thompson 2-10-16Roger D. Thompson

Roger D. Thompson, of Lancaster, Pa, and formerly of Princeton, died January 3, 2016. He was 90.

He was born March 1, 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised there and in Louisville, Ky. Roger was the son of the late Harold Higgins Thompson and Mildred Liwrey (Rogers) Thompson.

Roger worked at Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and at DuMont Laboratories in Clifton, New Jersey. He then worked for many years for RCA, both in Princeton and in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His work included advances in transmission and recording of television signals, coordination of transmission standards, and development of a single beam electron gun and the use of it in a color television cathode ray picture tube. He earned many patents for his work.

Roger built a short-wave radio at the age of 14, became a first class radio operator at the age of 16, and worked at several radio stations. He graduated from Male High School in Louisville, Ky. and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He was accepted into the V-12 officer training program. As a part of that program, he graduated from the University of Louisville as an officer with a degree in electrical engineering. He then served aboard the U.S.S. Denver until the end of the war. After the war, Roger married, started a family, and earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

Roger was a private pilot, owning his own small plane. He enjoyed traveling, and flew his family to every continental state, Canada, and the Bahamas. He also enjoyed contra and square dancing with several local groups as well as national groups. He often attended dancing workshops at various colleges and universities. He always was appreciative of all that he was able to have and to do with his life, and quietly gave back of his time and resources as the need would arise. He was a wonderful example to his family of the virtues in life of honesty, perseverance, good humor, loyalty, and many more.

In addition to his parents, Roger is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Mary Alice (McDermott) Thompson in 2011 and his brother-in-law, Robert (Bob) Yantz in 2013. Surviving is a sister Laura Jane (Jen) Yantz of Kingsport, Tenn. Also surviving is a daughter Ann (Thompson) Caton and her husband Mark, of Uniontown, Pa.; a son Bruce Thompson of East Petersburg, Pa.; and a nephew who was raised as a son, Ted Adams, of Philadelphia, Pa. He has three grandchildren, Seth and his wife Amy, Matthew, and Marilyn, all of Uniontown, Pa. And he has three great-grandchildren, Seth II, Casey, and Jacob, also of Uniontown, Pa. Also surviving are many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Services will be private.


Obit Griffin 2-10-16Gordon Dix Griffin

Gordon Dix Griffin, age 96, died on January 29, 2016 in Skillman. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he was a long time resident of the Trenton and Princeton areas.

After graduating from Trenton High School and Princeton University, class of 1940, Gordon served as a forward observer in the U.S. Army’s 119th Field Artillery during World War II. He participated in five campaigns in the European Theatre of Operations, including Normandy, The Rhineland, and The Ardennes. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Bronze Star.

Following the war, Gordon attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania on the GI bill. A practicing attorney, he co-founded along with the late Ralph Mason, the Princeton law firm of Mason, Griffin & Pierson. Gordon’s long association with Ralph Mason began when they met at a YMCA camp on the Delaware River where Mason was a counselor and Gordon a camper. Years later, in 1948, they began their lasting professional relationship when Gordon became an associate of Montgomery & Mason. In 1955, the partnership of Mason & Griffin was formed and from then on the firm developed and grew, taking on partners and changing its name, to become the leading firm in the region it is today.

Gordon served for many years as the municipal attorney for the Township of Princeton and the Borough of Princeton. He was past president of the Mercer County Legal Aid Society, the Princeton Bar Association, the Mercer County Bar Association, and the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys. He was a trustee of the Mercer County Bar Foundation.

Inspired by and sometimes in concert with his wife of 57 years, the late Sallie Fell Griffin who died in 1999, Gordon volunteered in many community organizations and institutions. He was president of the Social Service Bureau of Princeton, the Princeton Lions Club, the New Jersey Unit of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and the Rockingham Association. He was a past trustee of the Nassau Club, the Westminster Choir College, and the Princeton Senior Resource Center. One of the original residents of Stonebridge at Montgomery, where he lived for the last 12 years, Gordon was active at its opening, serving as the first president of its residents’ association.

Gordon was an avid reader of history, and also shared a love of travel with his wife. Together they wrote and produced dozens of travel journals of their many trips, full of history, wit, and insight, which his children treasure today. Throughout his life Gordon delighted family and friends with his masterful skill on the harmonica, and without these performances no family party was complete. He had a beautiful singing voice and loved to entertain with the old standards. He remained an enthusiastic and highly competitive crossword puzzler until the end of his life.

Gordon is survived by a daughter, Sallie van Merkensteijn of Philadelphia; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gordon and Jenifer Griffin of Princeton and Henry Griffin and Pamela Wintle of Washington D.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Griffin and Scott Sillars of Princeton; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Interment will be with his wife at All Saints’ Cemetery in Princeton. The family is planning a memorial celebration to take place in June around the time of his birthday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton Steet, Princeton NJ 08540 or The D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540.

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


Obit May 2-10-16Eleanor May

Eleanor May, age 91, died peacefully surrounded by her family on February 2, 2016. Eleanor was born on March 27, 1924. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alois May and Blanche (Miller) May of Portland, Oregon and two sisters, Diane Kragrud and Pauline “Polly” Burke.

Eleanor was a graduate of Reed College in 1945. During the years when her children were young, she edited a local newspaper in the New Brunswick area and was a member of the school board. She was an elementary school teacher and later taught math at Dunellen High School. Eleanor was a passionate political activist supporting the causes she believed in and campaigning tirelessly for her candidates of choice. After receiving her Masters degree in 1967, she was an instructor in mathematics at Douglass College, Rutgers University.

In 1973 Eleanor began a 30-year career as managing and technical editor for the Annals of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University. She devoted herself wholeheartedly to this work and found it genuinely satisfying. She enjoyed collegial relationships with some of the most brilliant minds at Princeton and continued working part time well into her retirement years, cherishing the fulfillment of her work and the association with respected colleagues.

Eleanor was a lifelong competitive tennis and bridge player and loved to travel. She made many dear friends throughout the years with whom she shared her love of life and intellectual pursuits including a deep appreciation for the classics and opera.

For the past several years, Eleanor struggled with a multitude of illnesses, always maintaining her interests, independence, dignity and joie de vivre, as she did her best to live her life to the fullest.

Eleanor is survived by her four children whom she adored: Alan Weisenborn (and his wife Dulce) of Miami, Florida; Lynn Appleby (and her husband Michael) of Charlottesville, Virginia; Eric Weisenborn of Beaverton, Oregon; Robert Weisenborn (and his wife Leigh Anne) of Lambertville, New Jersey; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A celebration-of-life gathering will be announced at a later date.


Obit Terry 2-10-16Richard Wayne Terry

Richard Wayne Terry, 59, of Whispering Pines, N.C. passed away at his home on Saturday, January 16, 2016 after a long illness. Rick was born and raised in Princeton, and had many happy memories of growing up there.

Rick was a man of many talents. He was a master craftsman, woodworker, and carpenter. From a very early age he was fascinated by how things worked. He could fix anything and throughout his life he derived great pleasure from designing and building furniture and ‘gadgets’ to meet a specific function.

Rick loved the outdoors and was a gifted athlete who enjoyed hiking, biking, rock-climbing, canoeing, kite-flying, and tennis. However, basketball was Rick’s favorite sport, and although he was only 5’9’’, he once famously took a certain ex-pro ‘to school’ in a pickup game.

He also had a passion for music and was a talented piano-player, who possessed a natural improvisational ability. While he appreciated a wide variety of musical genres, he had a special love of jazz, classical and funk.

His love of animals, especially dogs, was a deep thread that ran through his life, and his exceptional ability to relate to them brought him much joy over the years.

Rick was a kind, warm, humble, and generous man, with a perceptive mind and an easy way about him. He possessed a great sense of humor and lived his life with a deep sense of personal integrity. Rick was a wonderful friend, and an exceptional husband, brother, son, and uncle, as well as father to his beloved dogs.

Rick lived with cancer for the last eight years of his life and was especially appreciative of the skilled and compassionate care he received at the FirstHealth Cancer Center in Pinehurst, N.C. His many walks at the Southern Pines Reservoir were a source of peace and serenity for him during this time.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Lynch, his beloved dog Roscoe; his brother, Gregory Maynard Terry; his sister, Joyce Lynn Darling; his brother-in-law, Glen Earl Darling; his nephews, Matthew Maynard Darling and Andrew Lynn Darling; and many extended family members. He was predeceased by his parents Charles Maynard Terry and Bernis Arlene Terry, and his beloved dogs Oscar and Jesse. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at Mountain Lakes House in Princeton in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The International Myeloma Foundation (myeloma.org) or New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue (ns4ar.org).

Powell Funeral Home and Crematory in Southern Pines, N.C. is assisting the family.

Condolences: PinesFunerals.com.

February 3, 2016

Memorial Service

David Orson Tolman, 72, of Princeton died Monday, November 23, 2015. A Memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2016 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


Obit Muser 2-3-16Jeanette K. Muser

Jeanette Marie Krueger Muser of Rocky Hill, New Jersey passed away on January 25, 2016. She was born on November 16, 1940 in Vienna, Austria of American parents. Her father, Dr. Frederick James Krueger, served in the U.S. Public Health Service and was assigned to Europe between 1939 and 1941. Her mother, Dora Jeanette Martin Krueger, was born in Richland County, Wisconsin. After several assignments the family settled in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in 1951.

Jeanette graduated form Wauwatosa High School in 1958 and continued her education at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. She earned a BA degree in Secondary Education in 1962 and an MA degree in history in 1965. Jeanette married Franz Josef Moehn in 1962 and their first child, Frederick Josef, was born in Madison in 1964. A year later, Jeanette and her family moved to Princeton. In 1967, Jeanette received a Fulbright fellowship for a year in Germany. Her second child, Juliette Marie, was born in Princeton in 1968, after the family returned to the United States.

Shortly after the birth of her second child, Jeanette and her family moved to Pennington. Jeanette earned an MA degree from Rutgers University in Library Science in 1971. She was hired in 1972 to develop a library in the new West Windsor — Plainsboro High School. During her 23-year career as the high school librarian she wrote several journal articles, presented workshops at conferences, and influenced countless high school students as they learned how to do research and successfully navigate all types of media for learning.

Jeanette and Franz were divorced in 1982, and after both of her children had finished high school, Jeanette married Rainer Karl Martin Muser in 1987. The newlyweds moved to Rocky Hill the same year.

After 23 years at West Windsor — Plainsboro High School, Jeanette retired in 1995. She then pursued volunteer work offering her library and history skills to several projects including the Rocky Hill Heritage Project, the newsletter Rocky Hill Remembers, and the Images of America series book Rocky Hill, Kingston, and Griggstown (Arcadia, 1998). Her years of dedication to local history earned her an award in 2002 from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Jeanette’s passion for local history led her to serve on the Rocky Hill Planning Board, volunteer for the committee that secured the Millstone River Valley National Scenic Byway, and to publish a booklet entitled 1783: General George Washington’s Departure from Military Service.

Jeanette was also considered the family historian, taking that duty over from an elderly maternal aunt. She self-published a newsletter called Big Bluestem in a nod to her beloved home state of Wisconsin and as a tribute to the family’s ancestors. Jeanette joined the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Daughters of the American Revolution. As her last personal project, she wrote the story of her family’s ancestry.

Surviving her are her husband Rainer Muser and her two children, Frederick Josef Moehn of New York and Juliette Moehn Brown of Seattle. She was “Nana” to her beloved four grandchildren Martin Arturo Josef Moehn-Aguayo, Madeline Shea Brown, Josefina Marie Moehn-Aguayo, and Naomi Cristina Moehn-Aguayo.

A community gathering to honor Jeanette’s memory was  held on January 28, 2016 at the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill from 4 to 6 p.m. A private family memorial service will be held in the spring. Jeanette will be buried with her parents in Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation or to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


2008 and a parting smile from PrincetonWilliam Brower

William Brower, 89, a retired professor of speech communications at Princeton Theological Seminary, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was born in 1926. Brower lived in the Princeton area for 55 years, and in 2009 moved to Piqua, Ohio, and shared residence with Blount Springs, Alabama.

His mother, an opera singer, and his father, a trial lawyer and Alabama state senator, both encouraged him to become an actor. When William was eight, the family moved to New York, where his father served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General. In his school years, Brower continued to aim for a career in acting. During World War II, he joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and enrolled at the University of Virginia, where he received both his undergraduate degree and his U.S. Navy commission in the fall of 1945. He was stationed until late 1946 in the Philippines, serving as a commander of amphibious vessels operating out of bases in Batangas, Manila, and Subic Bay.

In 1946, Brower began a career as a professional actor and worked in several Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. In the 1950s, his career extended to television, and he appeared on such major programs as Studio One, The Ford Theatre Hour, Kraft Theatre, Nash Airflyte Theatre, and The Big Story. William earned his graduate degree at Teachers College of Columbia University in 1952 and two years later accepted an offer to teach at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he taught courses in speech and oral interpretation and directed numerous plays, retiring in 1993. Brower was called back as a visiting lecturer and taught until 2008, an active span of 54 years, one of the longest in the history of the institution.

One of Brower’s tasks at the Seminary was to hear and give critiques of students’ sermons. A colleague, knowing of Brower’s unorthodox religious views, once remarked, “Brower, in the history of the church, many times has one preacher preached to thousands of heretics, but your career is the first example of thousands of preachers preaching to the same heretic!” Brower gave many concert readings of short stories and was known for his interpretations of poetry, especially the works of Robert Frost.

William was predeceased by his parents, Walter Scott and Elizabeth (Jordan) Brower; his wife of 59 years, Elaine (Yuenger) Brower; and one brother. Survivors include his wife Noralie McCoy Brower; three sons, Walter (Elizabeth Nicholls) of Birmingham; Dana of Boulder, Colorado; and Raymond (Julia Farrall) of Denver; two stepdaughters, Shawna (James) Hite of Brentwood, Tennessee; and Raena (John Scott) Sherrill of Nashville; and two grandchildren, Lucy and Charles.

January 27, 2016

Gladys I. Lewis

Gladys Isabel Lewis, (Lady Lewis), died peacefully at her daughter’s home in Monroe Township, New Jersey, on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the age of 98.

Born in St. George’s, Grenada on December 19, 1917, she was the last surviving child of William Henry Jacobs and Henrietta Theodora DuBois. After graduating from the Anglican High School in Grenada, Gladys moved to Warminster, England to attend the St. Monica’s Girls missionary training school run by Community of St. Denys. They encouraged her to do teacher training in the Montessori method at the University of London.

During World War II, Gladys assisted with the evacuation of children from London to the countryside during the Blitz, taught school, and played the organ for the local church. After the war, she returned to Grenada to become assistant superintendent of schools.

She met Arthur Lewis in London after attending a talk he had given. They corresponded and were married in St. George’s, Grenada in May 1947. Returning with Arthur to Manchester, England, Gladys taught kindergarten school during the early years of their marriage until the birth of her daughters, Elizabeth and Barbara. They were happily married for 44 years.

Gladys reveled in providing care and support for both husband and children. Arthur was a professor of economics and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1979. His work took him to various countries and Gladys created a vibrant, warm, and loving home in each location including at the University of Manchester in England; at Stanford University in California; in New York City and in Accra, Ghana while Arthur was with the United Nations; in Jamaica, while Arthur was Vice Chancellor for the University of the West Indies; at Princeton University in New Jersey; and in Barbados, where Arthur was president of the Caribbean Development Bank. Gladys was a travel companion to Arthur for his many lectures around the world. In 1963 Arthur was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and she received the title Lady Lewis.

Gladys was a lifelong Jane Austen fan and a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She served on the Board of the Princeton chapter of the Legal Defense Fund. She regularly attended the American Philosophical Society open meetings in Philadelphia. She was a strong supporter of the International Center at Princeton University. She worked as a monitor for the Recording for the Blind for over 20 years. A devout, lifelong Episcopalian, she never lost her interest in attending church events and she was a regular attendant at services.

Artistically, she loved working with wood and created everything from a doll’s house for her children (now with her granddaughter) to abstract works of art that were exhibited several times in galleries in New York and New Jersey.

Gladys and Arthur often entertained dignitaries and guests at home. She was a superb cook and a skilled hostess. She was a gracious and generous person who had a great sense of fun, loved to laugh and joke, and thoroughly enjoyed the company of family and friends.

Gladys is survived by her two daughters: Elizabeth Channon and her husband, Stephen and Barbara Virgil and her husband, Richard; her granddaughter, Samantha Virgil; her step grandchildren, Elizabeth Efaw and Charles Channon; and many beloved nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. David Episcopal Church, 90 South Main Street, Cranbury, NJ, 08512.

Visitation for friends and family will be held Friday, January 29, 2016 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the A.S. Cole & Son Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512 and Saturday, January 30, 2016 at St. David’s Episcopal Church from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Interment will be with her husband on the grounds of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, The Morne, St. Lucia at a later date.


Lucy Freeman

Lucy Rubino Freeman, a 60-year resident of Princeton, passed away Thursday afternoon on January 14, 2016 in Tujunga, California at the home of her grandson Seth and his family who had cared for her for the past three years.

Lucy was born in 1912 in New York City, one of four sisters born to Giacenta and Giovanni Rubino. Her parents had immigrated as teenagers shortly before the turn of the last century from San Fele, Italy. She lived the first quarter of her life in Greenwich Village. She was a graduate of Washington Irving High School and New York University.

She met and married her husband of 50 years, Paul M. Freeman, in the mid-1930s. He was at that time a jazz guitar player. He later earned a doctorate in educational psychology from Columbia University and got a job at Educational Testing Service, which at that point was located at 20 Nassau Street. She and her husband and son moved to Princeton just before 1950.

Her husband had developed MS, and knowing he would be unable to continue work, Lucy went back to school and got a masters degree and taught for 20 years (mostly first graders) while managing her husband’s care. She and her family were amongst the earliest members of the Unitarian Church, which was then located in the Van Dyke Mansion on Bayard Lane.

In retirement and after the death of her husband in 1985, she continued her involvement in the League of Women Voters, the Unitarian Church, and literacy training. She travelled with her son to Italy when she was 80 years old — her first overseas trip. She made three other trips to Europe in her eighties to visit dear friends Inge and Seenu Srinavassen.

She was one of the original residents of The Windrows where she lived for almost 10 years until she moved to Saint Andrews Village nursing home in Boothbay Harbor, Maine close to her son’s house. In 2013, she moved into the home she shared with her grandson, Seth, his wife, Patricia, and their four children.

She is survived by them and her son Paul of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The family is planning a memorial service sometime this summer in Maine. Anyone wishing to contact the family may do so via Paul Freeman, P.O. Box 321 Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04538 or by email paulgiovanni@yahoo.com.


Obit Brown 1-27-16Margaret Shepard Brown

Margaret Shepard Brown, 90, previously of Princeton, died peacefully on January 18, 2016, at her home in Ocean Ridge, Florida.

Margaret was born in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 23, 1925 to Alfred Clayton Shepard and Annie Streater Shepard. Along with her sister, Marie and brother, Clayton, she grew up in Boynton. Margaret graduated as the Valedictorian of her class from Boynton High School in 1942. After attending Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia then later to New York City, to live and work as an executive secretary at the IBM Corporation. This is where she met her husband of 52 years, Beverly Brown.

Margaret was a loving wife and mother. She and her husband spent 20 years in Princeton raising five children. She had a love of life; she enjoyed sports, music, traveling, and meeting new people. She was an avid tennis player and fan throughout her life. She participated in the Princeton Tennis Program and won numerous awards at The Ocean Club of Florida. Margaret attended the U.S. Open several times, Wimbledon, as well as the French Open. Margaret was a lifelong member and active participant in the Methodist Church. She played the piano, sang in the church choir, and was part of the Princeton United Methodist Women. She loved the opera and was a staunch supporter of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She was also a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, the Philanthropic and Educational Organization for Women and the Boynton Woman’s Club.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Annie and Alfred C. Shepard; and brother, Alfred Clayton Shepard.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Beverly of Ocean Ridge, Florida; her sister, Eleanor Marie Shepard of Boynton Beach; her five children, Terry Brown, Amy Brown, Nancy Kauffman, Janet Helm, and Anne Marie Schur; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her nephews, Craig and Mark Shepard; and two great nieces.

The burial will take place on Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:45 p.m., at the South Florida National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at The First United Methodist Church of Boynton Beach on January 30, 2016 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Clark Edwards officiating. Scobee-Combs-Bowden Funeral Home of Boynton is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ, 08542 or Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, Florida, 33801.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the TrustBridge Health Hospice of Palm Beach County for creating a peaceful environment and all of their support throughout this journey.

January 20, 2016

Obit Bahri 1-20-16Abbas Bahri 

Abbas Bahri, professor of mathematics at Rutgers University, and resident of the Princeton area since 1990, passed away on January 10, 2016 after a long illness.

Abbas Bahri was born to Jalila and Mohamed El Hedi Bahri on January 1, 1955. He received his secondary education in Tunisia, and, in 1974, was the first Tunisian to enter the École Normale Superieure de la rue d’Ulm in Paris. While a research assistant at the C.N.R.S. from 1979 to 1981, he obtained his Agrégation de Mathématiques and subsequently received his Doctorat d’Etat at Université Pierre et Marie Curie. He began his professional endeavors as L.E. Dickson Instructor at the University of Chicago and then held positions as professor at the École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, and E.N.I.T., Tunis. Beginning in 1988, he held the position of professor at Rutgers University, where he supervised a number of PhD students. As director of the center for nonlinear analysis, he organized many seminars and research activities. He also gave numerous lectures as an invited speaker at conferences and universities around the world.

Abbas Bahri’s research focused on nonlinear analysis and variational problems with lack of compactness, coming from several areas of mathematics: his works deal with partial differential equations, critical points theories, homology computations, Hamiltonian systems, and Riemaniann and contact geometry.

Throughout his career, he was an innovative and prolific researcher, unafraid to tackle exceptionally difficult problems and often obtaining spectacular results. In the early 1980s, Abbas Bahri introduced the new theory of the “critical points at infinity” which represents a milestone in the calculus of variations, and which enabled him to also advance in other areas of research. In 1989, he was awarded the Langevin Prize in mathematics, and the Fermat Prize, in particular for his work on the 3-body problem.

With his new techniques, he was able to investigate and reveal deep phenomena, such as the effect of the topology in some problems with critical nonlinearity, the existence of solutions to the Yamabe problem having high Morse index, and the behavior of periodic orbits of Hamiltonian and contact vector-fields. Over the past few years, he used new topological arguments in order to study the Contact form Homology, in the variational framework related to the Weinstein conjecture: in particular, since the problem has a natural circle action, he made a crucial step by understanding and describing the interactions “point to circle” between different kinds of critical points.

In addition to his academic achievements, Abbas Bahri was a proponent of progress, democracy, and social justice in the world. He particularly believed in, and fought for the democratization of his country of origin, where free rational thinking would prevail, and was confident in the intellectual potential of the Tunisian people. Since 1990, he dedicated much of his free time to Tunisia’s scientific advancement, promoting international cultural exchanges, and educating many researchers in his field. He taught in several parts of Tunisia with purely altruistic intent. In recognition of all his efforts, an international mathematical conference was organized on the occasion of his 60th birthday in Hammamet, Tunisia (March 2015).

Besides being a gifted mathematician with an exceptional sense of originality and depth, Abbas Bahri was also interested in — among other things — history, art, music, literature, philosophy, and politics. He believed in the contribution of the Arab and Muslim culture to the development of human knowledge and intellect, and as a source of inspiration for progress. He also viewed this contribution as a way to transcend cultural differences.

Abbas Bahri valued diversity and nurtured friendships from all over the world. He lived as a humble man, devoted to his family and research. He is survived by his wife Diana and his four children Thouraya, Kahena, Salima, and Mohamed El Hedi. His death is mourned by many who have been inspired by his contagious enthusiasm for life and optimism for the future. He will continue to be a role model for generations to come.


Obit Roth 1-20-16

Adam Wingfield Roth 

On December 16, 2015, Adam Wingfield Roth, 57, passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends at his parents Manhattan home. Born May 16, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pa., Adam was raised in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School in 1976. He attended Emerson College in Boston, where he formed the Comedy Workshop with Steven Wright and Denis Leary, continuing to collaborate with Leary for the rest of his life. As a professional composer and guitarist, Adam was a quintessential figure in the New York City rock scene for over 30 years, performing with, among many others, the Del Fuegos, the Jim Carroll Band, Garland Jeffreys, Merseybeat legend Billy J. Kramer, and the band he founded, the Liza Colby Sound. Adam mentored at-risk youths battling addiction with the non-profit organization Road Recovery. He is survived by his son Charlie Ringo Roth, partner Marta Maletz, parents Caroline Roth and cartoonist Arnold Roth, and brother Charles Roth. Known for his easygoing wit, impeccable style, and charisma, Adam was a true artist in every way. A musician, showman, loving friend, brother, and son, Adam’s most rewarding role was being a devoted dad to his young son. He will be terribly missed. A memorial gathering will be announced at a later date.

January 13, 2016

Obit Baldwin 1-13-16Robert H.B. Baldwin

Robert H.B. Baldwin, former Chairman and President of Morgan Stanley and Co. and Under Secretary of the Navy, died Sunday of pneumonia. He was 95. He was a resident of Hobe Sound, Florida and had a home in Princeton.

Mr. Baldwin was both witness to and agent of enormous transitions on Wall Street during his 37-year career, which was interrupted only by his service as Under Secretary of the Navy from 1965 to 1967. He started at Morgan Stanley in 1946, and was named Partner in 1958. During much of his career Morgan Stanley’s business was focused entirely on advising and raising capital for corporations, relying on other firms to distribute the clients’ securities. In 1971 Mr. Baldwin became president, and presided over the launch of a sales and trading business. Under his leadership the firm also added investment research, private wealth management, and launched the industry’s first dedicated mergers and acquisitions department. He was promoted to chairman in 1979, and retired from the firm in 1983; at that time, Robert E. Linton, chairman of the Securities Industry Association, Wall Street’s leading trade group, commented: “He represented all the things that Morgan Stanley stood for, yet was modern enough to compete in the new world.” Very active in industry affairs, Mr. Baldwin served on the Board of the New York Stock Exchange from 1974 to 1977 and then was chairman of the Security Industries Association starting in 1977.

Mr. Baldwin’s many philanthropic endeavors included The Presbyterian Hospital of New York, where he was a trustee from 1973 until his death. In the early 1980s, he chaired a highly successful capital campaign resulting in the building of the Allen Pavilion. In addition, he was particularly proud of supporting a small project on the Lower East Side of New York, started by two dedicated social reformers led by William Milliken. Dedicated to tackling the high dropout rate of underserved youth, the project, now called Communities in Schools, has grown to have locations in 26 states, serving 1.5 million elementary, middle, and high school students through 164 affiliates. Its proven model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life, and it is the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school. He was also active on the board of the Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge Foundation in Morristown, N.J., having been a founding Board member in 1974, and serving as president and CEO from 1987 to 1990, and chairman from 1990 to 2000. Over the 30 years that he served on the Dodge Board, its assets grew from $60 million to $288 million and over this period the foundation awarded 9,700 grants totaling $301 million.

Mr. Baldwin served on two Presidential Commissions, and during his stint as Under Secretary of the Navy he made two trips to Vietnam. At the end of his first trip in 1965, he recommended the Navy use containers for its shipments to the area. After pursuing the idea for 18 months, the first containerized ship arrived in Vietnam in 1967, his last day of office. It was estimated that containerization reduced theft and spoilage sufficiently to save the government from $12 to $18 billion.

Mr. Baldwin was born in East Orange, N.J. on July 9, 1920. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, cum laude, in 1938 and from Princeton University, summa cum laude, in 1942. While at Princeton, he was awarded letters in football, basketball, and baseball and was winner of the William Winston Roper Cup in 1942, the highest honor for a student-athlete at Princeton. After graduation, Mr. Baldwin volunteered for service in the Navy and graduated from Officer’s Training School in December, 1942. He remained on active duty until April, 1946. He joined Morgan Stanley that month.

Mr. Baldwin is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dorothy Tobin Baldwin; five children from his previous marriage to Geraldine Williams Baldwin: Janet K. Baldwin of New York, N.Y., Deborah Baldwin Fall of Chappaqua, N.Y.; Robert H.B. Baldwin, Jr. of Princeton; Whitney H. Baldwin of Villanova, Pa.; and Elizabeth Baldwin Maushardt of Santa Cruz, Calif.; as well as two stepchildren, Mary A. Hack of Greenwich, Conn. and W. Dillaway Ayres, Jr. of Glen Cove, N.Y.; and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in his honor at the Princeton University Chapel on Saturday, January 9 at 2 p.m. He will be buried in the family plot in Bridgehampton, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Office of Communities in Schools (www.communitiesinschools.org/donate).

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


Patricia Beard

Patricia Durkin Beard, 56, of Pennington, and formerly of Wood-Ridge, passed away on Sunday afternoon, January 10, 2016 surrounded by her family. Patricia was a 1981 alumna of Montclair State University, receiving her BA in Broadcasting and going on to a career in freelance television production and direction. Active in her community, she served two terms as president of the Princeton Day School Parents Association and concentrated her philanthropic efforts into Princeton area arts organizations. Beloved wife of David D. Beard. Devoted mother of David Andrew and Christopher James. Loving daughter of John and Grace Durkin of Wood-Ridge. Dear sister of Maureen McCormick and her husband David and Carol Trinker and her husband Michael. Sister-in-law of Fred Beard and his wife Dorothy. Cherished aunt of Faith Trinker, Susan Sobkowicz, Debra Curran, and Lisa Hagy. Funeral at Costa Memorial Home, Boulevard and Central Ave., Hasbrouck Heights on Saturday, January 16 at 9:30 a.m. Funeral Liturgy from Church of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady Wood-Ridge at 10:30 a.m. Entombment to follow at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Visitation Friday, January 15 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the John Theurer Cancer Center at HUMC, Hackensack, NJ 07601.


Obit Williams 1-13-16David Latin Williams

David Latin Williams, 81, of Princeton died Friday, January 8, 2016 at Merwick Care Center in Plainsboro.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa. he resided in Princeton. He was a professor at Essex County College in Newark. David was the first Naturalist at the Churchville Nature Center in Churchville, Pa.

There will be a book signing event there on Saturday, January 16 at 1 p.m. All are invited. Visit www.churchvillenaturecenter.org.

David was a naturalist at the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. A student of the famous botanist Dr. Edgar T. Wherry Hill, his life and work will be remembered. He was also a wonderful photographer of plants and wild flowers.

Son of the late Dr. S. Culver and Barbara (Latin) Williams, he is survived by his wife of 57 years Idaherma Williams, a son Evan Jan Williams, and a sister Dr. Deborah Williams Holmes.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, January 14, 2016 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Donations in his honor may be sent to Friends of the Bordentown Marsh, Trenton, NJ.


Barbara Sorgento

Barbara “Bobbie” Sorgento, 78, of Newtown, Pa., passed away Saturday, January 9, 2016.

Born in New Brunswick, Bobbie grew up in Metuchen, N.J. She lived in Trenton and Morrisville, Pa. before relocating to Newtown, Pa. in 1999. Bobbie earned a Masters of Arts Degree from Rider University. For over 35 years, Bobbie had a fulfilling and successful career at Mercer Medical Center in Trenton as director of the Cardio-Pulmonary Department. Her second career was as a partner of AAA Secretarial Service in Princeton. Bobbie also served as a New Jersey State Representative of the National Heart Association and provided administrative support for the National Alliance for Autism Research.

Bobbie was a self-taught artist who loved to paint. For many years she was an avid tennis player, golfer, and traveler, taking cruises, skiing adventures, and visiting friends in foreign countries. Bobbie also enjoyed attending Princeton Symphony Orchestra concerts.

For the past several years, Bobbie courageously struggled with a myriad of illnesses, always maintaining her dignity and elegance, her kindness and compassion to others, and sense of humor, as she did her best to live her life to the fullest.

Predeceased by her parents Phillip and Anne Sorgento and her sister Frances White, Bobbie is survived by her brother Jerry and his wife Rosalie of Clarksburg; her sister Phyllis Kalman and her husband John of Manalapan; her aunt Vera Switras of Metuchen; and a large extended family, including cherished friends and supportive caregivers.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, January 14 at 9:45 a.m. from the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Avenue (Route 27), Metuchen followed by a 10:15 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis Cathedral, Metuchen. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery, Metuchen. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. To send condolences visit www.costello-runyon.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Autism Tissue Program, the National Parkinson’s Foundation, or the National Kidney Foundation.


January 6, 2016


The Memorial Service for Joseph E. Irenas will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Princeton University Chapel on the Princeton University campus.


George F. Pinelli

George F. Pinelli, 81, of Princeton died Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton.

Born in Pettoranello, Italy he lived most of his life in Princeton. A U.S. Army veteran, he played in a military band during the Korean War. He retired from K. Hovnanian of Princeton after many years of service.

Son of the late Genesio and Antoinetta (Picciano) Pinelli; brother of the late Genesio Pinelli; husband of the late Frances Dolly Pinelli; he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Debra L. and Mario Tamasi of West Windsor; a son and daughter-in-law David and Donna Pinelli of Howell, Mich.; two grandchildren Tyler Tamasi and Marlena Pinelli.

The Funeral Service was held at 10 a.m., Monday, January 4, 2016 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Clergy from St. Paul’s Church officiated.

Burial followed in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours were held Sunday, January 3, 2016 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.


Rosser Lee Clark, Jr.

Rosser Lee Clark, Jr., 92, of Princeton passed away at his home on January 2, 2016. Born in Greensboro, N.C, Rosser had been a resident of Princeton since 1996.

Rosser was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, who had a smile for everyone he met. He was married in 1949 to Mary Harris Clark.

Rosser was a decorated Navy fighter pilot who served in the Pacific theater in World War II. He served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Essex, and faithfully attended reunions of his squadron. He continued his military service in the Naval Reserve for more than 20 years.

After the war, Rosser returned to Davidson College where he completed his BS degree. Soon thereafter, he began a nearly 40-year career in textile engineering. In 1957, Rosser’s work took him and his young family to Comodoro Rivadavia, in the Patagonian region of Argentina. While there, Rosser established the Guilford Argentina textile mill, which is still operating today.

In 1963, Rosser accepted a job with U.K.-based Courtaulds Fibers in Mobile, Ala., where he worked until his retirement in 1988.

Rosser was an avid tennis player and sports fan in general. A lifelong Presbyterian, he was most recently a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church.

The son of Rosser Lee Clark, Sr. and Eva Vertie Aiken, he was pre-deceased by his brother Robert Clark. He is survived by his wife Mary Bess; his daughter Margaret Tuttle of Decatur, Ga.; his daughter Sallye Zink and her husband Ron of Princeton; and his son Rosser Lee Clark, III and his wife Rachel of Falls Church, Va. He is also survived by his sister Sara Sue Kruppenbach and her husband Harry of Laurinburg, N.C. and his sister-in-law Elizabeth Clark of Lynchburg, Va. In addition, he is survived by grandchildren Robin Lee Clark and Marion Bess Clark, plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosser will be laid to rest in The Princeton Cemetery at a private service. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church later in the year.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rosser’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, N.J.


Obit FIsher 1-6-16Kenneth Walter Fisher

Kenneth Walter Fisher passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on January 1, 2016. He was born on December 30, 1931 in Heston, Middlesex England to Walter and Matilda Fisher and grew up in London. When World War II was imminent, the family cottage was requisitioned to house Polish fighter pilots and the family was relocated to a house where they enjoyed electricity and piped water for the first time. He excelled in his studies despite the challenges of growing up in the midst of wartime England. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at Queen Mary College of London and his Master’s from University College London. Subsequently, he was the recipient of a British Empire Cancer Campaign Fellowship in the emerging field of microbiology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, under the direction of Professor William H. Hayes, receiving his PhD in 1957 on the mechanism of Gene Transfer in bacterium Escherichia coli. In the same year he was one of the founding staff members of the Medical Research Council (UK) Microbial Genetics Research Unit at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and also received an award from the M,R.C. unit at Kings college to spend a year at the Pasteur Institute in Paris with Professor Francois Jacob. Upon returning to London he worked for a time with Professor Maurice Wilkins at the Kings College, University of London M.R.C. Unit. In 1961, at the Biochemistry Congress in Moscow, he was invited to join a panel of Western geneticists and meet with a group of clandestine Soviet geneticists at Kurchatov’s Institute of Atomic energy in Moscow, to inform researchers behind the Iron Curtain of progress in molecular genetics in the west, since genetics had been banned in the U.S.S.R. under the influence of Lysenko and Stalin. Also in 1961 he was invited by Francis Crick to broadcast on BBC’s science programs “Accelerators and Brakes in Biological systems.” He assisted Professor Wm. Hayes with early BBC TV science broadcasts on microbial genetics hosted by Dr. Crick focusing on important current findings in the emerging field He was subsequently awarded the Rockefeller Fellowship that presented the opportunity of emigrating to the United States where he worked under Dr. Arthur Pardee at Princeton University, studying repression of virus and protein synthesis, and gave seminars throughout the USA: including M.I.T., Princeton, Washington University, St. Louis, Berkeley, Stanford, and Caltech. While in Dr. Pardee’s lab, in 1963 he met his future wife; Mettie Barton Whipple, a Princeton graduate student working with Professor Pardee. They were married in July 1965 in Heston, Middlesex, U.K. After doing another year of research at Hammersmith Hospital in London and a 4-year appointment as Director of the Graduate Program in the Sciences at Kansas State University, they settled in Princeton to raise their family. Dr. Fisher went on to become chairman of the department of biology at Rutgers University, Douglas Campus. During his teaching tenure he focused on both undergraduate and graduate studies in genetics and mutational biology. After retiring, his life revolved around bee keeping, gardening, and caring for his devoted family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Mettie Barton Fisher; two sons, Sean Hayes Fisher (Ellen) of Barrington, R.I., and Galen Hunt Fisher(Joi) of Richmond, Va.; three step-children, Mettie Micheaux Whipple (Nipper Harding) of Yarmouth, Maine, Sherman Taylor Whipple of Hull, Mass., Louise Whipple Gillock (J.T.) of Franklin, Ky.; 11 grandchildren; one great grandson: and his sister Myra Head (David) of Reading, England. Services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Nashville, Tenn. at a later date.


December 30, 2015

Obit Touran 12-30-16Touran Batmanglidj

Touran Batmanglidj, age 83, died at home in Princeton, New Jersey on Monday, December 28, 2015. The cause was Alzheimer’s and related pneumonia. Born June 4, 1932, she lived in Iran, Iraq, the U.K., Turkey, and the United States. She moved to Princeton in February of 1979 following the Iranian revolution with her husband, Hooshang Batmanglidj, the former Iranian ambassador to Turkey. She was born in Iran and pursued a degree in psychology at University College, London. She loved archeology and explored all sites in Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan and India and travelled extensively anywhere she could. As the wife of the Iranian ambassador to Turkey, she was a very popular hostess before coming to America. She was a wonderful wife, devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and good friend to many.

She and Hooshang made a new life in Princeton with their daughters and new friends after having lost all. Touran was an active docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, a real estate broker, and an avid bridge player. She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years; her two daughters, Shahnaz Batmanghelidj and Sharmine Mossavar-Rahmani; her beloved grandsons, Herbert and Marcus Klotz and Carren Mossavar-Rahmani; and her two sons-in-law, Radford Klotz and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani; her brother, Dr. Manuchehr Matboui; and sister, Parvin Matboui of Iran.

Touran will be remembered for her grace, her beauty, and her kindness. Burial services will be private.

We thank the lovely nurses, Monica Parsons, Andrea Ricio, and Shirley Mathelier for their loving care these last five years.


Obit Meisel 12-30-15Seymour Meisel

S.L. (Cy) Meisel died at age 93 on Monday, December 28, 2015 at his home in Princeton. He was born in Albany, New York in 1922 and received a BS in chemistry from Union College in Schenectady, New York and an MS and PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Navy in 1944.

In 1947 Dr. Meisel joined Mobil Oil as a research chemist, and from 1968-1987 he served as vice president of research. As vice president of research, Dr. Meisel directed all of Mobil’s corporate research at three laboratory locations in New Jersey and Texas. He also had functional responsibility for Mobil’s overseas laboratories in England, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan.

Under his leadership Mobil research invented a process that increased the yield of gasoline from a barrel of crude oil by over 40 percent, which helped the United States import approximately one million barrels a day less of foreign crude oil. A catalyst was also invented that is used in plastics, polymers, petrochemicals, high quality diesel oils, lubricants, and to transform natural gas into high octane gasoline. Dr. Meisel was closely involved in the development and commercialization of Mobil 1, the synthetic lubricant that is ExxonMobil’s flagship for synthetics, which generated billions of dollars in revenue each year. The value of these discoveries to the United States are incalculable.

Dr. Meisel was an active member of numerous scientific organizations. He received the American Chemical Society’s Leo Friend Chemical Technology Award and Italy’s Dante Alighieri Society Award. He authored two books, along with 30 publications and patents, and he presented over 50 papers.

When he retired, Dr. Meisel became membership chairman of the National Academy of Engineering. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Union College and was awarded the alumni Gold Medal for distinguished service. He was a board member of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, McCarter Theatre, the Nassau Club, and Princeton United Jewish Appeal. He was president of the Board of the Friends of Princeton University Art Museum and a member of the Friends of the Institute for Advanced Studies.

Although Cy had many accomplishments, he was most proud of his family. He is survived by Jackie, his wife of 69 years, his three sons, Mark, Alan (Barbara), and Neil (Ann), and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jackie’s passion for art was shared by Cy as they visited museums and art exhibits throughout the world.

Born under the astrological sign of the lion, Cy arranged to have the following poem engraved on his grave stone:

Outside a Lion

Inside a Dove

Science was his Passion

People were his Love

Funeral services are Thursday, December 31 at 11 a.m., The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow at Princeton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Cy and Jackie Meisel Nursery Scholarship Fund at The Jewish Center, or to the Princeton University Art Museum. Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing.


December 23, 2015

Obit Tolman 12-23-15David Tolman

David Orson Tolman, 72, of Princeton died Monday, November 23, 2015, at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. He had been a resident of Princeton since 2002 and married Dorothy M. Shepard in 2005.

After graduating from Brigham Young University and serving a Latter-Day Saints mission in Vienna, Austria, David came to Princeton to do his graduate work. He studied the history and philosophy of science at Princeton University under Thomas Kuhn. David then worked in the budding computer industry. His career titles changed as the industry evolved; he started as a technical writer and retired as a project manager designing complex computer infrastructure systems for large businesses.

A gifted man, David was a fount of information on many subjects, from Einstein to Brahms. He wrote well about history, as well as science. In his retirement, he especially loved to travel and continued to collect knowledge and experiences wherever he went.

David was the son of Leo Loveland and Verna Bastian Tolman. He was born in Ames, Iowa; on the early death of his father, the Tolman family moved to Provo, Utah. He had one sister, Christine Tolman Ence, and four brothers: Richard, Glen, Leon, and Brian. A devoted father, he and the late Kathleen Gubler Tolman raised their family in Merchantville, N.J. They had one son, Benjamin Clark Tolman; and three daughters: Miriam Tolman Spencer, Margaret Tolman Hatten, and Ruth Tolman. David had seven grandchildren: John, Rebekah, Lucas, Nathan, Andrew, Seth, and Mirabel.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marquand Park Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ.


Margaret Bernard

Margaret (Peggy) Cecelia Donahue Bernard was born on December 18, 1925 in Barre, Vt. She was the 11th child of parents, William and Rose Boyce Donahue of Websterville, Vt. She attended Mount St. Mary Academy in Burlington, Vt and St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn. Peggy taught public school in Hartford, and West Hartford, Conn., where she met John Bernard.

Peggy married John Frederick Bernard in 1952 in West Hartford, and shortly after, they moved to Upper Montclair, N.J.; later to Hopewell, and finally to Princeton, where she resided in the Princeton area for the rest of her life. Peggy and John also enjoyed spending vacations in their vacation home in Washington, Vt.

Peggy was a volunteer at the Princeton Historical Society and the Princeton University Museum. She was a long time enthusiast of the symphony and the opera.

Peggy is survived by her husband, John; her three children: Shelley Bernard Kuussalo, John (Jay) Bernard Jr., (Sheila), Peter Bernard (Heather); grandchildren, Allison Kuussalo Gotting (David), Kate Kuussalo Tronzo; Graham Kuussalo (Megan), Lindsey Bernard (deceased), Wesley Bernard, Sam Bernard, Cecelia Bernard; and three great grandchildren, Nathan Tronzo, Noah Tronzo, and Molly Gotting.

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


Obit Leondar 12-23-15Judith C. Leondar

Judith C. Leondar, 84, of Princeton, died peacefully on December 18, 2015.

Judy was born and raised in Boston. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Alfred in 1952, and a Master’s degree in library science from Rutgers in 1960. She also attended Columbia University in 1959.

Following graduation from Alfred University, Judy worked briefly for the Bureau of Information Sciences Research at Rutgers University as a research associate and professor. She then worked in agricultural research for American Cyanamid Company as manager of technical information services, from which she retired in 1991 to spend more time with her husband, Ralph. She continued to work as a part-time consultant and volunteered extensively.

Judy was active in both scientific and library-oriented societies and gave generously to a host of organizations that she was passionate about. In 2006 she was recognized as a 51-year member of the American Chemical Society. She has served as vice president for the United Way of Princeton, and in 1999, she established an endowment at the American Boy Choir School in Princeton, where she assisted with the school’s science program and worked in fundraising. Judy volunteered at the University Medical Center of Princeton and was also a leadership level donor for the Design for Healing Campaign for the new campus at Plainsboro and was named the Acute Rehab gymnasium. She also volunteered at SAVE, and was a former president and active member of her local Toastmasters International Club.

Judy was a gourmet chef who loved a good meal. She was passionate about the Slow Food movement and often educated those around her on the importance of local and seasonal consumption.

Interment was at West Roxbury, Mass., on Sunday, December 20, 2015. Relatives and friends are invited to Judy’s Life Celebration on Tuesday, December 29 at the Chapel of Light at the University Medical Center of Princeton from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Princeton HealthCare System Foundation, 3626 US Route One, Princeton, NJ 08540 or to Alfred University, One Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802.


Caroline L. Meuly

Caroline L. Meuly, Esq., died at home on Saturday, December 12, following a long illness.

She was the daughter of Dr. Walter C. Meuly, historian, philanthropist, and conservationist; and Julia M. Meuly, musician and artist. Her husband, Morris Bruce (Marc) Leavitt, pre-deceased her. She is survived by their son, Jeremy Leavitt, of Highland Park.

As a lifelong resident of Piscataway and of her family’s circa 1750 home, Caroline has, through a generous and thoughtful donation, made it possible for future generations to enjoy access to this significant piece of history. The future Onderdonck-Meuly Museum and gardens will be open to the public for visits, as well as for educational and cultural events.

Caroline spent 35 years as an assistant prosecutor for Middlesex County and was the second woman ever appointed to that position. She headed many sections including the Juvenile Unit, Pre-Trial Unit, Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit, Bias/Community Relations Unit and ultimately helped launch Drug Court which finally opened in Middlesex County in 2004. Caroline remained the Drug Court prosecutor actively pushing for Drug Court expansion until her retirement in 2010. She authored a manual for school personnel on education/criminal justice issues and personally met with teachers and administrators from every Middle and High School in the County. She also co-chaired the Middlesex County School Violence Task Force formed in response to the Columbine shootings. The task force promulgated a three-part manual for school personnel and law enforcement officers detailing prevention efforts, disaster response, and aftermath planning.

Caroline taught at the Police Academy and designed and headed the Youth Development Academy, a weekend “boot camp” program for juvenile offenders on probation which consisted of discipline, education, motivation, and self-esteem building. This resulted in saving countless juveniles from becoming adult offenders.

Caroline’s determination to help reform the criminal justice system, especially for non-violent, substance abuse defendants, led her to become involved with A.S.A.P. (Adult Substance Abuse Program) upon her retirement from the prosecutor’s office, first as executive director, then on the Advisory Board and member of the Board of Trustees. She had met with many A.S.A.P. clients through her work as the prosecutor in Drug Court. She most recently became a per diem public defender working exclusively with Drug Court. As an active member of the Drug Court team, she appeared in Drug Court weekly, handled applications, appeals and court related appearances for clients until her failing health necessitated her resignation just a short while ago. Helping clients succeed in Drug Court and achieve recovery was her passion. Her polished legal abilities and compassion allowed her to help many clients.

Caroline was a member of the New Jersey Bar, U.S. District Court, N.J. and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to her legal interests, she was a committed environmentalist, organic gardener, historic preservation activist, Board member of the Metlar-Bodine Museum, and animal rights proponent. She was a volunteer member of the Board of the Zimmerli Art Museum, president of the Board of Middlesex County Child Assault Prevention (C.A.P), long-time Board member of Rutgers Preparatory School (her alma mater) and two-time president of the New Brunswick Rotary Club (she was the first female president).

Caroline’s legal prowess, compassion, drive, and stylish specter will be missed. She graduated from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin and received her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law.

Memorial service to be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 10, 2016 at the Zimmerli Art Museum. Charitable donations can be made to local animal shelters or other charities of personal choice. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Jaqui-Kuhn Funeral Home, Highland Park.


Obit Capri 12-23-15Colin Caton Capri 

Colin Caton Carpi of Penn Valley, Pa., passed away peacefully in the company of family on December 10th after a prolonged struggle with progressive heart failure. He was born on August 23, 1931, in suburban Philadelphia to Fred and Madeline (Caton) Carpi. A devoted family man he dedicated his later years to helping his children and others of the extended Carpi family. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Ruth Anne Dirkes of Malvern; daughters Jennifer Moller of Newtown Square; and Lisa Gorsch of Charlottesville, Va.; sons Colin, Jr. of Bala Cynwyd; David of Philadelphia; James of London, U.K., and Peter of Boston; and beloved grandchildren Austin, Spencer, Lindsay, Haley, Sophie, Christopher, Quinn, and Clayton. His brother Clive resides in Alexandria, Va. He was previously married to Laura Pleasants Miller of Gwynedd Valley, Pa.

Colin was an honors graduate of The Haverford School, Princeton University, and Harvard Business School (HBS). At Haverford and Princeton he was a star on the varsity soccer teams. An adventurous type, he spent one summer vacation riding the rails in Canada, seeking employment at various oil drilling sites in Saskatchewan and Alberta, progressing as far north as Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. While at Princeton his entrepreneurial impulses became evident as manager of the university’s radio station and when, together with several classmates, he designed an automated seeding machine for farming application and obtained a U.S. patent.

Immediately after graduating from HBS he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and completed Navy Officer Candidate School at Newport. An avid pilot and aviation enthusiast, he was assigned to the staff of the Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington where he spent the duration of his naval service. His support for a local Great Valley helicopter designer culminated when the new helicopter was used to whisk Colin and first wife Laura away on their honeymoon from the wedding reception in June 1957.

After discharge from the service Colin joined the New York management consulting firm, Booz Allen and Hamilton. When Booz Allen made him a partner he was the youngest person the firm had ever granted partnership. His many consulting engagements brought him into contact with small family-owned furniture companies in rural New York and Pennsylvania. Believing the firms to be undervalued, Colin left Booz Allen, raised capital and began buying selected firms. In 1966 he created General Interiors Corporation, which became the owner of the prestigious Pennsylvania House, Kittinger, Cushman and Dunbar brands of fine furniture. General Interiors was a major force in the furniture business for nearly 10 years, at which point an acquisition made it the home furnishing division of General Mills.

Colin had always been interested in the technical aspects of evaluating stock prices. After leaving General Interiors, he founded Chartwell, an investment service that, in the pre-internet age, used highly-detailed charts of stock price performance and trends for a subscriber customer base. He was in the forefront of developments in computer graphics, technology that he needed in order to move Chartwell into the digital world. At Chartwell, as at General Interiors, Colin dealt with technological gurus and financiers at the top of the business world.

As the son of a senior executive of the renowned Pennsylvania Railroad, Colin retained an interest in railroading throughout his entire life, which was manifested in an enduring hobby. Beginning in his teenage years, when he designed and built an elaborate model train layout, using cardboard scraps, broomsticks and other mundane materials, he continued to build and assemble a large collection of locomotives and rolling stock representative of the grandeur of railroading’s heyday.

Colin pursued lifetime learning. He was equally conversant discussing history, philosophy, economics, mathematics, life and physical sciences, religion, engineering, architecture, music and numerous other realms of knowledge. He was especially interested in specific opportunities within these realms to improve the human condition.

Dedicated to his family, Colin devoted much of his passions and efforts to raising and developing his six children, eight grandchildren, and other family members. He took equal pleasure in meaningfully helping other non-family members who crossed his path. He was a fervent believer in human potential and his greatest joy in life was helping others realize and further their potential. He was a supreme optimist who always had an engaging smile and kind words for everyone he encountered. Colin’s family dearly loved him. They will forever miss the man who loved them deeply and championed them all.

A funeral service and burial will be held at Saint Christopher’s Church, 226 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne, PA on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to St. Christopher’s Church.


Obit Archer 12-23-15Rosetta Trani Archer

Rosetta Trani Archer was born July 20, 1934 in Princeton, New Jersey to Rosalie (Balestrieri) and Antonio Trani. Her mother widowed and married Antonio Pisani who was the father she knew. Rose passed away suddenly in her home in Monument, Colorado on December 13, 2015 after returning home from surgery recuperation. Rosetta was known as Rose or Rosie and affectionately called by her nieces and nephews “Zizi.” Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Royal Macklin Archer, her parents, a brother Anthony “Red” Trani, and a sister Agnes Wolf.

Growing up in Princeton, Rose graduated from Princeton High School in 1952. After high school she attended business classes at Rider College in Trenton. Her career for over 30 years was at RCA David Sarnoff Research Center in Penn’s Neck. She worked in the human resources department, library, and ultimately managed the “Family Store” where she purchased and sold RCA products that included records, radios, and televisions to employees around the country. Her real job there however was employee morale as she was always there to give advice and share stories.

At RCA, she met Royal Archer and they were married in Basil, Switzerland in 1962. They enjoyed many happy years travelling the world together. Interesting trinkets she collected along the way could be in a museum — but each one held a cherished memory for her. Special places dear to her heart were in France, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.

Royal’s career in the aerospace industry took them to Cape Canaveral, Florida for several years. Upon retirement in 1994, Royal and Rose settled on a small ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado. They enjoyed their horse Skipper and their donkey Molly for many years. Rose especially loved the mule deer she called “muleys.” The deer would literally walk up on their porch, knock on the door and ask for horse treats. The folks in Westcliffe will remember Rose’s love of cooking.

As a result of her world travels, she became an amazing cook and would create the most wonderful international dishes to share with her family and friends. Her fried chicken recipe was frequently requested for picnics. Cuisine and entertaining were her passion.

Upon Royal’s death in 2013 and some health issues, Rose decided to move from Westcliffe to Monument, Colo. to be closer to relatives. Downsizing from a ranch home to an apartment forced a moving sale that was the same week as the Black Forest Fire. Helping with the moving sale, her Black Forest family who were under evacuation orders were receiving messages from friends who had learned that their homes were lost. Rose’s generosity helped several families with donated household items and furniture. This act of kindness displays how she lived her life. She “was good” to so many. Once in Monument, she enjoyed time by the pool with her great niece and nephew, decorating her apartment, reading her many food magazines and cook books, family dinners and picnics, watching her beloved Yankees (never missing a game), cheering on her favorite NASCAR drivers, and shopping trips with special friends.

Rose is survived by her sister Amelia “Millie” (Joseph) Ratcliff of Black Forest, Colo. and many nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews, and cousins. Her niece Kelly (Jim) Marchbank also of Black Forest helped her along the way.

A graveside service will be held next summer upon the interment of her ashes at the Princeton Cemetery in Princeton. She will be laid to rest with her late husband Royal. A mass celebration of her life will be held at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. Information for that will be made available as soon as it is known.

Memorial contributions in her name can be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 300, Boone, NC 28607 where a memorial page has been set up as well at the following link: http://bit.ly/1maO7X6.


Obit Guimes 12-23-15Colleen Hargraves Guimes 

Colleen Sinclair Hargraves Guimes, 51, of Newtown, Pa., passed away on December 9, 2015, with loving family and friends by her side.

Colleen was the youngest daughter of the late Robert and Sybil Hargraves of Princeton. Highlights of family life included camping trips in the Adirondacks and across the U.S., gatherings at home, and visits to dear relatives in Canada. The family lived and traveled extensively overseas, spending a year in Germany when Colleen was three; a year in South Africa, where her parents had been born and raised, when she was nine; and in India, where Colleen spent a year in boarding school at the Kodaikanal International School when she was 16. Colleen’s love of travel and family took her to England several times in recent years, spending time with her beloved cousin Noralee and family in Guildford and London.

Colleen graduated from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., in 1987. She cherished many friends from that time who continued to be vital and loving parts of her life through the years. Happily, she reunited with them at a college reunion in September, rekindling old friendships and reliving wonderful times. She will be sorely missed by so many.

Her professional career began with Princeton Caterers many years ago, and extended to a lifetime of contributions in the food service and hospitality industry with Restaurant Associates and later the Patina Group in New York City. Colleen leaves behind bereaved colleagues, bosses, and friends throughout the industry. She had a remarkable ability to organize and manage events and people in a high-pressure environment, all while remaining cheerful and kind, building extraordinary friendships and loyalties along the way.

Colleen married Andrew Guimes of Bensalem, Pa., in 1991. She was welcomed into the Guimes family by loving in-laws, Willie and the late Art Guimes, sister-in-law Sue and niece Crosby, and brother-in-law Les. One of the highlights each year was the family trip to Marco Island, Fla., in January. Colleen was a devoted aunt to Crosby, celebrating birthdays and accomplishments, and hosting Crosby when her parents were away. She will be deeply missed by the extended Guimes family.

Colleen was very close to her sisters, Allison and Monica, and their families. Her brother-in-law John Dix will always cherish his close friendship with her. Colleen loved recent family vacations on Lake Huron in Cheboygan, Mich., and leaves wonderful memories of her joy in that beautiful place. Colleen had a special relationship with her niece Hillary, who counts Colleen among her best friends. Colleen and her nephew Jack shared a love of movies and enjoyed hanging out together. Colleen loved her niece Isabel and nephew William, and enjoyed being the aunt who spoiled them with treats and many fun outings. All her nieces and nephews will miss her deeply.

Colleen and Andrew’s life together began when they both worked at Prospect House on Princeton’s campus, and was formally launched in a wonderful wedding followed by a honeymoon in Napa Valley, Calif. In recent years, Colleen and Andrew enjoyed a lovely week with friends and colleagues in Florence, Italy. They shared a life and a home for more than 25 years and were gracious and generous hosts. Good food and gatherings of friends and family were highlights of their life together.

Colleen was loved for her generous spirit and big heart. She had a wonderful ability to enjoy life, while making everyone around her happier. A celebration of Colleen’s life will be held on January 9, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Prospect House on Princeton University’s campus in Princeton. Friends and loved ones are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations in Colleen’s name to the charity or cause of your choice.



Harry E. Riddell

Harry E. Riddell, 93, of Seminole, Florida passed away peacefully from natural causes on December 8, 2015. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with high honors. After completing his MBA at Temple, Mr. Riddell worked in the comptroller’s office at Princeton University for 30 years. He also was a founding member and first president of Genesis LTD, a Bermuda-based risk management company created by several major universities.

He was a long time member of Kingston Presbyterian Church, Kingston, New Jersey where he served as an Elder, Deacon, and Treasurer for many years.

He was preceded in death by wife, Hester W. Riddell, being married for over 59 years. He is survived by his three grateful sons, Paul H. Riddell of Tampa, Florida; David W. Riddell of Paris, France; John E. Riddell of Quarryville, Pennsylvania; by 10 grandchildren; and by one great-granddaughter.

A private family service was held on December 12, 2015 with interment in Feasterville, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Seminole Square Scholarship Fund, 8333 Seminole Boulevard, Seminole, FL 33772.


Obit Willard 12-23-15David Alan Willard

David Alan Willard, M.D., FACP, FACE, of Marl-ton, N.J., and formerly of Princeton and Bethel Me., died December 12, 2015. Dr. Willard, 77, a widely respected and beloved physician, practiced internal medicine and endocrinology in Princeton for more than three decades.

David was born on June 3, 1938 in Lewiston, Me. to John Jay and Melva (Greely) Willard. He leaves his second wife of 15 years, Margaret (Peg) McDonald Willard, of Marlton; his four children and their spouses: Edward (Ted) Willard (Courtney) of Pilot Mountain, N.C.; Carol Sullivan (Joseph) of Yardley, Pa.; Catherine Jenks (Brendon) Jenks of Prairie Village, Kans.; Sarah Steinhauer (Scott) of Princeton; 10 grandchildren; and his first wife, Patricia (Stewart) Willard of West Windsor. He also leaves four sisters, Christine Bennett, Nancy Willard, Ruth Feeney, and Mary Corkum in Maine; and a brother, Ronald Willard, in Springfield, Va. David is predeceased by his parents and his brother, John Jay Willard, Jr.

Dr. Willard grew up in Bethel Me., where he graduated from Gould Academy in 1956. His ‘Joy Cottage’ on Lake Christopher in Bryant Pond, Me. was his beloved vacation spot. He was a devoted member of the Princeton University Class of 1960 and his love of Princeton football and basketball endured throughout his life.

Following graduation from the Tufts University Medical School Class in 1964, internship and residencies at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Me., and the Boston Veterans’ Administration Hospital, and a summer internship at the Public Health Hospitals in Anchorage and Kotzebue, Ark., David served two years as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force in Grand Forks, N.Dak. After a brief endocrinology fellowship at the University Hospital in Boston he settled into his private practice.

Dr. Willard was the first Board-Certified Endocrinologist in Central New Jersey and served as president of the Mercer County Medical Society. He founded one of the first Independent Practice Associations, oversaw pharmaceutical studies for Bristol Meyers Squibb, and served as a consultant at the North Princeton Developmental Center. In the 1990s, he traveled to Russia as a physician in an American clinic.

For more than two decades he served as graduate chairman for Terrace Club, at Princeton University and was instrumental in many capital improvements made there. He also served as a member of the Medical Center of Princeton Board of Trustees and the Trinity Counseling Service Board of Directors.

In 2000, he was quoted as saying that he was headed “into the 4th quarter with a small lead.” That lead faded in 2007 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He passed away from complications of the disease.

A funeral service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 401 Kings Hwy N., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2016.

Donations may be made to Terrace Club, Princeton University; Gould Academy in Bethel, ME; the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Cherry Hill, NJ; or the Alzheimer’s Association.

December 16, 2015

Wayne Franklin Storie

Wayne Franklin Storie, Gouverneur, N.Y. Born June 5, 1946 to Earl F. and Arlene Storie. Wayne grew up in upstate New York and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He loved being on or near the water, including the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. He was educated in Antwerp and Philadelphia, N.Y.; then joined the U.S. Navy and served on board the USS Oglethorpe. He was a proud member of the Antwerp American Legion Post 916.

Wayne started working for St. Joe Mineral Corp in Belmont, N.Y. and was then transferred to Princeton and worked as a draftsman. In 1971 he met his lifetime love, Sina. They were married in 1972 and shared 43 years of married life. God blessed them with a son, Wayne Steven in 1974.

Wayne worked shortly in real estate before joining McLean Engineering as a machinist. He was promoted to supervisor of their subsidiary, Zero Corporation. As he enjoyed retirement, he spent time with his son working at their company, Storie’s Transport and Towing.

Wayne loved the great outdoors, making clocks, collecting handguns, and most especially he loved and cherished his precious grandchildren; Isabella Christina, 12 and Jack Anthony, 7.

He is survived by this wife, Sina; son, Wayne Steven, and his wife Christine; his mother in law, Fioralba Procaccini. He leaves behind many friends and family whom he enjoyed so much.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Calling hours will be held Friday, December 18, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in Wayne’s honor may be given to The American Legion, Post 916, Main Street, Antwerp, New York, 13608.


Aminta Marks

Aminta Marks died peacefully on December 9, 2015 in Princeton. She was 91 years old.

Daughter of John and Blanche (Rockwell) Willis of Horseheads, New York, Aminta graduated at the top of her class from Horseheads High School. In 1946 she graduated from Wilson College with a BS in biology and religion. She then moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where in 1948 she received a Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University. From Baltimore, she moved on to Princeton Theological Seminary where she received her Masters of Divinity in 1951, and met John Henry Marks.

Aminta and John married July 21, 1951, and soon after, left for Basel, Switzerland, where Aminta picked up conversational German and studied painting, while John completed his doctorate. The following year they returned to Princeton, where with the exception of two sabbatical years in Jerusalem and Jordan, they would spend the rest of their lives.

Aminta held jobs ranging from staff writer for the Princeton Alumni Weekly and biology teacher at Princeton High School, to English teacher at The Lawrenceville School and administrator for a division of Gallup Polls. She was a member of Church Women United and spent many years as a volunteer with the Trenton Children’s Chorus and the Trenton After School Program.

Starting in 1962, the family relocated each summer to Grindstone Island on the St. Lawrence River. There, Aminta enjoyed swimming, gardening, painting, and writing. She was active in island life, which often revolved around the island’s community church. Through her painting, poetry, and later, her weekly column in the local newspaper, The Thousand Island Sun, she chronicled life on Grindstone Island.

Aminta enjoyed people: their stories, their manners, their lives. As her countless paintings and poems indicate, some compiled in her three books, A Pieta for The Dispossessed, Sweet Water And Polar, and So It Is, she observed life’s intricacies and ironies keenly and with kind delight and humor.

Whether in Princeton or on Grindstone, Aminta opened her house to all, always offering tea and cookies. Her legacy is her unyielding love for her family and care for the world. Aminta and John’s 57 years together were rich, and accented with long walks, mutual love, and healthy questioning of dogma. Unaffected and dignified in their life together, they exemplified compassion and decency. Sadly, her husband John died in 2009.

Aminta is survived by her oldest son, Peter, and his fiancé, Mia Williams; her daughter, Fleur, her husband, William Rueckert, and their children, Cleveland and his wife, Grayson, Elizabeth and her husband, Patrick Henry; and their youngest daughter, Julia, soon to be married to Brett Shannon; and her son, John, his wife, Belle, and their children, Phoebe, Anna, and Eliza.

On January 9, 2016 at 11 a.m., a memorial service will be held for Aminta at the Nassau Church in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Princeton Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 821, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803.


Obit Cooke 12-16-15Elaine Cooke

Elaine Cooke, 88, peacefully passed away at her home in Princeton on Monday, December 14, 2015. Born in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, she graduated from the Textile Art School in Manhattan and received her degree in art, with honors, from Hunter College.

Married in 1950, she taught school in Port Jefferson, New York, prior to their moving to Princeton in 1954. In Princeton, Elaine was the art teacher in the East Windsor School District as well as the Princeton Johnson Park School. As a Docent for 23 years at the Princeton University Art Museum, she conducted tours and worked with school children on Saturday morning programs. She was an honored member of the Eastern Star, a Deacon at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, and a member of the ADII Sorority.

Cruises, sailing or skiing with the family, gardening or swimming at the YWCA gave her great pleasure.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Cooke; daughters Ellen and husband Walter Dimitruk; Barbara Cooke; Janet and husband Gregory Richards; son Robert Cooke and wife Karen Cooke; her grandchildren Michaelin and Cameron Richards; Brittany Dimitruk, Brice Dimitruk, Brian and wife Sarah Dimitruk; and her great grandson Jase.

The funeral will be held Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow at Princeton Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

December 9, 2015

Obit Howe 12-9-15William Patton Howe III

William “Pat” Patton Howe III, 86, died in Durango, Colorado on December 4 from heart and kidney disease. He is survived by his wife Jane Dorman Howe, daughter Liza, son-in-law John Seboria, granddaughter Keely, son Terry, daughter-in-law Diane, and grandson Everett.

Pat grew up in Pennington and went to The Pennington School. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1951 and went into the Navy where he served as a gunnery officer during the Korean War.

He returned to Pennington in 1955 to work at Howe Nurseries with his father and grandfather. The business closed in 1976 and Pat started a whole new career in computers. He retired from AT&T in 2002.

Other than his family, the most important thing to him was Alcoholics Anonymous. He was sober for 42 years, went to meetings, sponsored people, and was a sponsee. You’d often hear him say “A day at a time,” “love and tolerance,” “live and let live.”

A memorial service will be held January 9, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church on Mercer Street in Princeton, NJ. Reception to follow in Pierce Hall.


Obit Johnston 12-9-15Hugh B. Johnston

Hugh B. Johnston, 85, of Princeton, died August 18, 2015. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on October 17, 1929. He graduated from Shady Side Academy in 1947, and Dartmouth College earning a bachelor’s degree in English in 1951. Hugh subsequently enlisted in the Army, and attended the Army Language School in Monterey, California where he studied Russian.

Moving to New York in the mid-1950s, he pursued his interests in writing and photography, and worked at Industrial Design magazine along with his future wife Suzanne Burrey (Johnston). After marriage in 1958, they moved to Princeton and worked for On Film, Inc., a pioneering film production company located on Spring Street. In 1965, Hugh and Suzanne formed their own company and proceeded to make more than 60 films. Many of the films involved travel, and whenever possible, Hugh and Suzanne brought their children (Huguette, Claire, and Frances) along believing in the importance of exposure to a variety of cultures.

Hugh and Suzanne were great storytellers, with Hugh focusing on photography and editing. Many of their films focused on children and education. Hey, Cow was part of the first episode of Sesame Street (1969).

Hugh and Suzanne Johnston’s most acclaimed film was Mystery of the Maya. This documentary captures the re-discovery of a Mayan temple in southeastern Yucatan, Mexico, which had been “lost” for 60 years. Included on the discovery and filmmaking team was Gillett Griffin, curator of pre-Columbian Art at Princeton University. He became a lifelong friend. Mystery of the Maya, narrated by Ricardo Montalban, was first broadcast in April 1974 on PBS.

The film, Sculpture in the Open, commissioned by Princeton University in the early 1970s, covered the installation of outdoor sculptures on the Princeton campus. The film covers the installation of significant works by Calder, Moore, Nevelson, Lipchitz, and Picasso. The Pueblo Presence, another one-hour PBS special, features ceremonies, pilgrimages, and pottery making of the Pueblo tribes in the U.S. Southwest. Michael Dorris, an anthropologist, wrote, “I have never viewed a film with greater breadth, sensitivity or visual excitement, focusing on one set of tribes.”

In the community, Hugh was involved in a number of media-related activities over the years. He was an active participant in the creation of Princeton Community Television, the public access cable station. He enjoyed screening his films in the community and at home for his friends. He was dedicated to his family, loved to travel, and made friends easily.

Hugh was predeceased by his dear wife and artistic collaborator Suzanne B. Johnston in 2011. He is survived and missed by his daughters, Huguette Johnston; Claire Johnston; and Frances Johnston and her partner Laura Peck; and grandchildren Lucas and Miguel Johnston-Peck.


Loretta Hubbell

Loretta Lenox Hubbell, 93, died on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Hospital, Trenton.

Loretta was born in Trenton to Robert and Louise Lenox. They moved to Kingston when she was a child and she graduated from Princeton High School. She worked for Rockwood Dairy and then Princeton University where she met her husband Charles (Tim) Hubbell.

They married and built their home in Princeton where they lived until their respective deaths.

Loretta loved her gardens and her greenhouse. She was also an avid animal lover, known to rescue many abandoned cats and dogs. She was a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Lions Club.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Raymond Ashton; her grandchildren, Laura Ashton of Sydney, Australia and Gregory Ashton (Katherine) of West Trenton, N.J.; and her great granddaughter, Olivia Grace Ashton.

Funeral arrangements are private. Donations may be made to The Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 529, Princeton, NJ 08542.

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


Obit McPhaden 12-9-15Caitlin McPhaden

Caitlin Irene McPhaden, 28, of Newtown, Pa. died on December 3, 2015 in Miami Beach, Fla. Born in Princeton, Caitlin was an 8-year resident of Miami and formerly of Princeton.

Caitlin is a graduate of Princeton Day School and the University of Miami with her degree in marine biology. She was working in the Miami Beach area for several years. She loved the ocean both in Miami and on Long Beach Island. She worked with animals, mostly rescue and she worked extensively in Louisiana during the oil spill, cleaning and caring for all the land and sea creatures.

Caitlin is the beloved daughter of William and Bonnie Lechner and the devoted sister of William McPhaden. She is survived by her grandmothers Irene Rostine and Lois Lechner. She is also survived by her uncles Michael McPhaden, Timothy McPhaden and cousins Meghan and Evan McPhaden.

Relatives and friends are invited to Caitlin’s Life Celebration on Saturday, December 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. and to her funeral service at 11 a.m. at Ascension Lutheran Chruch, 900 Washington Crossing Road, Newtown, PA 18940. Interment will follow in Newtown Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Caitlin’s name may be made to the Bucks Co. S.P.C.A. P.O. Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931. To view the obituary online, visit www.swartzgivnish.com.


Obit Budmor 12-9-15Moshe Budmor

Moshe Budmor, 92, died peacefully at home in Princeton, on December 4, 2015.

Moshe was born June 15, 1923, in Hamburg, Germany, to Erich and Edith Buchholtz. He was educated in Germany and Israel, as well as at the Juilliard School and Columbia University in New York.

He joined Kibbutz Hulata in Israel as a young man, where he worked as a shepherd and fisherman. He maintained ties to the kibbutz throughout his life.

From the age of two, music was his calling. As a child, he played violin, harmonica, and recorder. He went on to become a well-known composer and conductor in the United States, Europe, and Israel. He was conductor of the Haifa Chamber Chorus, musical director of the Haifa Symphony, and of numerous choirs, including LaShir of Princeton. He was professor of music at The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) until his retirement in 1990.

Moshe was active in a number of community organizations, including Community Without Walls, the Library Minyan at the Jewish Center of Princeton, and a havurah. He was also an ardent supporter of many peace organizations.

In 2013, to celebrate his 90th birthday, Moshe organized a concert of his own work, which was held at Rider University’s Westminster campus. The concert included a variety of instrumental and vocal works, including musical settings of texts by Walt Whitman and from the Song of Songs, a fantasia with themes from Eastern European Jewish and Bedouin dances, and Havdalah, a string quartet based on the ceremony that ends the Jewish Sabbath. At the time of the concert, several articles appeared in the local media, giving more detailed information about Moshe’s life and his creative process. A web search for Moshe Budmor will readily direct the reader to these pieces.

Moshe was married, first to the late Katya Delakova, a pioneering dancer and choreographer, and later to the late Lea Lerner, a pianist and music educator. He is survived by daughters Jean Lerner (Elizabeth Salen) of Brooklyn, New York; and Laura Lyons of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and four grandchildren. Moshe’s sisters, Aliza Budmor and Ruth Zariz, both of Israel, predeceased him. He also leaves behind nieces, a nephew, and many, many loving friends.

His family and friends will miss, among many other things, his talent, his energy, his generous nature, his sparkling eyes, and his warm smile.

Funeral services were held Sunday, December 6, 2015 at the Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. The burial was at the Fountain Lawn Memorial Park in Ewing. Memorial contributions may be made to: the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (www.trentonsoupkitchen.org), the Jane Goodall Institute (www.janegoodall.org) or the Akko Conservatory c/o Elizabeth Salen, Esq., 294 Windsor Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11218. Akko Conservatory contributions will go toward the Kindergarten Program for Arabs and Jews. Funeral arrangements were by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing.


Forrest A. Brower

Forrest A. Brower, 84, of Skillman passed away Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

Born in Woodmere, N.Y. he was a resident of Skillman for 15 years. He received his BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and his Masters in Hospital Administration from Columbia University. He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force during the Korean War. A longtime resident of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Mr. Brower was a hospital administrator for 29 years at East Orange General Hospital, 20 as president and chief executive officer. Following his tenure at East Orange General Hospital, Mr. Brower and his wife moved to Lawrenceville, and he served as executive vice president of the New Jersey Hospital Association from where he retired in 1996. Upon retirement, Mr. Brower was a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Over the years, Mr. Brower served as an officer and board member of numerous nonprofit and civic organizations including the Glen Ridge Board of Education; United Methodist Homes; East Orange Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Hospital Association; Greater Essex Hospital Association; Community Health Care of Northern New Jersey; Princeton United Methodist Church; Mercer Medical Center, and Capital Health System, among others. His life was guided by his faith, family, friends, and love of the arts.

Son of the late Walter and Willa Mae Brower, husband of the late Mary Jo (Coulter) Brower, to whom he was married for 62 loving years; he is survived by his daughter Catherine Zettler; his son Todd Brower, and five grandchildren: Daniel and Jenifer Zettler; and Colin, Brendan, and Kellyn Brower.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Princeton United Methodist Church, Nassau Street at Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Princeton United Methodist Church or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.


Joseph Anthony McLaughlin

Joseph Anthony McLaughlin (Joe) of Columbus, New Jersey died surrounded by family on Friday, November 27, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

Joe was born on April 14, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Stella Cunning and Francis McLaughlin of Drexel Hill, Pa. Joe graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory in Philadelphia, PA and from Villanova University.

A long time Princeton Junction resident, Joe lived there from 1967 till he relocated to Columbus, N.J. in 2001. Joe worked for RCA in Cherry Hill and then the Hertz Corporation, New York, N.Y. from 1967 till he retired in 1987.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife Jacqueline, his parents, and his brothers Francis (Fran) and Gerald (Jerry). Survivors include his brother Jack McLaughlin of Media, Pa.; his children, Joseph McLaughlin of Princeton; Michael McLaughlin and wife Terri of Greenville, N.C.; Susan McLaughlin and husband Michael Furman of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Patricia McLaughlin of Princeton Junction; Richard McLaughlin and wife Jackie of Essex Fells, N.J.; and Jacqueline McLaughlin and husband Roel Funke of Brisbane, Calif.; and his 12 grandchildren.

Anyone who knew Joe will remember him for his gregarious personality and fun loving manner. He loved his family; friends; Beach Haven, N.J., Stuart, Fla,; and college hoops especially ‘Nova’ ball.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. David the King Church, 1 New Village Road West, Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

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

December 2, 2015

Obit Campbell 12-2-15Enid H. Campbell

Enid H. Campbell, PhD, died peacefully in her sleep at the University Medical Center of Princeton, on November 22, 2015, due to complications from a fall. She was 88.

Enid was a psychologist with a private practice in Princeton for many years, and a longtime professor and department chair at Trenton State College (now TCNJ).

Née Enid Margaret Hobart, Enid was born and raised in Canada following the emigration of her parents from England in the 1920s. Her father, John H. Hobart, was a pharmacist who also played semi-professional hockey, and her mother, Enid (née Jones) was a primary school teacher who studied with Maria Montessori. Shortly after Enid’s birth the family settled in Montreal where the family was part of the tight-knit English community. The family was active in the Religious Society of Friends and the amateur theater with an emphasis on Shakespeare. She left Canada to attend Swarthmore College in the United States, where she studied psychology and was active in the Quaker Meeting. She was briefly married to a fellow Quaker in support of his pacifist beliefs and resistance to the draft. Following her graduation in 1948, Enid attended Bryn Mawr and then Yale, earning a PhD in clinical psychology.

At Yale, Enid met her future husband, Byron A. Campbell and the two were married in June of 1954. Byron became a professor in the psychology department at Princeton University and Enid chose to accompany him to Princeton. She quickly became a professor at Trenton State College where she taught child and general psychology. Her desire to improve people’s lives led her to become a licensed psychotherapist and she cared for numerous patients in downtown Princeton. She worked at these two professions for most of her adult life.

With family and friends, she travelled widely in Europe and North America, and visited New Zealand, mainland China, and Alaska. To keep fit, Enid enjoyed swimming, recreational tennis, table tennis, and skiing. In her later years Enid suffered from dementia but she always enjoyed spending time with her family. Enid was a woman ahead of her times, deftly finding happiness and fulfillment in both her work and family life.

She is survived by Byron, her husband of 62 years. She is also survived by her son Ian of Whiterock, New Mexico; and her daughter Andrea Sacchetti of Princeton along with Andrea’s husband Raymond; and grandchildren Thomas Sacchetti, and Adam Frary, along with Adam’s wife Becky, and also granddaughter Simone. In addition, she is survived by her brother John Hobart and his wife Joan; and her nieces Ann and Elizabeth; and nephews John, Ted, and Bill.

A celebration of her life is planned for Sunday, December 6, in Princeton. For details please contact Andrea at yogacalling@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name can be made to The Swarthmore Fund or The Bryn Mawr Fund.


Margaret G. Ayling

Margaret G. Ayling, 90, died on Sunday, November 27, 2015. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and had lived in Rockville Center and Washington, D.C. before moving to the Princeton area in 1970.

Margaret was a homemaker. She graduated from the College of New Rochelle. She was a member of the Catholic Community of St. Charles Borromeo in Skillman, the Women’s Club of Princeton and the Present Day Club. Margaret enjoyed traveling and was an avid bridge player.

She was predeceased by her husband Bob (2015). Surviving are her son Bob Ayling and his wife Ann of Bayonne; his daughter Patti Gilmour and her husband Tom of Asbury Park; her 3 grandchildren Tom, Linnea, and Daniel; her great granddaughter Clara Louise; and a dear family friend April McElrow.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 2 at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Visiting will take place one hour prior to the burial. Memorial contributions in Margaret’s name may be made to the church.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hillsborough Funeral Home.


Obit Kaplam 12-2-15Tatyana Kaplan

Dr. Tatyana Kaplan (Morgenstern), MD, 91, of Princeton, New Jersey died November 13, 2015 at Princeton Care Center. Born in Gomel, Belarus, she was a resident of Princeton since 1992.

Prior to moving to the United States, she graduated from one of the top Russian medical schools and had a successful career as a cardiologist, family doctor, and vice president of a large hospital in a suburb of Moscow, Russia. During her life she helped many people — starting when she was 17-years-old by saving children at summer camp on the first day of the Nazi bombing of the Soviet Union, then during her professional career as a doctor, and even after retirement.

After moving to the United States she was able to focus on her other great passion — her family. She was a big music lover — both classical and jazz — and enjoyed attending concerts at Westminster to listen to her daughter play classical piano, and at Princeton High School — to see her grandsons play jazz-piano. She was always reading different books, and in between liked to play cards and spoil her family and friends with delicious cooking.

Daughter of the late Girsh and Sarah Bella (Sheinfogel) Morgenstern; sister of the late Michael Morgenstern; grandmother of the late Julia Briskin; she is survived by her sister Lilia Belov from Princeton; daughter Sophia Kulkova and her husband Alexander from Russia; daughter Galina Prilutskaya and her husband Arkadiy from Princeton; and two grandchildren Yuriy Prilutskiy and his wife Susannah from New York; and Leonid Prilutskiy from Princeton.

A memorial service was held on November 23, 2015 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, in Princeton, followed by burial at Princeton Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorial contributions in honor of Tatyana Kaplan be sent to Westminster Conservatory of Music at Rider University, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540.

November 25, 2015

Obit Fulmer 11-25-15Eleanor Margaret Hughes Fulmer

Eleanor Margaret Hughes Fulmer (Peggy), of Princeton, died on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the University Medical Center of Princeton from complications related to a stroke.

Born on March 15, 1933 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Peggy grew up in Ardmore, Pa. Her parents Eleanor McGinley Murdoch and John Patrick Murdoch predeceased her. Peggy attended elementary and high school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Overbrook, Pa. She was a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School in Boston, Mass. and also attended Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pa.

Peggy lived in Princeton for most of her adult life, and was an active member of the community. In particular Peggy and her first husband Jim were proud of their work with Stuart
Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. They were long-time supporters of Stuart and instrumental members of the Stuart community from the very beginning — and Stuart had been an important part of Peggy’s life for over 50 years. She was actively involved for most of this time in many different ways, including the Stuart Parent Association (which she co-founded), the Stuart First Friday Prayer Group, and as a grandparent, chair of the Stuart Fund, to name a few. In 2005 she wrote, “I am thrilled that my daughters and grandchildren have been so enriched by Stuart’s academic curriculum, which is rooted in faith and strong values.”

Peggy worked in real estate sales for over 40 years. She began her career with John T. Henderson Inc. and most recently was with Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty. She was a consistent top producer earning a reputation for professionalism and integrity. Among her many designations and awards, Peggy received the Realtor Emeritus status from the New Jersey Association of Realtors and was a recipient of the Distinguished Sales Award. Peggy was also an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of McCarter Theatre, member of the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, former chairman of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Board of Trustees of the Hun School of Princeton, and recipient of the prestigious Community Service Award.

All who knew Peggy will remember her for her kindness and graciousness. She had an amazing ability to make everyone feel welcome and part of her life. Peggy loved to travel and was able to realize that dream, having been to almost every corner of the world. More than anything though, Peggy loved her five children and 14 grandchildren. Their favorite memories include summers at the shore, new pajamas every Christmas and large family gatherings over the holidays. Her special name for her children and grandchildren was love bugs. She enjoyed walks, dancing, music, theater, and serving her community through volunteer work.

Peggy was preceded in death by her first husband James J. Hughes Jr, and her second husband Thomas S. Fulmer, her parents, and her sister Mary Kathryn Murdoch (Molly). Survivors include her five children Margaret (Gary) Bender, James Hughes III, Susan Hughes, Mary Beth Tevebaugh (Peter) and Katie Redmond (Aiden), and 14 beloved grandchildren. Survivors also include her sister Alice Murdoch Dagit (Charlie), two nephews (Chet and Murdoch), their wives, and four grand-nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo in Skillman, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Stuart Memorial Fund and given online at www.stuartschool.org/giving or mailed to Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton NJ 08540

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


Mary Jane Fleming

Mary Jane Dunsmoor Fleming died peacefully November 21, 2015 at the Kingsway Arms Nursing Center. She is survived by children Ann Fleming (Michael) Brown of Niskayuna, N.Y.; Jeff (Deb Kraft) Fleming of Milwaukee, Wis.; Tom (Terry Helms) Fleming of Brooklyn, N.Y.; step-daughter Susan Moran of New York, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, James Fleming; her parents, Mildred and Frank Dunsmoor; and her brother Frank.

Born in Pittsburgh on May 9, 1927, Mary Jane excelled academically, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1948. She met her future husband while teaching kindergarten in post-war Paris. They married in 1957 and settled in Princeton. Mary Jane was a dedicated volunteer at the Princeton Hospital and a past-president of the Women’s College Club of Princeton and Princeton Adult School. She worked in a number of positions, including leading resident activities at Meadow Lakes senior community in Hightstown. In retirement, she relocated to Niskayuna, N.Y. where she was active in Sunnyview Hospital’s Studio Arts Program and Post-Stroke Group.

Mary Jane had an enthusiasm for life, a confidence and drive that earned admiration from her many friends. She loved her family and took pride in their accomplishments.

A funeral service was held at the First Reformed Church, 8 North Church St., Schenectady, NY 12305 on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 at 2 p.m.

The family wishes to thank the team at Kingsway Community who provided wonderful care for Mary Jane in her final years. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sunnyview Studio Arts Program, 1270 Belmont Ave., Schenectady, NY 12308.

To leave a special message for Mary Jane’s family, please visit www.jonesfh.net.

November 18, 2015

Obit Rojer 11-18-15Charles Rojer

Dr. Charles L. Rojer, Chairman of the Board of Health of Princeton, passed away peacefully at his home early Thursday morning, November 12, 2015, from recently diagnosed gastric cancer. Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1934, Dr. Rojer survived World War II as a hidden child. His two sisters survived the war hidden in a convent; his parents, grandparents, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins were killed in Auschwitz.

Arriving in the United States at the age of 13 in 1948, Dr. Rojer moved to Philadelphia where he was taken into the home of his uncle who served in the French Resistance. There he went to school to learn English, quickly proved himself academically and graduated from the 199th class of Central High School, followed by Temple University, and Hahnemann Medical School. After a residency in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, followed by two years service in the Air Force, Dr. Rojer opened a practice in Philadelphia, with affiliations at both Chestnut Hill and Abington Hospitals. Dr. Rojer had a successful career of 40 years during which he was beloved by his patients and esteemed by his colleagues. He served as president of staff for both Chestnut Hill and Abington Hospital; he also served as an officer of several otolaryngological societies.

Dr. Rojer met his first wife Goldie on a blind date at the end of his senior year in high school and it was love at first sight. They were married in 1957, had three wonderful children, and continued happily for 37 years until Goldie succumbed to leukemia in 1994. Two years later, Dr. Rojer met his second wife, Marsha Levin-Rojer, on another blind date. They were married in 1997 and recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary. Ms. Levin-Rojer’s two children were beautifully absorbed into the Rojer family.

Dr. Rojer moved to Princeton in 2001 where he was quickly recognized for his generous spirit, boundless energy, and wise counsel. In addition to his role on the Board of Health, Dr. Rojer served as vice president of the Old Guard of Princeton and on the Board of the American Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Mercer County, where he delivered kosher Meals on Wheels and volunteered on a committee in support of Holocaust Survivors. He was also an enthusiastic volunteer Grand-Pal, reading to children at Community Park School.

Dr. Rojer was a frequent speaker telling his story of survival to numerous school and community groups. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education recorded his story as well. He also accompanied students at the Princeton Theological Seminary on an annual trip sponsored by the AJC to the Holocaust Museum.

Dr. Rojer is survived by his wife Marsha Levin-Rojer, children Dr. Alan Rojer and wife, Ellen Relkin; Rachel Harad and husband, Dr. Todd Harad; Dr. David Rojer and wife, Dr. Jennifer Lublin; step children: Debra Levin and Daniel Levin; and nine grandchildren: Rebecca, Lauren, Isaac, Emily, Aurora, Gabrielle, Zahavah, Ellie, and Sasha and his sister Cecile Jeruchim.

Donations in Dr. Rojer’s memory may be made to the Charles L. Rojer Fund of the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Mercer County or to a charity of one’s choice. A memorial in celebration of his life is being planned for April 2016.


Obit Burrell 11-18-15Doris Burrell

Doris Barbara Reynolds Burrell died peacefully at her home in Princeton on November 8, 2015 after a long, but valiant struggle of living with dementia. Doris was born in Perth Amboy on January 18, 1920 to the late Howard and Eva Perkins Reynolds. Later the family moved to New Brunswick, where she was raised. She graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1938. Doris graduated in 1940 from Apex Cosmetology School in Newark, New Jersey. She married Frederick Elias Burrell of Princeton on October 14, 1940.

They were married for 62 years. Two children were born of that union, the late Sondra Beverly Burrell Bell and Fredricka “Bunny” Burrell, aka, Khadija Abdul-Karim. A few years after marrying, the couple moved to Princeton. Doris worked as a beautician in Christine Moore’s salon, Spring Street, Princeton before she opened her own salon at 21 Leigh Avenue also in Princeton. Her legendary salon served women and men in the tri-state area for 62 wonderful years.

Doris is predeceased by her parents, Howard and Eva Perkins Reynolds; her husband, Frederick E. Burrell; and 3 siblings, Howard Reynolds, Jr.; Calvert Reynolds; and Edith Reynolds Cook. She is survived by her daughter, Khadija Abdul-Karim; sister, Theresa Morand; brother-in-law, Lester Morand; 8 grandchildren, Brandy Bell-Greer, Shaney Rudolph, Earl Bell, Jr., Khalil Abdul-Karim, Ibrahim Abdul-Karim, Najwa Comeau, Shahid Abdul-Karim, Muntaqima Abdul-Karim; 6 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; many, many dear friends; and her beloved community of Princeton.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton with Rev. Muriel Burrows, officiating. A repast followed the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hughes Funeral Home of Trenton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Paul Robeson House, c/o Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 124 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.


Obit Beeners 11-18-15Dorothy Beeners

Dorothy May Presnell Beeners, 93, passed away peacefully at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman on Saturday, November 14, 2015. A loyal Princeton resident since 1945, Dorothy was born in Asheboro, North Carolina on October 8, 1922, to parents Ollie and Corinne Presnell.

Dorothy pursued a career in journalism. She graduated from High Point University in 1943 and worked as a journalist at the Greensboro Daily News. During World War II, she was a civilian cryptographer, Army Signal Corps, decoding for the war effort in Washington D.C.

She moved to Princeton in 1945 and received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1948, focusing on religious journalism. In Princeton, she met her former husband, Dr. W.J. Beeners and raised 3 children.

With her talents and her deep faith, she wrote or worked on audio/visual productions for the Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, the Nassau Broadcasting Company, the Presbyterian Homes of New Jersey, and the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dorothy unselfishly loved her family and friends, and always believed in the goodness of her fellow man. She was a pure, gracious, Southern belle with a wonderful sense of humor and a true love for her church. Nassau Presbyterian Church was her second home. She had many adoring, lifelong friends and would spend many hours working in the “soup kitchens”.

She leaves behind daughters Susan Beeners (Rick Bogusch) of Ithaca, N.Y.; Sally B. Tanis (Chip Tanis) of Boca Raton, Fla.; son, Brian Beeners (Denise Corbit Beeners) of Ithaca, N.Y.; and precious grandchildren, William Buckley, Corinne, and William Beeners.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Nassau Presbyterian Church and Princeton Theological Seminary.

A Celebration of Life will be planned in the future.


Obit Healy 11-18-15John Belz Healy

John Belz Healy died peacefully at his home on November 15, 2015 after a long illness. John was born on March 1, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Eleanor Belz Healy, and Edward John Healy. John graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia and received a post high school degree from Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and received a Doctor of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania. He reached the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army. He had a career in marketing and advertising in New York City for Colgate Palmolive and Doyle Dane Bernbach. He then worked for 28 years in Annual Giving at Princeton University before he retired.

He was predeceased by his younger twin brothers, Robert, and Edward Jr. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gertrude; and his two  children Ann, and John. Ann has two daughters: Alissa, and Mariah. John and his wife, Katherine, have three daughters: Caitlin, Susanna, and Margaret. He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth, her husband, Frederick Muller, and their son, Frederick, and his wife, Adele, and their three children: Anna, Thomas, and Andrew. He is also survived by the children of his brother, Edward Jr.: Edward III, Christopher, and Elizabeth. Edward III is married to his wife, Elizabeth, and they have a son, Ryan. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Ann Reath, and her husband George Reath. Ann Reath has two children: William Platt, and Benjamin Platt. William and his wife, Heather, have two children: William and Sarah. Benjamin and his wife, Huntley, have three sons: Augustus, Luke, and George.

On Wednesday, November 25, at 9 a.m., there will be a gathering at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Skillman followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 27, at Westminster Cemetery, 701 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Food for the Poor, Inc., 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073, www.foodforthepoor.org, or Catholic Charities (Diocese of Metuchen), 319 Maple Street, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861-4101, www.ccdom.org.

November 11, 2015

Obit SpeersEleanor Speers

Eleanor Schroeder Speers, 91, died in her sleep November 7, 2015, in her home at Meadow Lakes, Hightstown of complications following a stroke.

She is survived by her daughter, Rev. Mary Barrett Speers, of Setauket, New York; and her son, John Gorham Speers, of Paris, France.

Eleanor Speers was born on April 12, 1924, the youngest child of Harold Willmer Schroeder and Charlotte Droste Schroeder of Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Montclair High School and received a BA in sociology from Vassar College, having accelerated with the class of 1945-44 in order to serve in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in World War II. She was posted to Atlanta, training Navy pilots in Link trainers until the end of the war.

In 1947, she married William E. Speers, Jr., also of Montclair,, to whom she was married until his death in 2006. The couple resided in Montclair until 1957, when they moved with their two children to Princeton. Eleanor Speers was an ordained deacon in the Nassau Presbyterian Church, volunteered in the Admissions Department of Princeton Hospital for many years, and served on the board of the Princeton YWCA. When the family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1969, Mrs. Speers worked in the psychiatric care department at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Upon the family’s return to Princeton in 1976, she went back to school, obtaining her MSW from Rutgers University. Following this, she worked as a volunteer in the Adult Day Care Center of Mercer Street Friends in Trenton and served on the board of the Princeton Area Council of Community Services.

Eleanor Speers was quiet and thoughtful, but loved company, and enjoyed making new friends. She was always ready to welcome visitors with a cup of tea and a cookie, and particularly enjoyed singing around the piano at Christmas. Her love for people also found expression in her service as a deacon in Nassau Church. A lifelong lover of music, learning, and all things French, Eleanor played piano and recorder, and participated faithfully in adult education at Nassau Church. When she moved with her husband to Meadow Lakes in 2005, she continued to enjoy musical activities, and was an enthusiastic member of the conversational French group and the Meadow Lakes congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury.

There will be a memorial service for Eleanor Speers at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, N.J. 08542, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Mercer Street Friends (Trenton), Nassau Presbyterian Church, or the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury (for its Meadow Lakes Ministry).


Obit PearceMildred Pearce

Mildred Louise Pearce of Griggstown, New Jersey and North Windham, Maine passed away at Stonebridge in Skillman on November 1, 2015. She was 88 years old. Born in Maine, she resided in Middlesex and Somerset Counties in New Jersey for 56 years.

Millie was raised in South Portland, Maine where she went to local schools, graduated from South Portland High School, and attended Westbrook Junior College (now the Portland Campus of the University of New England). Millie worked as a secretary for the Student Religious Association at the University of Maine, Orono, a secretary and cashier for Mutual Benefit Life Insurance, and a medical secretary at Maine General Hospital (now Maine Medical Center). She also worked several summers as a secretary at Camp Arcadia.

Millie was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for 65 years, the Masonic High Twelve Auxiliary of Milltown, and the Griggstown Historical Society. A long-time member of the Princeton YWCA, Millie was always up for any class they offered — canoeing, figure skating, tap dancing, synchronized swimming, even belly dancing.

Millie attended Princeton United Methodist Church and was a member of the Circle of Friends and United Methodist Women’s Group. She was also an affiliate member of the East Raymond Chapel in Maine.

Married to Albert “Frank” Pearce for 65 years, she spent summers on Sebago Lake in Maine. Millie was a loving and caring person who devoted her life to her family and friends. Millie is best remembered for her infectious laugh and love of sweets. She enlivened any party with her good-natured joking and is well-remembered for eating dessert first. On a two-week long trip to Russia, Millie brought two suitcases: One for her clothes and one for her candy.

Millie is survived by her daughter Jennifer Roffel and son-in-law Bill Roffel of California; and her grandchildren Douglas and Elena. Millie was predeceased by her husband Albert “Frank” Pearce; her parents Benjamin and Florence; her brother Perley, and her sister Eunice.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 at the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, where a funeral will be held at 3 p.m. followed by a reception. A future memorial service will be scheduled for family and friends in North Yarmouth, Maine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org. Click on the “Giving” tab, under GIVE “honor a loved one”, then search for a fundraising page by clicking “Find it Now.” Memorial is under Mildred Pearce.

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