April 29, 2020

Norman Peter Herzberg

Everyone who knew Norman Herzberg, mathematician, was shocked and saddened by his sudden death after a short illness. He died March 29 at his home in Princeton with his wife of 52 years, Barbara, by his side. He was 82 years old.

Born in 1937 deep in the heart of Brooklyn to the late Hans and Herta Herzberg, he leaves a brother, Edward, of Hazlitt, N.J., a sister, Susan Leon, of  Baldwin, Long  Island, as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews.

After graduating early from James Madison High School in Brooklyn in 1954, Norman attended Columbia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1958. He then headed to M.I.T., where he earned his doctorate in mathematics in 1965. He joined the Institute of Defense Analyses in Princeton in 1967 and worked there, contributing numerous classified papers, until his retirement in 2000.

Norman was a devoted and companionable husband to Barbara, whom he met on a blind date in 1964 when she was in the original company of the Loeb theater (now A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Mass. He used to leave his motorcycle helmet on her dressing table to let her know he was up in the light booth watching the show. They were married in the M.I.T. chapel in 1967 and subsequently  moved to Princeton in 1968 after a summer of math conference in Monterey, Calif.

They traveled extensively together often to Greece and its islands, but also to Malta, Madeira, Morocco, Mexico, China, Egypt, India, the British Isles, France, Italy, or as his wife used to say, “anywhere that stuff was older” than she. Norman was an avid and skilled photographer and documented their travels in vivid detail. He loved mathematics, computer technology, travel, good conversation. Until he lost his hearing in 1965, he greatly enjoyed classical music and fondly recalled waiting in the freezing rain for standing room at the Metropolitan Opera, Symphony Hall, or a theater. As one can perhaps tell from his photo, he also enjoyed conviviality and good food. His wife says, “He was the best charcoal cook in the business.”

He valiantly battled his hearing loss to remain connected and involved in the community. He belonged to Community Without Walls House 2, where he was on the Steering Committee, keeping the membership list up to date. He was also a remarkably good reader participating in the CWW 2 Play Reading group.

He will be very much missed for his wit, his hearty laugh, and his more than incisive and perceptive insights into everything.

Donations may be made in Normans’ name to Feeding America, Doctors Without Borders, or any other charity that works towards abating human suffering. There will be some kind of memorial when the current social distancing is no longer in effect.

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Anthony Tabell

Anthony (Tony) Tabell, 88, of Exeter, NH, and formerly of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2020.

He was born in 1931 in Brooklyn, NY, to Edmund W. and Margaret (Suydam) Tabell. He grew up in Riverside, CT, and graduated from St Luke’s School and Colgate University, Class of 1952. After serving in the Army, he joined his father at Walston and Company where he consulted with a variety of institutions and pursued technical market research, inspired largely by his father Edmund.

In 1965, he became senior vice-president, a member of the board of directors, and the director of technical research at Walston and Company.  Tony was one of the earliest practitioners of technical market analysis, having learned the value of  point and figure charts from his father Edmund, and subsequently  shifting to computer models as early as the late 50s and early 60s. In an interview with Professor Andrew Lo of MIT, Mr. Tabell commented that “I liked computers. I liked sitting down and writing computer programs in assembly language… it was a natural marriage with what I was doing with technical analysis, because technical analysis is analysis of data… I’m probably one of the first people who tried to evaluate stock price returns on a computer, necessarily a mainframe.” Tony also authored the Tabell Market Letter, a weekly publication he took over from his father, after his death, in 1965. The letter, a Wall Street institution since 1944, boasted a circulation of over 100,000. In addition, he was a founding member of the Market Technicians Association (now the CMT) and served as its president from 1975-76. He was a member of its board of directors until his retirement in 1993.

In 1970, Mr. Tabell left Walston and Company in NYC to form, with Matt Delafield and Ashton Harvey, the Princeton, NJ, brokerage firm of  Delafield Harvey Tabell which initially operated as a division of Janney Montgomery Scott. The firm’s steady success caught the attention, in 1991, of the US Trust Company, and soon after, DHT merged with USTrust.

Tony was also an enthusiastic traveler and adventurer, a trait he passed down to his children and grandchildren. He and his wife, Ellen (Molwitz) Tabell, visited all seven continents, and especially enjoyed travels to Antarctica and eastern Africa, to which they journeyed three times on different family safaris. An avid skier and mountain climber, he skied throughout Europe and the western states, but was happiest in New England where he spent many hours on the slopes of Killington and Okemo with his daughters and grandchildren.

Tony, who grew up rooting for the Brooklyn Dodgers, was also a long-suffering fan of the New York Mets and counted their 1969 World Series victory as one of the happiest days of his life. In 1985, his tongue-in-cheek theory about the correlation of the team’s success and the stock market’s dips was picked up by the AP and appeared in newspapers across the country.

In addition to Ellen, his high school sweetheart and wife of 66 years, Tony is survived by his three daughters, Meg (John) Kasprak of Brunswick, ME, Roberta (Bob) Jordan of West Bath, ME, and Sarah (Steve) Nocka of Wellesley, MA. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Alex Kasprak, Nick Kasprak and his wife Emily, Chris Kasprak and his husband Danny, Molly Jordan and her husband, Andrew, Sarah Jordan, and Andrew, Kristen, and Thomas Nocka.

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Carolyn L. Patko

Carolyn L. Patko, 86, of Franklin Township passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Center for Hope, Scotch Plains, NJ.

Born 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, her family moved to Griggstown, NJ, in the early 1940’s. She resided most of her life in Franklin Township, Somerset County where she was a member of Six Mile Run Reformed Church in Franklin Park.

After raising her three children, Carolyn worked as a secretary for many years at the Westminster Choir College and the Princeton Theological Seminary, both in Princeton, NJ. She was co-owner of the Yellow Rose Country/Western Bar, Manville, NJ, from 1987 thru 1997.

As a graduate of Princeton High School, she was a dedicated member of the Class of 1951 Reunion Committee. She was past president of the Little Rocky Hill Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Carolyn was very talented and creative. In her retirement she enjoyed making things for her grandchildren. Besides stitching many projects and knitting many afghans, gloves, and hats, she was an avid painter, crafter, and cake decorator and a published poet. She even taught herself how to play the guitar.

Carolyn’s legacy and spirit live on through her loving family. She leaves behind her two sons and two daughters-in-law James J. and Kimberly Patko of Kendall Park, NJ, Joseph R. and Bridget Patko of Superior, MT, and four grandchildren, Amber Patko, April Patko, Aidan Patko, and Molly Patko. Daughter of the late Eugene and Florence Tornquist, wife of the late Joseph S. Patko, mother of the late Carol L. Patko, sister of the late Robert Tornquist, Jean Rutter-Levesque.

Arrangements are under the direction of the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Joseph P. Moore

Joseph P. Moore, 78, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at home, surrounded by family. A full obituary and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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Betty Sander Thompson

Betty Sander Thompson, 90 formerly of Plainsboro, NJ, and most recently a resident at Stonebridge of Montgomery, Skillman, NJ, passed peacefully in her home on April 21, 2020.

Born June 26, 1929 in Glenville, WV, Betty spent the later part of her childhood in Gulfport, MS. She is predeceased by her husband Robert L. Thompson, Sr. and her parents John and Alice Sander.

Upon graduation from high school in Gulfport, MS, in 1947, Betty embarked on her future career by taking the “Hummingbird” train by herself to enter the University of Cincinnati’s School of Nursing. She graduated in June 1951 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Nursing. She played the flute in the orchestra at the University of Cincinnati and there she met fellow flute player, Robert Thompson, who became the love of her life! They went on to marry and spent 64 wonderful years together.

Betty, an avid tennis player, was involved in the USTA (United States Tennis Association) as an umpire and referee. In fact she was recruited back in 1979 to attend the first official USTA umpire’s certification clinic. In 1988 Betty received the Edwin Mellor Award for outstanding service as an umpire for the Middle States, USTA. Over the years she worked at a number of professional, collegiate, and junior tournaments as a line umpire, chair umpire, referee, and tournament director. In 2010 Betty retired and was recognized for her 32 years of service.

Betty was an active member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, most recently Chapter AE of Princeton, NJ., she was recognized as a 50 year member in 2016. PEO was always near and dear to Betty’s heart, she cherished the many relationships she developed and always valued the impact the educational projects had on those women benefiting from them. Betty was also a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Betty is survived by her five children, Robert Thompson, Jr. and his wife Mary Beth, Sandra Pollock, Susan Kurtain and her husband Bill, Steven Thompson, Laurie Randow, her adopted daughter Kathy Cook and her husband Tom, her brother James Sander and her sister Nancy Royalty. She is survived by 16 loving grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Betty was a remarkable woman whose strength instilled confidence in those who knew and loved her. She was an attentive and loving wife and mother. She will be missed dearly by her family.

Due to the coronavirus the family will celebrate Betty’s life later in the summer when they can all travel and be together safely.

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Al Angrisani

Government and Corporate Leader, Author, Philanthropist and Beloved Father and Grandfather

Albert (Al) Angrisani, 70, peacefully passed away on Thursday, April 23, at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro, NJ. Born in Newark NJ, he lived much of his life in Princeton.

Throughout his life, Al held both government and corporate positions. He served as the Assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Ronald Reagan from 1980 to 1984. He was the architect of the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, which was one of the nation’s first public/private partnerships and played a major role in the economic recovery plan that created 16 million new jobs.

As a corporate leader, he led numerous successful public companies in his decades-long career including Harris Interactive, Inc., Greenfield Online/Ciao, and Total Research among others. Al was most proud of securing both their shareholder value and jobs for thousands of employees.

As an author, Al penned two books that became immediately popular in the business world. The first, Win One for the Shareholders, is a widely used primer for businesses struggling to survive in the competitive corporate world. His second book, From Last to First, drew on his own personal experiences to coach both individuals and businesses in building wealth and success. Al was also a regular commentator on national business news programs including CNBC, Fox Business, Newsmax, and Bloomberg TV.

Finally — and most importantly — he was a beloved father and grandfather, known as “Papa” to his seven grandchildren, Aiden, Reed, and Mabel Fratangelo, Landon and Noelle Nielsen, Cortland and Reese Gautieri. He is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Catherine and (Jason) Nielsen, Sarah and (Glenn) Fratangelo, and Elizabeth and (Eric) Gautieri, two brothers and two sisters, Frank, Russell and Marion Angrisani and Frances Lein.

A private graveside service will be held, with a memorial service to be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to: The Ronald Reagan Foundation (reaganfoundation.org) or a charity of your choice.

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Scott McVay Petrone

Scott McVay Petrone died after a year-long illness on April 21, 2020, at his home in New York City. He was 47. Known for his many deep friendships, care, and support of others, and his athleticism and love of sports, Scott will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Scott was born in Princeton, NJ, on January 15, 1973 and attended the Princeton Public Schools, graduating from Princeton High School in 1991. Remarkably, Scott earned 12 varsity letters at Princeton High School, lettering in soccer, swimming, and baseball from freshman through senior year. He captained his soccer, swimming, and baseball teams and earned All-State honors in soccer.

Scott attended Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, and graduated with a B.A. degree in economics. At Claremont, Scott was captain of the baseball team, earned four varsity letters, and was awarded the Arce Award for athletics.

After graduation, Scott embarked on a successful Wall Street career which began as a clerk on the New York Stock Exchange where he was the youngest head clerk in his firm’s history. He then held senior positions at Prudential Securities and Lazard Capital Markets as a convertible bond trader with responsibility for institutional sales, market making, capital commitment, and compliance.

Golf was a central part of Scott’s adult life and his friends and family have many cherished memories of the hours (sometimes full days) spent with Scott on the golf course and at Springdale Golf Club in particular where Scott was the Club Champion in 2012. Scott often walked away with the annual Petrone Open trophy and spent many hours organizing this much-loved family event.

Scott was also known to his friends and family for his encyclopedic knowledge of NYC and every restaurant that was worth visiting. You could call Scott with a destination and he would recommend a handful of excellent restaurants close by and sometimes pull strings to make a reservation for you. Scott loved good food and wanted to make sure that everyone was taken care of and having the best experience possible.

Throughout his life Scott was attached to his family and many friends, and doted on his nieces and nephews who were very dear to him and who loved him greatly in return. His friends treasured his spirit and sense of adventure, and the ease and enjoyment of being in his company. He will be remembered for his kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity, friendship, and respect and care for others.

Scott is survived by his parents, Ellen and Tom Petrone, his brothers, Michael, Andy and Bryan, his sisters-in-law, Emilie and Deborah, and his nieces and nephews, Claire, Benjamin, Drew, Calvin and Abby, in addition to many wonderful aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Memorial services are being held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to 101: Need-Based Scholarships for Princeton High School Graduates (fund101.org); or Citymeals.org, where Scott delivered meals to the homebound in New York City.

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Mildred Mario
1939-2020

Mildred Martha Daume Mario, formerly of Princeton and known to everyone as Millie, died April 17th in Key West after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 80.

Born in Brooklyn to German immigrant parents who fled the collapsing Weimar Republic in 1930, she was educated in New York City public schools, and was awarded a scholarship to Hunter College. Her mother, who did not believe girls should go to college, insisted her youngest daughter join the workforce, so she embarked on a brief career as an executive secretary at CBS and Bristol Myers in Manhattan, jobs for which she freely admitted in later years she was not well suited.
In 1961 she married Ernest Mario of Clifton, NJ, whose best friend, Bob Stier, had married Millie’s elder sister Edith a few years before. The couple relocated to Rhode Island, where Ernie earned his PhD and their sons Christopher and Gregory were born. In 1966 they moved to Rochester, NY, where Ernie began his career in the pharmaceutical industry. Their third son, Jeremy, was born in Rochester.

In 1972 the family returned to New Jersey, first to Cherry Hill, then to Bridgewater, and finally to Princeton. In Princeton, Millie embarked on what would become a life-long devotion to historic preservation with the restoration of the Belford House, a landmark 1934 Tudor Revival on North Road she restored long before historic preservation became fashionable.

Ernie’s career took the couple to North Carolina and then London, where Ernie was chief executive of Glaxo in the late 1980s and early 1990s. At that time, it was still customary for the wife of a British chief executive to act as an ambassador for the company, a role Millie adopted with passion and skill, and for which she was paid one pound per year. As she later said, when she was first diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in March, 2019, “I’m a girl from Brooklyn who has traveled the world by private jet and I have been everywhere. I’ve had an amazing life.”

In Palo Alto, Millie took on her most ambitious restoration project, the John Adams Squire House. A 1904 Classical Revival landmark that had fallen into serious disrepair and had avoided the wrecking ball more than once, the project would lead to Millie’s appointment to the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board, which she would be chair for eight years. She also joined the board of the California Preservation Foundation, a statewide historic preservation advocacy and educational organization, eventually serving as president.

Ernie and Millie returned to the east coast to be nearer to their children and grandchildren in 2001, eventually settling in Key West. Millie is survived by her three sons and eight grandchildren: Christopher’s daughter Millicent, of Washington, DC; Gregory’s children Griffin, Chloe, Madeleine, and Brigitte, of Miami; and Jeremy’s children Gretchen, Reid, and Charles, of Durham, NC.

Millie was an exceptional wife, a loving if strict German mother, and she doted on her grandchildren. The bacon and French toast breakfasts she made for them is a memory that her grandchildren will always treasure and that her loving daughters-in-law will never be able to replicate.

Millie was uniquely tough, strong, wise, patient, opinionated, and kind. She saw the best in everyone, was generous with her affection and her time, and would have done absolutely anything for her grandchildren. She loved the beach, the daily crossword, Scrabble, exercise, her three sisters (Elizabeth Knocklein of Garner, NC; the late Edith Stier of Clifton, NJ; and Anna Daume of Ridgewood, NJ), a good Black Russian, and was absolutely insistent that the entire family would be together for Christmas and the Fourth of July each year.

A memorial is planned in Princeton this fall.

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Jean Marilyn (Farncombe) Davidson

Jean Marilyn (Farncombe) Davidson, age 76, passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2020 in Littleton, MA. Jean had a smile that could light up a room and a laugh that was infectious, even in her later years as dementia took hold of her. She will be dearly missed by all that came to know and love her.

Born on August 14, 1943 in Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario, Jean was one of four children born to the late John Ross and Luella May (Furlong) Farncombe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald William Crosby Davidson, in 2016 and her younger brother, George Farncombe, in 2008.

Jean’s early years were spent on a farm in southern Ontario where her father was a farm hand. Growing up on the farm, she learned the importance of family, the value of hard work, and how to be resourceful and appreciate the simple gifts that you are blessed with. When she was in high school, her parents bought a general store and it was there that she met her future husband, Ron, in 1961, when she was home from nursing school for the weekend. One week after Ron graduated from McMaster University, they married on May 18, 1963 and moved to Princeton, NJ, where Ron pursued his graduate studies at Princeton University.

Together, as a young married couple, Jean and Ron left everything that they knew — their families and their country — to build a new life, filled with hope, promise, adventure, and opportunity in the United States. While Ron’s career moved them all over the country, Jean built a home and raised their two children while working as an X-ray technician and then, later, as a mammographer.

Jean loved traveling and enjoyed sharing her love of creative projects with others, often hosting dinner parties, cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, and making stained glass. Jean was very giving and thoughtful and made everyone feel truly special — sending handwritten letters or homemade cards, favorite recipes, articles, and homemade gifts with special notes that continue to be treasured. She embodied kindness, compassion, creativity, and humor.

Jean is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Greg Premru of Groton, MA, and her son Ron Davidson, Jr. of Princeton, NJ; her brother and sister-in-law Jack and Margaret Farncombe of Kemptville, Ontario; and her sister Linda Beckham of Brantford, Ontario. She is also survived by four grandchildren – William and Leo Premru of Groton, MA; and Crosby and Cayley Davidson, of Princeton, NJ. Her extended family includes several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews in Ontario, Canada.

We are grateful for the wonderful staff who provided caring assistance to Jean over her last four years and care and comfort in her final days.

A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Alzheimers Research Program at McLean Hospital. Checks should be made payable to “McLean Hospital” and sent to 115 Mill Street, Mail Stop 126, Belmont, MA 02478. Online gifts can be made at https://www.mcleanhospital.org/give. Please note “in memory of Jean Davidson” in the memo field.

Arrangements are under the care of Badger Funeral Home. To share a memory or offer condolences, please visit www. badgerfuneral.com.

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Nigel Paul Longshaw

Paul Longshaw, 66, died unexpectedly in his sleep early in the morning of April 15, 2020. He had recently been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Born in Chipping Norton, England, Paul visited Princeton in 1985 on a lark and instantly made it his permanent home with his wife, Cille (née Koch). Longstanding Princeton residents and lifelong travelers, their itineraries invariably traced the paths of revered architects.

A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Paul forged a 40-year career as an architect first in the U.K. and subsequently in the U.S., working with international teams to produce award-winning, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities for leading pharmaceutical firms in the U.S. and abroad. As a senior project architect and technical lead at Jacobs Engineering in Conshohocken, PA, for nearly 25 years, Paul took particular joy in mentoring young architects, instilling the highest standards for design and construction practices.

Paul’s passion for distinctive design permeated every aspect of his life.Taking the lead with his Canon camera around his neck, he eagerly enticed friends and family to accompany him on walkabouts to marvel at exemplary buildings across the Princeton campus; admire glassy new structures shoulder-to-shoulder with neo-classical landmarks in Manhattan; or delight in the surprise of each new summer pavilion at the Serpentine in London.

Beyond his keen eye, Paul will also be remembered for his admittedly eclectic musical preferences ranging from Frank Zappa to Billy Strayhorn to Jenny Lewis, his talents as a photographer, his generosity, and his predilection for a proper English pint. In addition to his wife of 30 years, he leaves behind cherished extended family in the U.K. and U.S. and an exceptional constellation of lifelong friendships far and wide.

His ashes will be interred in the Pardee Memorial Garden at Princeton Cemetery. A memorial celebration will be planned at a later date.

If you wish to make a contribution in Paul’s memory, the British Heart Foundation, Philabundance, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), and Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad are among the many organizations he supported.

April 22, 2020

Simon Tams

Simon Tams died on March 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA, after a gallant battle with an aggressive lung cancer, his wife by his side.

Simon’s father, Ted Tams, delivered him on March 1,1952 on their kitchen floor during a snowstorm in Princeton, NJ.

After attending The Hun School in Princeton and Bentley College in Waltham, MA, Simon found his niche in theatre, working at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. That experience led to Broadway bus and truck tours. Eventually, Simon landed in Los Angeles working as a Construction Coordinator on national commercials and installations at Disneyland and Disneyworld. He later toured the world with the Transformer’s Bumblebee.

Simon produced several independent projects including Batman Deadend, the internet’s first most downloaded Short Film featured at San Diego’s Comic Con in 2003. He followed that with several indie films with Director Alex Cox. Simon’s passion project, A Thousand Junkies, directed by Tommy Swerdlow, was released in 2017.

Most recently, Simon had co-designed a state-of-the-art 3D camera rig to be used on camera cranes and drones. He traveled to Panama to film the opening of the new Panama Canal, to New Hampshire to film black bears for Pandas, a Warner Bros IMAX 3D film about China’s efforts to release pandas back in to the wild, and he made several extended trips to China to track the panda bear Chin Chin.

Simon was a consummate craftsman and problem solver. His curiosity, passion, and dedication to both the technical and artistic sides of the creative process were boundless. If Simon was in your corner, you had the strongest of allies. He was the person you’d want with you in a fox hole.

Simon was predeceased by his parents, The Honorable Theodore T. Tams Jr. and Lorraine P. Tams, and sister, Ruth. Simon is survived by his wife, Daren Hicks; siblings, Colin, Brian, Georgia, and Daphne; sisters-in-law, Deb and Laurie; brother-in-law, Kent; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Simon’s life will be celebrated when the current physical distance ban no longer keeps us apart.

Donations in Simon’s honor may be made to One Voice (onevoice-la.org) or Claire’s Place Foundation (clairesplacefoundation.org).

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Edward Roger Budny

Edward Roger Budny, age 75, of Stuart, FL, died April 7, 2020 at Treasure Coast Hospice.

He was born 1945 in Trenton, NJ, son of Edward and Joan. He received a BS from George Washington University. He was a Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI). He was employed in commercial real estate appraisal. He lived in Miami, Coral Gables, and Stuart, FL, as well as Washington Crossing, PA, and Princeton, NJ.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia of Stuart, FL.  His son, Michael Owen, is divorced from Susan Panozzo. His other son, Trevor A. Budny, is married to Laura Dewey Budny. He had two grandchildren, Brianne and Jacob Owen.

He was predeceased by his brother Carl (1964) and his sister Joan (2010).

The time and date of service is to be determined. He will be interred at St. Paul’s in Princeton, NJ. Martin Funeral Home and Crematorium in Stuart, FL, is in charge of arrangements.

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Ann Gunning Magee

Ann Gunning Magee, 91, wife, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully at Stonebridge at Montgomery’s Skilled Nursing facility on April 12. She had lived in Princeton for the past 58 years.

Ann was born in Rome, NY, on August 28, 1928. Her family later moved to New York City, and briefly to Ireland during the Depression, before returning to New York.

Ann graduated from Hunter College High School in New York. She graduated from Barnard College where she majored in Economics. After graduating, she attended Teachers’ College at Columbia University and taught at The Brearley School in New York. She returned to Columbia where she earned a Masters in History, as well as met her future husband, Richard J. Magee.

Ann and her young family moved to Princeton in 1961. After raising her three children, Ann returned to school, earning both a Masters in Education in Special Education degree as well as an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from Trenton State College. Ann applied these degrees to her work as a Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant through much of the 1980s. Ann was elected to Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society for education, and was a member of numerous professional education associations.

Ann was an avid traveler, having toured extensively through much of Europe. She was a member of a number of local organizations including Friends of the Princeton University Library, Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Present Day Club.

Ann is survived by her daughter, Ann Magee Peretzman of Princeton, and by her sons, Richard J. Magee Jr. of St. Louis, MO, and Steven G. Magee of Short Hills, NJ. Ann is also survived by six grandchildren. Ann’s husband, Richard J. Magee Sr., passed away in 1981.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ann Magee can be made to Meals on Wheels of Mercer County, 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Ewing Township, NJ 08638.

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Adam Steven Henschel

Adam Steven Henschel, 66, of Princeton, passed away April 17, 2020.

Son of the late Leonard and Judith Henschel, he is survived by his sister, Laurel Eve Henschel.

Adam was a learned, kind, and gentle soul. He was a proud American. A proud Jew.

Private funeral services and burial were Wednesday, April 22 at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood House (www.greenwoodhouse.org) or to Chabad of Mercer County – Princeton (www.princetonchabad.org).

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.

April 15, 2020

Robert Jefferson Wolfe

Robert Jefferson Wolfe, 72, died on March 31, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. He and his wife Barbara have also been residents of Ringoes, New Jersey, since 1980. The cause of death was complications from myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare form of bone marrow cancer which he had battled courageously and cheerfully for 15 years.

Bob was born on April 13, 1947 and was raised in South Orange, New Jersey. His parents, Albert Lewis Wolfe and Olga Maurer Wolfe, pre-deceased him. Bob graduated from Columbia High School, South Orange, NJ, in 1965, where he was senior class president. He graduated from Princeton University in 1969 with a degree in Philosophy. At Princeton, he participated in crew for two years, and sculling became one of his interests later in life.

After graduation, he joined the Army Reserves and was on active duty at Fort Sam Houston in Texas from October 1969 until February 1970. Then he attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he met his wife and fellow student Barbara Burgess. They were married in December 1973. After graduating with an MBA in 1972, Bob worked for Stanford University before returning to NJ in 1974 to work as Assistant Treasurer of Princeton University.

In 1976, Princeton launched a 2,000+ acre mixed use real estate development project, the Princeton Forrestal Center. Bob, as a partner of the consulting firm K. S. Sweet Associates, was instrumental in leading the development of this project throughout his career. In 1993, he formed his own company, Picus Associates, which continues to this day (under new ownership) to manage the Princeton Forrestal Center on behalf of Princeton University. Bob enjoyed seeing the physical results of his work materialize over time, and he believed that real estate development should be concentrated in areas with appropriate infrastructure, while rural lands should be protected and the natural environment preserved.

Bob believed in contributing his time and expertise to his community. He served on the Boards of McCarter Theatre (Princeton), the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, and Princeton In Community Service (PICS, placing undergraduates with nonprofit internships for summer work experiences). At the time of his death, he was a member of the Board of NJ Conservation Foundation and its Treasurer.

He enjoyed tennis, travel, photography, and sculling. He also enjoyed spending time with extended family at a cabin on Garnet Lake in the Adirondacks. Bob was very supportive of Barbara’s equestrian interests and passion for dressage. They have owned a horse farm outside of Princeton since 1980. They began spending winters in Wellington, FL, in 2000, initially for equestrian activities, until Bob discovered sculling on Lake Wellington. With two partners, he purchased and managed the Florida Rowing Center, a winter sculling school based in Wellington, which continues today. After he retired in 2018, Barbara and Bob became Florida residents.

Bob is survived by his wife of 46 years Barbara (Burgess); his sister Susan Wolfe Lauffer (spouse Don Lauffer) of Bartlesville, OK, and Madison WI; his brother William A. Wolfe (spouse Elizabeth West Wolfe) of Princeton, NJ; a nephew Andrew Wolfe who lives in Paris, France; and a niece Amy Powell Burruss who lives in Muskogee, OK. He is remembered for his wonderful smile, consistently optimistic approach to life, kindness, and generosity.

An online video memorial service for immediate family members was held on Sunday, April 5. A memorial service for friends and colleagues will be held later this year in Princeton, after the coronavirus pandemic has subsided and travel restrictions have been lifted.

Charitable contributions may be made in his honor to MDS research at Columbia University, where one of his doctors oversees an MDS research program doing cutting-edge research to understand and combat the disease. An alternative for charitable contributions is the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, one of the premier land conservation organizations in the U.S. Since 1960, NJCF has protected over 125,000 acres of natural areas and farmland in New Jersey.

Check payable to: Trustees of Columbia University; mail to Dr. Azra Raza, MDS Research Program, Columbia University Medical Center, Milstein Hospital Building, 6GN-435 177 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032.

Check payable to: New Jersey Conservation Foundation; mail to Michele Byers, Executive Director, Bamboo Brook, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931.

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Marion E. Bruschi

Marion E. Bruschi of West Windsor, NJ, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2020, four days before her 97th birthday. She was born on April 11,1923 in Brooklyn, NY, and was raised in Summit, NJ, where she met and married her husband, William.

In 1959 Marion moved to Princeton, NJ, where she and William raised their three children. William’s career as a CPA provided both of them many opportunities to travel, which was one of her of greatest joys. After becoming a widow in 1992, she continued to pursue her love of travel and especially enjoyed cruises and sightseeing trips with her family and friends. Marion adored her granddaughters and great-grandchildren and glistened with pride while celebrating milestones in their lives.

A devoted Catholic, Marion was a member of St. Paul’s Church in Princeton, NJ, for 45 years.She and her husband always attended the 8:30 mass on Sundays.

Marion was preceded in death by her husband William C. Bruschi, her parents George and Emma Zimmerman, and her brother George F. Zimmerman. She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Robert and his wife Linda, Lauren and her husband Rod, Paul and his wife Katrin; her two granddaughters, Amy Jablonski, Kristen Wade and her husband Chris; and her beloved great-grandchildren, Will and Emma Jablonski and Gavin and Amelia Wade. She is also survived by her sister, Juliet Zimmerman, and many nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID-19 a memorial mass and a celebration of Marion’s life will celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Marion’s memory to: Johns Hopkins Medicine for COVID-19 Research at www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/giving.html or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105;

www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html.

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Claudio Spies

Longtime resident of Princeton and Skillman, Claudio Spies, Professor of Music, Emeritus at Princeton University, died peacefully on April 2 at his home in Sonoma, California, just one week following his 95th birthday.

He had come to Princeton in 1970 with his family, and moved to Sonoma in 2013 to live with his eldest daughter, Caterina. Claudio was a prominent composer and music theorist engaged at the forefront of 20th-century music during a time of dramatic change. He was considered a leading expert on Igor Stravinsky, with whom he enjoyed close friendship and collaboration for nearly 30 years, and facilitated the premiere of one of Stravinsky’s last major works, ”Requiem Canticles,“ at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre in 1966. Claudio’s own compositions were performed often at Princeton as well as in several other venues both nationally and internationally.

Carlos Claudio Spies was born on March 26, 1925, in Santiago, Chile, of German-Jewish immigrant parents. He came to the United States in 1942, at age 17, driven by a passion to study music; and he attended the New England Conservatory of Music and the Longy School of Music. After earning undergraduate and master’s degrees from Harvard,  he taught at Harvard, Vassar, and Swarthmore before joining the Princeton faculty. Following his retirement from Princeton in 1998, he continued to teach at The Juilliard School until he was 85. Claudio became an American citizen in 1966.

As a scholar, Claudio wrote a series of seminal articles on the serialism of Stravinsky, and subsequently a number of important articles on Schoenberg, Berg, Brahms, and others. He was fascinated by language, and spoke five of them fluently while continuing to study others. His compositions often combined his multi-lingual and musical talents, setting to music the poetry of Celan, Enzensberger, Yehuda Halevi, May Swenson, Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, Paul Auster, and others.  He set works in English, Spanish, German, Old Italian, Hebrew, and Latin.

At Juilliard, Claudio created its first course in the study of manuscripts. He always loved perusing original manuscripts with handwritten notes, for insights into the composers’ thinking.  His excitement about these studies was captured nicely by an interview he gave for a New York Times article in 2009:  “There’s hardly a page in which there isn’t something to stimulate a musician’s imagination. Even the color of the ink.”  Claudio also referenced discovering an adjustment Mozart had made within an opera to have the most critical word in a phrase coincide with the highest note, and said,  “That’s a glaringly lovely case,  and the difference is a gleaming composition lesson. Seeing that, one smiles for a full week.”

Claudio was pre-deceased by his beloved daughter, Tatiana, and former wife, Emmi Vera; and is survived by his children Caterina (Myron Reece), of Glen Ellen, California; Michael (Claudia) of New York; Leah (Alex Winck); and Susanna, both of Los Angeles; as well as grandchildren Jake, Elijah, Ben, Olivia, and Julia.

A memorial service will be planned at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.com or www.musiciansfoundation.org.

April 8, 2020

Louise French (“Frenchie”) Blodget

Louise French (“Frenchie”) Blodget died on March 31st, just shy of her 100th birthday. Frenchie was blessed with a loving family and an enthusiastic, multigenerational circle of friends who filled her life with joy. And we were blessed to have her. Frenchie was the matriarch of her family and a beloved member of each community she was a part of: Princeton, NJ; Fox Hill Village in Westwood, Mass.; and Annisquam, Mass. She spent 98 of her 99 summers in Annisquam. There, she gathered family, oversaw hours of tennis, played a fiercely competitive family game of “spoons,” offered up thousands of lobster rolls, and savored every sunset with a vodka on ice.

Born in 1920, Frenchie grew up in St. Louis, Mo. While attending Bryn Mawr College she met Alden Sanford (Sandy) Blodget who quickly became the center of her life. They married in 1941 in San Francisco a week before Sandy’s ship set sail for the South Pacific and, ultimately, The Battle of Midway. After the war, they moved frequently while raising four children. Sandy died in 1990.

Frenchie’s greatest pride was opening the first New Jersey office for Planned Parenthood in Trenton. She also volunteered for years at The Princeton Hospital, The Princeton Art Museum, and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. She had a sharp and active mind that was always evident in her prowess with the NYT crossword puzzles, her frequent wins in duplicate bridge and Scrabble, and her phenomenal memory. She played tennis until she was 80, danced after two hip replacements at 92, and most eagerly awaited all news from every member of the family.

She often said that it was the war that taught her to be realistic and practical, to always “press on” and remain optimistic. And so she did when, 19 years ago, she moved to Fox Hill. There, she served on the board, worked in the library, read books to the visually impaired, and made friends with many. She possessed an enormous capacity to sit with the suffering of others, and always went to be with her many dear friends who were dying, offering care and support.

Frenchie is survived by three sons, Alden Blodget (Essex, Mass.), Dudley Blodget (Winchester, Mass.), Henry Blodget, and a daughter, Sally Carton (Chicago); and five grandchildren, who all deeply love her: Alexandra Heidinger, Caitlin Pingree, Casey Blodget, Sandy Carton, and Maggie Carton Pugel; and by five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution in her honor to Planned Parenthood (PPNCSNJ, PO Box 9077, Trenton, NJ 08650), or Wellspring House (302 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930).

The family sends deepest thanks to the hospice workers and aides who cared so beautifully for our mother in the midst of the pandemic. A memorial service will be held in Annisquam, Mass., when large and joyful gatherings are again possible.

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Elizabeth Stockton Murray

Elizabeth Stockton Murray passed away on March 25, 2020 of natural causes. She was 96 and had resided at Stonebridge At Montgomery, Skillman, New Jersey for the last 16 years.

She was born in Lambertville, New Jersey. She lived in Princeton for most of her life. She is pre-deceased by her husband of 50 years, Robert Francis Murray, who was Executive Vice President with Gallup & Robinson. She is survived by her daughter, Faneen M. Cieslinski, her son-in-law, Richard Cieslinski, her daughter, Robin L. Murray, her son, Sean S. Murray and her daughter in-law, Hilary D. Murray and her grandson, Nickolas H. Cieslinski. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. She was the daughter of Emma Louise and John D. Stockton of Lambertville, NJ and is pre-deceased by her sister, Jane Detwiler, and her brother, John D. Stockton.

She attended Brenau College. She was a model for the Princeton photographer Orrin Jack Turner, who received multiple recognitions for his images of her. She studied investing on her own, enjoyed following the market and was quite successful in her efforts. She loved the arts particularly ballet and was a talented artist. She volunteered at both the Princeton Hospital Fete and the Rummage, primarily handling artwork. She was a member of the Present Day Club. She loved all things English and traveled to England and Europe.

Her internment is at Princeton Cemetery and the service, when held, will be private.

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Elaine L. Ciatto

May 19, 1930 —April 3, 2020

Elaine L. Ciatto, 89 of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in her home on April 3, 2020. Married 65 years to her lifelong partner and loving husband Robert J. Ciatto, she is survived by her husband Bob and their seven children Regina (Bob) Bryson, Dena (Craig) Darmofal, Marie Zeck, Angela (Gene) O’Reilly, Robert (Melissa) Ciatto Jr, Cynthia (Bruce) Bower, Chris Ciatto (fiancée Laurie), and 18 grandchildren.

Elaine was the daughter of Antimo and Rose Lombardi, immigrants of Italy, and was born in Bronx, NY, and raised in Jamaica Queens. She is also survived by her two sisters Marie (Bill) Kennedy and Regina (George) Garis.

After graduating from Parsons School of Design and a successful career in fashion design at Korby Sportswear, she began her “real” career as a mother and homemaker. She was a founding member of St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, a parishioner at Princeton’s St. Paul RC Church, and a community leader as a volunteer for 4-H, RWJ University Hospital, and the East Brunswick Women’s Club where she shared her service and wisdom with so many.

She maintained homes in Princeton, Long Beach Island, and Sarasota, FL, where she hosted wonderful gatherings and made forever memories for her family. Like her father and mother, Elaine was a designer, seamstress, and a fabulous cook! She exemplified the most important values in life, bringing joy to others, loving her family dearly, living her Catholicism, and was a selfless and important role model to all who knew her.

At a future date, a memorial service will be held for Elaine.

In lieu of flowers, the Ciatto family would be honored with a gift to The Robert J. and Elaine Ciatto Scholarship Fund at Fordham University (attn. Robert A. Milici, Jr., Joseph A. Martino Hall, 45 Columbus Avenue, 8th Floor, NY, NY 10023; (212) 636-7263.

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

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Mary Bordman Scudder

Mary Bordman Scudder, daughter of John Bordman and Helen Irvin, born on July 30, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home with loving family at her bedside, ending her courageous battle with cancer on April 2, 2020.

Mary was a graduate of Concord Academy and Bryn Mawr College where she received a BA degree in Art History. She married Townsend Scudder Jr. from New Haven, Connecticut, in 1950. Mary and her husband, Towney settled in Neshanic, New Jersey, with their four children and lived there for 59 years before retiring to Middlebury, Vermont in 2013. Their marriage was one of true ever-lasting love. They worked side by side for over 50 years in their own nursery business, Ambleside Gardens, which is still in the family, run by their son, David. Along with their love of gardening, they loved to ski and travelled extensively in Europe and Asia. During their retirement years in their cottage in Middlebury, Vermont, Mary served on many committees and will be remembered by many as one of the shining bright lights and for her never-ending smile.

Mary is predeceased by her husband, Towney. She is survived by her brother, John Bordman and his wife in Concord, Massachusetts, and his children: John Scudder of Neshanic, New Jersey, David Scudder and his wife, Robin of East Millstone, New Jersey, Holly Scudder-Chase and her husband, Keith of Richmond, Vermont and Hal Scudder and his wife, Carol of Park City, Utah. She is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and her loving cat.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Taking Care of You, 4171 South Street, New Haven, Vermont, 05472.

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Anne L. Freedman

Anne L. Freedman, 92, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2020. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was a graduate of New York University and resided in Princeton, NJ for the past 55 years.

After purchasing Kooltronic, Inc., an enclosure cooling manufacturer, with her late husband, Gerald, in 1970, Anne soon joined the company full-time and enjoyed a long career primarily managing the manufacturing side of the business. She often referred to the company as her third child. Though it was difficult, particularly during that time and in a male-dominated industry, she did not let anything deter her from being strong, confident, and decisive. She gained the respect of her peers and colleagues through hard work and tough, but fair, leadership. Anne’s passion and tireless work ethic helped turn a struggling business into the successful family-owned company that it is today. She was a role model to all who knew her.

One of Anne’s greatest joys was spending quality time with family and friends. She enjoyed hosting gatherings at her house, and celebrating holidays and other joyous occasions with everyone she loved. Several weeks ago, it brought her much joy to host the wedding of her daughter and son-in-law in her living room! She also enjoyed traveling, gardening, playing cards and other games, and had an affection for watching her daily soap opera. Anne was a patron of the arts and for many years enjoyed music and theater productions.

Those who knew Anne know she always spoke her mind and stood up for what she believed in. She will be remembered for her loving, caring, and feisty personality, and for being a generous philanthropist who supported many causes that were important to her, and Jewish organizations in particular. She was a longtime member of Adath Israel Congregation in Lawrenceville, NJ, and The Jewish Center in Princeton, NJ.

Wife of the late Gerald Freedman, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Debbie Freedman and Avi Paradise; son and daughter-in-law Barry and Bobbi Freedman; grandchildren Melissa Freedman and Michael Steeil, Jen Freedman and Darren Gorden, Michael and Lauren Freedman, Leora Paradise and Elijah Stone, and Daniella Paradise and Ross Chapman; as well as, currently, four great-grandchildren James and Madilyn Freedman and Jack and Ben Gorden.

Anne will be deeply missed and forever loved.

Due to health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, a private graveside service was held at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park.

The family respectfully requests memorial contributions to: The Leon Siskowitz Cultural Fund at Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 or The Jess and Marion Epstein Lunch-and-Learn Fund at The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Funeral arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel. To leave a comment or memory visit orlandsmemorialchapel.com/anne-freedman/.

April 1, 2020

Jacques Pierre Sibeud

Jacques Pierre Sibeud, dearly beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away on March 25, 2020 at home in Sag Harbor, NY, at the age of 93. A successful business executive with an international career, Jacques was most focused on his family and friends. His intellectual curiosity, gregarious nature, and open mind attracted new lifelong friends along the way wherever he went.

Jacques was born in 1926 in Toulon, France, where his father was a French naval officer. Most of his childhood was spent in Lyon, France, where he attended a Jesuit preparatory school before going on to Le Prytanée National Militiare, a military boarding school for children of Légion d’Honneur recipients. Although his father hoped he would follow him into the Navy, Jacques was not attracted to the life of a soldier which he could appreciate very well from his experiences as a teenager during World War II.

Ultimately Jacques’ calling was to become a scientist so he returned home to study at l’École Supérieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon where he earned a chemical engineering degree and a PhD in chemistry. While working on his doctorate, Jacques made a discovery which brought him to the attention of the president of his corporate sponsor, Rhone-Poulenc, the French chemical-textile giant. In recognition of his abilities, Jacques was asked to move to the United States to build a chemical plant in New Brunswick, NJ, and spearhead the company’s new business there. The catch was he had to decide on the spot. Jacques accepted the challenge to head to an unfamiliar country where he did not speak the language, thereby launching a career lasting over 35 years with Rhone-Poulenc. Ultimately Jacques reached the top echelons of Rhone-Poulenc as Vice President-Technical, overseeing important research and the construction and acquisition of more plants in the United States including a rare earth extraction plant in Freeport, Texas.

Another very important moment came in the spring of 1963 when Jacques met the woman of his dreams at the home of a mutual friend. After a whirlwind courtship he and Michele were married in New York City in November where they lived for the next five years. In 1968, with 3-year-old daughter, Amy, in tow they moved to Princeton, NJ, where they lived for 21 years. Another significant decision came in 1966 when Jacques and Michele built a home in Water Mill, NY, where they summered for many years eventually moving in full-time in 1990. In 2014, Jacques and Michele moved again to a historic home in Sag Harbor within walking distance of the pier and village.

Once retired, Jacques had time to serve as Treasurer and then as Commodore of the Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett, NY, where he had been involved for years running the weekend sailing races and serving as Fleet Captain. He liked to joke that his father would have been very happy to see him in uniform at last! Jacques also found time to serve on the vestry at St Ann’s Church in Bridgehampton at the time when they managed the renovation of the parish house basement to a multipurpose space for hosting meetings and Sunday school. He also ushered at Sunday services on a regular basis.

Jacques had many hobbies in addition to sailing. He was an avid bridge player and also enjoyed tennis and golf. Jacques and Michele traveled most years to California and France to visit their respective families and visited many new destinations in Europe together. They made several trips driving across the country, visiting friends and new places each time. Jacques loved working on his garden with Michele and also cooking and hosting beautiful dinners for friends and family. Many will remember that every year he and Michele made raspberry and quince jelly to enjoy and to give as gifts. An avid reader, especially of history, and a true sports fan, he always had something interesting to talk about with anyone he encountered. As a member of several luncheon groups over the years, he enjoyed lively discussions. His most recent project, now in the final stages of completion, is an extensive Sibeud family history dating back to the 1500s in both English and French.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Michele Brown Sibeud; his daughters, Amy and Eugenie; his sons-in-law Alfred Morgan and Dean Gomolka; and six grandchildren: Carter, James, Timothy, Chloe, Grace, and Max.

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Ricarda Froehlich

Ricarda Froehlich, 83 years old, died peacefully at Acorn Glen in Princeton on Sunday, March 29. She was born in Allenstein, East Prussia (today Olsztyn, Poland), the first child of the late Richard Lotzin and his wife, Hilde Bransky, on August 30, 1936. She grew up in Loerrach near the Swiss border where she attended the Hebel-Gymnasium and went on to study classical languages and literature (Greek and Latin) at the universities of Tuebingen, Hamburg, and Vienna. In 1961, she married Karlfried Froehlich and went with him to to the U.S. where they lived in Madison, NJ. In 1968, the family moved to Princeton.

Ricarda tutored numerous graduate students in German and Latin. Through Redeemer Lutheran Church in Trenton she participated in the work of the Trenton soup kitchen. Later, she became a longtime member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Princeton Junction. She also served for many years as a choir mother at Trinity Church, and regularly attended the Early Birds bible study group at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

In 2010 the Froehlichs moved to the Princeton Windrows community where Ricarda spent her last years. Her mother had been a concert pianist, and Ricarda loved music. She sang in several church choirs and vocal ensembles over the years and was a faithful member of the Princeton Recorder Society. She also loved plants and flowers, and found great joy in tending her garden. She was gifted at arts and crafts, working especially with fabrics and yarns and exceptionally skilled at the spinning wheel.

Ricarda will be fondly remembered by a large circle of friends in the U.S. and abroad with whom she engaged in an extensive correspondence. She is survived by her husband and three children, Johanna Froehlich Swartzentruber of Princeton, Eberhard Froehlich of Montreal, and Daniel Froehlich of Poulsbo, WA, and two grandchildren, Anna Baroud of Berlin and Clara Swartzentruber of Princeton.

A private funeral service will be held on April 1 with burial at Princeton Cemetery immediately following. A memorial celebration will be scheduled later this year. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 177 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550.

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Amelia Buck Kerlin

Amelia (Amy) Buck Kerlin of Princeton died March 25, 2020, at Princeton Windrows where she had resided since 2005. She was the daughter of John Newton Buck and Elizabeth Mulcare Buck. Born in 1929, Amy grew up in Washington, DC, and attended Immaculata Junior College. In 1949 she married David Darton Kerlin, moved to New Jersey in 1955, settling in Westfield for 18 years. As their three children reached adulthood, Amy used her literacy and organizational skills working at the Westfield Board of Education in records and administrative support.

They moved to Princeton in 1972 where David was the local agent for State Farm Insurance. Amy once again employed her skills at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs for eight years in administrative support capacities. Her public spirit was demonstrated in her 30 years as volunteer for Recording for the Blind.

Amy’s interests were varied. With other family members she traced her Buck ancestry to 1635 when early English settlers arrived in Tidewater Virginia. For 35 years she and her husband enjoyed summers living aboard the BLUE WHALE docked on Barnegat Bay, where they hosted friends and family and were the life of dock parties. Extensive travel took them on driving trips across the USA, visits to many countries in Europe, a safari in Kenya, as well as numerous cruises with good friends. She also enjoyed swimming, gardening, and tennis, winning some friendly tennis championships at the Bay Head Yacht Club. At Windrows she was known for arranging group trips to the Met Live in HD opera performances at local theatres, participating in the poets group and the Windrows Warblers, and singing humorous duets with her daughter Marie at celebratory functions.

Predeceased by her husband of 59 years, she is survived by immediate family: Christine Kerlin in the state of Washington, John Buck Kerlin of Hamilton, NJ, and Marie Kerlin of Princeton; her sister, Elizabeth Rogers of Bethesda, MD; grandchildren Kayla and Clarissa Kerlin and Mandy Murphy, whom she loved so much; and many nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

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Charles F. McManus

Charles F. McManus, age 100, of Princeton Junction, died peacefully in his sleep on March 22, 2020, at his home.

The son of the late Edward J. and Lenore Giblin McManus, Charles was born on June 27, 1919, in Omaha, Nebraska, where he lived for 22 years — experiencing the Dust Bowl, catching many of the Swing Era’s most renowned big bands, and, on Prohibition Era summer trips, sitting on the gate of his uncle’s ranch watching for unwanted visitors while his uncle and friends ran a still in the barn. After graduating from Omaha Central High School in 1937, he entered Creighton University, where he was Commander of the Battalion of Cadets and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics in 1941.

In 1949, Charles married Hattie Crute of Danville, Virginia. Together they had five children, of whom four survive him: Edward McManus (and wife Patricia) of Bristow, Virginia; Mary Bowden of Burlington, New Jersey; Frances McManus (and husband Herb) of Princeton, New Jersey; and Trent Liakris (and husband Christos) of Fieldsboro, New Jersey. After 13 years of marriage, Hattie passed away in 1963. In 1967, Charles married Marjorie (Jerry) Quick of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who survives him; as does their son Andrew McManus (and wife Stacy) of Chesterfield, New Jersey. He was predeceased by his son William C. McManus in 1994 and his brothers Robert E. McManus in 2009, Leo G. McManus in 2019, and Thomas F. McManus in 2020. He is also survived by six grandchildren.

Upon graduation from college in the summer of 1941, Charles entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and served throughout World War II — deploying to the European Theater of Operations in January 1945 with the 13th Airborne Division and returning home in August 1945. He was one of the original members of the Army’s Airborne Corps and trained those that followed: the 11th, 17th, 82nd, and 101st Airborne Divisions. After leaving active duty at the rank of Captain in 1946, Charles entered the Army Reserve, retiring in 1969 as a Colonel. Serving in the American military was one of the greatest joys of his life and provided him with many close friendships and fond memories, especially of Fort Bragg where he served a number of tours.

Charles worked in the investment banking industry for 45 years in a career that began with Harriman & Ripley and concluded with Merrill Lynch where he retired in 1991. Along the way he also worked at Salomon Brothers, Blyth Eastman Dillon, Dean Witter, and William Sword & Co. Upon retirement, he and Jerry settled on a golf course in Sedona, AZ, where they enjoyed life for 15 years before moving back to NJ to be near family.

A devout man of faith for his entire life, Charles belonged to several Catholic parishes around the country where he served on boards and chaired various committees and support campaigns. He was an avid golfer who played into his nineties and was a member of the Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, New Jersey, for almost 50 years. He was also a lifelong fan of swing music and a lifetime member of the University Club in New York City.

Having grown up during the Depression and seen the ravages of war up close, his optimism and positive attitude were an inspiration to all. His Irish sense of humor served him well as he always remained focused on the bright side of life. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
A Memorial Mass will take place at a future date at Saint David the King RC Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ. www.saulfuneralhomes.com.

March 25, 2020

Joy Louise Wagner Saville

Joy Louise Wagner Saville, 83, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, died Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in Skillman, NJ. The cause was progressive supranuclear palsy. Joy was born September 10, 1936, to the late Benjamin William Wagner and Jennie Louise Oltman Wagner in Clatonia, Nebraska.

Though she trained as a nurse at Lincoln General Hospital in the 1950s, it was through fine art and textiles that she found her life’s true expression beginning in the early 1970s. Joy produced a body of work comprising dozens of abstract expressionist textile art works with roots in quilting and the patterns and techniques of Seminole patchwork. Her art was the subject of many solo and group exhibitions around the world, and pieces can be seen in the permanent collections of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska; the American Craft Museum in New York; and The Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey; among other private personal and corporate collections.

Joy began creating textile art in the early 1970s when she left her nursing career after deciding not to return to school to become a doctor. As a young girl, she had watched her mother sew all of her children’s clothes. Her mother used to make suits for Joy and Joy’s sister, Janice, by using a suit their brothers had outgrown, transferring the buttons to the left side, and using the trousers to make a skirt. Joy made her first dress at age seven and a half. In 1975, after attending a workshop on Seminole patchwork, Joy began sewing and piecing fabric together. Years later, she recounted a moment of great inspiration: “I was working in my studio one day trying to decide what I could do with this technique and my young daughter, Andrea, suggested ‘Why don’t you just keep cutting it up?’” This brought a new discovery and dimension to Joy’s work. She developed her own creative system of color and pattern which became her trademark.

Joy’s work embodied her attempts, as noted in the book Contemporary Quilt Art by Kate Lenkowsky, “to capture and convey abstractly and through color the sensations evoked by encounters with nature. The surfaces are from a multitude of tiny patches of silk, cotton, and linen that ‘shimmer like brushstrokes in an Impressionist painting.’ ” In 2013, she wrote that “My work expresses feelings of connection, interaction, and recognition that happen in the moments when time stands still, moments that often occur when I am focused on my work; I am centered, but very much aware, as if in meditation. The energy of this stillness encircles me. It is this contradiction between the quietness of the moment and my awareness of the change implied by the existence of the moment, that fuels the creation of the work.”

Joy was a dedicated member of NOHO Gallery in Manhattan, Friends of Fiber Art International, Surface Design Association, and the Textile Study Group of New York. She enjoyed the rewards and challenges of a robust cohort of visual artists, with whom she enjoyed great friendship and camaraderie. In addition to making art, she enjoyed teaching creative processes and her craft.

Joy was the youngest of five children, Junior Donald (1928-2011), Robert Dale “Bob” (1930-2011), Janice Margery Ann (b. 1931), and Roland Gene (1933-2018). Joy’s parents owned one of two grocery stores in town. In 1943, the Wagner family moved to Lincoln where Ben began work with Gamble and Robinson, a fruit and vegetable company. Joy attended primary through high school in Lincoln. She was very involved in music, was the Lincoln High School drum majorette and sang in the Lincoln High School Women’s Octet. Joy attended the University of Nebraska for one year and then went to nursing school at Lincoln General Hospital where she graduated in 1957. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega. Joy remained lifelong friends with her childhood neighbors, school friends, and nursing school friends.

Joy met Dudley Albert Saville (1933–2006) in 1958. They were married March 7, 1959, in Lincoln, Nebraska, and moved to California where Dudley worked for Standard Oil Company, then to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where their first child, Dudley Alexander (Alex) was born in 1964. At this time, Joy was an assistant head nurse in the adolescent psychiatric ward at the University of Michigan Hospital. They returned to California in 1965, where their second child, Andrea Louise, was born in 1967 in San Rafael. In 1968, Dudley was hired by Princeton University to teach in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Joy worked as a registered nurse at the Princeton Medical Center in the coronary care unit until she began working as an artist. She was a devoted member of Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, where she found a spiritual community and an extended family that nurtured her throughout her life.

Joy was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Dudley, and her brothers Don Wagner, Bob Wagner, and Roland Wagner. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Amy Saville, of Highland Park, New Jersey; and their sons, Liam and Graham; her daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Stephen White, of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and their son, Aidan; her sister, Janice West of Centerville, Ohio.; and many loved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: CurePSP 1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001; (443) 578-5670; https://www.psp.org.

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Robert Aresty

Robert Aresty, 79, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on March 21, 2020 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Robert, known to many as Bob, Spike, and “Unkie” was born in 1940 in Chicago to Julian and Esther Aresty, and grew up in Trenton, NJ. He was a proud graduate of the Lawrenceville School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he endowed the Aresty Scholars program to provide financial support for undergraduates, and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. He was the founder and president of Solar Energy Corp., known as Solec, a pioneering manufacturer of energy-efficient building materials based in Ewing, NJ. Active in national solar energy organizations, he was a passionate advocate for energy efficiency.

Robert is survived by his partner Aleta Wolfe of Garrison, NY, and her daughter, Sophia Ryzy-Ryski;  sister Jane Silverman of Princeton; nephew Jake Silverman (Katie) of New York; niece Rachel Robinson (Alex) of Austin, TX; niece Sarah Blaugrund (Jeff), of Alford, MA;  seven grand-nieces and nephews; and many cousins, friends and co-workers.

Robert loved spending time at his house and on his boat in Loveladies on the Jersey Shore, driving Corvettes, skiing, and reading Barron’s, among many passions. He loved his monthly opera subscription and his dinners and parties at the Institute for Advanced Study. He was a devoted member of his weekly breakfast club which met at a bagel shop in Lawrenceville.

In the words of his close cousin Neil Aresty, “Robert had a zest for life, was stubborn as a mule and yet, at times, as sentimental as anyone I’ve ever known. May his memory be for a blessing.” He had a wide circle of friends from many walks of life and took pleasure in mentoring and advising his family members, his interns, and many others.

Because of coronavirus restrictions, Robert will be laid to rest at a private graveside service. A Memorial Service will be planned for a later date.

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Herbert W. Bilsky

Herbert W. Bilsky, 97, of Lawrenceville, passed away on March 16, 2020 after a long and rewarding life.

Born in New York City to Samuel and Esther Bilsky, he spent his early years growing up in the Bronx.  He served proudly in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific.  He attended City College of New York and attained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University following the war.

Early in his career Herb invented the first re-chargeable battery while working for Sonotone.  In the early 1960s he moved his family from Mount Vernon, NY, to Lawrenceville and continued his professional career in engineering at RCA and GE/Lockheed in Hightstown. While there he worked on many ground-breaking aerospace projects including the first satellites which provide us today with communications and weather forecasting, several deep space missions, and the Mars explorers.  Previously Herb had worked for Culter Hammer.  Many aspects of his technical contributions to the aerospace industry are documented in the Princeton University Library collections.

He shall be remembered for these professional accomplishments, his famous signature moustache, his dry wit, and his fierce independence. Herb was also a devoted fan of the NY Yankees and NY Giants.

He is predeceased by his parents, his wife Barbara (Eisenberg), his sister Hilda (Siegel), and brother Norman. He leaves his beloved children Steven, and Joan (Williams), his grandchildren John Williams, David and Daniel Bilsky, and great-grandson, Liam Williams.

Due to coronavirus precautions, funeral services were held privately on Wednesday, March 18 at Riverside Cemetery in Saddle Brook, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) or a charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel. To leave condolences for the family visit orlandsmemorialchapel.com.

March 18, 2020

John Seward Johnson, Jr.

John Seward Johnson, Jr., sculptor of hyper-realistic figures inhabiting cities around the world, creator of New Jersey’s Grounds For Sculpture and the Johnson Atelier, and grandson of Robert Wood Johnson, founder of Johnson & Johnson, died Tuesday, March, 10, 2020, surrounded by his family at his winter home in Key West, Florida. He was 89. The cause was cancer.

At the age of 38, Seward Johnson had been a painter when his wife, Cecelia Joyce Johnson, noticed that he had a mechanical aptitude and encouraged him to try sculpture. Less than a year later, Johnson won the top prize at the Design in Steel Awards. From the beginning, he focused on creating life-sized bronze sculptures of people engaged in daily activities to honor “the beauty of the rituals of everyday life.”

It was in 1980 that Johnson first achieved wide acclaim, followed by citywide exhibitions in Rome and Berlin, and a growing number of collectors. “Double Check,” Johnson’s 1982 bronze sculpture of a businessman, was the only Ground Zero piece to remain intact after the attacks of September 11, 2001. As The New York Times reported: “While ‘Double Check’ evolved into a memorial to all who perished, it was also a fitting metaphor for the city: though the sculpture had been knocked loose from its moorings, it endured.”

‘’Most people who like my work are timid about their own sense of art,” Johnson explained. “I love to draw it out of them, because they have strong inner feelings. They’ve been intimidated by the art world.’’ His later work explored iconographic references. A series that immersed viewers in life-sized tableaux of Impressionist subjects was among The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington’s all-time draws and was later exhibited along the Seine in Bougival near Paris.

As Johnson became more prolific, he opened a studio in his native New Jersey that expanded to become the Johnson Atelier — a technical school and an open foundry for other sculptors that revolutionized control of the medium. Previously, the ancient secrets of casting had been well guarded. The Atelier gave artists freedom over own their work, attracting some of the world’s great sculptors.

Seward Johnson, the son of John Seward Johnson and Ruth Dill, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on April 16, 1930. His father, a director of Johnson & Johnson, helped chart the company’s international expansion. His mother was the daughter of a member of the Bermudian colonial parliament, whose younger sister, Diana Dill, married the actor Kirk Douglas. Johnson lived with his three sisters in several locations across the United States and Europe. He attended the Forman School in Litchfield, Connecticut, to address his acute dyslexia, and the University of Maine at Orono. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, from 1951 to 1955.

After the war, he dutifully took a management job in the family company, but it was later made severely clear to him that his future was not there. He would undergo a period of painful searching to find his place, which his marriage to Cecelia Joyce provided. As his career took off, so did his reputation for being a well-known raconteur. Close friend Joyce Carol Oates joked, “Seward often tells great stories, and a few of them are even true.” Yet when it came to himself, he was unflinchingly honest. “After years of being afraid into my forties to show who I really was,” he later wrote, “I had to burst out and say, ‘Here, this is the real me. Take me or leave me!’”

As Johnson’s reputation as an artist flourished, he began plans for a sculpture park with a vision as detailed as his figures. Visitors would be “encouraged to overcome any natural, habitual, or learned resistance or fear of art, for an experience that elevates the soul and heals the spirit.” The now 42-acre Grounds For Sculpture gained international acclaim since its opening in June 1992 and features the works of more than 150 artists.

Still, many in Seward’s family felt his greatest gifts were reserved for them. “He was just capable of not taking anything for granted in his field of vision, always considering something from an upside-down point of view,” his son John S. Johnson III, co-founder of BuzzFeed, recalled. “What he did for me is open my eyes.” His nephew Michael Greenleaf felt Seward’s greatest lesson was “to extend yourself — to give yourself to the situation. Be generous — over and over.”

J Seward Johnson, Jr. who resided in Hopewell, New Jersey; Nantucket, MA; New York City, and Key West, Florida, is survived by his wife Cecelia Joyce; his son, John, and his wife, Susan; his daughter, India, and her husband Eliot, and five grandchildren.

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Stacie Lee Isaacson

Stacie Lee Isaacson, born December 31, 1960 in Trenton, NJ, died peacefully on the night of March 13, 2020.

She spent her childhood in Yardley, Pa. She was a special gift to her mother, whose birthday was January 1st. Stacie was a beautiful person inside and out. Despite her many difficulties in life, she had an uplifting spirit about her that will be remembered by all who knew her. At a young age, many people in the local Yardley community volunteered to assist in a program called “Patterning” to improve her motor skills. She was a medalist in the Special Olympics for swimming of which she was very proud — her favorite stroke was the butterfly.

Never one to pass judgement on others, Stacie loved laughing and telling jokes and was very good at telling you what famous person you resembled. It was her way of endearing herself to others, her intent was to form a simple connection with that person. There are many life lessons Stacie taught us — about love, the beauty of life, and compassion for others. Though we may not have realized it at the time, her outward love for people is a lesson we can all share. As many can attest, she touched many lives and will surely be missed.

Predeceased by her mother and father Sondra and George Isaacson, and brother-in-law Howard Domers, she is survived by her sister Laurie Domers, her brother and sister-in-law Steven Isaacson and Laura Lichstein, her nieces Ashley and Alli Domers and Sydney and Olivia Isaacson. She was a longtime resident of the Bancroft residential community in Vorhees, NJ, and will be missed by many of her friends there.

Due to health concerns around coronavirus, funeral services will be held privately for family with burial at Ewing Cemetery. A celebration of Stacie’s life will be announced in the near future. Memorial contributions are respectfully requested to Special Olympics of New Jersey, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. To leave condolences for the family visit orlandsmemorialchapel.com

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Constance Greiff

Constance Greiff, architectural historian, a pioneer of the historic preservation movement in the U.S., and longtime resident of Princeton and Rocky Hill, died Sunday, March 1, in Princeton.

Mrs. Greiff (pronounced to rhyme with “life”) turned an amateur passion for historic buildings into a profession, authoring books, founding and presiding over Preservation New Jersey, a nonprofit devoted to preserving the state’s diverse heritage, consulting, and advising the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Every building tells a story, though sometimes you have to dig to find it,” Mrs. Greiff said. “I like the digging and I like the telling.”

Her sons James and Peter said the cause of death was congestive heart failure. She was 90 years old.

Mrs. Greiff found her vocation in the early 1960s, within a few years of moving to Princeton, which was rich in historically significant but largely unexplored homes, churches, and buildings. Teaming up with a Vassar co-alumna Mary (Weitzel) Gibbons, and photographer Elizabeth G. C. Menzies, Mrs. Greiff co-authored “Princeton Architecture: A Pictorial History of Town and Campus,” published in 1967 by the Princeton University Press. The book had unusually high sales for a university press edition and for a time graced a good number of coffee tables in Princeton. The book was later reissued in paperback.

That book led to her involvement in the nascent New Jersey preservation movement and the Princeton Historical Society, where she served twice as president and led the restoration of the society’s Nassau Street home, Bainbridge House.

In 1969, upon learning that Princeton University was going to build a large, mostly subterranean annex to Firestone Library, she and Mary Gibbons convinced the university to allow a brigade of students and volunteers to excavate the site, where the Houdibras Tavern had stood in the 18th century. For six weeks in the spring of that year, the team extracted shards of pottery and china, tableware and other household items, which later were catalogued and displayed in Bainbridge House.

Mrs. Greiff was appointed advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1973 and became an editor at the Pyne Press, a small imprint based on Nassau Street that specialized in the re-issue of vintage architectural books. While at Pyne Press, she authored “Lost America: From the Atlantic to the Mississippi” and “Lost America: From the Mississippi to the Pacific,” photographic tours of hundreds of buildings of architectural or historic value that had been lost to neglect, fire, flood or modern development. Through these books, Greiff’s work became known to a national audience.

“‘Lost America’ is more than a runthrough of a morgue of dead buildings, for it can sharpen our sight, alert us what to look for, make us conscious of the buildings around us,” The New York Times’ Thomas Lash wrote in a review. “It can help us stop making the same mistakes our ancestors did.”

In a separate New York Times review, Rita Reif wrote, “’Lost America’ is the most persuasive, intelligent argument yet presented for preservation of this country’s historic buildings….This long overdue indictment of all apathetic or greedy Americans responsible for the destruction of architectural treasures, is written with full knowledge that preservation does not mean an end to change and progress.”

Other books Mrs. Greiff authored were “John Notman, Architect” (Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 1979), “Independence: The Creation of a National Park” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987), “Early Victorian” and “Art Nouveau” (both Abbeville Press, 1995), “Robert Smith, Architect, Builder, Patriot” (Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 2000), which she co-authored with Charles E. Peterson and  Maria Thompson “Morven: Memory, Myth and Reality” (Historic Morven, Inc., 2004) which she co-authored with Wanda Gunning.

In 1975, Mrs. Greiff founded Heritage Studies, a consultancy that performed surveys and studies for towns, counties, and states in the Northeast, the first of its kind in the preservation world. Heritage Studies employed many young architectural historians, helping launch careers in what was still a new field. Architectural historian Bob Craig, Supervisor of the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office, who worked at Heritage Studies during a 12 year period in the 1970s and 1980s, recalled that working for Mrs. Greiff was “like getting a second graduate school education.”

In 1978, she founded Preservation New Jersey, of which she was President until 1989. She also served on the planning boards of Princeton and Rocky Hill and was a member of the New Jersey State Review Board for Historic Preservation.

Constance May Mann was born in New York on Oct. 4, 1929, the second of two daughters of Jacob and Evelyn (Weiss) Mann. Her father taught Latin in the New York public schools. Raised in Queens and Manhattan, she recalled being assigned to be a messenger in Manhattan during the blackouts of World War II. She said her duties were to sit by a phone in a basement office of her apartment building, but the phone never rang.

Mrs. Greiff graduated from Vassar College, where she studied Art History and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Following graduate studies at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, she returned to teach briefly at Vassar.

While studying at Vassar, she met Robert Greiff, an engineering student at Columbia University.  They were married in 1952 and had two sons, James and Peter, who survive her, as do James’ wife, Bia, his children, Rachel and Samuel, and Peter’s daughter, Lara. Robert Greiff passed away in 2018. Mrs. Greiff’s older sister, Joan, passed away in January 2020.

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Rina Ann Pennacchia

Rina Ann Pennacchia, 75, of Annapolis, Maryland, passed away at home Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

A resident of Annapolis for over 50 years, Rina was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, by the late Dominick Pennacchia and Helen Yolanda (Taraschi) Pennacchia.

She was a graduate of Princeton High School, Golden Beacon Junior College in Wilmington, DE, and American University of Washington, DC.

Rina was a trailblazer for working women in the ’70s and ’80s. She rarely accepted “no” when she wanted to do something, and with tenacity and aplomb accomplished much in her life. She worked for a short time at ETS in Princeton, NJ, before moving to Washington, DC. She worked for the Urban Institute in its early days helping develop a compensation and classification system, minority recruitment, and affirmative action programs. After 12 years she resigned as Vice President and Corporate Secretary in 1983.

Rina went on to work for Freddie Mac as one of the only female administrators as Director of Administration, Facilities and Real Estate. She worked for Social and Scientific Systems developing affirmative action programs, restructuring benefit programs, and successfully defending against EEO lawsuits. She served as the Director of Human Resources for seven years at Howard Hughes Medical Institute where she restructured personnel services, counseled managers, supervisors, and employees in 35 sites and 28 states. By the time she left, HHMI grew to over 3,000 staff and consultants and 72 sites.

She completed her professional career with 10 years at the National Council on Aging (NCOA). As Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Management, this was one of her most rewarding experiences. She retired in May of 2019.

Rina was an avid traveler having visited Australia; New Zealand; St. Petersburg, Russia; Austria; Great Britain; Ireland; France; and Spain and especially loved spending time in Ferentino, Italy with family. She was an avid reader, loved culinary arts, classical music, and truly cared about people and their well-being. She was an active member and officer in the Washington Personnel Association (WPA), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the American Society of Personnel Administration (ASPA).

Rina was predeceased by her sister, Angela (Pennacchia) Bechtelheimer. Rina is survived by her sister, Patricia Giallella and her husband Victor of Princeton, New Jersey; her niece Jennifer Cantalupo and husband Michael of South Easton, Massachusetts; her nephew Andrew Giallella of Ocean, New Jersey; her great-niece and goddaughter, Gabriella Cantalupo and a great-nephew Dominick Cantalupo; a dear brother-in-law Paul Bechtelheimer and his wife Christine of Sewell, NJ; longtime friend and companion Christopher Kuhn of Annapolis, Maryland; and several extended cousins in the Taraschi, Zoccola, Caponi, Zorochin, and Merrifield families.

She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

At the request of the family, Rina was privately cremated.

Services have been postponed and will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Rina’s honor to Dorothea’s House, 120 John Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

To leave the family of Rina a condolence online, please visit dignitymemorial.com and enter her name.

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David Alan Jacqmin

David Alan Jacqmin of Princeton, NJ, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019. He was born on October 15, 1947 in Boston, MA, to Harris John Jacqmin and Alice Wheeler Jacqmin. He grew up in Alton, IL; Great Neck, NY; Garden City, NY; Deer Park, TX; and Westport, CT, graduating from Staples High School in 1965.

After matriculating at Swarthmore University, David earned his BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. While he was living in Boston and working as a carpenter, a mutual friend introduced him to his future wife, Maxine Novek. In 1977, David and Maxine were married in their Winter Hill apartment by the mayor of Somerville.

David earned his PhD in applied physics from Harvard University in 1983, after which the family moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, where they lived for the next 34 years. After a two-year stint working for Standard Oil of Ohio, he joined NASA Glenn Research Center, where he worked for nearly 30 years before retiring as a principal investigator/senior research engineer in 2014. During his time at NASA, he published numerous research papers. The paper he considered his best (“Very, Very Fast Wetting”) was published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics in 2002. It showed how it is possible to coat fibers and flat surfaces at very high capillary numbers.

David was also a musician, and — after playing the French horn as a teenager in the Connecticut All State Band — took up the instrument again in the mid-90s. He played for many years with the Shaker Symphony, a community orchestra. David loved being outdoors, and was always the first to wade into any body of water he came across — regardless of whether or not he’d packed swim trunks. He was an avid traveler, taking his family on numerous trips, perhaps most memorably to Nantucket, the Jersey shore, and Napa Valley. He was a voracious reader who loved James Thurber, Djuna Barnes, “The Wind in the Willows,” “Mistress Masham’s Repose,” and poetry. And he loved to eat — especially ice cream.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, David became active with the InMotion nonprofit center and the Parkinson Education Program of Greater Cleveland. He is survived by his wife of almost 43 years, Maxine; daughters Hilary Jacqmin (husband David Fishman) and Laura Jacqmin (partner James Tasch); sister Deborah Jacqmin Kramer and brother-in-law Gregory Kramer; niece Alex Kramer; granddaughter Violet Ada Fishman; and many cousins. Donations may be made in his memory to InMotion (beinmotion.org) and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (shakerlakes.org).

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Charles Russell Sheldon

Charles Russell Sheldon, 71, of Trenton, N.J., died quietly in his sleep last month after a brief illness.

Loving grandfather, father, brother, nephew, cousin, neighbor, and friend, Charlie was an ardent member of Citizen’s Rifle and Revolver Club, of Princeton Junction, and Pennington Road Fire Company and First Aid Unit, of Ewing. He is deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Charlie’s name to either of the organizations mentioned above.

March 4, 2020

Rachel “Phyllis” Soffen

Rachel “Phyllis” Soffen died at age 88 on Saturday, February 29, 2020. She lived in Princeton, NJ, for many years, raising a family of five children with her husband of 50 years, Marvin Soffen. After she retired, and after Marvin passed in 2003, Phyllis also lived in Durham, NH, Portsmouth, NH, and Potomac, MD.

Phyllis was born in Washington, DC, on September 14, 1931. Her childhood was spent in Red Bank, NJ, where she attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse. Later, the family moved to Washington Crossing, PA.

Phyllis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1952, with a BA in Education, and then earned a MA in Child Psychology. While in college, she met Marvin Soffen on a blind date, but dismissed him quickly because he kept agreeing with everything she said. Later, while still in college, she fell ill with the mumps and returned home to Washington Crossing to convalesce. Bored, she started writing letters. Marvin responded, writing eagerly and repeatedly. She gave her besotted suitor a second chance and had the love affair of a lifetime.

Phyllis was an avid member of the League of Women Voters in Princeton, NJ, where she and Marvin made their life. She was a supporter of the Planned Parenthood organization and a member of the Princeton Jewish Center. She volunteered her time at Recording for the Blind.

When the youngest of her five children was in grade school, Phyllis started a career teaching three-year-olds at Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School. Her retirement party included children of children, and two generations of students. She enjoyed telling the story of always having a father of one of the children in her class play Santa Claus during the holidays. Typically, it seemed, it was always the child whose father was in costume who, terrified, tearfully refused to sit on Santa’s lap.

She instilled the love of reading in her children by taking the time to read to each of her five children separately (Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Hardy boys, Pippi Longstocking, and the Boxcar Children). Family April Fool’s Day breakfasts consisted of green colored milk and a soft-boiled egg — when you cracked it open, there was chocolate ice cream inside!

Her children’s friends also experienced her love of fun when they would come after school and get the standard “cookies and juice.” This consisted of Phyllis insisting each child give her the “hole” of the striped shortbread cookie in order to receive a fourth cookie. All would nibble that cookie down to a delectable but impossible hole, and offer it back, but no, she wanted “no cookie at all, just the hole.” This hole invariably disappeared as soon as the cookie’s rim was too tiny, and there went the chance of a fourth cookie. She was always appropriately shocked and dismayed.

She followed in her parents’ tradition of taking each of her grandchildren on a first trip to Europe when they turned 10 (so that they might remember it). She also loved trips to the family home at the Jersey shore, where she would ask the children to dig a hole in the sand to China and treat them to the Asbury Park boardwalk and amusement park rides.

Phyllis always looked on the bright side of every situation. Even when Marvin, the love of her life for 50+ years died, in the first 24 hours, through her tears, she insisted “this too will pass.” In addition to her husband Marvin, Phyllis was predeceased by her mother Mina (Greene) Ostrolenk, her father Samuel Ostrolenk, as well as her brother, David Ostrolenk.

She is survived by her children, Cindy Soffen Cooper and her husband David, Steve Soffen and his wife Margaret, Shari Soffen Donnermeyer and her husband Dennis, Sybil Soffen Miller and her husband Derek, and Scott Soffen and his wife Pat, along with 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family will hold a private memorial service. We share grief in her passing and joy in the memories she left us.

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The Rt. Rev. G. P. Mellick Belshaw

The Rt. Rev. George Phelps Mellick Belshaw, the ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey from 1983 to 1994, died on Saturday, February 29th peacefully in an apartment he had recently moved into on Mercer Street in Princeton. He was 91 years of age, born July 14, 1928 in Plainfield, NJ, the only child of Edith Mellick of Plainfield and New York and the Rev. Harold Belshaw, who immigrated to America from Wigan, England when a teen.

Known as Mellick, he spent his early youth in Paris, France, where his father was on the church staff of the American cathedral, before moving to Manhattan and soon thereafter to New Haven, CT. Mellick attended St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH, graduating with the class of 1947, the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, completing his studies in three years and graduating with the class of 1951, and the General Theological Seminary in New York, graduating in 1954. In June of that year he married Elizabeth Wheeler of Providence, RI, and was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church a week later at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston, MA. He was ordained a priest at St. Christopher’s Church, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii that December and spent three years as vicar of St. Matthew’s Church in Waimanalo, Oahu, during which he helped construct the new church building out of the vicarage garage.

He returned to General Seminary in 1957, earning a S.T.M. degree, working as a seminary tutor. From 1959 to 1965, Mellick was the Rector of Christ Church, Dover, DE, and from 1965 to 1975 was Rector of St. George’s-by-the-River, Rumson, NJ. He was elected Suffragen Bishop of New Jersey, duly consecrated in February of 1975,  before being elected on the first ballot to be the Diocesan bishop in 1983.

Mellick was active in a number of educational and advocacy ministries, including The Anglican Theological Review where he wrote book reviews and articles and served as a member of the corporation, the Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey, visiting lecturer in ascetical theology at General Seminary, Fellow of the College of Preachers in Washington D.C., longtime active member of the American Teilhard de Chardin Association, and served the national Episcopal Church on the Economic Justice Implementation Committee, the Joint Commission on Peace, and as president of the Episcopal Urban Caucus.

He edited two books on Lenten meditations based on the writings of Evelyn Underhill and Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple, and wrote articles and essays for various publications including the Living Church and St. Luke’s Journal. He was awarded Doctor of Divinity degrees from General Seminary, The University of the South, and Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.

Mellick faithfully served General Theological Seminary as trustee from 1975 to 2006, including as Chairman of the Board for eight years in the 1990s. He retired as the longest serving trustee in the seminary’s history. He served a year as acting Dean there during the school year of 1997-1998. He also served as the summer chaplain at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Prout’s Neck, Maine, for 36 years in August.

Mellick is survived by his three children: the Rev. Richard Belshaw of Durham, NH; Elizabeth (Lisa) Belshaw Ham, who is the Development Director of Princeton’s Public Library here in Princeton; and George P.M. Belshaw, Jr. of Greenwich, CT. He was very fond of his two daughters-in-law Julia Slater Gittes and Dorothy Murray, his son-in-law Peter Ham, and his seven grandchildren: M Slater, Daniel Belshaw, Elizabeth Ham, Alexandra Ham, Martha Belshaw, Alice Belshaw, and George P.M. Belshaw III.

Mellick was a longtime fixture at many Princeton gatherings such as the Old Guard and Princeton Symphony concerts, an active tennis player at the Pretty Brook Club, a frequent dinner guest at the Nassau Club, and maintained innumerable friendships with many local residents. He was a lifelong sailor in summers in Maine, owning and caring for an old wooden Leuder-16.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the G.P. Mellick Belshaw Educational & Theological Fund at the Diocese of New Jersey, Trenton, or Trinity Church, Princeton.

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Betty Compton Selberg

On February 26, 2020 Betty Compton Selberg, formerly of Princeton, NJ, and Mountain View, CA, passed away at the age of 90 in Virginia Beach, VA.

Betty was born November 24, 1929 in Muses Mills, KY, to Virginia Nell Compton and Harold Compton. Betty was the eldest of six children. A graduate of Deer Park High School in Cincinnati, OH, she received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, an editor for the UK paper, and modeled for department stores Shillito’s of Cincinnati, OH, and Purcell’s of Lexington, KY. She later worked as a journalist for the Thoroughbred Record and the Lafayette Journal and Courier.

Married to the late Carl Faith, Professor Emeritus of mathematics at Rutgers University, she lived in Princeton, NJ, with their daughters, Heidi and Cindy. She taught English as a second language, and studied ballet and dance while she attended the University of Pennsylvania where she received her master’s degree and pursued a Ph.D. in Linguistics.

Betty developed technical documentation at Applied Data Research (ADR) in Princeton before relocating to Mountain View, CA, to join IBM’s Santa Theresa Lab as a senior technical writer. She was president of her local IEEE chapter. She loved California’s weather, taking great joy in growing her roses and fruit trees.

In 1995 Betty returned to Princeton to marry her soulmate Atle Selberg, Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study. Atle died in 2007.

Betty had a lifelong love of languages; she studied Latin, Ancient Greek, French, and Italian. She was intellectually curious about different cultures and the scientific world. She was an expert cook, world traveler, and ardent photographer. A talented seamstress, she made coordinated outfits for her daughters — at the age when they cooperated — and herself. Betty also had a passion for early 20th century kitchenware, cookbooks, pottery, classic clothing, and haute couture which she collected over many years. As she often observed, “they don’t make things the way they used to!”

Betty’s laughter was contagious, her smile like a sunbeam. She could find common ground or a shared story with everyone she met. Her warm, generous, and gracious spirit brought joy to all who knew and loved her.

Betty is survived by her daughters Heidi and Cindy; her grandson, Michael Mandelkorn; and her five siblings, Robert Compton, Bonnie Hanson, Paula Schneider, Reecie Compton, and Judy Scott.

In accordance with Betty’s wishes she will be privately cremated. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting journalism covering the causes that you care about.

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Freeman J. Dyson

Professor Freeman J. Dyson died after a brief hospitalization in Princeton, NJ, on Friday, February 28 at the age of 96.

Freeman is survived by his beloved wife Imme Jung Dyson; his six children Esther Dyson, George Dyson, Dorothy Dyson, Emily Dyson Scott, Mia Dyson, and Rebecca Dyson; a step-daughter Katrina; their spouses; and 16 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Sir George Dyson and Lady Mildred Lucy Dyson, and his sister Alice Mildred Dyson, all of Winchester, England.

Freeman was born on December 15, 1923 in Crowthorne, Berkshire, England. He graduated from Cambridge with a B.A. in mathematics. Freeman worked as a civilian scientist for the Royal Air Force in World War II. Following the war, Freeman began his graduate studies in physics at Cornell University, where he worked with Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman. His most useful contribution to science was the unification of the three versions of quantum electrodynamics invented by Feynman, Schwinger, and Tomonaga. He subsequently worked on nuclear reactors, solid state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics, and biology, looking for problems where elegant mathematics could be usefully applied.

He has written a number of books about science for the general public. Freeman is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. In 2000 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for progress in Religion, and in 2012 he was awarded the Henri Poincaré Prize at the August meeting of the International Mathematical Physics Congress.

Freeman and Imme were married in 1958 in San Diego, CA. They settled in Princeton where he continued as Professor of Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study. Over the next eight years, Freeman and Imme added four children to their family, which included two children from Freeman’s first marriage.

Freeman loved to read aloud to his children, often racing Imme out of the kitchen after supper to scoop up the chapter book du jour and settle in for a good read. Freeman was also a devoted music teacher, helping the children every afternoon with their daily practicing. On clear nights, Freeman would set up his telescope and gather his pajama-clad children around to star gaze and speculate on the mysteries of the universe.

Freeman would also happily cheer his children on as they swam their hearts out at Nassau Swim Club swim meets, and at horse shows at the Chestnut Ridge Riding Club. Nothing gave Freeman more pleasure than celebrating the dreams and aspirations of his children. Once the children had grown and gone, Freeman was a familiar site at the finish line of many a road race, clutching Imme’s pocketbook and cheering her on to win yet another race.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, on Saturday April 18 with a reception to follow at the Institute for Advanced Study. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Peace Action Education Fund, peacecoalition.org.

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Ann Lee Saunders Brown

Ann Lee Saunders Brown, 101, died peacefully at her family’s Tuckahoe Point Farm in Richmond, Va., on February 22, 2020. She was the daughter of Edmund Archer and Jane Quinn Saunders, and the sister of Jane Q. Saunders. Her son, Charles A. Brown, lives in Hawaii. Her grandson, Alexander Brown, lives on the family farm with his wife, Natalie, and their children, Ainsley, Harrison, and Savannah.

Born in Richmond and raised on the farm, Ann Lee graduated from Collegiate School, where she received the Rosemary Award – then and now, the highest award for academics, athletics, citizenship, and leadership. Collegiate named their upper school library, Saunders Family Library, for her.

In 1959, Ann Lee married Charles L. Brown at the family farm, and together they moved 19 times as his career elevated him to Chairman and CEO of AT&T. Ann Lee was a strong and caring support to Charlie and all those affected by the breakup of the Bell System. They returned to Virginia to live, but Ann Lee maintained her home in Princeton, New Jersey, and her support of the Institute for Advanced Study.

In Virginia, she enjoyed many years of involvement with Colonial Williamsburg, celebrated her father at Virginia Military Institute, and proudly supported the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. No doubt, these institutions and others including the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and The Tuckahoe Garden Club greatly enriched Ann Lee’s life.

Let the remembrance of her smile express her deep gratitude to all family, to all faithful supporters on the farm, to many exceptionally loyal friends, all colleagues of the many institutions she enjoyed, every caretaker, and certainly her beloved dog, Nikki Beau!

A celebration of Ann Lee’s life was held on February 29 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Goochland Cares, Sheltering Arms, or any of the above-mentioned institutions.

February 26, 2020

Helen Louise Flower

Helen Flower, age 94, died on February 9, 2020 in Hightstown, New Jersey. She was resident of the memory care unit at Meadow Lakes senior living community. Helen suffered from an unremitting cognitive decline over the past ten years, even as the sparkle remained in her bright green eyes almost until the very end.

Helen was born on June 21, 1925 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as the younger daughter of Fred Nassour and Sarah Abousleman Nassour. Her mother grew up in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Throughout her life she was very close to her older sister Ann Marie Rolfes, who predeceased her. When she was very young, her parents moved to Hollywood, California, where her father owned a number of businesses and built a movie studio with the first indoor soundstage. After graduating from High School she attended art school in Los Angeles, and remained an avid drawer and painter her entire life. At various times in her life, she lived in Palm Desert, Yorba Linda, and Santa Rosa (California) and in Prescott and Scottsdale (Arizona). Helen was especially devoted to animals, raising horses in her youth, and then breeding German Shepherds later in life. Her greatest success story in this regard was her horse Twinkle Toes (seen in the photograph above), who was trained as a professional stunt horse and served as John Wayne’s preferred mount in several of his most famous films (Horse Soldiers, True Grit, and many more).

Helen moved from Phoenix, Arizona, to Princeton in 2005 to be closer to her son and daughter-in-law, and her two granddaughters. To her great sadness, her husband John Sebastian Flower died suddenly in Princeton a mere three years later. In her heart she always remained a Westerner, and often spoke of moving back to Southern California. She is survived by her son Michael A. Flower (Harriet), her step-son Steven S. Flower (Cindy), of Rathdrum, Idaho, her two granddaughters Isabel A. Flower and Rosalind A. Flower, both of New York City, and her niece Jody Northcutt (Rob) of Dallas, Texas.

Her funeral mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Skillman, New Jersey. Her ashes, as well as those of her husband John Flower, will be interred in the Flower family mausoleum (built by the latter’s grandfather) in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

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Joseph C. McKee

1947–2020

“And music echoes eternal tones.” —John O’Donohue

Joseph C. McKee, 72, of Monroe Township and Berkeley Heights, NJ, died peacefully on Thursday, February 13, 2020. He had been battling cancer with great valor and hope.

Joe was born on Sunday, March 2, 1947 in McKeesport, PA, the younger son of Mary Jane Challener McKee (music educator) and John Lowden McKee (business executive). Joe lived his early years in Princeton where his musical and acting talents were nurtured and developed in public schools and the Nassau Presbyterian Church. He earned degrees from Princeton High School, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (BM, MM), and The Juilliard School Opera Theater. He served in the United States Army (1971-1974), US Army Chorus at Fort Myer, VA.

Throughout his life, Joe contributed his acclaimed vocal talents to enthusiastic audiences in opera houses, recital halls, and churches throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Kenya. His elementary schoolmates heard his radiant gifts when he sang the soprano solo in “O Holy Night.” They evolved through his spot-on Sinatra impersonations and the corn-pone jug band he led in the home basement. Joe’s art matured ultimately in the many leading bass-baritone roles he performed during his 16-year career at The New York City Opera (Beverly Sills, General Director). For more than 20 years right up until his death, Joe sang weekly in the choir at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church (Chatham, NJ) under the direction of Robert Long.

Joe’s superb musicianship was matched nearly by his great good humor and his unfailing ability to make people laugh. Many of his best operatic roles were comedic. He was God’s instrument for warming our hearts with eternal music and puckish wit.

Those who survive Joe include his brother David McKee and Barbara Farrell (Brunswick,  ME), his niece Elizabeth McKee and husband Aaron Katz (Los Angeles), his nephew Andrew McKee and wife Kanako and daughters (Mill Valley, CA), his father’s wife Marilyn McKee (Naples, FL). And the many people whose hearts he touched and tickled who miss him dearly.

A memorial service to commemorate Joe and give thanks for his life is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th at 10:30 am in Chatham, NJ, at the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 234 Southern Boulevard. Meanwhile, mourners may leave tributes and remembrances online at Paul Ippolito Memorial Funeral Homes (Berkeley Heights, NJ), www.ippolitofuneralhomes.com.

Memorial donations are gratefully received by Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 234 Southern Boulevard, Chatham, NJ 07928 and by the Cancer Research Institute, 29 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10006-3111, www.cancerresearch.org.

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Elizabeth Sinclair Flemer

Elizabeth Sinclair Flemer (“Lib”) died peacefully of natural causes at age 94, on Saturday, February 15th, surrounded by her loving children.

Born in Princeton in June, 1925, Lib attended Miss Fine’s School, Chatham Hall in Virginia, and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1946 with a BA in music composition. The youngest of five children, her parents were Harriette Hart Doughty and Donald Bunker Sinclair, MD. Dr. Sinclair was one of the founding physicians of Princeton Hospital.

Lib married her childhood friend William Flemer III (“Bill”) in 1948. Bill’s family ran Princeton Nurseries in Kingston for four generations, beginning in 1913.

Lib and Bill lived their entire married lives on the nursery, where they raised their three children and a wide variety of farm animals. Bill died in 2007, and Lib moved to Stonebridge in Montgomery Twp. in 2009, where she lived until her death.

In addition to her many skills as a nursery wife and homemaker, Lib was instrumental in the 1950s in changing childbirth practices at Princeton Hospital, where her babies were born. Thanks to her efforts and to those of other determined young mothers, fathers were allowed into delivery rooms, and mothers were given the right to manage their own deliveries, refusing sedation if they so chose.

For several years, she organized and ran the annual ballet festivals of the Princeton Ballet Society. She was a longtime member of the Princeton choral organization Musical Amateurs.

A member of All Saints’ Church in Princeton from its founding in 1960, she sang in the choir, served on the vestry and as warden, headed the Episcopal Church Women group, and edited the church newsletter.

She taught literacy to inmates at the Mercer County Jail, and was a Literacy Volunteer of America at the Princeton Public Library.

She made all of her children’s friends feel welcome in the family home on the nursery. Last-minute extra guests for supper were always generously accommodated. She was a wonderful cook and renowned for her delicious pies.

She and Bill traveled repeatedly with their children to Nova Scotia, England, and the western U.S. Later, as a couple, they visited Japan, Africa, and Europe.

At Stonebridge, she was a founding member of the Stonebridge Singers and Stonebridge Players, with its Monday Supper Club.

Lib is survived by her three children: Louise Gross of Princeton, Heidi Hesselein of Allentown, NJ, and Bill Flemer IV, of Princeton. She was also blessed with  nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton, NJ 08540, or to HomeFront, 1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrence Twp., NJ 08648; homefrontnj.org.

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Lillian Cohen

Lillian Cohen, 99, of Princeton died on February 19th at home.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she lived in Princeton for 64 years.

Lillian was truly a modern woman for her time. She was curious, always reaching out to learn and experience those wonderful things that life had to offer her. She was an avid reader, loved studying French, going to concerts, and playing tennis. Lillian welcomed friends into her home regularly with open arms and great generosity sharing her wonderful cooking and spirited conversation. She was married for 59 years to Julius Cohen, a constitutional lawyer and distinguished Rutgers professor with whom she shared a rich and diverse life. They were companions of a quality one rarely had the privilege of observing.

Having grown up during the depression, Lillian went to work after taking secretarial courses right out of high school in order to help support her mother, two brothers, and sister. She also mourned the loss of her 18-year-old brother during World War II, a loss that haunted her throughout her life.

Those of us left behind will miss Lillian Cohen and will be forever grateful for her presence in our lives.

February 19, 2020

Nancy Sawin Teare

Nancy Sawin Teare, age 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Princeton, New Jersey, with her two loving daughters by her side. 

Nancy was born on March 24, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of George W. Sawin and Ida Hamilton Sawin. She grew up in Reading, MA, her parents having lived in Massachusetts all their lives. Nancy was the apple of her father’s eye and she enjoyed the time the two of them would spend together. She attended Reading High School and then Skidmore College, graduating in the Class of 1952 with a BA in Art. After graduation, she moved to Boston and worked as a commercial artist. She married George William Teare, Jr. in 1954 and enjoyed 45 years of marriage, raising two daughters together. 

Nancy moved to Princeton in 2004 to live closer to her daughters, but remained a New Englander at heart. She rooted for the Patriots, called a water fountain a bubblah, taught her family how to eat a lobster, loved coffee ice cream, subscribed to Yankee magazine, and never bought imitation maple syrup. She spent many summers on Cape Cod during her youth with her parents and her girlfriends. She later shared the love of the Cape with her children and grandchildren, always being the first one in the ocean no matter how cold the water temperature. 

Nancy was an avid artist all of her life, and her beautiful watercolors of seascapes and New England scenes hang in all the homes of those she loved. She had an innate sense of color which also showed in her interior decorating ability. Nancy displayed her artistic prowess in her many hobbies including needlepoint, quilting, and knitting. She devoted many hours to her needlepoint including stitching every grandchild their own Christmas stocking. She loved to travel and nothing made her happier than being near the ocean, whether it be sailing or walking a beautiful beach and collecting shells with her grandchildren. In the evenings, she enjoyed reading a good spy novel or a beloved poetry book and completing the day’s crossword puzzle. 

She grew up in the Reading Congregational Church, where her father was a deacon and sang in the choir. As part of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she was proud of the Sawin heritage tracing it back many centuries to Boxford, England.

Nancy was most proud of her family and held them dearly in her heart. She is survived by her daughters Catharyn Teare Cutright of Princeton, NJ, and Susan Teare Morris and son-in-law John Morris of Princeton, NJ;  her six grandchildren Brooks Cutright and wife Nahema Mehta, Molly Cutright, Logan Morris McIntosh and husband Tom McIntosh, Nellie Morris, Catharyn Morris, and Annie Morris, along with her three adored great-granddaughters, Annabel and Libby McIntosh and Nyah Cutright. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 12:00 noon at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey. A private burial will be held in Watertown, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her name to Skidmore College, Office of Advancement-North Hall, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632.

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

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Pierre Adrien Piroué

1931-2020

Pierre A. Piroué, Henry Dewolf Smyth Professor of Physics, Emeritus, passed away peacefully on Wednesday February 12, 2020, in Princeton Hospital after a brief illness.

For over 60 years Pierre graced the Princeton University physics department with his outstanding research and teaching, and unforgettable charm and wit. Though he retired in 2001, he remained active in research and created a highly popular and respected freshman seminar on the physics of music.

A talented skier and tennis player, he loved his annual visits to Verbier in the Swiss Alps, and was a colorful, relentless presence on tennis courts on campus and at Constitution Hill.

Pierre is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years Marianne, son Olivier and his wife Teresa, daughter-in-law Beverly from his older son Nicolas, who predeceased him in 2004, and grandchildren Amanda and Andrew.

Funeral services and interment are private. Announcements will be made of a memorial celebration of Pierre’s life to be held at Princeton University.

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Antonio Osato Elmaleh

Antonio Osato Elmaleh of Ringoes, NJ, died at home on January 16 surrounded by family after a long battle with cardiac amyloidosis. A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Mr. Elmaleh was born in New York City on June 15, 1950 to Sono Osato and Victor Elmaleh. A graduate of the Collegiate School in 1968, he went on to attend Duke University.

Always fascinated by history, Mr. Elmaleh was particularly interested in the Civil War, its origins, and its continuing impact on our country today. He was the author of The Ones They Left Behind, a novel set during the aftermath of the Civil War. He was also podcaster of the series “Uncovering the Civil War,” which will be released in book form later this year.

Mr. Elmaleh was an investor in real estate and green energy companies, and a former restauranteur and movie producer. In an earlier period of his life, he was a nationally ranked tennis and squash player. Mr. Elmaleh was also an avid golfer and reader, as well as a competitive Scrabble, backgammon, and cribbage player.

He gained recognition as a dedicated supporter of education and was a two-time Board Chair of the Waldorf School of Princeton. Mr. Elmaleh was also a member of The Players Club in New York City and The Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes.

Married in 2003 to Anne Williams, he is survived by his spouse and two children, Sarah Elmaleh and Andrew Elmaleh, both of Los Angeles. He is also survived by his brother Niko and nephew Alex of New York City. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Cathy Anne Horn, who died in 2013.

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John Clarence Zahner

John Clarence Zahner passed away peacefully on February 6, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. He was 85 years old.

John had a long career at Mobil Central Research Laboratory and Engineering Department. John grew up in Centralia, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois, thinking he wanted to study architecture. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering there in 1961 before joining Stanford University as an Assistant Professor.

In 1963 he and his wife Ann (Drenckhahn) Zahner moved to Princeton, NJ, to join Mobil Central Research and raise their family. John’s name is on 19 patents for Mobil, three as the sole inventor. He also conducted scoping economics at CRL and pioneered refinery model linear programming on laptops. In the last few years of his Mobil career, he taught a course in Process Engineering at Princeton University.

John retired to Vail, Colorado, where he very much enjoyed 19 years of skiing, playing tennis, listening to outdoor concerts, and entertaining family and friends. In 2013 he moved to Carlsbad, CA, to be near his brother Mike and then moved again in 2016 to Seattle to be near two of his sons and his grandchildren.

His family and friends have many cherished memories of his thoughtfulness, generosity, and hospitality. To his three sons he is remembered for giving them a great life and for being a great father, role model, and friend.

He is survived by his brother Mike and his nephew Greg; his sons (and daughter-in-law) Charles, Jamie, and Jack (and Ali); his four grandchildren Oscar, Joe, Anna and D.J.; and his ex-wife Ann.

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Robert “Bob” Joseph Fratangelo

On Friday, February 14, 2020, Robert “Bob” Joseph Fratangelo, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 77.

Bob was born on November 6, 1942 in Bronx, NY, to Joseph and Leah (née Zinna) Fratangelo. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky in 1965. He was the proud trustee of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Bob was married to Susan Fratangelo and they raised their son, Glenn Joseph Fratangelo, in Great Neck, NY.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Joseph, and his mother, Leah. He is survived by his wife Susan, his son and daughter-in-law, Sarah, and three grandchildren Aiden, Reed, and Mabel.

Bob was living in Princeton, New Jersey, next to his son at the time of his death and will be buried at the Princeton Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the Princeton Care Center and Penn Medicine Princeton Health who took wonderful care of Bob. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Cathleen “Kay” Shaughnessy

Cathleen “Kay” Shaughnessy, 96, of Robbinsville died Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Rose Hill Assisted Living of Robbinsville. Born in Newark, NJ, she resided most of her life in Belleville, NJ.

Kay retired in 1989 as the Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools with the Belleville Board of Education. She was a Charter Member of the Belleville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, Past President of the Belleville Elks Lodge 1123, was a Credit Manager of Walter Kiddie & Co., and an active member of Reach to Recovery Division of American Cancer Society.

After her husband’s death in 2006, Kay relocated to Princeton, NJ, to be closer to her grandchildren and became involved with The Golden Agers, The Encore Club, and Princeton Senior Resource Center. She will be remembered for her love of family and joyous spirit in which she embraced life.

Daughter of the late James and Katherine (Shanley) Reilly, wife of the late Robert J. Shaughnessy Sr. (Belleville Fire Dept. Deputy Fire Chief), sister of the late James J. Reilly, Mary Reilly Coronato, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Robert J. and Dee Shaughnessy, three grandchildren Robert, Daniel, William Shaughnessy, and a great-granddaughter Maya Shaughnessy.

The Funeral will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair, NJ.

Friends may call on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Lucinda P. Servis

Lucinda P. Servis passed away on February 9, 2020 at Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center, Plainsboro, NJ. She was a longtime resident of Princeton and Ocean Gate, NJ.

Cin was born on May 14, 1927 in Elmira, NY, the youngest child of Raymond A. and Caroline R. Perry. After graduating from Elmira Free Academy in 1945, Cin attended Cornell University and received a bachelor of science degree from the School of Hotel Administration in 1949. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

At Cornell, Cin met the love of her life, John E. “Jack” Servis from Princeton, NJ. Cin and Jack were married on June 24, 1950, and settled in Princeton. Cin was the bookkeeper and financial mind behind the family business, Servis Electric. In 1960, Cin and Jack adopted a son, John Perry Servis. Cin and Jack were married for more than 57 years before Jack passed away in 2008.

Cin enjoyed being a dog owner. She and Jack owned six Doberman pinschers and a wandering yellow lab named Sigurd over the course of their life together. Cin also loved growing plants and flowers. She had a greenhouse at home that she worked for more than 50 years, and took pride in winning several ribbons the Central Jersey Orchid Society. In addition, Cin and Jack were active members of the Cornell Club of Central New Jersey. Cin cherished her membership in the Present Day Club in Princeton. For more than 50 years she had wonderful experiences playing bridge, attending lectures, and going on bus trips. Cin was honored to be named a life member of the Club in 2019.

She played tennis for more than 25 years after learning the game at age 42. Cin loved spending summers and long weekends in Ocean Gate, NJ. She became very skilled at preparing all types of seafood dishes. Cin was a member of St. Andrew’s and, after 1973, Nassau Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, Cin was predeceased by her loving husband Jack, her oldest brother, John D. Perry of Pine City, NY, and her niece, Kate Sinko of Trumansburg, NY.

She is survived by a son, John P. Servis and daughter-in-law Moira O’Connor-Servis, of Orefield, PA; grandsons Stephen and Andrew Koch; brother Richard A. Perry of Ithaca, NY; nieces Maryanna Crawford (David), Jane Kufta (Bill), Cindy Farnham (Butch), Marilyn Sgrecci (Carl), and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

At Cin’s request, funeral services will be private. There will be no visitation or calling hours. Burial at Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton Township, NJ, will be private at the convenience of the immediate family. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to SAVE-A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558, or to Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.

February 12, 2020

Janice E. Moore Kisthardt

Janice E. Moore Kisthardt of Princeton died on February 2 at Princeton Medical Center, four days before her 74th birthday. Her death was caused chiefly from advanced pulmonary fibrosis, but she also suffered the effects of pernicious anemia and had waged a 50-year struggle with Type 1 diabetes.

Daughter of the late Evelyn D. and Orville E. Moore, Janice was born in Trenton and spent her youth in Morrisville, PA. She was a member of the Morrisville High School class of 1964 and was piano accompanist for choral groups and musicals.  She earned her B.S. in Music Education and M.A. in Music degrees from West Chester State College (now University), West Chester, PA, and her Master of Library Science degree from Rutgers University.

Early professional positions included teacher of elementary music for Neshaminy School District, Langhorne, PA, and Grey Nun Academy, Yardley, PA; and Librarian Intern at Trenton Public Library. She held librarian positions at Villa Victoria Academy; Grundy Memorial Library, Bristol, PA; Bucks County Community College; Pennwood Library, Langhorne, PA; and she retired from a library faculty position at The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College). Her joy at the college library was derived from developing the children’s literature collection for the use of future elementary teachers.

Janice attended Presbyterian churches for much of her life and sang alto in church choirs. At her death, she was a parishioner of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Princeton, where she served on the Flower Committee.

She is survived by her husband of not quite 51 years, James, her daughter Joan Kisthardt, son-in-law Noah Lovitz-Wolfson, and granddaughter Mika Brooke Kisthardt-Wolfson, all of Oakland, CA. Other survivors: Cousins Grace C. Starrett of Ewing Twp., Marilyn Schultz of Pearland, TX, and Donald DeGrave of Cinnaminson, NJ; brother-in-law John Kisthardt (Sara) of Slatington, PA; nieces Dr. Anne Kisthardt of Alexandria, VA, and Allison Kisthardt of New York City; and dear friends.

Funeral services and interment are private. Announcements will be made of a memorial celebration of Janice’s life to be held in the spring at All Saints’ Church, Princeton. Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road., Princeton, NJ 08540; to Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542; and SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558.  Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, Pennington, NJ.  Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.

“Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you…” Matt. 25:34.

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Dolores Davodowich Thierfelder

Dolores Davodowich Thierfelder, age 81, of Manchester, NJ, passed away on February 2, 2020 after a long illness.

Dolores was born July 23, 1938 in Clifton, New Jersey. She graduated from Dover High School and attended Ohio State and Fairleigh Dickinson. While a student at Ohio State, she was featured in the pages of Sports Illustrated — not once, but twice — in a photo of the student section at an Ohio State football game.

Dolores worked at Bell Labs for a number of years. Following her marriage to Erhard in 1963, she stayed at home to raise her two sons in Mountain Lakes, NJ. A devoted and loving mother and wife, she was also very active in a number of community organizations, including March of Dimes, the Morris County Hotline, and the Dover Junior Women’s Club.

Dolores was very involved in her children’s lives, and rarely missed a school or athletic event. In fact, at one point she had an unbroken six year streak of attending every single home and away Mountain Lakes middle school and high school basketball game. Dolores, her sons, and family friends spent many idyllic summer months at their home in Avalon, New Jersey, with Erhard joining them on weekends and vacations.

After raising their family in Mountain Lakes, Dolores and Erhard moved to Flanders, NJ, and then to Manchester in 2002. Dolores returned to Montclair State to complete her formal studies and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Psychology in 1981. She then earned a Masters in Social Work from New York University and, upon graduating, launched a new and successful career as a clinical psychotherapist, working in an institutional setting and in her own private practice.

Dolores was married to Erhard for over 52 years when he predeceased her in June 2015. She was a constant and devoted companion and caregiver to Erhard as he struggled with health issues during the last decade of his life. While she was heartbroken at the time of his passing, she continued to live her life to the fullest, enjoying her friends and family immensely.

Dolores is survived by her son John, of Phoenix, Arizona, her son Mark and daughter-in-law Courtney Lederer, of Princeton, and her adored granddaughters, Zoe and Quinn. The family wishes to thank Dolores Paradise, who was a loyal friend and caregiver to both Erhard and Dolores. To send online condolences, please visit the website at www.oliveriefuneralhome.com.

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Gordon C. Strauss

Gordon C. Strauss, age 81, died peacefully on Saturday evening, February 8, 2020 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, at the historic Saint James Church, Goose Creek, 100 Vestry Lane, Goose Creek, South Carolina. Burial will be at Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro, North Carolina, at noon on Monday, February 17, 2020.

Gordon Strauss was born on November 4, 1938 in Summit, New Jersey, the son of Clifton J. Strauss, M.D., and Bernice Houston Strauss. He attended The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, graduated from The University of Virginia in 1961, and earned his Juris Doctorate at Rutgers Law School in 1968.

Following law school, Gordon practiced law in Princeton, New Jersey, for 40 years, primarily as a sole practitioner. He married Loralee Engelmann and raised a family in Princeton, then moved to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in 2007. Following Loralee’s death in 2012, Gordon married Louise Clark Poitras, of Tarboro, NC, in 2013. He and Louise divided their happy days together between homes in Mt. Pleasant and Charleston.

Gordon embraced living in South Carolina and immersed himself studying the history of Charleston, visiting countless historic sites in the lowcountry, and collecting Charleston Renaissance art and cherished pieces of Charleston furniture. Gordon was a member of the Carolina Yacht Club. He enjoyed a youthful curiosity, and he blessed his many friends with generosity, loyalty, and his exuberance to share meaningful experiences with them. He accepted every kindness — even the smallest gesture — with grace and appreciation, always.

He is survived by his wife, Louise; his daughter, Gretchen Payzant, and her husband, Bill, of Mount Pleasant, SC; his son, Andrew, and his wife, Lisa, of Seattle, WA; a daughter, Heidi Hoyt, of Palm Desert, CA; a stepson, Robert Poitras, and his wife, Katy, of Chapel Hill, NC; his sister, Suzanne Art, of Lincoln, MA; and seven grandchildren: Tyler Payzant, Toby Payzant, Chloe Payzant, Ashley Svendsen, Nichols Svendsen, Ellie Poitras, and Lucy Poitras.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Calvary Church Churchyard Fund, P. O. Box 1245, Tarboro, NC 27886, or to Saint James Church, Goose Creek, PO Box 1701, Charleston, SC 29402.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel.

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting the website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.

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Elizabeth Mary Luchak

1923-2019

Elizabeth Luchak, a Princeton resident for over 50 years, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2019 at age 95. She was predeceased by her husband, George Luchak, in 2017.

Elizabeth, née Szilagyi, was born in Sajókaza, Hungary, and immigrated to Canada as a young child. In 1947 she graduated from the University of Alberta in Home Economics, a program that emphasized the science of food and nutrition.

Elizabeth began her career as a dietitian with an internship at The University of Toronto’s Hart House, which provided a rigorous program that taught academically trained nutritionists to put theory into practice.

At Hart House she met George, who was a PhD candidate in Mathematics and Physics. They were married in Calgary and settled in Suffield, Alberta, where George was a research scientist for the Canadian Defense Research Board. There they raised their oldest three children for seven years.

When George was named Canada’s scientific representative on the British Joint Services Staff College, the family moved to England for a year and traveled throughout Europe with their young children.

In 1956, Elizabeth and George moved to the United States, eventually settling in Princeton, where George was named full professor at Princeton University and Elizabeth focused on raising their four children. She was a founding docent of the Princeton University Art Museum, volunteered for the Girl Scouts and as a dietitian at Princeton Hospital, and kept her knowledge of nutrition and professional credentials up to date through courses at Rutgers University. As her children grew she transitioned to a full-time career as a senior consultant for New Jersey’s State School Nutrition Program, a position she held for 20 years.

In 1970, the family of six, along with Elizabeth’s parents, traveled to Hungary to visit Sajókaza. Later, after retirement George and Elizabeth enjoyed travel around the world to many destinations in Europe and Asia.

Elizabeth’s lifelong interest in food and nutrition began at home with her mother and grandmother. Perhaps their greatest legacy was Elizabeth’s famous cabbage rolls, relished by all. At home she created bountiful feasts for friends and family, encouraging second helpings, as was the Hungarian tradition.

Elizabeth was the epitome of a lifelong learner. Her study and teaching of art flourished over decades at the Princeton University Art Museum, where she loved giving tours, especially for schoolchildren. Elizabeth also audited courses at Princeton University in art history, French, and history. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed a wide variety of writing — from contemporary novels to Dick Francis mysteries to history. As a nonagenarian she re-read Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past.

Elizabeth’s top priority was her family and she relished spending time with her grandchildren, supporting them in their many and varied activities.

Elizabeth is remembered as a loving and lovely woman with a friendly smile and easy laugh. With grace and intelligence she befriended people from all walks of life, who were drawn to her warmth.

Elizabeth is survived by her son Frank (Nadya Day) and his children Alicia, Alec, and Eli; her daughter Elaine (Tom Small) and their children Wills and Sasha; her daughter Jolanne (Jim Stanton) and their children Matthew, James, and George; and her daughter Heather (Gerard Kunkel) and their children Brittany and Dane.

Friends may contact the family at LuchakStanton@gmail.com.

Memorials may be made to the Princeton University Art Museum Docent Program or a charity of your choice.

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George Grenville Cuyler

George Grenville Cuyler, fondly known as “Gren” or “Grenny,” passed away on Saturday evening, February 1, 2020, at his home at Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, New Jersey, from complications related to advanced dementia.

An actor, director, set and lighting designer, model, teacher, museum curator, scholar, genealogist, and poet, he was a true artist who expressed his innate creativity in a myriad of marvelous ways.

Born on April 12, 1938 in Princeton, New Jersey, he was raised with his four siblings and four Matthews cousins in “The Barracks” at 32 Edgehill Street. Gren often talked about the Hessian soldier who allegedly haunted the house. He also liked to reminisce about the interesting guests that his uncle, T.S. Matthews, Editor-in-Chief of Time magazine (1949-1953), introduced to the household. Gren once remarked that The Barracks was like a theater in which all kinds of people — big and small, old and young — performed skits, sang, recited poetry, and told stories around the dining-room table. In addition, his parents invited friends and various relatives to live at their home when they were in need of a temporary refuge, so life was never dull. All of this activity no doubt contributed to Gren’s pursuit of a career in the theater.

He attended Princeton Country Day School in the early 1950s, long before it merged with Miss Fine’s School to become Princeton Day School. He next entered Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts, and was graduated in 1956, after which he matriculated at Princeton University, where he was graduated in 1960 with an A.B. in English. During his four years at the university, he worked extensively with both the Theatre Intime and the Triangle Club. After college, Gren entered the United States National Guard, Army division, and was honorably discharged in 1962.

Returning to his academic aspirations, he went on to receive an M.F.A. degree in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D from The Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England. He also studied at the Lloyd Richards Studio in New York. His academic journey was intermittently interrupted by professional work that would take pages to enumerate. Some of the high points included acting in various roles at the Dallas Theater Center, the Sharon Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, the Williamstown Summer Theatre, and The New York Shakespeare Festival.

Gren’s mentor, Paul Baker, Founder of the Dallas Theater Center, described him as “a most unusual and brilliant young man, very individual, with great potential.” One of his signature roles was that of F.D.R. in the musical Annie, staged at the Chiswick Park Theatre outside Boston. Gren directed Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot for his masters project at Sarah Lawrence College, using the whole of the interior of Trinity Church for the production, and casting Ernest Gordon, Dean of Princeton University Chapel, in the leading role of Archbishop Thomas Becket. Gren also acted in a number of films, such as Mona Lisa Smile, The Devil and Daniel Webster, Housesitter, and The Witches of Eastwick. In addition, he appeared in several television productions, including playing the role of The Blacksmith in The Scarlet Letter.

His teaching career began when he served as Graduate Assistant in Theatre at Bucknell University. Later, Gren taught English and directed plays at the University School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Concord Academy, Concord, Massachusetts in its newly constructed Performing Arts Center. His drama students flourished under his superb direction, and their parents praised his uncanny ability to inspire their children to bring characters to life onstage.

Gren also served as Assistant Curator, Theatre and Museum Collection, Museum of the City of New York (1974-75). He was recognized for discovering an original manuscript of an early Eugene O’Neill play that became the centerpiece of an exhibit, “Eugene O’Neill — America’s Playwright” at the museum in May, 1974.

Besides all of the above, Gren was an enthusiastic athlete. He was co-captain of the Groton football team and played freshman hockey at Princeton University’s Baker Rink, named for his cousin Hobey Baker. At 6’6” tall, he was a competitive tennis player and a formidable opponent at the net. Up to six months before his death, Gren could be seen jogging on the paths at Meadow Lakes.

His family is going to miss his humor, comedic pantomimes, intellectual curiosity, creativity, expressiveness, love of beauty, devotion to family…and poetry. It is fitting to include one of his poems here, since his eighty-second birthday would have fallen on Easter, April 12, 2020.

Resurrection
The ivy plant descends,
winter upon us.
Despite all, it climbs—
dead leaves in descent,
green leaves in ascent—
per ardua ad alta.

Gren is preceded in death by his two brothers, Lewis Carter Cuyler and David LeRoy Cuyler, as well as by three first cousins who were like brothers: Thomas Stanley Matthews Jr., John Potter Cuyler Matthews Jr., and Paul Clement Matthews II. He is survived by his two sisters, Juliana McIntyre Fenn and Margery Cuyler Perkins, respectively of Princeton and Lawrenceville, two nieces, four nephews, six great-nieces, three great-nephews, one great-great-nephew, and many cousins. The family would like to thank the medical and social-work staff at Meadow Lakes for their consistent and loving attention as well as Vitas Healthcare, which provided beautiful and spiritual hospice care toward the end of Gren’s life.

The funeral and burial service will be held at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, on April 11, 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Springpoint Senior Living Foundation, Meadow Lakes, 300 Etra Road, East Windsor, New Jersey 08520 or to Friends of Theatre Intime, 5557 First Center, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08540.

February 5, 2020

Leo D. Arons

Leo D. Arons, the proud owner of the Gilded Lion, an antiques and fine art gallery in Princeton, passed away October 31, 2019.

Born September 28, 1931, he was the son of Alexander Arons and Rosalind Arons (Goldberg), brother of Simone Iris Oliver (Arons), grandson of Simon and Henrietta Arons, cousin of Millicent Fidler, and nephew of Peter Z. Fidler and Marian Fidler (Arons). Leo Dore grew up at 79 East 18th Street in Brooklyn, NY, in a vibrant and loving Jewish community. Through the generosity of his uncle, he earned two engineering degrees at Cornell University. Staunchly individualistic and determined to embrace life only on his own terms, he took refuge at the Cornell libraries and the Johnson Museum, where he developed a passion for illuminated manuscripts and rare books of Persia, India, and Europe. His keen interest ultimately led to his avocation as a respected art historian, appraiser, and entrepreneur. His imagination, brilliant intellect, photographic memory, and lifelong commitment to scholarship helped him identify, secure, and sell many historical and culturally significant artifacts. His expertise extended from furniture, paintings, silver, and jewelry to orientalia, medieval art, and textiles.

As a resident of Princeton he was actively engaged in civic affairs, including the Borough Merchants for Princeton, and is fondly remembered by the Princeton Macintosh Users Group. He led the Princeton Folk Dance Group and the Princeton Ethnic Dancers, a folk dance troupe that performed in authentic ethnic costumes across New Jersey and on the main stage of the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

A loyal group of friends will remember Leo for his endearing characteristics: playfulness, humor, love of Hungarian food, Balkan music, and the Oxford English Dictionary. Many friends experienced poignant moments with Leo while they pored over old French letters, Paul Revere silver, Hudson River paintings, or Chinese silk. He had a generosity of spirit and an unflinching commitment to supporting his inner circle of friends through thick and thin.

Leo died mourning the loss of his most beloved friend and colleague, artist Lesley J. Mitchell, formerly of Princeton. With her husband Kelly Ray, Lesley ran a popular Argentine Tango dance studio in Philadelphia and organized many successful art exhibitions, much to Leo’s delight. Both Leo and Lesley lived light-years ahead of their time, actively supporting marginalized people with courageous words and deeds.

Friends and associates wishing to write condolences may visit the website of the B. L. Bush and Sons Funeral Home, 10 W. Genesee Street, Camillus, NY, at www.BLBUSH.com. A memorial service will be held in Princeton later in 2020.  Please register for notification on the funeral home website, where you will also find links to charities chosen to honor Mr. Arons. For his commitment to higher education: Questbridge; for his love of music and dance: Hochstein School of Music and Dance; for his love of art and history: The American Historical Association.

Leo D. Arons, patron of the arts, friend, boyfriend, scholar, brother, son, nephew, cousin, rest in peace.

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Betty Helburn Rimalover

Betty Helburn Rimalover of Princeton and Long Beach Island, NJ, died on January 24, 2020, age 96.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, to Samuel and Ethel (Solomon) Helburn, she was the beloved wife of 57 years to Jack (predeceased). Devoted mother to Joan R. Gardiner (Thomas) of Bainbridge Island, WA, Anne R. Jorgensen (Craig) of Haddon Heights, NJ, and Elizabeth (Beth) R. Raschbaum (Art) of Haddonfield, NJ. Dear sister to the late Anne H. (John) Straus of NYC. Betty was a proud, loving Granny to Kevin (Natalie) Gardiner, Katie (Wesley) Jorgensen Gray, Steven (Ruby Snyder) Gardiner, Andrew (Mark Stuart Smith) Jorgensen, Laura Gardiner, Caroline Raschbaum, and Sarah Raschbaum. And she was fortunate to know her seven great-grandchildren: Alice, Glenda, and Jack Gray, Richard and Owen Gardiner, and Apollo and Leo Gardiner.

Betty attended Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, AL, The University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC, and Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL. As a child she liked horseback, overnight camp, and beach vacations to Wrightsville Beach, N C. Betty enjoyed Girl Scouts, both as a child, and later as a troop leader.

Very creative, she was talented at many handicrafts. She treasured time at the beach in Long Beach Island, NJ, with family and friends. She was an avid reader, enjoyed book clubs, and was a great bridge player. In her later years Betty started writing poetry and also wrote her autobiography, now treasured by her family.

She worked as a substitute teacher in the Princeton Public Schools and for 22 years she was also a reading coach for illiterate adults in the Mercer County area.

History buffs, Betty and Jack collected antique American glass bottles and flasks, antique inkwells, and match safes. She was recognized by the state of NJ as The Volunteer of the Year. Author of Antique American Wall Match Safes, Betty was also involved with the Princeton Historical Society and The Rockingham Association. She also assumed a variety of leadership roles at The Windrows in Princeton and served on the Plainsboro Library Committee when the new library was being built.

The family appreciates the compassionate care she received during her last years at Brandywine Assisted Living in Haddonfield, NJ.

Burial arrangements are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1415 NJ-70 #311, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

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Ruth Peterson Mazzarella

Ruth Peterson Mazzarella, age 100, died peacefully in her home on December 22, 2019. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and colleagues of the libraries, hospital, and church organizations where she volunteered.

Ruth was a New Englander, born in Massachusetts and raised in Maine. She exemplified the New England spirit of the original settlers — stoic, resilient, and self-reliant. Raised in a family of devout Baptists; her father was a minister who led churches in Maine, Ohio, and Massachusetts.

In 1940, she met the love of her life while working a summer job in Orchard Beach, Maine. Daniel, an Italian kid from Brooklyn, was not exactly a proper New Englander but they fell for each other just before WWII. Corresponding faithfully while he served in the Navy and she taught elementary school; they reunited after the war to build a family while living in Bellport, NY, Towson, MD, and Princeton, NJ, until Dan’s passing in 1996.

What does it take to live to be 100? There are many theories. Some say it’s vigorous exercise. Others say it’s a healthy diet full of green vegetables. For Ruth, the true secret of longevity was avid reading. She read over 200 books a year, including both fiction and non-fiction. She looked forward to reading articles in The Economist and The Atlantic until the end. She was a knower of things and could easily expound on topics as varied as the 17th century English monarchy to the current trade war with China.

She also gave her time freely to people who could benefit from her energy and knowledge. Her professional occupation, teacher, gave her the opportunity to shape the lives of hundreds of young people. She was also a devoted volunteer at Princeton Hospital, the Unitarian Church of Princeton, and several local libraries.

Ruth’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and watching them thrive, a feeling shared by her devoted children, Julia (Joe Beltromba), Paul (Carol Chock), and David; as well as by her seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her passing leaves a void in our lives, but fond memories of her sustain us.

Donations in Ruth’s memory to the Mary Jacobs Library Foundation or Stein Hospice would be greatly appreciated.

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James A. Goodman

James Allen Goodman, 83, passed away on January 28, 2020 at his home at Meadow Lakes in East Windsor, NJ.

Jim was born in Southampton, NY, on June 4, 1936 and raised in Westhampton. A graduate of Westhampton Beach High School, he received a Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned an S.B. in Electrical Engineering, and followed up with an M.S. from Columbia University. He spent much of his career at RCA Laboratories in Somerville, NJ, and Princeton, NJ, where he served as Director of Information Systems Planning & Computer Services and won several company Achievement Awards. He concluded his work years at American Cyanamid, now Pfizer.

Jim was a man of many hobbies and interests. A talented woodworker, he was a master of photography who built his own darkroom. He was also a land steward and trail builder, an avid camper, hiker, sailor (who once built his own sailboat), and bicyclist. Jim also found time to bake bread, study Russian, compile genealogy information for his family, and learn to bind books. Travel was another of his favorite activities.

After retiring from work in 1999, he devoted countless hours to digitizing his entire collection of photographs and family documents, which numbered nearly 90,000.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 32 years, Susan, as well as son John Goodman, daughter-in-law Dorota Bulik, and grandson Nicolas Goodman, of Melrose, MA; and son Christopher Goodman, daughter-in-law Kim Goodman, and grandchildren Maya and Theo Goodman, of Round Rock TX. A previous marriage to the late Joan Goodman ended in divorce in 1978.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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James J. Ward, Jr.

James J. Ward, Jr., a former Princeton resident and managing partner at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett, and a former associate dean of the Columbia Law School, died peacefully in his sleep in Sarasota, FL, early on January 30.

He is survived by six sons and eleven grandchildren, in addition to scores of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews, as well as his sister, Dr. Ann Ward Buetow of Williamsburg, VA.

He was 93.

Born in Elizabeth, NJ, in September 1926, he and his twin brother John (also deceased) were the eldest of five children. His father, James J. Ward, Sr. was a police detective and bank board member in Elizabeth. His mother, the former Mary Devine, was the daughter of the Bayonne, NJ, fire chief, Michael Patrick Devine.

Along with their younger brother Robert (Bob) Ward, the three Ward brothers became cornerstones of the Jefferson High School varsity football team and each would matriculate to college as athletes (Bob would become a two-time All America and College Football Hall of Fame inductee). James Ward planned to attend Columbia College in NY, then a formidable collegiate football program, but, at 18, in September, 1944, the last year of the Second World War, he and his twin brother volunteered for the Navy, fudging their birthdate by a few days, according to Naval records.

Mr. Ward was assigned to serve as an aircraft radio man in the waning months of the war. After the war, he entered Columbia College and played varsity football for four years for Columbia’s legendary coach, Lou Little, including as a member of the 1947 squad that beat Army, breaking the academy’s 32-game winning streak that dated back to 1943. In his 1949 senior season, Mr. Ward served as captain.

Mr. Ward entered the Columbia Law School after graduating from the College, serving as both a Freshman Football coach for Little and as an assistant dean of admissions for the College, while at Law School. Just prior to his graduation from law school, Mr. Ward was appointed a fellow of the Bar of the City of New York, an annual appointment the Association granted to “an outstanding law school graduate,” according to the Association at the time.

After his fellowship and a clerkship in the New York Court of Appeals, Mr. Ward began a nearly 30-year relationship with the New York law firm Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett. As a litigation associate, he began a close association with Whitney North Seymour, a firm partner and former president of The American Bar Association and the New York Bar Association.

During this period, Mr. Ward, who had been honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1946 to attend Columbia, volunteered for the Navy Reserves, where he served until 1966, again achieving an honorable discharge as a Lieutenant, Junior Grade.

In 1956, at a wedding reception, Mr. Ward met Anne Sweeney, a model at the time, and, in 1958, they were married. They had their first of six sons in 1959, the last of whom was born in 1967. Mrs. Ward died in September, 2017.

After seven years at Simpson, Thacher, in 1962, Mr. Ward became an associate dean at his alma mater, the Columbia Law School. He returned to Simpson, Thacher in 1964 as managing partner, ostensibly serving as the firm’s chief operating officer. During his tenure, he managed the firm’s rapid growth, oversaw the firm’s move to a multi-floor presence at 1 Battery Park Plaza from its longtime headquarters at 100 Broadway, and led the opening of the firm’s first international office in London.

Besides his professional responsibilities, Mr. Ward was an avid volunteer to youth sports, founding a youth football league in Princeton, NJ, and, later, a youth lacrosse league in Montclair, NJ, both the first such leagues in either town.

Mr. Ward retired from Simpson, Thacher in 1982 and moved to Fort Myers, FL. During his retirement, Mr. Ward again volunteered as a coach, first as an assistant coach as Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers and later as assistant coach at Cape Coral (FL) High School. He also briefly taught at Cape Coral. He retired from coaching in the 1990s, although he was known to his grandchildren as “Coach” until his passing.

Mr. Ward was deeply passionate about the arts, particularly the opera, a love he acquired in the standing room only section of New York’s Old Met while in college and law school. Even while living in Florida, he would make annual pilgrimages to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, often attending numerous performances over several days. In his retirement, he and his wife, Anne, spent much of their time traveling to see grandchildren, sampling local restaurants, and enjoying a Florida lifestyle that constituted their last 35 years, the bulk of their marriage and life together.

Mr. Ward is survived by his sons, Captain (USN, Ret.) Brendan F. Ward of Chula Vista, CA, Liam T. Ward of Longboat Key, FL, James J. Ward III of Woodbridge, VA, Patrick N. Ward of Denver, CO, Owen T. Ward of Mannassas, VA, and Conan M. Ward of Princeton, NJ, as well as his grandchildren, extended family, and his sister.

Services have not yet been announced.

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Ronald “Ron” James Campbell

August 23, 1939 – February 2, 2020

Ron was born on August 23, 1939 in Washington, DC. He grew up in Waterford, VA, on a dairy farm. The youngest of four children, he is survived by his wife, Vicky Campbell; children, Mavis, Colin, and Derek (Katie); and six grandchildren, Campbell (23), Rees (21), Lena (18), Derek (16), Finn (2), and Jack (1). He is also survived by his two brothers, T. Colin and Jack Campbell, and sister Betty Jane Fletcher.

Ron was the first graduate of Louden County Day School, in Louden County, VA, after which he qualified for a full scholarship at Philips Academy Andover and Harvard. He then continued his education and received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, in Physical Chemistry. Following this first round of education, he worked as a R&D scientist in lighting for 25 years for G.E, ITT, and at Philips in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and then back in the U.S. in NJ.

As Ron loved saying, he had two wonderful 25-year careers. His second career began after he graduated from Rutgers Law School, with his J.D. at the age of 52. After receiving his law degree, he worked as a patent attorney first for Kenyon and Kenyon, in NYC, and later closer to home for Universal Display Corporation. He found both of these careers very intellectually satisfying, each in their own way. He completed his working career with a yearlong post in Dublin, Ireland, a very happy year for Ron, where he loved traveling to Derry, exploring where his father was born, and finding extended family members.

His interests were many and varied. He loved reading, exploring various religious spiritual traditions, loved new ideas, loved his family and especially his grandchildren, loved walking and listening to books and music. He really enjoyed spending winters in FL, and he loved the spring and the blooming crab apple tree outside his library. He also absolutely loved listening to his wife Vicky sing, which is how he fell in love with her 55 years ago, listening to her sing, playing on her guitar. His sweet gentle soul will be greatly missed.

Celebration of life service will be held on March 7, 2020 at 2 p.m. at UUCP 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to improve the Memorial Garden at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, contact information below, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

UUCP Memorial Planting Fund, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

For condolences go to the website at: blackwellmh.com.

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Helen B. G. Wise

Helen B. G. Wise, 74, of Princeton died Saturday, February 1, 2020 at home, surrounded by her children. Born in Lynchburg, VA, to Col. Samuel Stone Gregory, Jr., a self-proclaimed “poor, dumb dirt farmer,” and Helen Barksdale Martin Gregory, Helen was called “Monkey” by her father, “Lovely Eldest” by her mother, and “The General” by her younger siblings.

After graduating from Chatham Hall, Helen majored in theater at St Andrew’s Presbyterian College in North Carolina. She moved to Claremont, CA, to pursue a Master of Arts in English, where, in search of a man who could help her buy a used car, she met and fell in love with Don Wise, an economics student from Los Angeles. Don had been admiring the slender brunette across the quad who he thought resembled Audrey Hepburn, and was more than happy to help her. A used car, a bounced check, a dead rattlesnake, and one rejected proposal later, they were married on August 24, 1968.

Helen and Don moved to the Princeton area in 1976, where Helen devoted herself to raising their six children, three of whom were adopted from Korea. Always seeking to enrich the lives of her children and family, and build strong communities around them, she engaged in many volunteer roles. Over the years, she acted as board president at Mary Dietrich Presbyterian Nursery School, served as an Elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church, led Marriage Encounter weekends, organized church Extended Family events, volunteered as Art Director at Holt Heritage Camp, coordinated events for Nassau Swim Club, and led fundraising efforts for the West Windsor-Plainsboro High School orchestra. For over 20 years, she took enormous pride and joy in leading Nassau Presbyterian Church’s 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School team, motivating hundreds of children to memorize the 23rd Psalm.

In the 1990s, Helen became a professional storyteller. She spent the next couple decades visiting Princeton and Trenton schools, delighting both children and teachers telling folktales and helping students bring their own stories alive. Helen combined her gifts as a storyteller and Christian educator to help develop the PC(USA)’s Storyteller Series curriculum.

Helen is preceded in death by her son Andrew Lee Wise, her husband Donald E. Wise, and her second husband John Schmidt. She is survived by five children and their spouses: Katharine Wise (Bill Pinches), Ryan Wise (Leslie Brunner), Jenny Borut (Jeff Borut), Mary Helen Wise, and Matthew Wise; eleven grandchildren: Andrew Pinches, Colin Pinches, Timothy Pinches, Samuel Pinches, Taylor Borut, Stella Borut, Caleb Wise, Benjamin Pinches, Catalina Wise, Isabelle Wise, and Alexandra Wise; and four siblings: Mary Riddle, Sallie Gregory, Stone Gregory III, and John Gregory.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, following a private burial at Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Andrew Lee Wise Memorial Fund for Youth Music and Mission at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

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Mary Estelle Pettit Funk

Mary Funk, a resident of Keene, New Hampshire, died on January 27, 2020, surrounded by members of her family, at the age of 96, having lived a rich and varied life.

Born into the family of Karl and Estelle Pettit in Brooklyn, New York on April 23, 1923, she had three brothers and three sisters. Later, her family relocated to Princeton, New Jersey.

In 1942, while a student at Vassar, she married Peter Funk and left Vassar to follow him to the West Coast prior to his deployment to the Pacific as a Marine Officer. During World War II, an act of Mary’s spontaneous kindness to an older woman led to her being invited to reside at the La Jolla Beach Club in California for the duration of the conflict.

Mary had always loved art and was a gifted artist, painting in oils and watercolors as well as drawing amusing cartoons. During her stay in La Jolla, Mary pursued her art, building on training she had received at the Pratt Institute in NYC. She maintained her interest in art throughout her life.

Mary’s and Peter’s marriage proved to be exceptionally loving and long-lasting. They were married for 74 years until Peter passed away in 2016. They had seven children, four boys and three girls. They raised their children in New Jersey and Connecticut, much of the time on Amity Farm in Lambertville, NJ. Mary thrived on the farm with her family. Among many other things, she started and ran a day camp for children.

Later the family moved to Princeton, NJ. In 2008, they relocated to Keene near their son, Dr. Mark Funk, and his wife Alice, who have a farm in Roxbury.

Mary carried out the challenge of raising seven children with great enthusiasm, sensibility, humor, and extraordinary love. Her adventures during those years could fill a book — and in fact, directly and indirectly, they appeared in several books authored by her husband. These included My Six Loves, Love and Consequences, and High Spirits, which were inspired by Mary and their large and lively family.

Despite the demands of child raising, she found time to assist Peter with his writing. Following in the footsteps of his father, Wilfred Funk, a writer and publisher, he wrote a monthly column for the Reader’s Digest called “It Pays to Enrich Your Word Power,” and she provided invaluable editing and organization for the column. Throughout her life she acted as a lynchpin for her very large, extended family including her brothers and sisters, their spouses and children together with many other family members. Her kindness, enthusiasm, and organizational ability helped to keep them in touch over the years.

During Mary’s last years, her daughter Celine and, sons, Mark and John, provided devoted care. Her other children Peter, Paul, Mary, and Eleanor, living more distantly, also provided support and love as well. Our family is deeply appreciative of the love and dedication provided by the wonderful caregivers who assisted in Mary’s care during her final years.

Mary is survived by her children, Peter, John, Celine, Mark, Mary, Paul, and Eleanor, their spouses, 15 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by them and all who knew her for her tremendous generosity of spirit, her loving and optimistic nature, and her lively sense of humor.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, on May 9, 2020 at 11 a.m. Donations in her honor may be given to the church.

The Foley Funeral Home of Keene, NH, is assisting the family with the arrangements. To offer online condolences to the family or to share special memories, please visit www.foleyfuneralhome.com.

January 29, 2020

José Barros-Neto
1927-2020

José Barros-Neto, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, died peacefully at his home in Novi, Michigan, on January 14, 2020. He was a consummate mathematician for 92 years and enjoyed a fulfilling career at Rutgers for 31 years until his retirement on January 1, 2000. Math was in his bones, and not one of his four children or four grandchildren could turn 7, 11, 13, 17, and so on without being reminded that they were celebrating a “prime” birthday.

He received his Ph.D. in 1960 from Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, where he met his beloved wife of 70 years, Iva Borsari Barros. In his early career, he studied at the Sorbonne, and Yale University. He was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in 1961 and 1962 in Field of Mathematics, Latin America & Caribbean. Research, teaching, and three growing girls occupied his time at Brandeis University, the University of Montreal, Rochester Institute of Technology, and back to the University of São Paulo. His long career at Rutgers began in 1968, when the family settled in Princeton, NJ, and a son soon followed. He was honored to take sabbaticals at the Institute for Advanced Studies, in Fall 1971 and 1989-1990. He was dedicated to his research interests in functional analysis, and partial differential equations. He valued his many friends and collaborators in the field of mathematics.

José’s family was truly a Rutgers family. His wife, Iva, earned her Master’s Degree in French Literature at Rutgers University. All four of his children, and one son-in-law, graduated from a Rutgers University affiliated college. During his tenure at Rutgers, José authored four books, College Algebra and Trigonometry with Applications, An Introduction to the Theory of Distributions (Pure and Applied Mathematics), Hypoelliptic Boundary-Value Problems (Lecture Notes in Pure and Applied Mathematics) and College Algebra with Applications. His textbooks became quite popular with students. José was particularly proud to hear from a student in China who had obtained a copy of An Introduction to the Theory of Distributions and was finally able to understand the concept. That student became a mathematician and was inspired to translate the book into Chinese.

José was an avid soccer fan, in particular, Brazilian soccer. He enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad. Reading, painting, gardening, and classical music were among his diverse interests. José, and his family, enjoyed spending relaxing summers in Cape Cod, and later, Martha’s Vineyard. This was where he would reconnect with collegial friends. He loved the quiet beauty of Martha’s Vineyard and featured his favorite spots in several figures in his books.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Iva, who passed away peacefully on November 30, 2019 at their home in Michigan. He is survived by his four children, Carmen, Claudia, Marilia, and André; their spouses, Jack, Tom, Michael, and Marlena; and four wonderful grandchildren, Colin, Kevin, Alexandria, and James. José is also survived by his loving family in Brazil, his brother and two sisters, and their families. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to The American Mathematical Society, www.ams.org/giving/ways-to-give/in-honor-of or the Institute for Advanced Study, www.ias.edu/support/ways-give.

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Iva Borsari Barros

1928-2019

Iva Borsari Barros, longtime Princeton resident, died peacefully at her home in Novi, Michigan, on November 30, 2019. She enjoyed a long, fulfilling life with her husband of 70 years, José Barros-Neto, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Rutgers University. Together they raised three daughters and a son, enjoyed three grandsons and a granddaughter, traveled extensively in the United States and abroad, and enjoyed many relaxing summers in Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

In the late 1940s, while an undergraduate at Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, Iva met her future husband José. Being the more outgoing of the two, she approached him! After graduation, she worked as a primary school teacher in São Paulo until the birth of her first daughter, Carmen. Within two years, they had traveled to France, where José studied at the Sorbonne. They returned to Brazil and had two more daughters, Claudia, followed in quick succession by Marilia. In 1960, after José received his Ph.D., the family moved to the United States. They lived in Boston, MA, Montreal, Canada, Rochester, NY, and back to São Paulo, Brazil, while José honed his skills as a mathematician. Iva provided the loving support and began to hone her skills as a chef, aided by her hero, Julia Child. In the fall of 1968, they settled permanently in Princeton. Their son, André, was born soon after and the family was complete.

Iva was a lifelong educator and a linguist fluent in five languages, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian, and English. While her children were still in school, she worked as a translator. Seeing the need for private language lessons and translation services in this area, she co-founded the Princeton Language Group with two of her multilingual colleagues. She loved being a French language substitute teacher in the Princeton public school system. While her youngest was still a baby, Iva began attending Rutgers University and obtained a Master’s Degree in French Literature. The Barros family was a Rutgers family through and through. All four children graduated from a Rutgers University affiliated college, as well as one son-in-law. Later in life, Iva worked as a real estate agent, specializing in assisting business professionals who were transferring to the United States from other countries.

Iva was a beautiful and el egant woman, always impeccably dressed. She loved to cook from her favorite cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. Dinner time in the Barros household was usually a home cooked, gourmet meal. Her children’s neighborhood friends often scheduled help with math homework from José, in the hope that they would get invited for dinner. She enjoyed making homemade pasta, particularly ravioli, and recreating indescribably delicious Brazilian desserts. A family tradition was baking and painstakingly decorating Christmas cookies. Sometimes they looked too good to eat! She was also a crafter who passed on her skills in sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidery to her children. She grew beautiful house plants and enjoyed literature and the opera. Several times a year, she and José would travel to New York City to attend plays and the opera.

Iva predeceased her beloved husband, José, by six weeks. She is survived by her four children, Carmen, Claudia, Marilia, and André; their spouses, Jack, Tom, Michael, and Marlena; and four amazing grandchildren, Colin, Kevin, Alexandria, and James. She is also survived by her two sisters in Brazil and their families. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to The American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org/donate/donate-memorial or UNICEF USA, https://donate.unicefusa.org/page/contribute.

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Stanley J. Stein

Stanley J. Stein, the Walter Samuel Carpenter III Professor in Spanish Civilization and Culture, and Professor of History, Emeritus, died Dec. 19, 2019, at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center following a very brief illness. He was 99.

A scholar of Brazilian and Mexican history and 18th century Spain, Stein and his wife, Barbara Hadley Stein, wrote extensively on Latin American and Spanish economic and social history and the legacies of colonialism and slavery. Stein served as the inaugural director of Princeton’s Program in Latin American Studies, which he led for nine years.

Stein was born on June 8, 1920 in New York City, the son of Jewish European immigrants from Russian Poland and Ukraine, Joseph Louis Stein and Rose Epstein. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School, and went on to graduate in 1941 from the City College of New York with a B.A in comparative literature. He began graduate school at Harvard University, initially studying romance languages and literature, and traveled to Brazil for research. There in 1942 he met Barbara Hadley (1916-2005), who was researching her doctoral research on the abolition of slavery in Brazil. Stein enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 where he served as communications officer. Before deploying overseas, he married Barbara Hadley in September of 1943. When demobilized after the war, he returned to Harvard and decided to study history as a student of Clarence Haring, one of the leading figures in Latin American history. During this time, the Steins had their three children. Stein returned to Brazil to work on his dissertation on the coffee-growing region of Brazil, Vassouras. Six months later, he was joined by his wife and two older children. After obtaining his doctorate, he was a research fellow for the Research Center for Entrepreneurial History at Harvard. In 1953 Stein joined the history department of Princeton University from which he retired in 1989 and continued to engage in active research and publication until shortly before his death.

While teaching undergraduate and graduate students at Princeton, Stein published  Vassouras: A Brazilian Coffee County, 1850-1900: The Roles of Planter and Slave in a Plantation Society (1957) which is considered a classic social and economic study of the origins, apogee, and decline of coffee production in Brazil. The Steins’ collaboration produced a series of books, including The Colonial Heritage of Latin America: Essays on Economic Dependence in Perspective (1970), which began as a series of lectures to high school teachers and was then expanded into a widely assigned book in undergraduate history classes. Their major four-volume study, Silver, trade, and war: Spain and America in the making of early modern Europe (2000), Apogee of empire: Spain and New Spain in the age of Charles III, 1759–1789 (2003), Edge of crisis: War and trade in the Spanish Atlantic, 1789–1808 (2009), and Crisis in the Atlantic Empire: Spain and New Spain 1808-1810 (2014) was published during Stein’s retirement. Stein also is co-author with Roberto Cortés Conde of “Latin America, a Guide to Economic History, 1830-1930.”

Stein was a two-time recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He received the Bolton Prize and the Robertson Prize from the Conference on Latin American History of the American Historical Association. He was a member of the board of editors and advisory board for the Hispanic American Historical Review and the board of editors for the Journal of Economic History. Stein also was a member of the joint committee on Latin American Studies of the Social Science Research Council. In 1996, he and Barbara Stein received the American Historical Association Award for Scholarly distinction.

In addition to his work, Stanley enjoyed numerous activities. His longstanding love of the outdoors included hiking with his family as well as walking daily in Princeton’s beautiful open spaces. With his family, he enjoyed restoring a small early 19th century cobbler’s home in Western Massachusetts, fondly called “The Shack.” In summer and fall, he felt restored when gazing out over fields and mountains. Stein participated actively in community and cultural life in Princeton and New York City. Sustaining the rich rewards of friendships across generations of students and colleagues was a major feature of his life. He and Barbara long supported diverse progressive causes and organizations. He will be treasured as loving, supportive, and deeply understanding of his family and friends.

He is survived by his children, Margot B. Stein and her husband, Harry L. Watson, of Chapel Hill, NC, Peter G. Stein and his wife, Kathleen R. Sims, of Philadelphia, PA, and Joelle H. Stein and her husband, Andrew J. McClurg of Belmont, MA, and four grandchildren, Camille R. Stein of Boston, MA, Adam S. Watson of Los Angeles, CA, Hannah L. S. Watson of Santa Rosa, CA, and Emma A. McClurg of San Francisco, CA. Doreen Larkai, Stanley’s constant caregiver and friend, has become a deeply loved member of the Stein family.

A Memorial service will be held on April 18, 2020 at the Princeton University Chapel at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Stein’s memory may be made to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), https://trentonsoupkitchen.org, the Princeton University Firestone Library, https://library.princeton.edu/firestone, and the Princeton Public Library https://princetonlibrary.org.

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William D. McKenna

William D. McKenna passed away on January 13, 2020, in Princeton, NJ, one month before his 93rd Valentine’s Day birthday on February 14th.

Bill was born in Orange, NJ, in 1927 to William A. McKenna and Mae M. McKenna (Adelmann). He grew up with his younger brother Robert in Bloomfield, NJ, where he spent a very happy childhood, with many friends and relatives, and summers at his uncle’s cottages in Bradley Beach. He graduated from High School in 1944, during WW II, and two months later enlisted in the U.S. Navy, was shipped to the Philippine Islands, and on his return enrolled in the University of Miami, graduating with a BA degree in business/economics. His education also included two years of New York Law School.

He worked for several aerospace industry corporations, such as ITT Laboratories and Singer Corporation. In 1966 he joined Grumman Aerospace Corporation in Bethpage, New York, as a subcontracts administrator and later Project Manager for major projects, including NASA shuttle and space station programs, involving many business trips to California, the Northwest, and Texas. From 1977-1985 he was assigned by Grumman to the TFTR Program at the Princeton Plasma Physics Labs and was responsible for the administration and procurement of a variety of projects. He retired from Grumman in 1994.

He met his wife, Lydia, on a shore weekend, and they were married in Spring Lake in September of 1977. They moved to Princeton in 1983, a few years after their daughter, Eva Maria, was born in New York City. During the years in the City, Bill loved theatre, ballet, Lincoln Center, and always enjoyed the annual Central Park concerts in the summer with friends. He organized family trips to California and Florida, as well as Switzerland and France, and always looked forward to the frequent visits to his wife’s family in Southwest Germany. Bill was an avid golfer in his younger years and later looked forward to his winter Florida excursions joining an old friend in playing his favorite sport. He was a loving father and best friend to his daughter, a cherished Pop Pop to his grandchildren, and took care of his widowed mother for close to 30 years. He had a passion and talent for his shore properties and managed them, before and after his retirement, for many years. Bill had a sharp wit, intuition, sense of humor, an exceptional memory, and loved storytelling and reading his daily newspapers and especially books on American History.

He is survived by his wife, Lydia, his daughter, Eva Maria McKenna, her husband Matthew Tramontana, his grandchildren Mason, Madeline and Mabel, his nieces and nephews (children of his brother Robert McKenna who predeceased him) Russ and Karen McKenna, Susan Caulder and husband Raymond and their children Raymond, Lizzie and Matthew, all of Charleston, S.C., as well as Stephen McKenna, his spouse Gina, and their children Ali, Gia and Ian, of Tyler, TX.

Funeral services were held at Nassau Presbyterian Church followed by interment at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in William’s memory to the Princeton First Aid Squad.

Arrangements by Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.

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Douglas E. Eveleigh

December 6, 1933 – December 30, 2019

It is with great sadness that we report that Douglas E. Eveleigh of Rocky Hill, NJ, an emeritus Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, died on Dec. 30, 2019 of complications of a glioblastoma. Prof. Eveleigh served on the Rutgers faculty for 45 years, where he was known as an exceptionally fine teacher and scholar. Professor Eveleigh’s interests ranged broadly from applied microbiology (fermentation and degradation) to the history of science. Students loved his infectious humor and his skill at enlivening the study of microbiology on topics that ranged from alcohol fermentation to the generation of swamp gas. As a born leader, he reveled in pursuits of nature and science, and had additional passions for history, rugby, and magic.

Doug is survived by his beloved family: wife of 57 years, Linda (Sterenberg); their son Chris (and partner Kim Frisino-Hurst); their son Rob (and daughter-in-law Laura Robinson); and Paula Nolan, daughter-in-law and mother of their grandchildren, Douglas and William. He is predeceased by his parents Frederick R. and Winifred (Bray) Eveleigh, and sister Iris True; survived by siblings Brian, Gerald (and June), Mavis (and David) Hill of U.K., Hazel Vincent of Toronto, and several beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins (and families); and sister-in-law Gretchen R. Sterenberg of San Francisco.

In lieu of flowers a one-time contribution can be sent to Douglas Eveleigh Endowed Graduate Travel Award, Rutgers University Foundation, P.O. Box 193, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0193. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on March 28 at Kirkpatrick Chapel, New Brunswick, NJ.

A comprehensive obituary can be found at https://dbm.rutgers.edu/Douglas_Eveleigh_obit.htm.

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Jack Undank

Jack Undank, 91, of Princeton Junction, NJ, passed away on January 23, 2020 at his home. He taught in the French Department of Rutgers University for more than 40 years, retiring as Distinguished Professor in 1998. His career also included visiting professorships at Williams College and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and direction of an advanced scholarly seminar at the Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. His teaching excellence was recognized not only by university awards, but also by the Shirley Bill Award from the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.

Jack was born on June 18, 1928 and grew up in the Bronx. He graduated from Taft High School and the City College of New York, then received an MA in Spanish from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in French from Harvard.

As a young man he was drawn to music and art. From a very early age he was a proficient abstract painter, creating works full of color and vivacity. He painted enthusiastically and inventively, experimenting with color.

His lifelong interest in French began in high school. As an adult, he loved visiting Paris, walking through the streets, enjoying the museums, making friends. In 1952-53 he spent a research year in Paris on a Fulbright Fellowship. For four years in the 1990s he and his partner, Alan Wilde, spent the month of May on the Île St. Louis.

Jack’s scholarship on French literature has remained central to his field for many decades. As one critic wrote, his seminal book Diderot: inside outside & in-between (1979) “rewards one richly with a cornucopia of surprising connections and insights.” He also edited two works of Diderot: Est-il bon? Est-il méchant? (1956) and Jacques le fataliste (1981) and wrote numerous essays on other eighteenth-century French figures such as Voltaire, Graffigny, Chardin, Rousseau, Beaumarchais, and Laclos. His essays were published in Eighteenth-Century Studies, French Forum, MLN, French Review, Boundary 2, SubStance, Studies on Voltaire in the 18th Century, Degré Second, Diderot Studies, and Modern Language Review.

Jack is survived by Alan Wilde, his partner for 71 years. They were married in 2013, as soon as same-sex marriage became legal in New Jersey.

Contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to Lambda Legal, to Deborah Hospital Foundation, or to the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

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Charles DiFalco

1924-2020

Charles DiFalco, 95, of Princeton died Tuesday, January 21, 2020 surrounded by his loving family at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro. Born in Isernia, Italy, he was the first of his family to immigrate to the United States in 1950. He has been a resident of Princeton for over 54 years.

Charles was a Prisoner of War in Germany for over 27 months during World War II, while serving in the Royal Italian Army. He was the owner-operator of Charles DiFalco Landscaping. He was a member of St. Paul’s Church and the Italian American Sportsman Club.

Son of the late Luigi and Maria (DiPerna) DiFalco, husband of the late Rose (Fasano) DiFalco, brother of the late Lucia Tamasi, Antonio DiFalco, Domenic DiFalco, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Louis and Darlene DiFalco; two daughters and a son-in-law Elena and Antonino Russo, Vincenzina DiFalco and her fiancée David Welsh; a brother and three sisters-in-law Cosmo and Peggy DiFalco, Carmella DiFalco, Pasqualina DiFalco; four grandchildren Vincent and his partner Alissa, Matthew and his wife Jillian, Anthony and his wife Leanne, Jennifer and her partner Kristin; two great-grandchildren Madelyn and Evelyn Russo; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held on Saturday, January 25 at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Saint Paul’s Church, Princeton, and entombment in Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Interventional Radiology at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, One Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, NJ 08536.

January 22, 2020

John Hanna Jr.

John Hanna Jr. died peacefully at home on December 25, 2019, after a long illness. 

John was born in New York City in 1934, son of John and Irene Hanna. The family split their time between New York and Cape Cod, Mass., where John developed his lifelong love of sailing and the ocean. John attended Princeton University, graduating in 1956. He was a passionate alum, and stayed connected with the University throughout his life, including in recent years as a member of the Old Guard. After college, John attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1959.

In 1958, he married Jane Merchant, from Minneapolis, whom he met while both were living in Cambridge, Mass.  Theirs was a wonderful marriage, lasting almost 60 years, until Jane’s death in 2017. The marriage produced three children, nine grandchildren, and many, many happy moments together.

John’s professional career in Law began in public service. He served in Robert Morgenthau’s U.S. District Attorney’s office, and later he was Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel for the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation under Governor Nelson Rockefeller. In 1975, he went into private practice, and was a founding partner of the Albany, NY, firm of Whiteman, Osterman, and Hanna. The firm grew from its four initial partners, to becoming a preeminent firm and the largest in Albany. Mr. Hanna concentrated on the fledgling area of environmental law and helped define this specialty as a distinct discipline. John worked on some of the biggest cases of the time, including Love Canal in Buffalo, and the Hudson River contamination in upstate NY. His law firm was one of his passions, and his partners and co-workers were loyal, lifelong friends.  John was active professionally in the NYS Bar Association throughout his career, serving in multiple leadership positions and committees. He also taught environmental law at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Personally, much of his life revolved around his beloved Wendover Farm. In 1972, He and Jane purchased an old farmhouse in Old Chatham, NY.  They spent the next 40 years renovating Wendover; adding gardens, ponds, and a multitude of pets. The friendships formed on the farm were multi-generational. In the early years, it was their family and friends whom they welcomed to the farm, then Jane and John added their family and friends’ children, who became important friends in their own rights. Mixed into this, were their nine adored grandchildren and their friends who would descend on Wendover for family holidays and summer visits. Jane and John were never happier than during “Camp Hanna,” having a full house and picnics by the pond. 

John was very active in his community. He served on the Chatham Planning Board for more than 35 years. He was Chair of the NYS Archives Trust, and a Trustee on the Olana Partnership. However, perhaps the civic contribution he was most proud was starting the Old Chatham 4th of July Parade. He, and another neighborhood couple, decided to start a parade to celebrate the 4th of July. The first parade in 1980 featured five lonely marchers. By the time John had to stop leading the color guard in 2014, the parade had grown to feature marchers, fire engines, tractors, homemade floats filled with children, vintage cars, and streamer adorned bicycles everywhere. Between participants and spectators, more than 1,000 people fill the small hamlet to celebrate.

John was pre-deceased by his wife, Jane, in 2017. He is survived by three children:  Elizabeth Hanna Morss, her husband Stephen Morss, and their children Alexandra, Abigail, and Caroline; Katharine Hanna Morgan and her children Sarah, Jasper, Lucy, and Anne; and John Merchant Hanna, his wife Kimberly Davis Hanna, and their children John Williams and Genevieve. He was predeceased by his sister Elisabeth Hanna Von Braitenberg, and survived by sisters Margaret Hanna Jones and Cornelia Hanna McMurtrie, both of Falmouth, Mass. A Celebration of Life will be held in the late Spring.

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Helmut Schwab

Helmut Schwab, 91, of Princeton passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Stonebridge At Montgomery. Born in Berlin, Germany, he grew up in Germany, attended University in Switzerland, and then moved to California mid-1950s to complete his PhD after which he started three companies and his family. After selling those companies he traveled the world with his family for two years and resided in Munich, Germany, before moving to Princeton, NJ, in 1976. 

Helmut Schwab’s academic training was in the fields of physics and mathematics. He worked in the aerospace and electronics industry — initially in research and development where he patented numerous innovations related to electronics, and later in business-related executive functions. Helmut retired in the late 1980s as the CEO of Siemens USA, Iselin, NJ. He enjoyed his retirement traveling, supporting philanthropic efforts including Habitat for Humanity and Friends of Princeton Open Space, and writing books. For the last 20 years, he concentrated some of his work on the scientific understanding of our cosmological, biological, and human existence, specifically of the human mind and behavior in terms of neurophysiology, cognitive psychology, cultural influences and own thought — with special consequences in the fields of philosophy and theology. He had also pursued some historical and sociological/political studies — and wrote short stories (http://www.schwab-writings.com/).

Son of the late Martin and Elisabeth (Burchardt) Schwab, brother of the late Jurgen Schwab, Marianne Schwab, he is survived by his wife of 60+ years, Eva Maria (Nauman) Schwab;four sons Bernard Schwab, Frank Schwab, Stephen Schwab, Michael Schwab; brother Bernhard Schwab; sister Sabine Schwab; and three grandchildren — Christina, Scott, and Palma.

Helmut will be remembered by his family and many friends for his generosity, passion for learning, sense of humor, and garden parties. He enjoyed traveling the world, family vacations in Cannes, playing various musical instruments, reading history books, listening to country music, watching westerns, and was especially talented at sketches, and canvas paintings. 

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

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John R. Janick

Known to his friends as “Jack,” John R. Janick, 91, of Naples, Florida, and formerly of Princeton, NJ, passed away on January 14, 2020. He was the son of John Janick and Marie Russell Janick.

He was born January 31, 1928 and lived in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. He graduated from Dutch Neck elementary school in Dutch Neck, New Jersey, and Princeton High School.

He joined the U.S. Navy and served two years on goodwill tours traveling the east coast of South America, around Cape of Good Hope, the Ivory Coast of North Africa, through the Gibraltar strait to the Mediterranean, where he visited Italy, Spain, and Greece.

He left the Navy and traveled across the United States before entering Rutgers University, graduating in 1955.

He met his wonderful wife Caroline (nee DiMeglio) in high school. They started dating in 1948 while they were both working at Heyden Chemical in Penns Neck, NJ (later American Cyanamid). They were married in 1953.

He started Craft Cleaners in Princeton Junction in 1956 and opened plants in Princeton, Lawrenceville, and Hightstown. Serving as a member of the West Windsor school board, he was instrumental in the building of the Maurice Hawkes Elementary School. He was a member of the West Windsor Lions Club for many years and served as president in 1961 and 1962. He sponsored a West Windsor little league team, providing uniforms and financial support for many years.

His friends and family know him as a headstrong, vibrant renaissance man, truly interested and curious about life. He played the piano, the trombone, and was an exceptional whistler. He was an avid gardener and fantastic cook. He enjoyed skiing with his family in Vermont and traveled to Chamonix, France to ski with his high school buddies. Over decades of playing determined golf, he accomplished the improbable feat of two holes-in-one. The family summered in their shore house on Mantoloking and enjoyed boating and sailing on his cutter sloop and power boats. He and his wife Caroline traveled each summer to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and Newport, and Long Island Sound. Each winter they traveled to Key West and sailed or boated in the Bahamas.

John and Caroline moved to Marco Island, Florida in 1983 and lived there for 30 years, before moving to Naples, Florida.

At age 55, he retired from Craft Cleaners in 1993, leaving his business to his sons John Jr. and Tom.

He is survived by his wife Caroline, daughter Daryl (Bruce) Kent, sons John (Lori) Janick, Jr. and Thomas D. Janick, and grandsons Kyle, Daniel, John R III, and Mathew. John was predeceased by his sisters Marjorie Janick, Phyllis Renk, and Mary Jane Sickel.

Burial was Monday, January 20, at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the “Jack Janick and Mango Garden Project” at the Villa at Terracina Grand Memory Care, Naples, FL.

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Robert Wood Tate

July 13, 1929 – January 14, 2020

Wood Tate passed away on January 14, 2020 at his home in Princeton after a brief illness. A loving husband, father, grandfather, respected colleague and friend, he was generous with his time and skills. He delighted in all levels of technical challenges, from fixing a neighbor’s plumbing to designing a seaweed harvester to setting up international manufacturing operations. Wood will be missed by friends and family near and far.

Son of Elizabeth Nelson Tate and Jack Bernard Tate, Wood grew up in Washington, D.C., where he attended Western High School. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1950, he served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, designing air bases in Morocco. It was in Morocco that Wood met Katharine Peterken, a fellow Swarthmore graduate. They married in 1956 in California, and he remained devoted to her until his death.

The Tates lived in Washington, D.C., from 1960-1968, before settling in Princeton with their five children. They welcomed over 200 boarders and guests from around the world into their lively home, many of whom became lifelong friends. 

Trained as a civil engineer, Wood spent most of his career working as a management consultant in a wide variety of contexts. He enjoyed the strategic side of business projects and the international connections he made working on projects that took him to 23 countries.  

A dedicated community member, Wood served on the first Princeton Consolidation Committee in the 1970s and was active in the Princeton Middle East Society and the Princeton Independent Consultants. He volunteered as an Election Boardworker for many years and was a devoted member of the local YMCA, where he swam regularly.

Beginning in the 1970s, the Tates spent summers in mid-coast Maine, and eventually they bought land and a cabin on a small lake. Family and friends gathered at that favorite spot to celebrate Wood’s 90th birthday last July.

Wood is survived by his wife of 63 years, Katharine; children Jacques Tate, Anne Tate (Bob Massie), Thomas Tate, Laura Tate Kagel (Martin Kagel), and Carol Tate (David Schrayer); longtime friends François Bontoux and Christine Wüthrich; nieces Valerie Tate (Gregory Arms) and Louise Tate Hood (Murray Hood); and many grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Toby, and daughter-in-law May Tate.

A memorial gathering will take place in Maine during the summer.

January 15, 2020

Myrna Kaufman Bearse

Myrna Kaufman Bearse, age 81, a former editor and reporter for Town Topics, died on January 6, 2020, after a short illness.

Myrna was born in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School at age 16. After a brief marriage, she moved to the West Village in New York City. There, she worked as a journalist for various magazines. She recalled interviewing Joan Rivers, the comedian, for a parenting magazine.

She remarried and moved to Princeton with her young family to a house on Leigh Avenue. She continued to work as a freelance journalist while raising her two daughters, both of whom graduated from Princeton High School. She started reporting for Town Topics in the mid 1980s.

She occupied a front window office in the old Town Topics building looking over Nassau Street. She was a fixture at Borough Council, planning, and other government meetings. And if something interesting happened in Princeton between the 1980s and early 2000s, chances are good that she wrote about it. She served briefly as the paper’s editor when ownership transitioned away from the Stuart family, and also became an investor in the paper through Witherspoon Media Group. She lived in the same house on Leigh Avenue until she left Princeton in the early 2010s to be closer to grandchildren in the Seattle area.

The daughter of the late Max Kaufman and Edna Goldstein Kaufman, she is survived by her daughter, Aurora Bearse, and her husband, Ian Crosby, and their two daughters, Sarah and Lilah. Myrna was sadly predeceased by her other daughter, Miriam Bearse, but Miriam’s wife, Karen Fieland, and their daughter, Ariella, survive her.

A memorial service in Princeton is planned for spring 2020. Please contact her daughter via email to express condolences or for information about the memorial service, to myrnamemorial1@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friendship Circle of WA, www.friendshipcirclewa.org or SAVE of Princeton, NJ, www.savehomelessanimals.org/donate.

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Hon. Mark E. Litowitz

January 10, 1929 — January 9, 2020

The Honorable Mark E. Litowitz died on January 9, 2020 after a brief illness, one day before his 91st birthday. The cause of death was esophageal cancer.

A lifelong resident of the Trenton area, Judge Litowitz was the first child of Carl Litowitz and Anne (Edelman) Litowitz, both of Trenton. He attended Trenton Central High School and Pennington Prep before attending Rutgers University, where he received his undergraduate and law degrees. At Trenton High, he met Selma Urken. They married in 1951 and he remained devoted to her until her death in 2005.

Judge Litowitz was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the Army Counterintelligence Corps. Upon his return to the States, he embarked on a distinguished legal career that began at the law firm of Montis and Litowitz. In 1964, he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Trenton office of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1967, he was appointed Judge of Worker’s Compensation, eventually becoming the Chief Judge of Compensation for the State of New Jersey, a position he held for over two decades. During his tenure, Judge Litowitz presided over and decided thousands of cases involving New Jersey workers and employers while earning the admiration and respect of litigants, their attorneys, and court personnel.

In 1990, then-Governor Florio appointed Judge Litowitz Director of New Jersey’s Department of Worker’s Compensation. In that capacity, Judge Litowitz oversaw the State’s Worker’s Compensation system, one of the largest and most complex in the nation. Following retirement from public service in the mid-nineties, Judge Litowitz returned to private practice, becoming of-counsel to the Princeton law firm Hill, Wallack. Judge Litowitz received numerous honors and awards, including The Jack O’Brien Service Award recognizing his contributions and achievements during his distinguished career. 

Throughout his adult life, Judge Litowitz was active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks and Greenwood House, the Jewish Home for the Aged. In 1998, he and Selma received The State of Israel Independence Issue Award, recognizing their years of service and philanthropy. 

Judge Litowitz is survived by children Robert (Mariah) of Washington, D.C., Debra Frank of Yardley, Pa., and Carol Golden (Andrew) of Princeton, N.J.; grandchildren Dana, Drew, Reid, and Selma Litowitz, David and Matthew Frank, and Jackson and Elliott Golden; a sister, Natalie Fulton; and niece Susan Talbot (Richard). A daughter-in-law, Karen Dubin, predeceased him.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 12, at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel with burial in Fountain Lawn Memorial Park, Ewing, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Judge Litowitz’s memory be made to Greenwood House, 53 Walter Street, Ewing, NJ 08628. www.greenwoodhouse.org. 

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Rosemary Catherine Forrey

Rosemary Catherine Forrey of Skillman, NJ, and Avalon, NJ, formerly of Princeton, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2020.

Rosemary was a cherished and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Robert Carl Forrey, her brother Walter Chatham Jr., and her parents Walter Chatham Sr. and Jane Buckley Chatham. She is survived by her four devoted children, Carole (Chris), Lynne (Eric), John (Debbie), David (Erin); and 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, John and Barbara Chatham, and many nieces and nephews. 

Rosemary traveled the world with her husband, Bob, and family visiting many places including England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Spain, China, Turkey, Greece, Mexico, Canada, and Hawaii. Rosemary and Bob also enjoyed several sailboat adventures throughout the Caribbean islands. She shared her love of life and music with her grandchildren who affectionately called her “Gigi.”  Many happy years were spent at her shore home in Avalon, NJ, where four generations of the family gathered together each summer including special July 4th celebrations. She always lit up the room with her warm smile, beautiful singing voice, and witty sense of humor. 

A strong advocate for education and inspiration for her children and grandchildren, she studied at Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital, Immaculata University, and The College of New Jersey. Throughout a career in nursing and volunteer activities, she was always helping others.

Rosemary was very involved in her community and active with the Springdale Golf Club, Dogwood Garden Club, Medical Center at Princeton, Princeton Hospital Fete, Nassau Club, Present Day Club, Yacht Club of Stone Harbor, and as a docent at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton. 

Her family will miss her dearly, and fondly remember her stories, laughter, and loving presence. 

Family and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 47 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ 08558. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in honor of Rosemary to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

January 8, 2020

Daniel A. Harris

Daniel A.  Harris, age 77, Professor Emeritus of English and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, and since 1985 a resident of Princeton, NJ, died on December 26, 2019.

Following his retirement in 2002, after decades spent teaching poetry, Harris published three volumes of his own poems (Loose Parlance, 2008; Random Unisons, 2013; Accents, 2018).

Harris took his degrees from Yale University and taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Colorado before coming to Rutgers in 1979.  Devoted to the improvement of undergraduate education, he was honored with Rutgers’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Mellon, and Newberry Library Foundations, he focused his attentions on modern and Victorian British poetry, with books on Yeats, Tennyson, and Hopkins.

The great-great-grandson of Rabbi David Einhorn, z”l, the founder of Radical Reform Judaism in the United States, Harris in his later years at Rutgers taught Jewish poetry written in English as the original language of composition. Writing about Emma Lazarus, Isaac Rosenberg, and Grace Aguilar, he also founded JEWISH VOICES: 200 YEARS OF POETRY IN ENGLISH, an educational program for synagogues and other Jewish cultural sites, through which he gave courses on Jewish poetry at over 300 locations in the tri-state area.

Harris became an active environmentalist after retiring. With Jane Buttars (his wife), he founded Save Princeton Ridge, which succeeded in limiting development on the Princeton Ridge in Princeton and in contributing to the creation of the Princeton Ridge Preserve. For this effort he and his wife were honored with a Sustainable Princeton Award in 2012. He organized a robust citizens’ resistance to the megablock apartment development of the old Princeton Hospital site. He participated vigorously in a local and statewide campaign to ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags; for this effort he was honored with an award from the New Jersey Environmental Lobby in 2013.

Harris was privileged to belong to the core group who, in 2015 and 2016, pushed to have the historically segregated neighborhood of Princeton (the Witherspoon-Jackson area) designated as Princeton’s Twentieth Historic District; that district, with its distinctive architecture, culture, and history was so designated in April 2016. In 2018, he led a movement to establish for Princeton an Indigenous Peoples Day on the second of October annually to recognize and honor the native peoples who first occupied Princeton and the United States. The resolution instituting such a day was adopted unanimously by Princeton Council in 2019.

Harris is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, the musician Jane Buttars. A Celebration of Life service will be held on January 26 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, beginning at 3 p.m. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to any of the following: the America Civil Liberties Union (New York, NY), Amnesty International USA (New York, NY), the Southern Poverty Law Center (Montgomery, Alabama), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (New York NY), or the American Indian College Fund (Denver, CO).

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Jonathan Purcell Horner

July 20, 1974 — December 15, 2019

Jonathan Purcell Horner, 45, of Princeton, New Jersey, died on December 15, 2019 at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. In recent months he had been treated for cancer, which had been detected a few weeks before his 45th birthday. With him at the time of his death were his wife, Anna Horner, of Princeton; his mother, Constance Horner, and his father, Charles Horner, both of Delray Beach, Florida, and also of Lexington, Virginia; and his brother, David Horner, of Richmond, Virginia. He is also survived by his son Thomas, 11, his daughter, Caroline, 7, two nieces, and two nephews.

He was born in Washington, D.C., and lived, when young, in two neighborhoods — Foxhall Village and Cleveland Park. He attended the Francis Scott Key and John Eaton elementary schools. Subsequently, he attended Saint Albans School in Washington and Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He graduated from Exeter in 1992, receiving prizes in Greek and Latin. He was also a member of the school’s rowing team.

He graduated from Princeton University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics, cum laude. He also participated in the Princeton-in-China program and studied Chinese in Beijing. He was a member of the Princeton men’s crew, which won the NCAA National Championship in 1996. He went on to graduate study at Harvard, receiving a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies in 1998. He then joined Goldman Sachs, where he spent 18 years and was a Managing Director of the firm. At the time of his death he was Director of Research at PointState Capital in New York.

Anna Morgan Kaufmann of Rye, New York, and he were married in 2004. They knew each other first at Princeton when she was an undergraduate and later at Harvard, when she was a student in the Graduate School of Design. They lived first in Manhattan and then moved to Princeton. Their son, Thomas Morgan Horner, was born in 2008 and their daughter, Caroline Purcell Horner, was born in 2012.

Throughout his life, he maintained a lively interest in the classics, sports, and world affairs. He was active in the Princeton community and served on the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study.

A funeral service for family members was held in Princeton on December 21, 2019. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in Princeton at 11 a.m. on January 25, 2020. Donations in his memory may be made to The Jonathan Horner Memorial Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

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Donald C. Thiel

Donald C. Thiel was born on June 20, 1923 in the original Princeton Hospital. He passed away peacefully December 31, 2019 at the age of 96.

Don grew up in Princeton, graduated from Princeton High School, and later moved to Montgomery Twp. He was in Cadets at West Point for 22 months, where he earned his wings as a pilot at Stuart Field. As the war was winding down he was sent to various bases, training as a B-17 gunner. Don graduated from Trenton State Teachers College in 1950 and received his Masters at Rutgers in 1953.

He taught Industrial Arts at Princeton Country Day School for one year and spent the next 35 years at Princeton Regional Schools: Valley Road, John Witherspoon, and Princeton High School. He spent evenings at The Lawrenceville School’s Periwig Club as Technical Director, instructing set construction for 30 years.

He took great pride as a decorated volunteer fireman. Prior to 1955, he was a member of Princeton’s No. 3 Fire Co. and after moving Montgomery he joined the then small Montgomery Twp. Volunteer Fire Co. No. 2. He was a former Chief, a Trustee, and Fire Police Sergeant active until age 90. Don was proud to introduce his grandsons George (Current Chief), Bryon (Captain), and Barry Gurzo to the fire company and responsibilities associated with membership.

He loved the outdoor world, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, Boy Scouts, and boating at his cabin in Canada. Summer vacations for Don meant pulling the family and trailer across the U.S. and Canada, camping and sightseeing in many National and State parks, making friends along the way. He even managed to drive to Acapulco, Mexico, twice.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Miriam Doyle Thiel, parents Cornelius and Matilda Thiel, and his brother Cornelius Thiel, Jr. He is survived by his children and their spouses Donald Jr. and Peggy and Bonnie and Michael Gurzo, and grandchildren Donald Thiel, III, Mary Kathryn and Christopher Anderson, Christopher Thiel, Patrick and Cathy Thiel, George Gurzo, Byron Gurzo, and Barry Gurzo. He also loved his little guys (great-grandchildren) Henry and James Anderson, and nieces Betty Lou Buxton and Sandra Thiel. He was also grateful for the love and support of his extended family, dear friends, and a wonderful community.

Services were held at the Blawenburg Reformed Church and burial was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory can be made to: The Montgomery Twp. Volunteer Fire Company No. 2, 529 Route 518, Skillman, NJ 08558. Funeral arrangements by Mather-Hodge Princeton, NJ.

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Constance C. Thurber

Constance C. Thurber, 98, of Newtown, PA, died on Sunday, January 5, 2020 surrounded by her family.

Connie had a long and varied career in ecumenical service to the church and was a pioneer among women church leaders. She spent her life working for peace, justice, and reconciliation across the world and in her own community.

Connie was born in Minneapolis, MN, on February 7, 1921. She was awarded a B.A. cum laude from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and a M.Div. from Yale Divinity School in New Haven. She also attended the Yale Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Japanese Language School, as well as Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Connie was among the first women to graduate from Yale Divinity School, where she met her husband, Lucius Newton Thurber. After getting married, they worked with Native Americans for a year in Oklahoma during WWII, providing community service as an expression of their pacifist beliefs.

Although women were not yet being ordained by the Presbyterian Church, in 1947 both Connie and Newt were commissioned to serve in Japan. During their two five-year terms, they helped in the rebuilding and strengthening of the Japanese ecumenical church in the post-war period. Connie taught at Doshisha University (in Japanese), focusing on women students and those preparing for ministry. She also created after-school programs for urban youth.

Following their return from Japan in 1963, Connie and her family lived in New York City and became active in Riverside Church. After moving to Montclair, NJ, she served for eight years as the director of Christian education for Central Presbyterian Church. She then worked for 15 years as the administrative associate for the joint Southern Asia office of two national church denominations at the Interchurch Center in New York.

Connie was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She treasured old friends and found great joy in new ones. She deeply appreciated her bond with the members of her book group, which has met continuously since 1954.

Connie and Newt moved into their retirement community at Pennswood Village in 1995. Following Newt’s death in early 1998, she became especially grateful for this caring community of residents and staff, which supported her renewed engagement with life. Connie served at various times on seven Pennswood committees, as well as with the Friends of Stony Point, the Union Theological Seminary’s Women’s Committee, and as a classroom volunteer at Newtown Friends School.

Daughter of the late Edmund and Florence Cronon of Sandy Spring, MD, she was predeceased by her brother E. David Cronon of Madison, WI, and survived by her sister Nancy Ball of Walla Walla, WA.

Connie is survived by her three sons and their families: David and Rujira of Chiang Mai, Thailand; John and Connie Cloonan of Lawrence Township, NJ; and Mark and Susan Galli of Belmont, MA; as well as her five grandchildren, Patrick, Elizabeth, Emilia, Laura, and Nathan; and great-grandchild William.

A memorial service will be held at Pennswood Village on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in Penn Hall, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, 17 Cricketown Road, Nyack, NY 10980, or to Newtown Friends School, 1450 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA 18940.

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Katherine Schilling Schick Lyall

Katherine Schilling Schick Lyall, 100, of Morris Township passed away on December 19, 2019 at home with her loving family by her side.

Born in Orange, NJ, Katherine resided in New Vernon before moving to Morris Township 16 years ago.

Katherine earned a B.S. degree from Skidmore College in 1940. She was a homemaker and lovingly took care of her family. Katherine was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon.

In her spare time, she was a volunteer with Family Service — Morris County, Women’s Association of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Junior League of Madison, The Garden Club of Madison, and Volunteer Ambulance Squads in Dover and Madison.

Katherine is survived by her devoted children, Robert W. Schick, Jr., (“Bart”) and his wife, Nancy S. Schick, of Gloucester, MA, and Pamela Schick Kelsey and her husband, John F. Kelsey, III, of Skillman, NJ. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Allison Schick Masson and her husband, Kenneth, Alexandria, VA, Courtney Schick Kellogg and her husband, Hunter, Beverly, MA, Robert Schilling Schick and his wife, Erika, Durham, NC, Katherine (Lisa) Kelsey Pisano and her husband, Bob, Lawrenceville, NJ, John (Jay) F. Kelsey IV and his wife, Anne, Rocky Hill, NJ, and Christine Simonet Meola and her husband, Kris, South Boston, MA; as well as her adored 13 great-grandchildren. Katherine was predeceased by her first husband, Robert W. Schick, Sr., and her second husband, William L. Lyall, Jr.

A Memorial Service for Katherine will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the New Vernon Presbyterian Church, 2 Lee’s Hill Road, New Vernon, NJ 07976.

Katherine was laid to rest in New Vernon Cemetery, New Vernon, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in memory of Katherine may be made to: The Seeing Eye (www.seeingeye.org), Schick Art Gallery at Skidmore College (www.skidmore.edu/schick/), or Atlantic Hospice Care VNA (www.atlantichealth.org/conditions-treatments/home-care.html).

Arrangements were under the care of Burroughs, Kohr & Dangler Funeral Home, Madison, NJ.

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Andre Yokana

Andre Yokana, 94, of Princeton, NJ, and Greensboro, VT, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Andre was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1925. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Alexandria, Egypt, before moving to Princeton in 1946 with his brother Lucien. Andre graduated from Victoria College in Alexandria, Egypt. He entered Princeton University in February 1946 and graduated in October 1947 with a BSE with highest honors in mechanical engineering. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and belonged to Dial Lodge. Andre earned his MSE from the Princeton Graduate School in 1948 and took further graduate studies at the Harvard School of Applied Science in 1949.

In 1954, he married Frances Mary Brown, and together they raised two children. From 1952 to 1966 Andre worked with the management consulting firm George S. Armstrong and Company in New York City. In 1966 he joined his brother’s firm, Sterling Extruder Corporation, as executive vice president, which became one of the largest and most innovative plastics companies in the industry. He became president in 1980. Sterling merged with Baker Perkins in 1986. After the merger, Andre and Lucien retained the Davis Electric division (later Merritt Davis) where he was vice president of finance until the company was sold in 2005.

He enjoyed summers in Greensboro, Vermont, with his family and friends, and was actively engaged in the Princeton community and Princeton University’s Alumni Network, serving on reunion committees and fundraising for the University.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend, Andre was beloved by all who knew him and could always be seen with a glint in his eye and a thoughtful smile. Andre was predeceased by his wife in 2018. He is survived by his children, Davis Yokana and Lisa Yokana, of Portland, OR, and Bronxville, NY, respectively, and by his grandchildren, Alice Longobardo and Anne Longobardo Donado, of New York City.

A service in celebration of his life will be given at Princeton Memorial Chapel on January 17 at 10 in the morning.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Princeton University.

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

January 1, 2020

Rabbi Adam S. Feldman

Rabbi Adam S. Feldman, age 55, passed away suddenly and tragically, while traveling in Hawaii with his family, on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. He was Senior Rabbi of The Jewish Center in Princeton.

Rabbi Feldman received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York in 1999. His formal education included receiving a BA from Rutgers University in Hebraic Studies, as well as studying at the Hebrew University and Machon Schechter in Jerusalem.

Among his prior positions, he was deeply involved in a wide range of youth and teen activities at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, and United Synagogue Youth (USY) and was Adult Program Director and Youth Community Director at the Highland Park Conservative Temple and Center.

Rabbi Feldman joined The Jewish Center in the summer of 2005 after serving for six years as Assistant and Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn Heights, NY. During his more than 14 years as spiritual leader of The Jewish Center, the congregation made many significant advances. Rabbi Feldman devoted his passion for Judaism, love of teaching, and innovative programming for the benefit of the congregation and community. He was widely respected by his clergy colleagues of all faiths in the greater Princeton area.

Rabbi Feldman is survived by his wife, Sara Bucholtz, their children Talia, Dena and Ilan Feldman, his parents Leonard and Nikki Feldman, and his sisters Lisa and Amy.

Funeral services were held December 29 at The Jewish Center with burial at Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, NJ.

The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to The Jewish Center (435 Nassau Street, Princeton NJ 08540), the Princeton Health Religious Ministries Department (1 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, NJ 08536) or Camp Ramah in the Poconos (2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103).

For shiva details and to leave condolences for the family, visit orlandsmemorialchapel.com.

Arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.

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Priscilla Maren

January 31, 1931 – December 21, 2019

Priscilla Maren passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Yancey House nursing home in Burnsville, North Carolina.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was a longtime resident of Hopewell, NJ, for nearly 50 years, moving to the Celo Community in Burnsville, NC, in 2007 to be near her son, Sam Maren, and his family.

Priscilla was a retired preschool teacher, children’s folk musician, and paraverbal child psychotherapist. Priscilla was also a talented graphic artist, singer, and poet, specializing in English language haiku in her later years.

Daughter of the late Oliver Brock and Priscilla Jenks Brock Newhall, she is survived by her son Samuel Maren and his wife, Anne; four grandchildren — Janeen Jackson, Asha Oakes, Mesha Maren, and Micah David Maren; seven great-grandchildren; as well as two sisters, Jenny Saliba and Sally Freestone; and one brother, Dan Newhall.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Celo Friends Meeting, 70 Meeting House Lane, Burnsville, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Reconciliation House, 2902, 20 Academy Street, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Two of Priscilla’s Haiku:

Passing a mirror,
I sometimes see my mother,
And we share a smile.

I turn with my broom
And try again to sweep up
A patch of sunlight.

December 25, 2019

Martin R. Siegel

Hamilton Jewelers Chairman Passes Away

Martin R. Siegel of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and New Hope, Pennsylvania, passed away on December 17, 2019 at Jupiter, Florida. His wife of 63 years, Denise Ulanet Siegel, as well as his four sons were at his side to comfort him.

Born in Trenton, N.J., to Irving and Alice (Novros) Siegel, he attended lower schools in Trenton, the Milford Academy in Connecticut, and Duke University before serving in the US Army Artillery in Germany in 1953-54. Upon his return from the armed services, he joined his father as the second generation of his family to work at the heritage fine jeweler, Hamilton Jewelers.

He was elected President of Hamilton in 1968, and was instrumental in
growing the Hamilton brand and business through his creative and innovative merchandising and marketing initiatives throughout his tenure, laying the groundwork for successive generations of the Siegel family to continue his vision. His business philosophy was based around superior quality, friendly relationship-based business practices, and community leadership, a philosophy that enabled the Hamilton brand to grow from a local store to a nationally recognized industry leader with clients from all 50 states and around the world. He continued to serve the firm as Chairman from 1994 until his death, a role that allowed him to mentor hundreds of Hamilton employees, never hesitating to share his experience and knowledge. He was also eager to share his stories and experiences with others in the fine jewelry industry, particularly enjoying the chance to attend industry trade shows and events in his later years.

Mr. Siegel had a merchant’s eye and a keen sense for design and value. He loved finding the unusual jewel or timepiece for the Hamilton clientele, and could not keep himself from choosing the most beautiful and finest quality, and was a pioneer in launching new products to the local market. He was among the first in the United States to order special Rolex timepieces from Switzerland with rare gem-set cases, bezels, and stone dials for the clientele in Palm Beach. And he discovered and launched many fledgling designers before “designer jewelry” was in fashion, and before they became nationally recognized. He believed in the wonderful and special power of a gift of fine jewelry to commemorate a special occasion in one’s life, and loved helping clients celebrate life’s moments. In keeping with the ways of his father, it was not uncommon for Mr. Siegel to assist a young person looking for an engagement ring, accept no payment, and with a handshake, allow the purchaser to leave the store with the ring and make subsequent payments “whenever they could do so.” Inevitably, he would gain a customer for life. 

Mr. Siegel remained in the Mercer County area his entire life, living in Trenton, NJ, and Yardley, Pa., for 26 years, Princeton for 33 years, and New Hope, Pa., as well as Palm Beach Gardens. A passionate advocate for all things local, he served and supported hundreds of Mercer, Bucks, and Palm Beach County organizations throughout his life, along with his wife, Denise. He was an active athlete as well, being an avid soccer and tennis player as a youngster, continuing his passion for tennis and, in later years, golf, which he enjoyed playing with friends and celebrities alike. As a young man, he particularly excelled in tennis, having won the Trenton Junior tennis title in 1951 at age 18, played on the Duke University team, and later served as the chair of the Tennis Committee at Greenacres Country Club for many years.

More than sports and the jewelry trade, perhaps Mr. Siegel’s greatest passion was giving back to his communities. He was a Trustee for 18 years at Helene Fuld Medical Center in Trenton, and a board member of The United Savings and Loan Company for 12 years. In 1982 Mr. Siegel received the Crusade Citation from the American Cancer Society for his leadership. In 1984 he worked to found the Diabetes educational and informational center at Princeton Hospital, and was recognized for his contributions to the field of diabetes education.  Mr. Siegel received a citation from Trenton’s City Council for his dedication to the Trenton Little League, which he supported for over 50 years. Unbeknownst to anyone except close family, he sponsored foster children in Latin America for over 20 years, and was particularly proud when they graduated from upper school. 

In 2003 the Greenwood House Home for the Aged recognized Mr. and Mrs. Siegel for their multi–generational leadership at a gala where President Bill Clinton spoke, and honored them for their long standing involvement with the home.

Also in 2003, the State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly passed a joint legislative resolution honoring Martin for his “meritorious record of service and leadership,” citing that “by his deeds and by his example, he has earned the respect and admiration of all who know him as a man of remarkable character and exceptional determination.”

In 2005, the Martin Siegel Community Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation was established to commemorate Martin’s 50th year at Hamilton Jewelers, in order to benefit local educational, medical, and arts organizations in the region.

In 2011, National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton, an organization which creates opportunities for success by enriching the lives of under-resourced youth by combining tennis and education, dedicated a tennis court located at Cadwalader Park in Trenton in Martin’s honor.  Earlier this year, Greenwood House once again honored Martin and Denise Siegel for their community leadership at a gala in May.

Martin Siegel was an eternal optimist, and his optimism was contagious. Anyone who knew Martin surely experienced his giant personality, passion for life, and regular practical jokes. Ten years ago, he was diagnosed with advanced squamous cell cancer and given a grim prognosis. He remained unfailingly optimistic, keeping the cancer at bay and relishing in the 10 additional years he lived after his victory over the disease. Martin was able to touch so many more lives as a result. He was able to enjoy the birth of his youngest grandchild, the wedding of his oldest, and so many shared experiences with those he loved, those he met at the Hamilton Jewelers stores, and those whose random interactions with Martin occurred while waiting in line at the deli or the hardware store. Along with Denise, he was also able to continue to be a part of the communities he loved in Mercer County and Palm Beach Gardens, regularly remarking that “I truly can’t believe how fortunate I am to be able to live in such a fantastic community with so many wonderful friends.”

And friends he certainly had. He enjoyed the company of people from all cultures and backgrounds, and created an atmosphere around him of warmth, care, and concern. One of his favorite pastimes was to walk around town or the community and meet new people, and he always relished having even a small connection with a stranger. He loved new ideas and innovation, which he encouraged with everyone he met.

With all of his life’s accomplishments, and the people he cherished along the way, he loved and cherished his family most of all. The patriarch of the Siegel family, he was the happiest, proudest, and most loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Martin Siegel was predeceased by his sister, Rita Goodman, and is survived by his wife Denise (Ulanet), sons Hank (Lisette), Jeffrey (Heidi), Scott (Lucy), and Peter (Kari), as well as grandchildren Andrew (Betsey), Benjamin, Emily, Ellie, Hannah, Jake, and Abigail.

A service was held on Friday, December 20 at Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ.

The family respectfully conveys Martin’s wishes that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may donate to The Martin Siegel Community Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, or to Greenwood House in Ewing, New Jersey.

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Peter Radford Rossmassler

Peter Radford Rossmassler, 87, of Hatfield, MA, and Grindstone Island, Clayton, NY, died peacefully at home on the 16th of October 2019. Born in Philadelphia in 1931, his family moved to Princeton, NJ, in l932. He was the son of William Ryle Rossmassler and Eleanor Radford Rossmassler. He graduated from Princeton Country Day School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Princeton University, Class of 1954 with a degree in English, and was a member of Charter Club. After a year of graduate work at Columbia University, he was drafted and served in the Army.

Peter married Frances Branch Scott in 1962 and lived in New York City until they moved to Princeton in 1965 after the birth of their first child. In 2009, they moved to Pennswood Village in Newtown, PA, from Princeton, and then Peter moved to Hatfield, MA, in 2018 after the passing of his wife Frances in 2015.

Peter spent summers in the 1000 Islands in the St. Lawrence River on Grindstone Island ever since he was nine months old. The camp has been in the family since 1895, and he called it heaven.

He was an Investment Banker and Venture Capitalist for 16 years at Hayden Stone Inc. in New York. Later, he formed Princeton Montrose Partners, a venture capital group focused on groundbreaking agricultural and renewable energy advances. Lastly, he had his own consulting business, Grindstone Associates, which assisted small companies with valuation and strategic planning.

He served on the Boards of Trinity – All Saints’ Nursery School, Princeton Day School, Princeton Area Community Foundation, and SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals. He also served on the Board of Grindstone Island Research & Heritage Center, raising funds for programs and scholarships for island children. He was a member of the Nassau Club and attended Trinity Church.

He is survived by three sons, William R. Rossmassler, III and his wife, Wendy, of Middlesex, VT, Thomas B. S. Rossmassler and his wife, Sarah, of Hatfield, MA, Richard R. Rossmassler and his wife, Julia, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn; and five grandchildren, Colby, Louisa, Branch, Tae, and Eva. His wife of over 50 years, Frances Branch Scott, and two brothers, Richard Rossmassler and William R. Rossmassler Jr., predeceased him.

Services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, NJ 08540; Phillips Exeter Academy for the Richard Rossmassler Memorial Fund, 20 Main Street, Exeter, NH 03833; Save The River, 409 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624; Grindstone Island Research & Heritage Center, PO Box 95, Clayton, NY 13624.

Peter spent the last 10+ years of his life coping with dementia and throughout and right up to the end he was still the kindest, most polite, and patient person we have ever known. He did not like needing help, but always accepted it with grace and warmth. His life and his inspirational character will be dearly missed.

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Barbara Prentice Broad

Barbara Prentice Broad, 99, of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at home on December 15, 2019. Barbara was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, on March 3, 1920, the daughter of Donald Bishop Prentice and Louise Farnham Prentice. She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Henry Sawyer Broad. She is survived by her daughter Louise Lavine (Michael) of Durham, North Carolina, and her sons Richard Broad (Patti Mantell Broad) of West Hartford, Connecticut, and Dr. William Broad (Mari Yamashiro Broad) of Los Gatos, California. She is also survived by grandchildren Kathryn Broad (Chris Otness), Benjamin Broad (Ashley Yonan), Noah Lavine (Katherine), Alex Broad (Emie George), Isaac Lavine (Deanna Rubin), and Nicholas Broad, and great-grandchildren Henry Lavine and Simon Lavine.

One of the formative events of Barbara’s childhood was an around-the-world trip with her parents to the World Engineering Congress in Osaka, Japan, in 1929, where they made lifelong friends with a family from Sweden. Barbara moved with her parents to Terre Haute, Indiana, when her father became president of Rose Polytechnic Institute in 1931. She graduated from Tudor Hall School (now Park Tudor School) in Indianapolis, where she was president of student government in her senior year, and then followed her two older sisters to Wellesley College, of which she was a devoted alumna. Barbara’s love of music was evident at Wellesley where she sang in the choir. During the summers of 1940 and 1941, she sang with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under Serge Koussevitsky.

Following graduation from college, Barbara joined the WAVES as an ensign, later serving as lieutenant at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Pearl Harbor. After the war, she moved to Boston, where she was legal secretary for Judge Charles Wyzanski for several years. Marriage to Henry Broad brought her to the Washington, D.C. area, where Louise and Richard were born. Then Princeton University called on Henry Broad (Class of 1938) to be their first in-house counsel in 1956.

Barbara was a resident of Princeton, New Jersey, for over 60 years. She was a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, sang in the choir, and served as a deacon and elder. For many years she served as a volunteer bookkeeper for the John Street Nursery School in Princeton. She remained active with the Wellesley Antique Show, the Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale and served on the national board of Young Audiences. She was a long-time member of the Present Day Club where she enjoyed bridge and other activities, and of Pretty Brook Country Club, where she played tennis until she was 90. In the late 1970s and 1980s, she worked part-time as a real estate agent with Stockton Realty.

In addition to Princeton, the Prentice family summer home in South Brooksville, Maine, on Cape Rosier, was a special place for Barbara throughout her life. With limited exception during the war years, Barbara was able to spend some part of almost every summer at Cape Rosier, where she sailed, swam, hiked, and played tennis. She loved being surrounded by her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and their families from the broader Prentice clan. 

The family would particularly like to recognize Pat Freda and Jane Atonga for the considerate and loving care they provided, especially during Barbara’s last weeks, as well as Guiselle Dickson, for two years of devoted care.

A memorial service will be held for Barbara at 2 p.m. on January 5, 2020 at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Young Audiences of New Jersey (Princeton, NJ) or Blue Hill Heritage Trust (Blue Hill, ME).  Photos from Barbara’s life may be seen on the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home website, www.matherhodge.com.

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Delia T. Drake

Delia T. Drake (nee Keane), 77, of Skillman, New Jersey, passed away on December 20, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Delia, daughter of Luke and Nora Keane, was born in the Bronx, NY, and lived in Rockaway Beach, NY, until relocating to New Jersey in 1976.  After 30 years of dedicated service, she retired from Western Electric International Patent Organization and then continued on as a contract employee at several offices in the Princeton Area.

Delia (or Aunt Dee as she was affectionately called by her many nieces and nephews) was known for her friendliness, helpfulness, and welcoming spirit to strangers and family alike. Delia was a woman of service as evidenced by her volunteerism beginning at the New York Foundling Hospital and continuing at the Telephone Pioneers, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Crawford House, St. Charles Borromeo Church, Merwick Rehabilitation Center, and Hospice to name just a few. Delia was given the Somerset County STAR award for her volunteer work at Crawford House.

Delia was predeceased by her brother Luke Keane, her brother-in-law Bernard D. Lynch, her brother-in-law James Mulroy, and her niece Jeanne Marie Mulroy.

Delia will be deeply missed by her loving family. She is survived by her husband, David, of Skillman, NJ; her stepchildren, David Drake and his wife Katherine of Doylestown, PA.; Janice Lewis and her husband David of Lambertville, NJ.; and Julie Harris and her husband Todd of Rocky Hill, NJ. Delia is also survived by her sister, Nora Lynch of Rockville Centre, NY; her brother, Jeremiah Keane of Vero Beach, FL; and her sister, Mary Ann Mulroy of East Rockaway, NY. Aunt Dee is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Bernard Lynch, Jr. and his wife Dawn of Lynbrook, NY; Kevin Lynch and his wife Teresa of Belle Mead, NJ; Mary Ann Lynch of Lynbrook, NY; Brian Lynch and his wife Cindy of Lynbrook, NY; Sean Lynch and his wife AnnMarie of Lynbrook, NY; Christopher Lynch and his wife Meghan of Long Beach, NY.; and James Mulroy and his wife Eileen of Lynbrook, NY. In addition, Delia enjoyed visits from her 23 grand nieces and nephews, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on December 28 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Skillman, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Delia to the Montgomery EMS, P.O. Box 105, Belle Mead, NJ 08502.

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Franz Josef Moehn

Franz Josef Moehn died on December 15. The day before, he had celebrated his 88th birthday in much the same way that he celebrated many days of his life: surrounded by love and drinking wine — in this case, with his daughter Juliette, her family, and some friends.

Franz will be remembered as a first-rate entertainer, opening his home to visitors and serving exquisitely tasteful meals with expertly paired wines. He had the ability to hold court for hours with a gift for storytelling, a brilliant memory for details of history, music, literature, and soccer, as well as a fantastic ability to laugh at life’s curveballs, here and there slipping a joke in without letting on that he was pulling your leg. He did not suffer tedious company; neither did he pay much mind to the wishes of vegetarians, it must be said, until his granddaughter became one at a young age, and she loved everything he cooked for her.

He was born on December 14, 1931 and grew up during World War II in Wittlich, Germany, where many of his family members and childhood friends still reside. In the mid-1950s he emigrated to Milwaukee. Shortly after naturalizing, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed back in Germany as an American soldier for two years. When he returned to the U.S., he went on to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison, with the help of the G.I. Bill, where he met Jeanette Krueger (1941-2016), whom he later married. He graduated with honors in Comparative Literature and in 1964 was admitted to Princeton University for graduate school on a Woodrow Wilson fellowship, bringing his young family to the East Coast.

After earning his M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literatures at Princeton, Franz taught there and at Rider College while continuing as a PhD student. However, he found the academic job market unappealing and decided to change careers, following in his father’s footsteps to work in hospitality. He was a chef and manager at area corporate headquarters and hotels, and also worked as a caterer, but he would leave his mark in the Princeton community as the head chef at the Institute for Advanced Studies, where he worked from 1979 to his retirement in 1996. He kept many a genius well-fed, impressing them with his erudition (the wisest amongst them befriended Franz and accepted invitations to his home for long nights of eating, talking, and drinking there). An anecdote from this time illustrates his keen (and polyglot) sense of humor. One day, the director of the Institute, Harry Woolf gave a group of important visitors a tour. When they came to the kitchen Harry introduced Franz: “Here is the real boss of the Institute.” “No,” replied Franz. “You are the Boss, and I am the Chef.”

When Franz retired, Allen Rowe wrote, “There could not have been a more perfect match of interests and talents than Franz and the Institute.” Franz subsequently split his time between the United States and France — first in the Ardeche, surrounded by sheep and lavender, and then later in the Dordogne region of Bordeaux. His charming one-story house there featured two full kitchens — for winter and summer, he liked to say, as one was closer to the rear patio where he would dine in good weather and chat with his neighbors. Word of Franz’s passing spread quickly among his international network of friends, one of whom sent fitting words of condolence about him from France: “He loved life so much and he was able to see only the good parts of the people around him. Everyone is remembering all the nice moments we spent with him.”

He passed away at home with his daughter Juliette on Bainbridge Island, WA. He is survived by Juliette, his son Frederick, and four grandchildren who laughed at his jokes the hardest. The family is planning a private memorial service.

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Irvin Glassman

Irvin Glassman, 96, died on Saturday, December 14 at his home in Princeton, N.J. A Baltimore native born in 1923, Irvin Glassman was the Robert H. Goddard Professor (Emeritus) of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. He retired from Princeton in 1999 after 49 years on the faculty.

He was considered one of the world’s leading authorities on combustion as applied to problems in energy production, pollution, propulsion, and fire safety. In 1972, Prof. Glassman, as he preferred to be called, founded Princeton University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. He was editor and founder of the journal Combustion Science and Technology and published more than 250 articles as well as two major books, including Combustion, considered the leading book in his field. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996, received an honorary Doctorate of Science from Princeton University in 2009, and was awarded the Daniel Guggenheim Medal in 2018, which honors innovators who make notable achievements to aeronautics.

Prof. Glassman was most proud of his legacy as a teacher. His course on combustion engines was voted the most popular in a poll of Princeton University students. More than 20 of his graduate students awarded Ph.D.s are faculty members at major universities. Through his interest in others, kindness, and positive outlook, he became not only a teacher, but a lifelong mentor to many of his academic “children.”

Prof. Glassman served during World War II in the U.S. Army as a research scientist and was honorably discharged in 1945. He received his Bachelors of Engineering (1943) and Doctorate of Engineering (1950) from Johns Hopkins University.

A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Prof. Glassman is survived by his wife of 68 years, Beverly Wolfe Glassman, and his three daughters, Shari Powell, Diane Gienger, and Barbara Glassman; their husbands, Warren Powell, Edwin Gienger, and Arthur Rubin; and six grandchildren, Eddie (Nicole Kennedy) and Megan Gienger, Elyse and Daniel Powell, and Maya and Noah Rubin. His children and grandchildren will remember with love his wisdom, kindness, positive encouragement, and humility.

Prof. Glassman was a true testament to the transformative power of education. Securing a scholarship to Johns Hopkins enabled him to leave his mother’s grocery store, obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, and eventually become a professor at Princeton University. To honor this legacy, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Irvin Glassman Fund at the Trustees of Princeton University to support the next generation of Princeton University engineering students (Princeton University, Alumni and Donor Records, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, NJ 08543-5357).

Funeral services were held Sunday, December 15, with burial at Floral Park Cemetery in South Brunswick.

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.

December 18, 2019

Cornelis M. Wildenboer

Cornelis M. Wildenboer, 79, of Princeton died Monday, December 9, 2019 at home. 

Cornelis was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. He was an electrical engineer for Data Sphere for more than 20 years, which took him all over the world from Canada to Saudi Arabia and then to New Jersey. Subsequently, he formed DataCon in Princeton, serving as President/CEO for 20 years.

An accomplished sailor, he always had boats and loved sailboat racing. He enjoyed motorcycles, especially Harley Davidson, riding from various parts of Florida all the way down to Key West. He coached his sons’ sports teams, built elaborate tree houses for them, and participated in their Boy Scouts. He split his time between Princeton and Long Beach Island, where he had been going for over 30 years, where he enjoyed his weekly lunches and outings with his crew of good buddies!

Corky loved to travel and went all over the world. Even in his later years with mobility an issue for him, he discovered cruising and went on a lot of fabulous world cruises with his beloved wife Lynne right up until her recent death. And even after that, in the last year or so, he managed to make it home to South Africa to see family and to Mexico to meet his new young granddaughter! He loved his pets throughout his life and his five cats were a great comfort to him in his final years. He loved his family and friends and was really loved back!

Predeceased by his parents, Meritus and Felicia (deJongh) Wildenboer, his wife Lynne E. Wildenboer, and sisters Eugenie Dempers and Marlene Nance-Kivell, he is survived by two sons David Wildenboer and his girlfriend Veronica Green, Andrew Wildenboer and his wife Gabriela Solorio Garcia, and a daughter-in-law Belinda Wildenboer, sisters Evie Ravenhil, Vicky Janse Van Vuuren, brother-in-law and longtime friend Dale Dempers, and two grandchildren Andrèa and Isabelle Wildenboer.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 12 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SAVE (A Friend to Homeless Animals), 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558; savehomelessanimals.org.

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Donna J. Montgomery

On Sunday, January 27, 2019 Donna J. Montgomery passed away at JFK Medical Center in Edison, with her husband and her daughter by her side.

Donna was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her loving husband Phil, her daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and John, her grandchildren Austin and Hailey, her mother Marie, her brother and sister-in-law Paul and Cathy, and her nephew Tobi.

Donna was a strong, intelligent, and driven woman who graduated from Franklin High School in three years. Following high school, she joined the workforce where she taught herself accounting. She went on to acquire her enrolled agents license and run a successful accounting firm. Her dedication to helping others made her adored by all of her clients.

Outside of being passionate about her work, Donna enjoyed gardening and making sauce with her fresh tomatoes. She loved camping and her cottage at Swartswood Lake where she would spend her days fishing, boating, and walking barefoot through the woods with her dogs. Most of all Donna loved to laugh.

A memorial service was held at Montgomery Evangelical Free Church in Belle Mead on February 2, 2019.

Send condolences to Phil Montgomery, 3830 Route 27, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Margaret Custis Archer Clark

Margaret Custis Archer Clark, 84, died on Wednesday, November 20th at her home at Stonebridge in Skillman, NJ. She was pre-deceased by her husband, James W. Clark, in August. She is survived by her three daughters, Margaret Custis Clark, Susan Clark Randaccio, Archer Griffith; her five grandchildren; and her brother, Perry Archer.

Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, Custis, as she was known, grew up in Staunton, Virginia.  She attended high school at Stuart Hall School and graduated from Hollins University in 1956. In her senior year, she received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for excellence of character and service to humanity, presented to graduating seniors of selected colleges and universities in the eastern United States. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Smithsonian Institute. It was in D.C. that she met her husband, Jim, with whom shared a commitment to community service. Early in their marriage, she joined him as a volunteer with the Youth Recreation Program under the auspices of the YWCA serving the neighborhoods of South East Washington.

Upon moving to Princeton, NJ, in 1970, Custis focused on raising their three children and volunteering in the schools through the local PTA/PTOs. In 1980, she became the administrative assistant in the Chapel Music Department at Princeton University where she worked for 12 years. More recently, she served as the chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee for the 50-unit condo association where she and Jim lived for a time, protecting the wonderful forest habitat that surrounded their condo complex.

Custis loved birds, dogs, gardening, and time spent in the country; all interests that she has passed on to her children and grandchildren. She was very creative, crafting intricate pop-up birthday cards for her friends, as well as handmade gifts, Christmas ornaments, and beautiful needlepoint. Custis made sure that the door to the Clark family home was always open. There are many examples of her opening her home and hearth to others, including international students from Germany and Iran as well as nieces and nephews who came to live with us and attend high school, elderly neighbors needing assistance, and kids in the neighborhood who needed a sympathetic ear. All were welcome in her kitchen and in her heart.

A memorial service celebrating her life and that of her husband of 62 years, James W. Clark, will be held in Princeton, NJ., on December 21, at 1 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 USA; or Hollins University, Box 9629, 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24020.

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

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William P. Jacobus

July 13, 1961 — December 3, 2019

After a long and courageous battle with the progressive consequences of toxic epidermal necrolysis and other medical conditions, William P. Jacobus, age 58, died at his home in Seattle, Washington.

Bill was born in Washington, DC, and moved with his family to Princeton, NJ, when he was 9 years old. He attended Princeton Day School, graduating in the Class of 1979. He then attended Middlebury College, graduating in the Class of 1983 with a BA degree in Religion. While at Middlebury, he also studied American Foreign Policy. He took his Junior year abroad, pursuing studies in Religion & English at The University of St. Andrews in Scotland. After college, he attended graduate school at the Russian Language School at Middlebury, becoming fluent in Russian. Later in life, he also obtained a Master in Teaching (M.I.T.) degree from Seattle University, Seattle, Washington.   

Throughout his life, Bill was interested in philosophy and public policy. He devoted his working career to helping others. He believed that the kernels of caring and concern for others should be instilled in young people through teaching and the example of service.

At the start of his career, he worked at the World Without War Council in Chicago (1983) and the United Nations Association (UNA) (1984). While working at the UNA, he was the chief researcher for a study prepared at the Dag Hammarskjold Library examining Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The report was published in the UNA’s 1985 Issues Before the General Assembly of the United Nations. 

Later in life, he became a teacher at Thomas Academy, where he taught American Government and Ancient and Medieval History in the Middle and Upper Schools. He also worked for the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Social Security Administration (SSA), where he focused on explaining SSA laws and regulations regarding benefits to the public. While at the SSA, he was known for his success in relieving others of their cares; his managers described him as thorough, persistent, patient, and empathetic. 

Bill was an avid and accomplished photographer and chess player. He was a soccer enthusiast, and also enjoyed adventure, making bungee jumps and engaging in sky diving. He also loved hiking in the wilderness and walking through cities.  He was an accomplished traveler, visiting Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, and The United Kingdom. His adventuresome spirit led him to take cross-country train rides in Canada. 

As his life progressed, Bill was afflicted with multiple life-threatening diseases, which badly injured his body and left him partially blind. Defying the odds, Bill remained resilient and forged ahead in life without complaint. He bore a multiplicity of medical issues with great fortitude. He remained fiercely independent and maintained his sense of self-worth, asking respect from all who interacted with him. The request for respect reflected Bill’s core belief in, and empathy for, his fellow human beings.

Bill asked to be remembered with a smile and a grin. The request for a smile reflects Bill’s acknowledgement of the joy in life he wanted others to feel and his own kind and generous spirit. The request for a grin is a tip of his hat to his own irreverent sense of humor and, at times, resolute stubbornness. His family celebrates his valor, his humor, and his fierce concern for humanity. 

Bill leaves a daughter, Ellen, of Oakland, CA, who was the light of his life; his father and mother, David and Claire Jacobus, of Princeton, NJ; his sister Marget Jacobus, of Westfield, MA; his sister Hughie Jacobus and her husband Andrew Hildick-Smith, of Winchester, MA; his sister Laura Jacobus, of Princeton, NJ; his brother John Jacobus, of Washington, DC; and his nephews, Gordon Hildick-Smith and his wife Alice Wisener, of Boston, MA, Seth Hildick-Smith, of Pacifica, CA, and Neil Hildick-Smith, of New York City. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name, William P. Jacobus, to Seattle’s Public Radio Station, KUOW. 

A memorial service and internment will occur at a later date.

December 11, 2019

Robert Carithers (Bob) Duncan, Jr.

On Monday, November 25, 2019, Robert Carithers (Bob) Duncan, Jr., loving husband, biological father of four, father-in-fact to one, and father-in-law, grandfather, and great-grandfather to many, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 90, with his devoted wife Helen at his side.  Adoring family and friends surrounded him throughout his final days.

Bob was born on July 1, 1929, in Washington, D.C., to Robert Carithers Duncan and Jane McMullan Duncan of Chevy Chase, Maryland. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in the District of Columbia in 1947, and received his BA from Union College in 1951, and his MA in Physics from Cornell University in 1958. When not leading memorable summer family camping adventures, he worked as a research physicist for many years at RCA Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey, publishing numerous research papers between 1958 and 1977. He was later conscripted to serve in the delicate role of facilities allocation manager there until his retirement in 1987. Freed of a nine to five commitment, Bob then perfected his talents (and nourished his innate curiosity) as a home handyman, amateur tennis player, storyteller, instinctive educator, aspiring sailor, non-fiction book aficionado, Maryland crab picker, and New York Times crossword puzzler, and spent as much time as possible “puttering” and relaxing on the porch of the Duncan family cottage on the banks of the Potomac River in Southern Maryland.

Bob married his high school sweetheart and wife of 67 years, Helen Sheppard Duncan, on June 27, 1952. They raised two sons, Rob and Dave, and two daughters, Carol and Karen, in the home in which Helen still resides in Princeton, New Jersey. Their integrated-by-design neighborhood, and the civil and human rights ideals upon which it was founded in the late 1950s, remained — aside from family and children, whom he considered critical to that mission — the most important commitment of Bob’s adult life. Bob was a member of the Princeton Housing Group, which focused on fair housing initiatives during that time, and he and Helen routinely invited foreign students and young people facing challenging circumstances into their home over the years. Bob continued to take an active role in supporting equal rights on both the national and local level through the rest of his life.

Bob was a participating member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church from the time he and Helen joined in 1960, serving in various capacities on assorted committees over the years, supporting incarcerated youth, working on revitalization projects in Trenton, and leading immigration rights and other community service initiatives well into his late 80s. He was President of the Princeton YMCA Service Club in 1961-2 and 1965-6, and was elected to the West Windsor Township Board of Education in 1966. He served on the school board until 1975, and was chosen as its President during the period in which the Township planned, funded, constructed, and inhabited its first high school, now West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. In spite of what he perceived as a naturally introverted and reserved personality, Bob’s thoughtful and heartfelt (and, when appropriate, humorous) words were welcomed, respected, powerful, and convincing in support of this endeavor, as they were on so many diverse occasions throughout his adult life.

Bob was preceded in death by his father and mother and brother, Bruce. He is survived by his wife, Helen; his four children and their families: Rob, Jennifer, Amy Cameron and Natalie Duncan; David, Valerie, Jennifer, Sarah (Turner), Katie, Cameron, Ashley (Webb) and Grayson Duncan; Carol, Elizabeth and Christopher Quin; and Karen, Chris, Stach, Jana, Rye and Li Jaran; much-loved spouses and significant others of several of his grandchildren; and Bryan Mitnaul — who Bob and Helen have considered part of their family since he grew up with their children as a next door neighbor — and his children David and Todd. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey, at 4 p.m. Donations in Bob’s honor may be made to the International Rescue Committee or Nassau Presbyterian Church’s Hunger Fund.

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Judith Applegate

Judith Applegate of Princeton, New Jersey. Deceased, December 3, 2019, age 83, after a long illness.

Born in 1936 in Northern New Jersey, the daughter of the late John Bayles Applegate (1900-1978) and Pauline Hammell Applegate (1908-1993), Ms. Applegate grew up in Westfield and Harding Township. She attended Kent Place School, received her B.A. in the History of Art from Brown University, and completed graduate-level work at the University of Chicago. Her professional career in the arts included work as an Assistant Curator with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Director of Education and Chief Curator at the DeCordova Museum; Director of New York’s Place des Antiquaires International Antiques Center; Vice President, Citibank Art Advisory Services; and Director of the Litchfield Auction Gallery of Connecticut.

Always interested in education, Ms. Applegate held various adjunct teaching positions throughout her career, most recently with the Cooper-Hewitt Museum graduate program, the Bard Graduate Center, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. With her former husband, Irving Slavid, she ran a successful antiques business in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Returning to New Jersey in 1994, Ms. Applegate settled in Princeton, where she enjoyed helping with the Master Gardeners of Mercer County and continued to run her own art and antiques appraisal business before retiring in 2016.

She was predeceased by her brother John W. Applegate of California.

Ms. Applegate is survived by her daughter Suzy Cain of Wellington, New Zealand; two grandchildren, Joseph Cain of New York and Wilson Cain of New Zealand; a niece and nephew, Jennifer Applegate and Charles Applegate, both of California; and one grand-nephew, Timothy Applegate, also of California.

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Marie-Antoinette Pinard

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Marie-Antoinette Pinard transitioned to heaven. Antoinette’s journey began in St. Marc Haiti, her place of birth. Mrs. Pinard attended the Ecole Elie DuBois for girls in Haiti and taught elementary school in Haiti for 15 years. After teaching, she acted as the Secretary of Presidential candidate, Clement Jumelle, under the administration of President Estimé.

In 1970, in search of a place to live out her dreams and share herself with the world, Mrs. Pinard emigrated to Princeton from Haiti. And we are all better for it.

Arriving in Princeton, Mrs. Pinard worked at Princeton Medical Center for over 25 years. Princeton became the birthplace of Andre V. Pinard, her beloved son and only child. Both Andre and Antoinette made the most of Princeton, capitalizing on its reputable public school system. Education had always been something that Mrs. Pinard took very seriously. Andre attended Community Park, John Witherspoon, and Princeton High School before graduating from Connecticut College in 1994.

Antoinette dedicated her life to the nurturing of her large extended family and made it a point to continue to take care of her family in Haiti by bringing them to the United States. Those of us who knew her know that her nurturing extended far outside of her extended family. We have all been nurtured, in some way, by Marie Antoinette Pinard. And we are blessed to have been able to experience the love that she gave, consistently, with class and some sass, if you deserved it.

Mrs. Pinard is survived by her son and his wife, Folake, sister, Nicole Lopez, and four brothers, Noe St. Juste, Emmanuel St. Juste, Elie St. Juste, and Michelet Jean-François as well as her three grandchildren, Ajani, Anais, and Amelie, her cousin Bertha Toussaint, and many nieces and nephews including Sophia, Bobby, Carla, Julio, Lucas, Edson, Vava, Mayerling, Jacques, Mimi, Sandra, Sade, Naomi, Raquel, Romy, Marjorie, and Carine.

Mrs. Pinard’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church. The viewing will be held from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Kimble Funeral Home located at 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton New Jersey.

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Michael “Mike” Ernest Bitterly

Michael “Mike” Ernest Bitterly, 61, of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2019. Michael was born in Red Bank, NJ. He graduated from Monmouth Regional High School in 1976. Michael was a devoted father, brother, partner, and friend to all who knew him.

He is predeceased by his parents, Paul Joseph and Catherine (Markey) Bitterly, and his sister, Jacqueline Meaghan. He is survived by his loving and devoted daughter, Madeleine Bitterly, his brothers and their wives, Paul and Susan Bitterly, Gary and Debbie Bitterly, Francis and Lisa Bitterly, and eight adoring nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his loving partner and “warrior angel,” Brandy Corbo, and her three sons who fought this battle by his side with grace, humor, faith, and love.

Michael’s endearing talents brought him quickly to leadership roles in his business career. At the age of 19, Mike managed one of the NJ Shore’s finest restaurants as the Head Maitre’d. In his 20s he transitioned his talents to work on Wall Street and enjoyed a fulfilling career including nearly 30 years with Merrill Lynch/BlackRock. Michael retired as a Managing Director, and Global Head of BlackRock’s Wealth Management Business. In addition to his responsibilities, he was a member of BlackRock’s Global Operating Committee and Global Human Capital Committee as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Red Cross and a member of the Board of Directors for The Boys and Girls Club. Most recently in 2017 Michael founded the Princeton Redevelopment Group.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 9-11:30 a.m. at Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 noon at The Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

Interment will be held privately.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Michael’s honor to: The Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County.

To send a condolence to the family or for directions, please visit www.poulsonvanhise.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, Lawrenceville.

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Kenneth M. Langeland

Kenneth M. Langeland, 90, of Griggstown, passed away on Friday, Dec 6, 2019 after an eight-year struggle with dementia. Kenneth was born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.  After finishing high school he worked for Andrew’s and Evan’s Insurance Co. in Downtown Brooklyn. He was married for 68 years to Kay Morch Langeland, until her death on Feb 20, 2019. 

After marrying Kay in 1950, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, 28th Division, in occupied Germany during the Korean Conflict. Upon his discharge, he began working in the heavy construction industry. The NY Dockbuilders Union #1456 employed him for 36 years, he was most proud of working on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. He was also a member of the Vasa Order of America, Lodge Lyckan #507 for many years. He moved to Griggstown, NJ, in 1962 where he built the home he lived in for most of his remaining years. He attended Bunker Hill Church for over 50 years. Ken was a known jokester full of fun. His sense of humor entertained his many friends and family.

He is predeceased by his parents Christian and Elsa Langeland, and a sister Edith Hume. He is survived by his two devoted daughters and their husbands Lori and Lawrence Dudek of Skillman, NJ, and Dale and David Antonevich of Mechanicsville, VA, two beloved granddaughters, Susanne Dudek, Kristi Nelson, her husband Peter Nelson and great grandson Avery Thomas Nelson, a brother, Charles Langeland of Cranbury, NJ, and niece Elizabeth DeLeo of Somerset, NJ.

A Funeral Service was conducted on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, 616 Ridge Road at New Road, Monmouth Junction. Burial was private in the Griggstown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church, Restoring to Serve Building Fund, 235 Bunker Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Marie Y. Stone

Marie Y. Stone, 93, of Princeton died Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Princeton Care Center of Princeton. She had been a lifelong resident of Princeton.

Marie attended the public school system of Princeton. After graduating Princeton High School in 1944, she graduated Katherine Gibbs secretarial school in New York City.

Marie retired after 50 years as a legal secretary with the law firm of Smith, Stratton, Wise, Heher and Brennan of Princeton.

Daughter of the late Harold and Elsie (Duffield) Stone, she is survived by a sister, Joan Froehlich of Princeton; a niece, Denise Hewitt of Allentown, NJ; a great niece, Abigail Hewitt and great nephew, Wesley Hewitt; niece Lorise Furey of Wayne, PA, great niece Lila Furey and great nephew, Bryce Furey.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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

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Elisabeth Borgerhoff-Pomerleau

Elisabeth Borgerhoff-Pomerleau, daughter of Professor and Mrs. E. B. O. Borgerhoff, died peacefully at home in Mount Vernon, Maine, on November 8, 2019, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Beth was born on August 20, 1951 in Princeton, New Jersey. She attended Rose Cottage Nursery School, Nassau Street School, Miss Fines School, and Princeton Day School. Beth was a brilliant student, especially of writing, languages, and music. She began studying piano as a young girl and later became a student of Naomi Chandler with whom she developed a lasting friendship. While studying Russian in high school, Beth traveled to Russia with the American Field Service, and went again to teach English in St. Petersburg. Beth was an editor for the PDS publication Cymbals, and a frequent contributor of poetry and prose. She sang with the school choir and madrigal group.

In the fall of 1969, Beth entered Yale University as a member of the first coed class at Yale. She majored in Russian Studies and was a founding member of the Yale Slavic Chorus. After graduating from Yale, Beth moved to Maine and in 1978 met Ricky Pomerleau. Beth and Ricky were married on November 4, 1995 by the Reverend Thomas Hagen, O.M.I., at the Princeton University Chapel in Princeton, New Jersey.

Beth quickly became in demand in Maine. She was sought after to serve as interpreter for Russian sailing crews arriving in Maine seaports. She provided piano and accordion accompaniment for a variety of dance groups, and performed frequently at the Center for Cultural Exchange in Portland, Maine. She was a member of the band The Ambassadors, which toured in the U.S. and Europe and released a live recorded album. She traveled with Project Troubador’s “Whistle Stop to China Tour” in the provinces, and to Shanghai and Beijing. Beth played with Alan Shavash Bardezbanian and His Middle Eastern Ensemble. The group toured and later recorded the CD “Oud Masterpieces: From Armenia, Turkey and the Middle East” which had international sales.

Beth was a much loved and respected piano teacher to children and adults in Bath, Maine, and at home in Mount Vernon. Many of her students became close friends and during Beth’s illness expressed their gratitude to her for the invaluable life lessons through which she lovingly guided them.

Beth studied painting theory and techniques at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, with Violette de Mazia. Beth made both representational and impressionistic paintings on canvas and on paper, creating some paintings as small as one inch square. Inspired by the Ukranian pysanki, she developed techniques for making paintings on ostrich, goose, and pullet eggs. Among her large abstract paintings, some she cherished most were her final ones. They are a tribute to the wonderful play of shape and color. Beth’s work has been exhibited in South Windsor, Connecticut, at the Ann Weber Gallery in Georgetown, Maine, and at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. One of her seascapes is on permanent exhibit in the Upper School Library at Princeton Day School. Beth is represented by the CG Gallery, Ltd. in Princeton, New Jersey.

Beth was an excellent swimmer and avid reader of fiction and nonfiction. She loved nature and all nature’s creatures, especially birds, and was a dedicated ornithologist.

Beth was predeceased by her parents, E.B.O. Borgerhoff and Cornelia N. Borgerhoff, and by her sister Jane C. Borgerhoff.

She is survived, and will be forever missed, by Ricky, her loving husband of 41 years; stepson Raven; her sister Ledlie Borgerhoff of Princeton, N.J.; nephew and niece Arthur and Cornelia Borgerhoff of Chestnut Hill, Pa.; sister-in-law Susan Quinn and spouse John of Beverly, Mass.; brother-in-law Marc Pomerleau and spouse Curt Knight of Kea’au, Hawai’i; along with many beloved cousins, nephews, and nieces; cherished friends; and faithful dog Winston.

Sincere and heartfelt thanks to the nurses and doctors of the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care and to the Maine General Hospice of Augusta, Maine.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, November 21 at the St. Augustine Church in Augusta, Maine. A memorial service for Beth will be held in Princeton, New Jersey at the Princeton University Chapel on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 1 p.m.

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Henry Jones

A wonderful husband, dad, and Pop Pop and the patriarch of our family, Henry (Buddy) Jones passed away unexpectedly on December 5, 2019. He was 78 years old.

Henry was born in Camden, NJ, to the late Henry and Dorothy (Higgins) Jones and was stepson of the late John Fiumenero. He was also predeceased by his wife’s parents, the late Anthony and Catherine Cirullo, who loved him as a son, and his late brother-in-law Michael Cirullo. Henry spent his childhood in Kingston, NJ.  After marriage, he lived in Princeton, and finally Lawrenceville, for the past 45 years.

Henry was a member of Carpenter’s Local #781 – Princeton and served as Business Representative for 17 years. He retired in 1996. He was also a volunteer firefighter for Mercer Engine Company #3 in Princeton for many years.

The epitome of a family man, Henry was always ready to support his wife, children, and grandchildren in all their endeavors. A skilled woodworker, he produced many cherished items for family and friends. His backyard Koi pond gave him many hours of pleasure and at times, frustration. He was an enthusiastic NHRA fan. He enjoyed cruise vacations and especially enjoyed family summer shore vacations, 16 people in one house.

Henry was the #1 fan of his children’s and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. He often proudly said, “If I had a nickel for every game I went to, I would have lots of money.” He loved every minute of it and took delight in all their accomplishments.

A quiet man who faced many health challenges throughout his life, Henry did it with bravery, grace, and dignity and a lot of wit. He had a wry sense of humor and could regale others with laughter.

Surviving Henry is his loving wife of 53 years, Frances Jones (Cirullo); his sons Henry (Rick) and wife Jennifer, Mark and wife Jennifer; daughters Karen Truban and husband Paul, Rebecca and husband Ray Pyontek. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Peyton, Alex, and Kathryn Truban, Liz and Caitlin Jones and Nate Jones.

Also surviving are his brother Anthony (Tony) and wife Jeanette Fiumenero, and brother-in-law Anthony and wife Donna Cirullo. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends, and his faithful canine companion Gracie.

We were blessed by his life and are grateful for the way he lived it and will cherish our many wonderful memories.

Services were held at Mather Hodge Funeral Home and interment at Princeton Cemetery.

If you wish, donations may be made to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), P.O. Box 872, Trenton, NJ 08605, Homefront, 1880 Princeton Avenue, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 or The Salvation Army, at Salvationarmyusa.org.

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Marilyn R. Wellemeyer

Marilyn R. Wellemeyer died peacefully in her apartment in New York City on Sunday morning December 1, 2019.  Marilyn was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 3, 1925.  In her early years she attended public schools in St. Rose and Destrahan before moving on to the Louise S. McGehee School in New Orleans from which she graduated in 1942. The school honored her with its Distinguished Alumna Award in 1989.

She attended Bryn Mawr College because it offered her a larger scholarship package than did Vassar or Wellesley. Marilyn majored in French and graduated Cum Laude in 1946. She then went to Paris to attend the Sorbonne for one year where she studied French literature and philosophy.

Marilyn returned to the States in 1947 and worked for what was then called the Central Intelligence Organization as a translator/researcher. In addition to being fluent in French, Marilyn also had a reading knowledge of German, Italian, and Spanish.

Marilyn left the CIO in 1949 to pursue a degree in Modern European History at Columbia University during which time she was also an Administrative Assistant in the French department between 1949 and 1951. Her thesis, The Politics of Decolonization: France and Morocco, was eventually published by Columbia University Press in the Dean’s Papers in June 1969.

In 1951 Marilyn joined Time Magazine as an editorial trainee and secretary to the Foreign News Editor. From 1952 through 1955 she was a researcher in the Foreign News Department of Time before she moved to the Foreign News section of LIFE as a reporter in 1955. In 1959 she became the Chief Reporter for the LIFE Foreign News Department until she was sent to Paris in 1961 as a correspondent in LIFE’s European Bureau. While in Paris she covered many fascinating developments such as the Ecumenical Council’s opening in Rome, the Pope’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Churchill’s funeral, a special issue on the USSR, as well as the European reaction to the deaths of Kennedy and Nehru. She also spent time in Tokyo preparing a special issue of LIFE on Japan as well as stories on the Tokyo Olympics and Emperor Hirohito.

In 1965 Marilyn returned to New York as Assistant Editor in LIFE’s Modern Living department, where she focused on urban affairs and architecture. She interviewed Dallas Mayor Erik Jonsson as part of the story on the rebirth of Dallas.

Marilyn then transferred to Fortune Magazine as Associate Editor where she wrote 158 articles, all but 30 of which appeared in a monthly column in Fortune entitled On Your Own Time. These stories took her to Bonaire in the Caribbean for undersea photography, to Iceland for salmon fishing, to an archaeological dig in Texas and to a ski patrol in Vermont amongst many other locations. Many of these articles have been collected in a book by Marilyn, On Your Own Time: The Fortune Guide to Executive Leisure.

Upon her retirement from Fortune, Marilyn became active in the Women’s City Club of New York (WCC) a non-profit, non-partisan, multi-issue activist organization dedicated to improving the lives of all New Yorkers. (The Club is now known as Women Creating Change.) In 2009 she was recognized by the WCC as its Honoree of the Year with the following description of her efforts on its behalf:

“MARILYN WELLEMEYER, a WCC member since 1996, is the Chair of WCC’s Communication Committee. She is currently the Editor of AGENDA, a post she has held for the last five years and was the Editor of BULLETIN for 11 years. Marilyn served two three-year terms on the Nominating Committee and is currently on the Executive and Membership Committees.”

Despite her very busy and exciting life, Marilyn always made time to spend with her friends and family. She was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City for many years. She was also one of the many volunteers who organized the Bryn Mawr book sale held every spring at Princeton Day School.

Marilyn first became acquainted with the Princeton area in 1949 when her parents bought a farm on Bedens Brook Road. She enjoyed visiting the farm on weekends to recharge her batteries after very late nights “putting to bed” magazines on which she was working. After her retirement, she purchased a home in Princeton in 1990 where she enjoyed gardening; she knew all the Latin names as well as the common names of the species in her garden.

Marilyn is survived by her brother John, and his wife, Louise, who live in Princeton, New Jersey, with their twin sons, Douglas and James. She is also survived by her nephew, Robert Wellemeyer and his wife, Beth, of Castleton, Virginia; her nephew William Wellemeyer and his wife, Lori, of Shreveport, Louisiana; and her niece Edith Wellemeyer of Lafayette, Louisiana.  Bob is the father of Autumn Reynolds of Palmyra, Virginia and Ry and Dane Wellemeyer of Castleton, Virginia. William is the father of William John Wellemeyer of College Station, Texas. Marilyn’s brother, William R. Wellemeyer of Covington Louisiana, the father of Robert, William and Edith predeceased Marilyn. Her parents, Elmer Haefner Wellemeyer and Edith Hess Wellemeyer of Skillman, New Jersey, also predeceased her.

A funeral service will be held at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home at 40 Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 21. It is suggested that anyone wishing to remember Marilyn make a gift to the financial aid funds at Bryn Mawr College and/or The Louise S. McGehee School: Alumni Relations and Development, Bryn Mawr College, 101 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010; The Office of Development, The Louise S. McGehee School, 2343 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

December 4, 2019

Thérèse Cécile (Côté) Lachance

Thérèse Cécile (Côté) Lachance of Princeton, New Jersey, died on Nov. 26, 2019 from complications after suffering a stroke in 2016. Thérèse was the loving wife of Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lachance, Ph.D. and the proud mom of Dr. Michael Paul Lachance, Ph.D. (Cooperstown, NY), Peter André Lachance (Yardley, PA), Marc-André LaChance (Essex Junction, VT), and Susan Ann (Lachance) Shih (Cranford, NJ).

Thérèse was the first-born child of Lucien and Emilienne (Bolduc) Côté and was born in Derby Line, Vermont, in 1932. She is survived by sisters Yolande Cody (Don), Claire Jaquish (Charles), goddaughter Joanne Comstock (Dana), and her brother Maurice Côté (Monica). She is also survived by godson Donald Cody II, goddaughter Jacqueline Bouffard, and goddaughter Louise Lavallee.  She leaves friends and family throughout the USA and Canada. She was predeceased by her beloved parents, grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins from both Vermont and Canada. She was the matriarch of a wonderful family that included nine cherished grandchildren: Marcel, Elijah, AnnaGrace, Beau Pierre, Joelle, Aline (Dias), Michaela, Zinnia, and Paul Thomas (Shih). She loved her children’s partners as her own: Carole (Lehoullier), wife of Michael; Patti Malinowski, longtime girlfriend of Peter; Amy (Myers), wife of Marc-André; and Philip Shih, husband of Susan.

On August 6, 1955, Thérèse was married to Paul, her high school sweetheart, in St. Mary “Star of the Sea” Church in Newport, (VT) by Rev. Damase Carrieres; thus began a Catholic and holy marriage that lasted over 61 years. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart schools in Newport, then from the St. Louis School of Nursing in Berlin, NH, where she earned top grades. She completed her residency at King’s County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. No one worked harder than Thérèse, and no one could doubt her integrity, high morals, and love for the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As a Registered Nurse, she lovingly — and with great attention to detail — worked with patients at the Orleans County Hospital in Newport (VT), was head nurse at the Bishop DeGoesbriand Memorial Hospital in Burlington (VT), served at the 14th USAF Dispensary, Ethan Allen Air Force Base in Winooski (VT), worked at Sacred Heart Hospital in Hull, Quebec, and finished her nursing career at St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick (NJ) working on Floor 3B. She loved being a nurse and treated each patient as she would want her own family members to be treated, often returning to work after her shift to finish details and to say prayers with patients. She was rewarded with notes and cards, calling her an “angel.” She held high standards for work and behavior while still being so gentle.

Thérèse left nursing to raise a growing family as we moved from Quebec to Dayton, Ohio, for Dad’s position at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In 1963, the family moved to LaPorte, Texas, as Dad was selected as the first flight food and nutrition coordinator for the Manned Spacecraft Center at NASA in Houston. In addition to raising four children, she was engaged in local church activities and worked tirelessly to prepare and support Dad as he became an internationally recognized food scientist. Both Dr. Lachance and Thérèse were parish coordinators of the CYO at St. Mary’s Church. In 1967, Dr. Lachance joined the faculty of the Food Science Department of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers — The State University. The family settled in a South Brunswick home which Mom made into a loving, accepting refuge.

She was known for her culinary abilities, often creating the most incredible meals, pies, and cakes. She supported Dad as demands for his time became extraordinary and as he became the first Permanent Deacon at St. Paul’s Church (Princeton) where he served from 1977 to when he became too ill with Parkinsonism. She kept everything organized while always insisting that the family eat dinner together. As the children became older, she returned to nursing, often working night shifts while continuing to be the best mom, wife, and nurse this Earth has ever seen. She supported the family having a dog and often had to care for the pet, even though she was not fond of animals. Her singing voice was the sweetest voice in church on Sundays. When she did need to discipline, Thérèse just needed to give “the look” and say she was “disappointed.” As we grew older, we all had fun to see how far we could go before she would declare (but we knew it was only talk) that she would “take you over my checkered apron!”

Vermont remained her home away from home, and she cherished the two-week summer vacations seeing her parents, brother, and sisters from around northern Vermont and Paul’s family in St. Johnsbury. As her children began families of their own, she was the source of guidance on how to cook special meals and how to raise children. Notes from Mom saying “I’m proud of you” are still treasured by her children and their partners. She liked nothing more than when we could “sit and hold my hand…” She treasured every second with us.

She often left notes written in her impeccable handwriting for Dad to find in his suitcase: “Don’t forget you’re very precious to me” and “I’m sure you’ll impress them!” and “I have always been very proud of you” and I love you very much” and “I’ll always be here to take care of you”  and “Don’t forget where you live!” and “Rest!” and “You haven’t left yet, and I already miss you!” and a prayer: “Lord, bring my precious other half home safely.” Dad always wrote back, including “Je t’aime plus que hier et moins que demain.” They called each other every day they were separated and adored each other. They never left home without a kiss. Theirs was a true love story. They held the Immaculate Heart of Mary close to their hearts and often prayed together. We all believed that Mom had a direct connection to God, but she disliked it when we called her “Saint Thérèse”…even though she is no doubt now among the saints and angels in heaven. She is with friends and family she has not seen for a long time and awaits all of us with her moving hugs, soft eyes, and sweet smile. Her loving husband, Rev. Dr. Paul A. Lachance, who died on Jan. 21, 2017, will be joyful to see his love and will probably greet her with a kiss and say, “You’re late.”

In lieu of flowers, take the time to pray with someone, hold a hand, feed the birds, donate food to the poor, and enjoy a piece of German Chocolate Cake, strawberry tarts, blueberry or pecan pie, or an order of beef stroganoff…though none of it will be as good as Mom’s. Care about your work with a high level of detail and integrity while honoring the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Treasure the children and never forget how lucky we are to be in a family. Rest, Mom…Merci beaucoup.

Friends may meet the family from 7-9 p.m. on Friday,  Dec. 6th at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Deacon Jim Knipper will lead a prayer service. Funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. (9:30 a.m. viewing) in St. Paul’s Church (Princeton) at 216 Nassau Street on Saturday, Dec. 7th. The celebrant will be Pastor Emeritus, Monsignor Walter E. Nolan with Deacon Frank Crivello. Thérèse Lachance will be entombed in a mausoleum with her husband at Holy Cross Burial Park in East Brunswick, N.J., after mass is completed.

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Eleanor Nini Perone

Eleanor Nini Perone, 95, of Princeton died Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Acorn Glen of Princeton. Born in Princeton, she had been a lifelong resident.

Eleanor retired after many years of service as a receptionist with Mason, Griffin and Pierson. She participated in McCarter Theatre, of P J and B productions. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church, where she was christened and married, and a member of the Italian American Club of Princeton. She was an avid singer and dancer that was always involved in the arts.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She belonged to all of us. We were so fortunate to bask in her goodness, good advice, good friends, good conversation, and great food. She gave from her heart to each and every one of us, asking nothing in return. Her home was a special place where all were welcomed.

Daughter of the late Sebastiano and Mariassunta (Tamasi) Nini; wife of the late Felix A. Perone; sister of the late Anthony (Tony) Nini; two sons and a daughter-in-law Paul and Inez Perone, John Daren Perone; two daughters and their partners Toni Rita Perone and James Berger, Melanie Perone and Barry Blount; three grandchildren Allyn Bonilla, John Daren Perone, Jr., and Alexandra Nini Harnois; three great-grandchildren Christhian Bonilla, Sebastian Bonilla, and Bridget Alexandra Harnois.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:30 am at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial followed in the Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Princeton or the American Cancer Society.

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Moore (Mosie) Gates, Jr.

Moore (Mosie) Gates, Jr., a lifelong resident of Princeton, passed peacefully and with grace from this world to the next on Saturday, November 30th after 93 years of doing his best to make the world a better place. He was surrounded by his devoted family and a dedicated team of caregivers.

Born August 28, 1926 in New York City, to Harryette (Reynolds) and Moore Gates, his family lived in Poughkeepsie, NY, until 1937 when they moved to Princeton. As a young man, he fondly recalled mowing neighbor Albert Einstein’s lawn. The family spent summers in Lakeville, CT, where he developed his love of golf and carded two holes-in-one within eight days at the age of 16.

He was a student at Princeton Country Day, now Princeton Day School, before attending The Hill School. There he excelled at sports, becoming Captain of both the soccer and golf teams. He attended Princeton University in the Navy V-12 Officers Training Program, graduating with the Class of 1948. At Princeton, he captained the varsity golf and soccer teams and was a member of Cottage Club.

After graduation, he began his career in investment management at US Trust Co., becoming Senior Vice-President in the Trust Department. After leaving US Trust in 1979, he was a Principal in several smaller investment firms and retired from Gates, Wilmerding, Carper & Rawlings in 2008.

In 1953, Mosie met Audrey Weiss, the love of his life for over 65 years. They were married on February 13, 1954 and began a family that grew to include four children, many dogs, and a few pet pigs. When the children were young, summers were spent on Lake Carmi in Franklin, VT, where Audrey’s parents, Helen and Irwin Weiss, had a “camp.” Many happy memories of swimming, fishing, water skiing, and cheerful dinners were made there. More recently, Audrey and Mosie rented houses on Martha’s Vineyard and in Mattapoisett, MA, that allowed all 17 of the widely-dispersed kids and grandkids to gather. Mosie was a reluctant skier but for many winters a ski house was rented in Woodstock, VT, with two of his college classmates and their families. The laughter still rings in that house and the love of skiing lives on in several of his children and grandchildren. His skiing prowess, or lack thereof, earned him the nickname, “Max” after an imaginary Austrian ski legend!

Mosie gave generously of his time to help others. The Boys and Girls Club of America benefited most from his commitment. He was a lifetime Board member, serving over 50 years, with 30 as National Treasurer. For many years, Mosie was Board Chair of the Rita Allen Foundation which provides funding for young scholars doing pioneering research on cancer, neuroscience, and palliative care. Under his care, it grew from a small family foundation into the important organization it is today. He also served on the Boards of the American Bible Society, Dorothea’s House, the Medical Center at Princeton, and the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church. A devout Christian, he was an Elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton. He was very active in the Princeton University Alumni Association, serving at various times as Class President, Class Secretary, and Class Treasurer.

Mosie had a passion for the game of golf. He was a lifelong member of Springdale Golf Club in Princeton and of Pine Valley Golf Club for 53 years. He also enjoyed many outings as a member of the US Seniors Golf Association. At Springdale, he holds the distinction of winning a major club tournament in each of the last eight decades, beginning with a victory in the 1943 Member/Guest and ending with a win in the 2011 C.W. McGraw Tournament, playing alongside son, Bill. In all, his name appears 17 times on various boards in the clubhouse. He was also a member of Princeton Investors Group and the Nassau Club.

Mosie was predeceased by his brother, Harris, in 2006 and leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Audrey (Weiss) Gates; four children, David and wife Stacy (Bowman) of Manchester, VT, Bill and wife Anne (O’Neill) of Princeton, Tom and wife Tracey (Willis) of Pennington, and Susan Gates Pottinger and husband Michael of Cape Town, South Africa; as well as seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A consummate optimist, Mosie was a man of deep faith and exceptional character, integrity, and kindness. The memory of his endearing smile and sparkling personality will live with us forever.

A memorial service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton on Thursday, December 12th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County.

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

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Irving Leighton Newlin
May 29, 1923 – November 25, 2019

Irving L. Newlin (Irv) passed away quietly on November 25, 2019 at the age of 96. Born on May 29, 1923 in Philadelphia, he was the son of Charles Newlin and Mabel Stockton Christiansen Newlin. Irving was married to his wife Janet, who preceded him in death, for 57 loving years. 

Irving spent his childhood in Trenton, attended the Trenton public school system, and graduated from Trenton High School.

After high school at 19 years of age Irving enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He received an American Theater, European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and Victory Medal.

After returning from the war Irving met the love of his life, Janet Madden. From this marriage came three sons, Darrell, Durwin, and Leighton. Irving always was an active and loving father. He coached the Orioles YMCA little league baseball team and also umpired little league games. He was also quick to join in and support neighborhood youth at Community Park for baseball games and other sports related activities.

After attending the March on Washington in 1963 and witnessing the atrocities imposed on people of color during the Civil Rights Movement, Irving began a lifelong campaign of advocating for social justice reform issues, civil and human rights. He became the President of PAHR, Princeton Association for Human Rights, working in Princeton to advocate for better conditions through employment, equity, and fair practices. His passion was going on cruises and solving crossword puzzles with his wife Janet.

Irving worked for many years as a U.S. Postal Worker before retiring. He then took on a position as a mail handler for Peterson’s Guides in Lawrence, NJ, and retired from that position after 10 years. He also worked part time for several years at the Lutheran Church in Princeton as a custodian. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.

Over the past few years of his life Irving lived at the Princeton Care Center on the third floor, where he was loved and cared for by a warm and wonderful staff.

Irving was predeceased by his wife Janet, and his twin sons Darrell and Durwin.  He leaves behind his son Leighton (Tesha); grandchildren Trey (Jenelle), Leia (Bob), Antoine, and Darrell Newlin Jr.; great-grandchildren StevieLeigh Bannon, Noelanii, Titan, and Oakley Dubuc, Trey Cole, Sterling, Darien, Sky, and Cheyenne Newlin; many nieces, nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Irv also leaves two dear friends, Barbara and Lloyd Banks, his Wednesday pinochle partners, to cherish his memory.  He will be missed by all who loved him.

Services will be held on Saturday December 7, 2019 at Trinity Church (33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540) at 1 p.m.  Interment will follow the service at Princeton Cemetery.

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Katherine Marie Ness

Katherine Marie Ness, 98, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, November 24 in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

The only child of Frederick and Marie Albert, born on September 18, 1921. Katherine grew up in the borough of Queens New York, a true city girl! She graduated from high school a year early and went on to study at Pratt Institute, graduating four years later. She used her education to work as a dietitian in a Trenton hospital before marrying her husband of 55 years, Irving Ness, and moving to Princeton.

She was very active in the community, as a member of the Princeton United Methodist Church for over 60 years, and a volunteer at the former Princeton Hospital for over 30 years. In addition, she was a longtime member of the Women’s College Club of Princeton, including serving one term as president. Her interests knew no bounds and included protecting the environment, the welfare of animals, gardening, history, and traveling the world. She was also an ardent baseball fan.

She was preceded in death by husband, Irving Ness, and is survived by her two children Leland Ness of Alexandria, Virginia, and Victoria Ness of Sebastopol, California, and their respective spouses Janet Ness and Terry Garner.

A short service will be held graveside at Princeton Cemetery on Friday, December 6 at noon. In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made in her name to the local or national branch of the Humane Society, or to Defenders of Wildlife. For information, please contact the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home at 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton at (609) 924-0242.

November 27, 2019

Captain Warren G. Leback

Captain Warren G. Leback of Skillman, NJ, passed away on November 21, 2019 at the age of 95. Warren had a 65-year career in the maritime industry starting at the age of 18 as a cadet midshipman on the liberty ship Joseph McKenna during World War II.

Warren was the son of the late Captain Vernon and June Leback of Astoria, Oregon. He and his twin brother, Calvin, were born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1924, and were nicknamed Pat and Mike, respectively. Warren was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Jewel Leback, his twin brother, Captain Calvin C. Leback, his sister, Mary Leback Shook, and his son-in-law, Simon Sitwell.

He is survived by his children: Warren Thomas Leback and his wife Chloe, Christine Leback Sitwell, and Karen Frances Leback.  He is also survived by his grandchildren: Todd Leback and his wife Lisa Grové, Emily Leback Achin and her husband John, Peter Leback, and Sergey Sitwell.  His surviving great-grandchildren are Miles, Maude, Henry, Clover, and Violet.

Warren met his wife, Jewel, during World War II in San Francisco where she was serving in the United States Coast Guard as a SPAR. They were married in New Paris, Indiana, in 1947, and began their 67-year marriage in New York City. They also lived in Barranquilla and Cartagena, Colombia; Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Chatham, Princeton, and Skillman, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; and Washington, DC. Warren was an active member of numerous maritime organizations including serving as National President of the United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and National President of the Council of American Master Mariners. He also served as deacon of the Wyckoff Reformed Church and elder of the Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ.

After graduating from Astoria High School in January 1942, Warren completed training at the Cadet Basic Training School on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay in June, 1942, and reported for duty on the McKenna, which was operated by Grace Line. He spent seven months at sea. During his first voyage, his ship brought back from Pearl Harbor the stern section of the destroyer USS Cassin, which had been bombed on December 7, 1941. On a second voyage, the McKenna delivered military supplies to the American troops on Guadalcanal; on this voyage, he was awarded a Merchant Marine Combat medal. After being discharged from the McKenna, Warren reported to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, to complete his studies and graduated in January, 1944. He then he returned to Grace Line to sail in the South Pacific Theater. In 1947, Warren received his Master’s (Captain’s) License, which he maintained until his death.

Warren worked for Grace Line until 1960 serving as third, second, and chief mate on several vessels and Master of the passenger cargo ship Santa Monica. He also held managerial positions in Barranquilla and Cartagena, Colombia; and in New York City. Warren subsequently held positions with Central Gulf Steamship Corporation, Sea-Land Service, Inc., Interstate Oil Transport Company, El Paso LNG Company, and Puerto Rico Marine Management, Inc.  He was appointed Deputy Maritime Administrator in the Department of Transportation by President Ronald Reagan. He later served President George H. W. Bush as Maritime Administrator. He retired as President of First American Bulk Carrier Corporation.

Warren received the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s Outstanding Professional Achievement Award in 1964, the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1978, the Distinguished Service Award in 1984, and the Meritorious Alumni Service Award in 1989. In 1997, he was elected to the Academy’s Hall of Distinguished Graduates. A classroom in Bowditch Hall at the Academy is named in his honor. In 1991, he was honored with the Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award by the United Seamen’s Service. He received Honorary Doctorates from the Maine Maritime Academy and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

A memorial service will be held in Princeton at a later date. Warren’s wish was for donations to be made to United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, Kings Points, NY, or American Merchant Marine Museum at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, in his memory. Warren’s ashes will be buried with his wife’s ashes in the cemetery at New Paris, Indiana, and spread over the Columbia River bar in Oregon.

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Joseph Francis Gigliotti

November 21, 1970 – November 21, 2019

Joseph Francis Gigliotti, 49, of Boston, Massachusetts, was lost at sea on November 21, 2019, after being washed overboard during the offshore passage of his sailing vessel Volare from Newport, RI, to Antigua.    

Joe was raised in Princeton, New Jersey, attended Princeton Day School, and later Portsmouth Abbey School in Middletown, Rhode Island. He was a Dean’s list student who played lacrosse and was Captain of Portsmouth Abbey’s varsity hockey team. He graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BS in Economics and English and was a brother of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Following his University graduation, Joe attended his brother John’s wedding on St. John, USVI, and became so enchanted with the islands he remained there for ten years. He formed a financial service company to write business plans for local entrepreneurs and eventually acquired and developed several local construction services companies. In 2002, he moved to New York where he joined the investment and merchant banking firm Dominick & Dominick in the wealth management division. Joe transitioned to the hedge fund industry as a Chief Financial Officer for Orin Kramer’s Boston Provident LP and later became a founding partner and CFO of Halogen Asset Management. In 2014 Joe moved to Boston and served as CFO for Three Bays Capital until May of 2019.

Joe loved hockey and played in adult leagues located in New York and later in Boston. He was also a passionate windsurfer and avid sailor. He sailed his first vessel Alba throughout the Caribbean as far south as Venezuela and eventually back home to New England. With almost 30 years of open ocean sailing experience, Joe earned a U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton Master Captain’s license. He was also an accomplished offshore navigator racing for a decade aboard Tribe, a 62’ Gunboat catamaran, with his father and brothers, most recently winning second place in the Newport-Bermuda Race.

Joe leaves behind his father and mother, Joseph and Sandy of Winter Park, FL; his beloved brothers, Gregory (Kristine) of Stamford, CT, and John (Day) of Winter Park, FL; three nieces, Annie, Gracie, Sydney, and nephew, Griffin; his longtime girlfriend, Ceci Cleary; as well as many uncles, aunts, and cousins who grieve his passing.

A conversation with Joe was always warm and engaging. He always left one with a clear sense that nothing mattered more to him in the world than the very moment he was sharing with you. The passion of his presence will be missed as he rests right where he always wanted to be … at sea.

Services will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 10 a.m. at St Catherine of Siena (4 Riverside Avenue, Riverside, Connecticut) directly followed by a reception at Stamford Yacht Club (97 Ocean Drive West, Stamford, CT).

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James Wilson Clark

James Wilson Clark passed away on August 6, 2019 at the age of 95. He was married to his wife Margaret Custis Archer Clark for 62 years. He is survived by his three daughters, Margaret Custis Clark, Susan Clark Randaccio, Archer Griffith; his brother, John Hunter Clark, 92; and his five grandchildren, Ted and Casey Trozinski, and James, Lauren, and Alexander Randaccio.

His integrity and his commitment to service and to the nation were an inspiration to many, and he was beloved for his wonderful nature and his sense of humor. His presence in our lives will be deeply missed.

Jim Clark was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 21, 1923 the oldest of three boys. He attended Oberlin College, where his college career was interrupted by the U.S. entry into World War II. Eager to enlist, he joined the U.S Army Infantry, first serving in the U.S. training troops, and later in combat in France and Germany. As part of Patton’s 3rd Army, Company I, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, he moved through France and into Germany in the spring of 1945 as part of the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns, liberating Buchenwald, and pushing toward Berlin. On April 13, 1945 while securing a bridge in Gera, Germany, he was wounded in the chest and arm. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for heroic and meritorious achievement in combat.

He left his commission as a First Lieutenant, and after a long rehabilitation, he returned to Oberlin where he completed his degree in History in 1948. He earned his Master’s in Public Affairs as a member of the first Master’s class at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School in 1950, and he moved to Washington D.C. committed to public service, to shaping the life of the nation, and to addressing the challenges of a world he had experienced so personally at a young age.

In his 20-year career serving five U.S. presidents in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, he was responsible for financial management, planning, development and coordination of policy proposals, and administrative oversight for a variety of national priorities, including the FCC, the Atomic Energy Commission, the Merchant Marine, the Airforce, and Defense R&D programs. He served for five years as Director of International Programs responsible for all U.S. economic and military programs overseas, including U.S. foreign aid and oversight of the intelligence and national security services.

In 1970, continuing a long career specializing in strategic planning, program review, and management, he was named Director of Strategic Planning and Product Development for Chase Manhattan Bank and Chase Holding Company. While there, he shaped the future of the bank, expanding both international operations, as well as domestic banking services. He served on the Chase Monetary Mission Team developing international ties for U.S. businesses in OPEC Countries, and he expanded national consumer financial services, launching the bank’s new initiative, Chase Home Mortgage Corp. in 1978. He continued to serve the nation while in the private sector, serving on the Board of the Asia Foundation and as Staff Director of the Murphy Commission, the President’s Commission on the Organization of the Government for the Conduct of Foreign Policy.

In 1982, he returned to Princeton University as Deputy Director at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory where he served for eight years managing the administrative operations of the largest nuclear fusion research laboratory in the U.S. Following his retirement from the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Jim joined Mathtech, Inc. as a Senior Associate where he led a team overseeing U.S. Agency for International Development financed projects in the energy sector in Pakistan.

A firm believer in community service, Jim served the communities where he lived in numerous ways. In Washington D.C, in the 1950s and 60s, he organized and directed the Youth Recreation Program under the auspices of the YWCA serving the neighborhoods of South East Washington. In Princeton, he was active in Nassau Presbyterian Church, serving as everything from Sunday School teacher, to program and financial manager. He was a founding member of the Princeton Adult School, where he served on the Board and taught several classes.  Committed to the next generation of public servants, Jim also served on the Board of the Robertson Foundation for the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton for over a decade.

A life of significant accomplishment was marked by a commitment to building personal relationships both close to home and abroad. Our lives were filled with his friends and with many who sought his wisdom, counsel, humor, and love. The cousins and young people who shared our home, the lifelong friends from across the nation and the globe, from Germany to Pakistan, were a tribute to his spirit.

He will be most remembered for the love and joy he brought to his family. Not a day went by where he did not express heartfelt appreciation for both the simple and the grand of what this world has to offer — the clouds in the sky, the night stars, the twinkling lights of Christmas, the drama of a Nantucket sleighride, the mysteries of particle physics, the lives of those who tread before us, the majesty of the great ideas of history, and most frequently, his appreciation and gratitude for the people he loved. This appreciation of life’s gifts is his enduring gift to us.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held in Princeton, N.J., on December 21, at 1 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Memorial Contributions may be made in his honor to the following causes which he held dear:

The Wounded Warrior Project, Honor and Memorial Donation, James W. Clark, https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate, or P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

James W. Clark 50 Memorial Fund to further the development of future leaders committed to good governance in domestic and international affairs, directed to students at the Woodrow Wilson School. By mail: Princeton University, Alumni and Donor Records, Attn. Helen Hardy, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, NJ 08543-5357. Online: https://makeagift.princeton.edu/MainSite/MakeAGift. (Click on the “in honor/memory of” box, and indicate in the “special instructions and comments field” that the gift is for the James W. Clark 50 Memorial Fund).

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

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Dudley Allen Eppel

Dudley Allen Eppel, of Vero Beach, FL, and West Tisbury, MA, passed peacefully on November 21, 2019, with Nancy, his cherished wife of 63 years, and their four children by his side.

Born in Newark, NJ, on July 20, 1929, Dudley grew up in South Orange and Maplewood. He was a 1947 graduate of Columbia High School, where he was known as “Deadly Duds,” for his “leadership on the basketball court and play behind the baseball plate.” As captain of the Varsity basketball team, he was known as a “hard worker who never quit” — a truism for how he lived his life. Dudley received many athletic awards, also contributing to his baseball team’s win of the NJ Sectional State Championship in 1946. He was recruited for a post-graduate year at Carteret Prep School in West Orange where he played Varsity Basketball.

Dudley graduated from Rutgers University in 1954, where he was a Business Administration major and member of Chi Psi Fraternity. He continued to play basketball and also played semi-pro summer baseball for the Farmington Flyers (ME). His college career was interrupted by his service in the Air Force from which he received an honorable discharge to support his family when his father passed.

Dudley had an illustrious career on Wall Street having led four block trading desks over 42 years at leading firms, including Blyth & Co., Weeden & Company, Loeb Rhodes, and Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette (DLJ). He retired as Managing Director of DLJ’s Institutional Equities Division in 1995. At his retirement party in Boston, he was presented with a certificate of recognition from Mayor Thomas M. Menino. According to his peers, he was known as a patient mentor and excellent practitioner of the art and science of block trading. His colleagues recognized him as Dudley “Warbucks” Eppel, with a cigar in one hand and a phone in the other, retiring as the “oldest living block trader on Wall Street.” He provided commentary on the financial markets for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Institutional Investor, CNBC, and other news outlets.

Dudley was a loving father and raised his family in Princeton, NJ, where they resided for 45 years. With a passion for the beach, Dudley and his family spent many summers on the Jersey shore and later in Martha’s Vineyard, beginning in 1972. He shared his love of the ocean with his children, teaching them to body surf and enjoy a competitive surfside game of backgammon, making for beautiful memories. He also loved the mountains of Colorado and spent family ski vacations in Vail and Aspen. He had a special affection for the horse-drawn sleigh to the Pine Creek Cookhouse in Ashcroft. Dudley shared his love of the Big Apple with his family, exposing them to Broadway musicals and sporting events. He was a loyal fan of many teams, including the (now San Francisco) Giants, the Knicks, the Rangers, and the New York Giants.

Dudley had a keen interest in befriending many and was a mentor to people of all ages and backgrounds. He was an avid golfer and over his lifetime was a member of the Bedens Brook Club (Skillman, NJ), Rolling Rock Club (Ligonier, PA), Edgartown Yacht Club, the Vineyard Golf Club (Edgartown, MA), and the John’s Island and Red Stick Golf clubs (Vero Beach, FL).

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children Cheryl and her husband John Segar of Watertown, MA, Lynne of West Tisbury, MA, Dudley, Jr. (Lee) of Vero Beach, FL, and Meredith and her husband Chris Jylkka of Weston, MA; and his four grandchildren: Anna Lee and Charles Allen Segar, and Lila Grace and Alexander Dudley Jylkka.

His family, colleagues, and many friends deeply mourn his loss and celebrate his generous and loving spirit. He was predeceased by his mother Mildred Nauman Eppel, his father William Eppel, his sister Dianne Schryber, and his brother William Eppel. A celebration of Dudley’s life will take place on Martha’s Vineyard in July 2020. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org/help-support) or the West Tisbury Public Library Foundation (www.wtlibraryfoundation.org/donate-2).

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Margaret McGurty Keenan

Margaret McGurty Keenan died on November 16 surrounded by family. Born November 8, 1935, in Pittsburgh, Margaret moved to Princeton in 1964 with her husband Patrick Joseph Keenan, Sr. Together they raised their four children, Patrick, Sean, Kate, and Elizabeth, at 17 Random Road.

Margaret earned a B.A. from Carlow University (formerly Mount Mercy College) in Pittsburgh and a Master’s in Education from Rutgers University. She wrote short stories and essays, including Incident at Ponte Tressa. She served as an editor for the Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW) from 1978-1987, a position she truly loved for the breadth and depth of the content and her intelligent, witty, and slightly irreverent colleagues. She wrote and edited in Newark at the University of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Magazine from 1987-1997. She produced feature articles covering the university’s research and clinical treatment programs, such as AIDS clinical trials and therapies, autoimmune disorders, health risks associated with electromagnetic fields, use of computers in medicine, growing antibiotic resistance, and a firsthand report on a liver transplant, for which she observed the entire 12-hour surgery.

She read broadly and voraciously; she and Patrick traveled the world, often with friends; and she continued to expand her fund of knowledge and circle of friends until her death. Margaret’s combined kindness, wisdom, and equanimity, reached many people. She is treasured by her husband Patrick, to whom she was married for 60 years; her children and their spouses; her grandchildren; her sister Suzanne; many, many nieces and nephews; and, of course, the Bridge and Book Groups.

An open house to celebrate Margaret’s life and share memories will be held at the Morven Museum and Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ, on Sunday, December 15th from 2-4 p.m. If you would like to make a donation honoring Margaret’s life, please consider the Scleroderma Foundation (www.scleroderma.org) or an organization meaningful to you.

November 20, 2019

Ralph Jacob Bailey

Ralph Jacob Bailey, 91, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday morning, November 13th. Born in 1928 in Trenton, he moved to Princeton with his family in 1931 and grew up within the small community of retail shop owners on Witherspoon Street. He attended the Princeton schools and enjoyed being part of the high school tennis and basketball teams.

Mr. Bailey left Princeton to pursue a law degree, and he worked as a practicing attorney for many years in New York City. In 1968, Mr. Bailey returned to Princeton with his wife, Eileen, where they raised their two daughters. Ralph and Eileen ran Bailey’s, a local clothing store at the Princeton Shopping Center, until its closure in 1985.

Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife Eileen Avirett Bailey and their children and grandchildren: Kimberly Bailey Borek, her husband George Borek and children Cory and Alexis of Milton, GA; and Cynthia Bailey Landis, her husband Jon Landis and children Jason, Kathleen and Lauren of Summit, NJ. Mr. Bailey is also survived by his sister P. Eunice Davis of New Orleans, LA, and his brother Larry Bailey of East Brunswick, NJ, as well as three nephews and two nieces.

Services were held on Monday, November 18th followed by interment in Princeton Cemetery, under the direction of Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton. Extend condolences and share memories at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

November 13, 2019

Stephanie Robinson Lewis

Stephanie Robinson Lewis, known to her friends as Steffi, died on November 7, 2019, at her home in Princeton. She had been ill for some time. On November 11, 2019, friends gathered for a quiet farewell in Princeton Cemetery where Steffi was buried beside her husband David Lewis.

Born on August 3, 1944, Steffi grew up in Greenwich Village. She attended the Little Red School House and graduated from Bronx High School of Science (where she was the best student in math). At Radcliffe College she majored in mathematics. While auditing a Harvard graduate philosophy seminar taught by J. J. C. Smart, a visiting Australian philosopher, she met David Kellogg Lewis. They were both still students when they were married in 1965.

From 1967 to 1970, Steffi pursued graduate studies in philosophy at UCLA until David’s appointment as Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Princeton University brought them to back to the East Coast. Steffi took several temporary teaching jobs in the area before deciding to make a career change. After taking an MBA degree at the University of Pennsylvania, she embarked on a very successful career in municipal finance. She maintained her own connection with the American Philosophical Association by serving as its treasurer for many years. She was also active in the Princeton Research Forum, a community of independent scholars, and served as its longtime treasurer. In a wry essay, “Etc.,” included in Singing in the Fire: Stories of Women in Philosophy (2003), Steffi chronicled her experiences as a philosopher, as an itinerant academic, as David’s partner, and as a financial advisor to towns and school districts.

Steffi and David had a wide circle of friends in philosophy, especially in Australia where they spent almost every summer, talking philosophy, birding, cycling, following Australian rules football, and exploring the country. In 2000, Steffi donated a kidney to David, who suffered from severe diabetes. That gave them another year together before David died suddenly in 2001.

In the years after David’s death, music brought Steffi new friends and interests. She became a fervent supporter of the classical music radio station, WWFM, enjoyed opera at the Glimmerglass Festival and the Metropolitan Opera, and served as a Board member for Orchestra 2001. At the same time, she began editing David’s correspondence and vast number of papers. With Peter Anstey of the University of Sydney and Anthony Fisher of the University of Manchester, she put together a volume of David’s correspondence with fellow philosopher and close friend David Armstrong.

Steffi and David had no children. She is survived by Don Lewis, his wife Elaine DiRico, and his daughter, Rose Anderson-Lewis; by Ellen Lewis; and by a cousin, Rebecca Epstein-Levi. For four years she was cared for with love by Kayla Reid and family, by Trisha McDermot, and by her dear friend, Andrew Rudin.

Donations may be made in Steffi’s memory to any of the organizations and institutions close to her heart.

November 6, 2019

Frieda Gilvarg

Frieda Gilvarg died during the night on October 10th, at the age of 97. Widow of Charles, mother of Karyn, David, Martin, and Gail, sister of Elizabeth Mueller, she remained active, engaged, and “feisty” until the end, living independently in Skillman.

Frieda Marie Mueller was born June 30, 1922 in LaGrange, IL, to William Mueller and his second wife, Lily Daiss, the second of five children, in addition to three from William’s previous marriage. Her early years included quarantine for scarlet fever, and a prolonged recovery from being struck by a car, but Frieda emerged unscathed from both.

She attended Lutheran schools through eighth grade, Lyons Township HS, and then Valparaiso University, earning a degree in Biology in December 1943, and promptly enlisted in the women’s auxiliary of the U.S. Navy, known as the WAVES. Having led a relatively sheltered life, the Navy opened her eyes to the wider world, and she particularly enjoyed her time in San Diego at the bustling wartime naval base, including the Officer’s Club!

After her discharge in 1946, she taught language arts to eighth graders at the Harvard School for Boys while living at home, and enrolled for a Masters in Zoology at the University of Chicago. While at the university she met Charles, and an unlikely post-war romance between a Midwestern German Lutheran and a Jewish New Yorker blossomed. Frieda’s family was very cool to the pairing, and her father imposed a one-year cooling off period, which Frieda shortened to three months, absent the “cooling.” They were married in NYC in 1949, and Frieda was welcomed by the Gilvargs.

Back in Chicago, Frieda took a job teaching at Elmhurst College before giving birth to Karyn in 1951. The following August they moved to New York, had David in 1952, and bought a home in Jackson Heights in 1956. In the summer of 1958 Frieda and Charles took a magical extended vacation in Europe while her in-laws babysat, going over on the Ile de France, a luxury liner on its last voyage, and returning with enough rolls of film to create a closet full of slides and memories. Frieda continued teaching in the NYC public schools as a one-year replacement for teachers on maternity leave, but after the birth of Martin in 1959 she put her career on hold to handle the demands of three children and a tight budget. A fourth child, Gail, was born in 1962, making the little row house a very crowded place, so when Charles was offered a full professorship at Princeton University the following year, the family sold their home and embarked on a six-month sabbatical in Israel, returning to a new life in suburban NJ in the summer of 1964.

In Princeton, Frieda oversaw the building of a new home, and began an association with the League of Women Voters that would last until her death, include countless voter registration drives, two terms as president of the Princeton chapter, recruitment of dozens of new members, and ignite a lifelong passion for liberal causes. Frieda also was an avid supporter of Planned Parenthood, driving to Trenton to counsel young women until she was 75. She also did substitute teaching, including a long-term replacement stint at Stuart CDS teaching biology. A nine-month sabbatical was spent in Zurich, with Gail and Martin attending school in Switzerland. She then worked as an employment counselor and as a realtor for Audrey Short.

After Charles retired from Princeton he retained his grant-funded lab, but they were free to travel a bit more, and began spending the winters in Scottsdale, AZ, eventually buying a condo near Camelback Mt. Frieda loved the climate, the smaller space to maintain, the frequent visitors and new friends, and politics remained a passion she and Charles shared. Back home in Princeton Frieda volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels for several years, at an age when she should have been receiving them, and continued her LWV activities. Grandchildren started to arrive in 1984, and she ended up being a grandmother of eight, whose lives she followed avidly.

After Charles’ sudden death in early 2013, Frieda moved to Stonebridge, a retirement community in Skillman where many of her friends were residents, and continued to live independently. During this period her grandson Thomas took her on two epic journeys starting from Arizona, one to visit long-lost relatives and friends in California and Oregon, and most recently a whirlwind tour of the South from New Orleans to Princeton, stopping in North Carolina to see her beloved younger sister, Bethy, and sample the cuisine of Alabama and the sights in Nashville. Childhood memories of long trips from Chicago to her mother’s family in San Francisco often came bubbling up on road trips, and Frieda’s love of movement and new landscapes never flagged. She was looking forward to Christmas in La Jolla, a fond memory from her wartime posting, and then driving out to Scottsdale to welcome a new decade.

Since her death, her children have fielded a flood of messages, from family, in-laws, LWV colleagues, and residents in the halls at Stonebridge. People remember different things about her but indomitable, feisty, and engaged are always among the words they use. It seems an odd thing to say about a 97-year-old, but it is a tribute to her vitality and spirit that her death came as a complete shock to so many.

Anyone wishing to honor Frieda’s memory with a charitable donation should consider Planned Parenthood or the League of Women Voters. A memorial service is planned for the summer of 2020; if you are likely to attend, please let us know.

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Josephine Antoinette LaPlaca

Josephine Antoinette LaPlaca of New York City was born March 6, 1922 in Monmouth Junction, NJ, and passed away on November 3, 2019 at NYU Langone-Tisch Hospital at the age of 97.

Josephine is the 10th born of 12 children. She became the matriarch as last survivor of the Mary and Giuseppe La Placa family. Josephine was a New Yorker, was inspired by, active on the vibrant city scene, and resided there for all her adult life. She worked as a model in the ’40s, served as volunteer on the stateside World War II war effort, and in her later years had a career in real estate.

Josephine is survived by her nephews Jim, Tony, and David La Placa; great-nephews Paul and Leo La Placa, Clayton George and Jawed La Placa BenMoussa; her nieces Laraine, Geraldine and Rosemary La Placa, Laurie L Holladay, Claudia L George,Trinna LaPlaca B; great-nieces, Lauren, Anna, Pia, Lee LaPlaca and Noor La Placa BenMoussa.

Visitation will be held at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542 on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Jamesburg, NJ.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lenox Hill Senior Center, NYC.

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Peter J. Dungan
1952-2019

Peter Joseph Dungan, 66, died on October 2, 2019 following a short illness.

Peter was born November 15, 1952, in Washington, D.C., the second child of Mary (Rowley) Dungan and Ralph A. Dungan, Jr. Pete lived in Virginia until 1964, when the family moved to Chile. In 1967 the Dungans returned to the States and settled in Princeton, where Pete graduated from Princeton High School.

Following high school, he enrolled at Stockton State College, and in 1978 he graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s in psychology.

After college, Pete ran a furniture restoration business in Chicago. In 1984, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he lived with his mother until her death in 1987.

Peter then moved to Kodiak, Alaska, where he worked as a commercial fisherman and a substance abuse counselor. He earned his master’s in social work from Eastern Washington University in 1995, after which he worked as a therapist in Nome, Alaska, before returning to Kodiak in 1999. Peter lived in Kodiak, where he maintained a counseling practice, for the next 15 years.

In 2014, Pete relocated to Salida, Colorado.

Both of Peter’s parents died before him. Pete leaves behind his six siblings: Chris, Nancy, Jim, Moira, Paul, and Jenn, and his stepmother Judith. He is also mourned by his nieces and nephews, aunt, uncle, and cousins.

Peter loved helping people through his counseling. He also enjoyed meaningful conversation; a steak from the grill; his dogs; playing guitar; taking drives around his beautiful homes in Alaska and Colorado; and a good sleep.

A thoughtful and sensitive introvert with a strong sense of himself, Pete lived his life independently and on his own terms. He prepared to leave this world similarly, attending to the business of wrapping up his life and arranging his hospice and end-of-life plans.

Pete spent his last months visiting with family and friends in Alaska and Colorado. He died peacefully at the Howard, CO, home of his sister Moira and brother-in-law Bill, with his brother Paul and hospice nurse Kayla also at his side, enjoying a view of the mountains. He was well cared for in his last days, and left his life quietly and without fuss, free from fear and with few regrets. He was much loved, and he will be missed.

In keeping with Pete’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.

Remembrances can be shared at: https://www.forevermissed.com/peter-joseph-dungan.

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Peter Douglas Halstead
March 17, 1942 – October 28, 2019

Peter “Pete” Halstead, 77, of Washington Crossing, PA, passed away on October 28, 2019. His unwavering determination to meet every health obstacle was an inspiration to everyone. Pete valued the deep friendships that spanned decades.  Whether in business or treasured personal relationships, he felt so blessed to live life and live it well.

Pete had a genetic kidney disease that took the life of his father in 1970, but was determined to do everything he could to live a long and productive life with his wife, his four children, and seven grandchildren, and his furry friend, K.C.

Pete was born March 17, 1942, in Newark, NJ, and moved to Bloomfield, NJ, where he met his childhood sweetheart and wife, Linda, and they recently celebrated 55 years of marriage. Pete loved to play baseball, basketball, and discovered singing when he was asked to be a part of the Colgate 13 A Cappella singing group at Colgate University. He continued singing with a newly formed Vintage 13 group who met annually for their friendships and love of performing.

Pete graduated with a BS major in Economics from Colgate University in 1964. He then studied for his MBA at NYU and Farleigh Dickenson, after which he entered the banking world at Manufacturers Hanover in NYC. He stayed in commercial lending until his retirement in 2000, as an EVP of Summit Bank Corp, at which time he became co-founder of Capital Consulting Networks, LLC, focusing on crisis management. Over the years, Pete sat on many boards such as McCarter Theatre, Colgate University Alumni Board, Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, Corner House of Princeton, Cancer Care, and National Kidney Foundation of Delaware Valley. He also served on the boards of MetLife Bank, First Bank of New Jersey, American Sensor Technologies, and Interpool, Inc.

Pete is survived by his beloved wife, Linda, and his children, Deb Cusma (and son-in-law, Stephen) of Titusville, NJ; Amy Willett of Duxbury, MA; Karin Telegadis (and son-in-law, George) of Tampa, FL; and David Halstead (and husband, Andrew Mrakovcic) of East Meadow, NY.  Pete was especially proud of his seven grandchildren: Will, Jay, Catherine, Lauren, Christian, Grace, and Sophia.  “Pop Pop” will surely be missed. They were the happiest kids alive when at “their” lake house being pulled on inner tubes behind his boat.

In lieu of flowers, donations can go to the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org/support or NKF, 30 E. 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016), and/or the Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation (www.pkdcure.org/tribute-donation or via mail at PKD Foundation, 1001 E 101st Terrace, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO 64131).

Celebration of Life service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, on December 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.