October 23, 2018

Harrison Jerome Uhl Jr.

Harrison Jerome Uhl Jr., 88, of Princeton, died on October 3, at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center.

Born in Elizabeth, N.J., on November 10, 1929, “Jerry” was the only child of Harrison J. Uhl and Elizabeth Reed Buchanan. He attended The Pingry School and Princeton University, where he graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.

After graduating from Princeton, he married Palmer Beverley of Millwood, Va., whom he had met several years before on a double date in Westport, N.Y. They moved together to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he attended Carnegie Tech and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1954.

After college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, served in the Corps of Engineers, and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant.

In 1957, he returned to Princeton, N.J., to work for a local architect he had met while attending school. He settled in the Port Mercer neighborhood along the D&R Canal, where he lived until his death.

In 1962, he became a partner in a new firm named Collins Uhl Hoisington, Architects and Engineers. Early on, the new firm made a name for itself by winning a design competition for the NJ Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, Queens, N.Y.

Over the years, the firm grew and by the mid 1970s, it was taking on international projects. Eventually, the name was changed to CUH2A to avoid additional name changes each time partners joined or left the firm. Jerry was the managing partner for a number of years before his retirement at the end of 1987.

Jerry was an outdoorsman, a talented gardener, a builder of homes and chicken coops, and a soulful guitar player. After retirement, he and Palmer spent half of the year in the Adirondacks, in Westport, N.Y. on Lake Champlain, where they enjoyed wonderful friendships, a home on the lake, a big vegetable garden, and an apple and peach orchard. The other half of the year they would return to Princeton, where he took up wood carving and created a number of beautiful birds.

He is predeceased by his wife, Palmer; and survived by his children, Harrison J. Uhl III, Palmer B. Uhl, and William B. Uhl; daughter-in-law, Dorinda Uhl; and by his grandson, William B. Uhl Jr.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, N.J., on November 10th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The North Country SPCA, PO Box 55, Elizabethtown, N.Y. 12932, or the World Wildlife Fund.

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Katharine Bretnall

February 5, 1920 – October 5, 2018

Katharine Bretnall, a longtime resident of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away on October 5, 2018 at Pennswood Village, Newtown, Pennsylvania. She was 98 years old. She was the great-granddaughter of the Reverend George Hale, Pastor of the Pennington, New Jersey Presbyterian Church from 1839 to 1869.

During her nearly half-century as a Princeton resident, Katharine became known throughout the community as a tireless and respected journalist chronicling the historic, social, and political events throughout the Princeton area during her 32 years as a reporter and assistant editor of Town Topics, one of Princeton two weekly newspapers.

She began her career at Town Topics in 1952 writing a column titled It’s New to Us, which surveyed newly arrived merchandise in the stores along Nassau Street. Her role quickly expanded to reporting duties in which she covered events in and around Princeton. She regularly attended, and reported on, meetings of both the Princeton Borough Council and the Princeton Township Committee (at the time, Princeton was two separate communities), earning the respect of mayors, councilmen, and committeemen for her honest, straightforward, and dispassionate reporting. Many of the government leaders in both communities became her lifelong friends. She also covered and reported on School Board Meetings and earned the same respect from School Board members that she did from Borough Council and Township Committee.

Her reporting, however, was not limited to governments and school boards. She reported on a wide range of activities throughout the Princeton area, and as a devotee of the theater (she was a passionate fan of Shakespeare) wrote many Town Topics reviews of productions at McCarter Theater, Theater Intime, and other venues.

She worked closely with the founders of Town Topics, Dan D. Coyle and Donald C. Stuart, rising to the level of Assistant Editor under Donald Stuart and, following Stuart’s death, Stuart’s son, Donald (Jeb) Stuart, Jr. She retired from Town Topics in 1984, yet her legacy within the community continued. Thirteen years later a longtime resident of Princeton, in a letter to the editor of Town Topics, lauded her for helping to “…establish a standard for reliable, accurate, and interesting reporting.”

Her work as a reporter gave her an intense interest in community affairs to which she devoted much time and energy following her retirement. She served as a Board Member of both the Family Service Agency of Princeton and the Friends of the Princeton Public Library. She served as both Secretary and President of the Mercer Street Friends Center in Trenton and was President of Princeton Community Housing.

In 1993 she received the coveted Gerard B. Lambert Award, the highest honor the United Way – Princeton Area Communities can present to a community volunteer. The Award was established in 1954 to honor Gerard Lambert, a noted benefactor of the Princeton community.

During her retirement she traveled throughout the world; she was conversant in Spanish and spent a significant portion of her travels in Spanish-speaking countries.

In 1995 she moved to Pennswood Village, a retirement community in Newtown (Bucks County), Pennsylvania not far from Princeton, where she spent the remainder of her life, all the while maintaining her ties to Princeton friends.

Katharine Bretnall was born in Denver, Colorado, on February 5, 1920, the only child of Joseph and Elizabeth Hale Hanly. Following graduation from Denver’s East High School, she enrolled in New York’s Barnard College, earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1942. She then enrolled in the Columbia University School of Journalism from which she earned her Master of Science Degree in 1943, then worked at the Foreign News Desk of the United Press in New York in 1943 and 1944.

In 1943 she married William (Bill) Bretnall of Brooklyn, New York. Following her husband’s discharge from the Army in late 1945 and the subsequent completion of his studies at Columbia University, the couple moved to Princeton where Bill joined Educational Testing Service (which at the time was part of the College Entrance Examination Board). He served ETS in a variety of executive positions, including Director of Test Administration, until his untimely death in 1981.

Katharine Bretnall is survived by her son, Bill Bretnall of Avon Lake (Cleveland), Ohio; her daughter, Anne Bretnall Steen of Fenton (St. Louis), Missouri; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Those wishing to honor her memory are invited to make contributions to Mercer Street Friends Center, 151 Mercer Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08611.

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Wen Fong

Wen Fong, a renowned art historian and Princeton University alumnus who spent more than four decades on the Princeton faculty, died of leukemia on October 3 in Princeton, New Jersey. Fong was the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Art History, Emeritus, and professor of art and archaeology, emeritus. He was 88.

Fong was born in Shanghai in 1930, and received a classical Chinese education, including training as a calligrapher. In 1948 he came to the United States to study physics at Princeton, but soon changed his major to European history, graduating in the Class of 1951. He continued at Princeton as a graduate student in the Department of Art and Archaeology, focusing on medieval art history before earning a Ph.D. in 1958 in Chinese art history. He joined Princeton’s faculty in 1954 as an instructor, was named professor in 1967, and the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Art History in 1971. He transferred to emeritus status in 1999.

“Wen Fong was a giant in the field of Chinese art history, and his long tenure at Princeton ensured our department’s significance in the field,” said Michael Koortbojian, the M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Art and Archaeology and department chair. “Generations of students benefited from his mentoring at Princeton, and the discipline as a whole is all the richer for his teaching, his scholarship, and his example.”

Fong was instrumental in shaping the study of Asian art at Princeton, teaching graduate and undergraduate classes on Chinese art history, as well as medieval architecture. In 1959, he and the late Professor Frederick Mote, professor of East Asian studies, emeritus, established at Princeton the nation’s first Ph.D. program in Chinese art and archaeology, and shortly afterward expanded the program to include Japanese art and archaeology.

While chair of the department in the early 1970s, Fong established the history of photography and the history of pre-Columbian art as integral parts of the department’s program. As faculty curator of Asian art at the Princeton University Museum, Fong involved his graduate students in pathbreaking exhibitions and related publications. He helped to build the museum’s holdings in many fields, including the photography collection of the McAlpin family and outstanding holdings of Chinese art, most notably the John B. Elliott Collection of Chinese Calligraphy. He established Princeton’s Far Eastern Seminar Archives in 1958, which include more than 50,000 photographs of Chinese and Japanese paintings, as well as one of the world’s finest libraries of Asian art.

Concurrent with his contributions at Princeton, Fong served nearly 30 years — from 1971 to 2000 — as The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first consultative chairman of the Department of Asian Art. He often brought his students to The Met to view artwork from its collections.

In 1998, Fong received the College Art Association’s distinguished teaching award, and in 2013 the CAA honored him with a Distinguished Scholar Session at its annual meeting. In 2008, he was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard University. He was a member of the Academia Sinica in Taipei, the American Philosophical Society, the Chinese Art Society of America, and the College Art Association of America, among others.

After his retirement, Fong served as a professor in China at Tsinghua University in Beijing from 2004-7 and at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou from 2009-12.

Fong is survived by his wife, Constance; two sons, Laurence and Peter; a daughter, Serena and her husband, Philipp von Weitershausen; and two grandchildren, Landon and Matteo.

The Department of Art and Archaeology will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. on April 13, 2019 in Princeton Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS.org).

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Esther Ebenhoe Jenkins

Esther Ebenhoe Jenkins died peacefully at 97 on Sept. 19, 2018.  She is survived by her daughter Hilarie Jenkins of New York and her niece Regina Hancock Vindiatis of Connecticut.

She is the daughter of Sara Melenzer and Andrew Ebenhoe, and is originally of Belle Vernon, PA. She attended Monessen High School where she graduated Valedictorian, then graduating Allegheny College, Meadville, PA. B.A. cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with majors in English Literature and Drama.

Esther then married artist Paul Jenkins, and they lived in New York City and Paris, France.

Once divorced, Esther returned to New York City where she worked as a direct mail executive for the companies Reuben H. Donnelley, Random House, and Clairol.

Esther was one of the founding members of the successful Off-Off-Broadway group, Theater Practice, that performed original productions by Theo Barnes.

She relocated to Princeton, NJ in 1983. She worked for the environmental research firm Environ. She helped create the theatre group Princeton Rep Company, where she acted in principal roles.

Esther retired from Environ in 1999, living the rest of her days in Princeton happily reading as many books as she could.

Memorial services for Esther will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609-924-2277) on November 3, 2018 at 1 p.m.

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Joseph Foster Studholme Jr.

Joseph Foster Studholme Jr. passed away peacefully on October 3, 2018, after a long illness. Born August 2, 1936 in Binghamton, NY, to Joseph F. Studholme Sr. and Donna (Hall) Studholme, Joe and his brother Peter grew up in Port Allegany, PA. He was a star student and athlete at Port Allegheny High School, where among other achievements he played on both sides of the line for the football team. He spent some of his school years with his family in Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, where his father worked for Chicago Bridge and Iron. He attended Harvard and Columbia University, focusing on political science and making many lifelong friends.
In 1959 he married Anne Luning and after the birth of their first child, Joseph Bruns, in 1960, the family moved from New York City to Plainfield, NJ, where their second child, Hal Luning, was born in 1964, before finally settling in Locust, NJ, where Joe served on the vestry of All Saints’ Church. Joe worked at a variety of interesting jobs in New York City, including writing for MD magazine and analysis work for S&P, before beginning a long and successful banking career which continued through a number of senior positions with both national and international institutions. He was a member of the Bank Credit Associates of New York, taught a variety of training and introductory courses on credit analysis, and worked on behalf of NGOs overseas.

Joe was a widely-read student of American and World history, finance, and politics and, after retirement, settled in Princeton, New Jersey where he was an active auditor of courses at the University. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he was a constant presence in the lives of his Princeton grandchildren. 

Predeceased by his parents and his brother, Joe is survived by his wife, Anne; his sons, Joe and Hal; his granddaughter, Betsy; and his grandsons, Joey and William. Joe’s great heart and sense of humor, his intellectual curiosity and intelligence, wonderful stories, character, and unvarying kindness to his family, colleagues, and friends will be deeply missed.

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Dr. Peter J. Wojtowicz

Dr. Peter J. Wojtowicz of Princeton, NJ, went to his eternal rest with close family by his side on October 13, 2018. He was 87 years old.

Peter is survived by his children, Catherine Terroni (John) of Yardley, PA; Cynthia Bartlett (Edward) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and James Wojtowicz (Helen) of Crosswicks, NJ; his six grandchildren, Bart, John, James, Amy, Kelly, and Olivia; and his special longtime companion Patricia Scott of Cranbury, NJ.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara McCluskey Wojtowicz and his brother David Wojtowicz.

Peter was born on September 22, 1931, in Elizabeth Port, NJ, to Joseph and Helen Wojtowicz. He lived his early life in Linden, NJ, where he enjoyed visiting the train yard with his father and brother, and crabbing with his Uncle Frank. He graduated from Rutgers University and then moved with his young wife to New Haven, CT, where he graduated from Yale University with a doctorate in Physics. Upon graduation, he was employed with RCA – David Sarnoff Research Lab in Princeton, NJ, where he was granted several patents. During this time, Peter fulfilled a lifelong dream of obtaining a private pilot’s license and spent many happy hours flying. He also enjoyed boating in the rivers and back bays of NJ with his wife and family. He retired from RCA 1992.

Peter was very active after retirement. He worked as a consultant and was able to have the time to pursue his love of traveling. He and Pat enjoyed many adventurous trips together by boat and rail including several to Alaska, their favorite destination. 

Peter will be remembered as a wonderful and caring father, grandfather, friend, traveler, and storyteller.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on October 20 at the Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville. Burial followed in Ewing Church Cemetery, Ewing

In lieu of flowers, donations in Peter’s memory to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia would be appreciated, as CHOP held special meaning for him. Arrangements are by the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. Condolences are welcome at www.wilsonapple.com.

October 16, 2018

Emanuel Rhodes

Emanuel Rhodes, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great grandfather and World War II Veteran, peacefully passed away on October 9, 2018 at the age of 97.

Emanuel Rhodes was born on January 23, 1921 in Palmrya, North Carolina. Emanuel was the first of two sons born to Playton and Roberta Clark Rhodes. He relocated to Princeton, NJ with his father and brother Oscar when he was 12 years old. Emanuel loved Princeton and resided there for over 85 years as he always knew it was a wonderful place to live and raise his family.

Emanuel was educated in the Princeton school system and was drafted in to the United States Army in 1942. He completed his basic training at Fort McClellan in Alabama and was later transferred to Fort Huachuca in Arizona. Corporal Rhodes was stationed in Italy where he was assigned to the Army’s “All Black”- 92nd Artillery Division from 1943 to 1945. He was responsible for the placement of communication lines between the Artillery Division Headquarters and its organic and attached units. 

In daylight operations, Corporal Rhodes serviced and placed the communication lines under direct enemy observation and the ever-present threat of hostile fire. During one mission, with enemy artillery repeatedly destroying the communication lines at an important intersection, Corporal Rhodes instructed his Commanding Officer to move the Platoon to the safety zone as he voluntarily remained at the location, continuously repairing the communication lines. Nearly a half day later, Corporal Rhodes walked several dangerous miles back to headquarters.  Corporal Rhodes was cheered on and embraced by his entire Platoon, who were stunned in amazement that he completed the heroic mission and survived the heavy enemy fire.

Corporal Rhodes was awarded a Bronze Star on May 29, 1945 for his devotion to duty and meritorious service while in combat. He was also decorated with honors that included the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon, and a Victory Medal.

After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1945, Emanuel met his wife Hazel Vivian Winn in the spring of 1947 and married her three months later.  Emanuel and Hazel’s love story went on for over 71 years. They loved to travel and spend time with their large family.

Emanuel enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, playing cards, and board games. His fondest activity was going to the race track with his brother Oscar. Emanuel was an avid sports fan of the New York Yankees, Giants, and Knicks. He also loved to watch classic Army and Western movies. Emanuel was meticulous about his yard, so much so that he would end up spending his entire Saturday working on it because he would stop and talk to every passerby.

Emanuel began his career with the Matthew’s Construction Company.  In 1984, he retired from his father’s hauling business and 20 years of service with RCA.

Emanuel was preceded in death by his parents Playton and Roberta Clark Rhodes, brother Oscar Rhodes, step-mother Minnie Rhodes, and lifelong friend Barbara Hill.

Emanuel is survived by his wife Hazel and his four children, H.Patricia Rhodes, Lynet Dugger, Emanuel Derrick Rhodes, and Lisa Miles; son-in-law Paul Miles; six grandchildren, Gina Jackson-Beale (Corey), Ralph Jackson III, Mia Johnson (Gary), Nina Dugger (Melvin), Emanuel Jackson (Nicole), and Skyler Dugger; 17 great-grandchildren, Shana Jackson, Sharesse Jackson, Gary Johnson Jr. (Erika), Sheldon Jackson (Ramona), Canaan Johnson, Chanel Johnson, Shaan Johnson, Cameron Johnson, Mayke Pegram, Amirah Jackson, Yoana Jackson, Kayla Jackson, Emanuel Jackson, Jr., Aaron Pegram, Antonio Jackson, Zamarrion Gantt, and Shada Jackson; and five great-great-grandchildren, Kayden Taylor, Jai Johnson, Gavin Johnson, Kailee Taylor, and Kamryn Taylor. 

He is also survived by sister-in-law Juanita Rhodes; step-siblings Dexter Liverman, Bonita Leadem (Richard), Denise Isley (James), Lance Liverman (LaTonya), and Rev. Elliott Liverman (Karen); cousins Dorothy and Ralph Stevens; and special friends Melva and Willie Moore, John Clark, Jerry Crawford, and Mardean Epps.   

For over 72 years he was a member of American Legion Post #218 and Veterans of Foreign War.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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Marjorie K. Nyce

Marjorie K. Nyce, 85, of Skillman died Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Capital Health System at Fuld surrounded by her loving family. Born in Souderton, PA, she resided most of her life in West Windsor and Princeton before moving to Skillman five years ago. Marjorie was a member of Stone Hill Church, Princeton and very involved in the Stonebridge at Montgomery community.

Daughter of the late Melvin and Elsie (Jones) Kratz, she is survived by her husband of 64 years Henry Edward Nyce; a son, Thomas Nyce; daughters Deborah Flanagan, Brenda Nyce-Taylor, and Karen Bruno; ten grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Stone Hill Church, 1025 Bunn Drive, Princeton.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to International Students, Inc. at www.isionline.org/Home/JohnandArunaDesai.aspx.

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Edmund C. Weiss, Jr.

Cherished husband, dad, and grandpa

Edmund C. Weiss, Jr., 75, passed away peacefully on Friday October 12, 2018 at Stonebridge at Montgomery from complications after suffering a major stroke. 

Ed was raised in Whippany, NJ and graduated from Hanover Park High School where he met his wife Carol. He attended Lehigh University, graduating with a degree in accounting. After marrying Carol in 1965, Ed served in the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant stationed at the Pentagon. He raised his family in Parsippany, NJ for 25 years and was very active in the community, including serving as President of Par-Troy Little League North. After moving to Skillman, NJ in 1995, Ed remained active in the community as a Board Member of the Cherry Valley Homeowners Association and Finance Committee Member at Trinity Church-Princeton.

Ed was a Forensic CPA and Banker, most recently Managing Director with Protiviti specializing in Internal Audit Services. Previously he served as Executive Vice President and General Auditor for Summit Bancorp (formerly UJB Financial). He also served in a number of leadership positions within a variety of industry associations, including Trustee, Vice President and Chairman of the Members in Industry Committee of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. He was also a Director and President of the National Association of Financial Services Auditors (now part of Institute of Internal Auditors). Additionally, in 1989 he founded the MAX General Auditor’s Group, a national group of chief audit executives that was recently renamed the Weiss MAX Group in his honor.

Ed was a lifelong Yankees fan. The joys of his life were his children and grandchildren, and he especially enjoyed watching them play sports and vacationing with them throughout the years. He also enjoyed playing golf and attending Old Guard-Princeton lectures with his closest friends.     

Ed was predeceased by his parents Edmund and Elsie Weiss. In addition to Carol Weiss, his loving wife of 53 years, Ed is survived by his children Kimberly (Ron) Payne and Edmund (Trish) Weiss III; and grandchildren Ryan, Kevin, Rees, Landon, Riley, and Griffin. He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth Santomier.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday October 27, 2018 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cycle for Survival (http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/InLovingMemoryofEdWeiss). 

October 9, 2018

Rosemary O’Brien

Rosemary O’Brien, 93, died on September 29, 2018 at her home at Princeton Windrows, in Princeton, NJ, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

She was born June 6, 1925 in South Bend, Indiana, the eldest child of Dr. Peter Birmingham and Sarah Birmingham. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1947 and earned a master’s degree in Far Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in 1979.

In 1948 she married James L. O’Brien of Beloit, Wisconsin, with whom she raised three children in South Bend, Indiana and Ann Arbor, Michigan, before moving to Princeton in 1968. She greatly enjoyed spending summers, over more than 50 years, at their cottage in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Rosemary had a passion for reading and a great talent for writing, culminating in the publication of a book on the diaries of Gertrude Bell, who was an early female Middle East explorer. She enjoyed travel around the globe with her husband Jim, who was an attorney and executive with Bendix International. Rosemary also developed an increasing interest in other women’s issues and published articles and chapters on women’s historical and cultural topics. Wherever she lived, she enjoyed participating in various book groups and reading clubs. She always showed flair for entertaining. Rosemary was active in many civic activities in Princeton. She was among the first women to be inducted into the Old Guard of Princeton Nassau Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, James L. O’Brien, who died in 2002; her parents; and her brother Richard and his wife Jeanne. She is survived by daughter and son-in law, Anne and Dr. Stephen Bauer of Rochester, New York; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Wendilee (Health) O’Brien of Winter Harbor, Maine; son and daughter-in-law David and Sara (Howard) O’Brien of Reston, Virginia; five grandchildren, Erica (Bauer) Evert and her husband Corey Evert and Benjamin, Luke, Charleen, and Gabe O’Brien; and one great-grandson, Jack Evert.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday October 12, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. The burial will be private in Princeton Cemetery.

A gathering to celebrate Rosemary’s life will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. at Princeton Windrows, 2000 Windrow Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rosemary’s honor to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

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Chi Lung Kang

Chi Lung Kang, 97, Princeton resident of 51 years, died September 30, 2018. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, his college education at the National Chiao Tung University was interrupted by the World War II Japanese invasion of Shanghai. He and his family fled to Chungking, where he went to work in a munitions factory building arms. At the end of the war, he returned to Chiao Tung where he completed his degree in mechanical engineering. In 1947 he immigrated to the United States to get advanced degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering at the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana. It was there that he met his loving wife-to-be Chia-chen Chu (Cecilia) who was also pursuing her advanced degrees. After graduating, in 1951 they moved to New Jersey and married. They happily lived there for the rest of their lives; raising their family and helping their siblings, nephews, and nieces immigrate to the United States.

Chi Lung worked at Boonton Radio Corporation, Remington Rand Univac, Princeton University (Forrestal atomic accelerator group), and General Electric conducting high energy engineering research. With family and friends he championed kindness to all, intellectual curiosity, and a love for China — the “motherland.” From the beginning to the end of his life he enjoyed and promoted Chinese philosophy, literature, and poetry. Survived by his son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Brenda Kang, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Kim Kang, Orono, MN; five grandchildren, Lee Kang, Chelsea Kang, Harrison Kang, Eleanor Kang, and Rachel Kang; two sisters Ji Qin Kang, Plainsboro, NJ, and Ji Cheng Kang, Chengdu, China; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation and memorial service will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ.; immediately followed by a reception at Shanghai Park Restaurant, 301 N. Harrison Street, #33, Princeton, NJ from 2-4 p.m. An interment service and reception will be held in Princeton at a future date. Condolences can be submitted online at www.thekimblefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Chi Lung Kang Endowment at the University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801.

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Mary Josephine McCloskey

Mary Josephine McCloskey, known as Bridie to all that knew her, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 5th, 2018, at the Brookdale assisted living facility in Hillsborough, NJ.

Bridie was born on October 6th, 1932 in Gurteen, Ireland. The oldest of three children, Bridie grew up in Gurteen with her two brothers and completed her schooling in Halifax, England. Bridie developed a lifelong love of horses and swimming during her childhood. She trained to swim the English Channel and often swam on Long Beach Island and at the Community Park Pool. She treasured trips back to Ireland to visit friends and family.

Bridie was a resident of Princeton for nearly 60 years. Bridie immigrated to the United States in 1954 to live with relatives in Trenton before meeting her husband William (Dave) McCloskey. She worked for Bell Telephone Company until the birth of her first child, Michael (Kevin). She loved being a mother to Kevin and her daughter, Maureen (Missy), and devoted herself to supporting her children throughout their adult lives. Bridie could sing — at the great delight of others she could be found singing “Danny Boy” by her mother’s side at a pub in Gurteen or family birthday parties in Princeton. Bridie was very talented in needlepoint and this transitioned into a love of drawing in her later years. Bridie and her husband Dave spent countless falls and winters cheering for the Tigers at Princeton football and basketball games.

Bridie was a light to all that knew her. She defined selflessness as a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, cousin, aunt, and friend. Daughter of the late Martin and Mary (Mulligan) Callaghan, sister of the late Tony Callaghan, mother of the late Michael Kevin McCloskey. She is survived by her husband William David McCloskey; daughter Missy and her husband Ken; and her two grandchildren, Kelly and Ryan. She is also survived by her brother, Peter Callaghan and sister-in-law Mary Callaghan of Manchester, England; and special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call on Wednesday, October 10th, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 11th, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

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Jill Ann Gowen Weatherill

Jill Ann Gowen Weatherill, longtime resident of Princeton NJ, died September 30, 2018, at her son’s home in Connecticut after a long battle with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). She was 85 years old.

Born in East Dereham, Norfolk, UK, Jill was the first in her family to attend university, studying food science at Queen Elizabeth College in London. After university she worked for British food companies Lyons and Walls, before moving to New York City in the late 1950s where she continued work as a food scientist.

Jill met her husband, Derek Weatherill, in 1960 while on a sailing holiday in England. As Derek also happened to live in New York they arranged to meet upon their return to the States, and married in June 1961.

Jill was always extremely active and never without a ‘project.’ She was a passionate gardener, knew all the Latin names of plants, and created a spectacular garden over a 40-year period at the family home in Princeton. It was much admired by all, visited by gardening clubs and painted by artists. Friends rarely left without gifts of plants, cuttings, or flowers.

Jill’s love for children led her to spend many years teaching nursery school. Later she worked as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum giving tours to children and also adults. In her free time, she enjoyed visiting art museums, playing the piano and recorder, and attending classical concerts. With Derek, she shared a love of the ancient world, and wrote a small book of Greek myths in verse. She kept herself informed about current events and always had a stack of newspapers by her bed.

Her husband Derek was diagnosed with cancer shortly after he retired, ending dreams of traveling together in retirement. Derek struggled with the illness for eight years before passing away in 2004. After falling at home in October 2013, Jill moved to an apartment in Boston in early 2014 to be closer to family. She moved into a memory care assisted-living facility in Boston in 2015.

She is survived by her brother Roger of Tahiti, her four children — Sally, Simon, Julian, James — and five grandchildren, Oliver, Emily, William, Ben, and Sophia. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, www.theaftd.org.

She has been buried alongside Derek at Princeton Cemetery. A memorial is being planned, for details please email MemorialForJill@gmail.com.

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Joyce Marie Albers-Schonberg

Joyce Marie Albers-Schonberg died on October 6 after a long, bravely fought illness in her 76th year and the 50th year of an incredibly happy marriage. 

Joyce was born in Linden, NJ to Mary D. and Andrew R. Kovatch. After high school, she went to Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey and graduated with a degree in Biochemistry. She then joined the Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories in Rahway NJ in 1965, where she was part of several important projects. After 12 years, she decided on a career change, obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at New York University, and joined the First Boston Investment Bank in Manhattan as a Healthcare Securities Analyst. In her field, she ranked first in the country in the Institutional Investor magazine for several years. In the 1990s she made one more career change, joining the very young healthcare investment firm, Deerfield Management, where she found wonderful, lasting friends. In 1999 she retired to join her husband, Georg Albers-Schonberg, whom she had met in her first few weeks at Merck and who was now also retired.

Joyce had the rare gift to always put others before herself. She continued to care very deeply for Douglass College and its Alumnae Association, for the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation and many other charitable causes. In 2012, Joyce was awarded the NJ Women of Achievement Award. 

Joyce is survived by her husband, her mother, age 95, her brother Richard A. Kovatch, two sisters Jo Ann Kuser and Andrea Correia, their growing families, and Georg’s many relatives in Europe.

Joyce and Georg enjoyed extensive travel throughout the world and spending time on the Jersey shore. They had a deep appreciation for the fine arts, and could regularly be found at the Metropolitan Opera, or attending a concert given by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

Visitation will be at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ, Friday, October 12th from 3-6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ, Saturday, October 13th at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made in Joyce’s memory to any of the following organizations: Columbia University Medical Center; the Princeton Medical Group P.A.; Princeton Healthcare System Foundation; Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer; the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College; or the Community Foundation of Collier County (Naples, Fl).

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Georgine Hall Stauffer

Georgine Hall Stauffer, 93, died peacefully on Monday, October 1, 2018, at the Acorn Glen assisted living residence in Princeton.

Georgine was born and raised in Princeton, the daughter of George Gilson Fleming and Grace Elizabeth Titus, and she spent most of her adult life there. She graduated from Wilson College in Pennsylvania in 1946 and later earned a master’s degree in English from Columbia University.

Her calling was in the theatre. She performed in summer and regional plays during college and went on to enjoy a long acting career with appearances in a wide variety of stage, TV, and movie productions. Her Broadway credits include a performance with George C. Scott in Present Laughter and a role as understudy to Anne Pitoniak in Night Mother. Off-Broadway, she appeared in Moliere’s Learned Ladies with Jean Stapleton; in Sam Shepard’s True West with Peter Boyle and Tommy Lee Jones; and in Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party. Her regional theatre roles included Henry V, Buried Child, and Tartuffe. In the early 1960s, she pioneered a children’s television program entitled Once Upon a Day, which aired on WNET in New York. Later in her career, she appeared in several TV series, including Law and Order and The Good Wife. And she played Melvin Douglas’s secretary in the movie Being There with Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine. Georgine also taught English and drama in the Princeton public schools for years, and until recently, she worked at The Lewis School of Princeton teaching drama to students with dyslexia and other learning challenges.

Her first marriage was in 1949 to Herbert J. Hall, a prominent physicist and environmental scientist and the father of her three children. Later husbands included Ralph Freedman, former Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, and David DuVivier, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan and member of the Coudert Brothers law firm in Paris. In her 80s, Georgine rekindled a college-era romance with Daniel Stauffer, a Princeton graduate and civil engineer from Texas, and the two were married in August of 2010. Their loving companionship ended with Daniel’s passing in May of 2017.

Not only an accomplished actress, Georgine was a champion of civil rights, a devoted mother, a gourmet cook, a lover of English Bulldogs (Guinevere and Lancelot), and a loyal and generous friend to many, from actors and academics to the caregivers on staff at Acorn Glen. Her love of life, grit, and humor will be sorely missed.

She is survived by three children and their spouses (Molly Hall and husband Emilio Tavernise; John Hall and wife Kate Hall; and Stephen Hall and wife Margaret Dailey); two stepsons and their spouses (Mark Freedman and wife Alison Meyer; and Jonathan Freedman and wife Sara Blair); seven grandchildren (Kate Berenson, Aaron Berenson, Hannah Berenson and husband Ryan Stafford, Sarah Berenson, Conrad Hall, Jennifer Hall, and Margot Hall); six stepgrandchildren (Weli Freedman, Michael Freedman, Sarah Freedman, Ariel Freedman, Benjamin Freedman, and Miriam Freedman); and two great-grandchildren (Grace Stafford and Caleb Stafford).

The family held a burial service at the Princeton Cemetery on October 8th, with a memorial to follow on a date to be determined. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.

Donations in Georgine’s memory may be made to The Actors Fund, 729 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10019; The Lewis School of Princeton, 53 Bayard Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540; or C-Change Conversations, PO Box 1206, Princeton, NJ 08542.

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Elinor T. Riddle

Elinor T. Riddle, 77, of Princeton, NJ passed away Friday, October 5, 2018 from cancer. She died at home, quietly in her sleep.

Born in Elmhurst, NY, Elinor graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. In 1965 she married Larry Riddle, with whom she raised a family of three children. They have lived in Princeton since 1973. In 1986 she joined the Princeton Public Library where she worked as a library assistant for over 20 years. Beauties of nature have been joys in her life, and she and her husband have been avid birders.

Elinor was predeceased by her parents, Edmond and Margaret Kelly Tyne. She is survived by her husband; her two daughters, Margaret Gillingham and Adele Feldstein; her son, George; her six grandchildren, Ellen and Ben Gillingham, Jean Strickland, Hazel, Ava and Eloise Feldstein; and her sister Catherine Bingay.

Services will begin on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ followed by a 10:45 a.m. funeral mass at St. Paul Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. Interment will be in Princeton Abbey and Cemetery, 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton.

Please share your thoughts and memories at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

October 3, 2018

Nicole L. Gordon

It is with great sadness that the family of Nicole L. Gordon announces her passing on Monday, October 1, at the age of 42 years. After fighting for 11 years to recover from a series of devastating strokes, her body no longer had the strength to continue.

Nicole, widow to Seward Wojciech Piasecki, will be lovingly remembered by her mother and step-father, Joanne C. Gordon and Elias Malavet; her father and step-mother, Elliot B. Gordon and Linda Gordon; her brother and sister-in-law, Gregory P. Gordon and Dr. Freya Emspak; her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth A. Hall and Christopher Hall; and her niece and nephews, Simone Gordon, Dexter Gordon, Charles Hall, and James Hall.

Nicole attended the Chapin School, Princeton Day School, and graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Connecticut College with a BA in Art History. She was talented, artistic, had a flare for high fashion, and was a free spirit who loved her family, horses, Magic Mike, and Ancient Aliens.

A Funeral Service in memory of Nicole will be held on Friday, October 5th at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ. Visitation starting at 10 a.m., service at 2 p.m. followed by burial at Princeton Cemetery.

Share memories and extend condolences at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com.

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Diane E. Glinka

Diane E. Glinka, of Dunstable, MA, passed away September 23, 2018, surrounded by her family, after a sudden illness. Loving mother, sister, teacher, and friend.

Born in Princeton, NJ to Elizabeth N. Glinka and Matthew J. Glinka, Diane was a graduate of Princeton High School and Boston University School of Fine Arts, and received her Master’s in Education from UMass Lowell.

Devoted mother to her adored children, Michael McAuliffe and Emily McAuliffe of Dunstable, MA; loving sister of Elaine Glinka of Cartersville, GA, Charlotte Glinka and brother-in-law Charles Alexander of Boston, and Sarah Glinka-Endicott of Ann Arbor, MI. Also survived by her newfound love, Eric Leonard, as well as her niece, nephews, cousins, and many close friends.

Vibrant and talented school teacher, and creative and supportive colleague, most recently at the Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School. Her students often said she was their favorite teacher.

Avid golfer with a great group of friends at the Long Meadow Golf Club. Passionate about music, especially Motown, Aretha, the Beatles, and Jazz. Private piano teacher, accompanist at St. John’s Baptist Church in Woburn, MA, and former piano player with the Old Enuff to Know Better Band.

A star has gone out in the night sky, and the world is dimmer now for all who love her.

Celebration of Diane’s life was held Thursday, September 27, 2018, at the Long Meadow Golf Club, 165 Havilah Street, Lowell, MA. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to a fund that will be used to help teachers pay privately for school supplies that are not in the school’s budget: Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, 344 Main Street, Groton, MA 01450, memo line: Diane Glinka Fund. Arrangements by McGaffigan Family Funeral Home, 37 Main Street Pepperell, MA. Please see www.mcgaffiganfuneral.com.

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Margaret Frances Nilsen Galick

Margaret Frances Nilsen Galick, 90, of Griggstown died Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was a resident of Griggstown for over 80 years. Frances was the church secretary for Griggstown Reformed Church. She was a nature enthusiast, folk artist, and painter.

Daughter of the late Frode Winter Elias and Margaret (Ruud) Nilsen, wife of the late Vincent T. Galick, she is survived by two daughters Barbara L. Campbell and Wendy Neusner, and three grandchildren Katherine Neusner, Claire Campbell, and Christian Campbell.

Funeral services were held at Griggstown Reformed Church. Frances was buried alongside her late husband Vincent in the Rocky Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Griggstown Reformed Church, 1065 Canal Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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

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Memorial Service for Jean Millis Gilpin and Professor Robert George Gilpin Jr.

A memorial service will be held to remember and celebrate the lives of Jean and Bob Gilpin on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Princeton University Chapel, followed by a reception hosted by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 8 to princetonmemorial@gilp.in; for more information visit www.perkinsparker.com/obituary/robert-gilpin-jr.

September 26, 2018

Herbert Irving Abelson

Herbert Abelson, a longtime resident of Princeton, died September 9, 2018 in Cary, North Carolina, following complications of dementia. He was 92.

He was born January 13, 1926 in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Rose and Maxwell Abelson. He attended local public schools and Clark University. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Maryland in 1952. He married Fay Huffman, a fellow student, in 1953.

He spent three years at a research facility of the Department of the Army, housed at The George Washington University. He directed several studies featuring new procedures for debriefing refugees from eastern European countries, and he developed tests for selecting personnel for the newly organized Army Special Forces.

In 1956, Dr. Abelson and family moved to Princeton to join Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) as Chief Psychologist and later as a Vice President and Director. Dr. Abelson became one of the key social science researchers during the post-war period to apply principles from the academic social sciences and statistics to the practice of commercial survey research. He was also active his entire career in professional associations.

In 1963, Dr. Abelson was appointed to a National Academy of Sciences study group in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The subject was civil defense in the Cold War, an area in which Dr. Abelson had conducted and reported relevant research.

In 1966, Dr. Abelson went to Vietnam for CBS News, to organize the first nongovernmental wartime survey of the civilian population of South Vietnam. The study for CBS News was conducted in 1967, and was the subject of a CBS broadcast.

In 1969 Dr. Abelson resigned from ORC to cofound Response Analysis Corporation (RAC), an applied research firm conducting inquiries for government, not-for-profit, and for-profit firms. Of particular importance were several national surveys conducted for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and for the U.S. Department of Energy. These studies utilized new applied research methodologies.

In 1993, Dr. Abelson accepted an appointment at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. There he spent ten years teaching courses in survey methods and consulting with faculty and students.

He authored a well-known textbook entitled Persuasion, How Opinions and Attitudes are Changed (1959). Persuasion was translated into several languages. A second edition was published in 1971.

Dr. Abelson loved fishing, card playing, collecting wine, playing harmonica, and collecting matchbook covers. He traveled extensively with his wife and family, and visited Long Beach Island for 40 summers.

He was a member of the Jewish Center of Princeton and a Trustee of McCarter Theatre. He was active in the Princeton Community Democratic Organization, Princeton Community Television Committee, Community Without Walls, Princeton Old Guard, and Nassau Club. He qualified as an emergency medical technician, and volunteered for the Princeton Rescue Squad.

He is predeceased by his parents and by his wife of 63 years, Fay Huffman Abelson. He is survived by three children: Joseph Abelson, Daniel Abelson, and Rachel Hickson; and by six grandchildren, Sarah Abelson, Alicia Abelson, Meredith Hickson, Jessamine Hickson, Maxwell Abelson, and Rico Abelson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, 72½ Escher Street, Trenton, NJ 08609, and to McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Kirk William Moore

Kirk William Moore, DDS, 65, of Springfield, Mass., passed away unexpectedly at his home on September 12, 2018. Born in New Brunswick, N.J., he was the son of Ruth K. Moore from Princeton, and the late Donald P. Moore.

Kirk attended Princeton Day School and attended the University of Pennsylvania. He received his DDS from Howard University. Kirk practiced at BayState Dental in Springfield. The most important thing in his life was caring for his patients. He enjoyed biking and loved jazz music.

Besides his mother, Kirk leaves behind his daughter, Simone Moore of New York City; his twin sister, Christine Morrison and her husband, Curtis of Hopkinton, Mass.; and his nephew, Blake Morrison of New York City.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday, September 22 at St. Michael’s Church in Springfield, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes.org, will be appreciated. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton. www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com.

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Lydia Schulze

Lydia Schulze, 71, died suddenly at home September 23, 2018. She was born August 29, 1947 in Bad Wörishofen, Germany, the daughter of Nicholas and Halyna Domkiw.

Lydia graduated from Vassar College, Class of 1969. After graduation she married Carl Schulze, and they settled in Princeton. Together they owned and operated a family business, the New Jersey Feed Laboratory, in Ewing, N.J. They celebrated 47 years of marriage in July.

Lydia was a passionate supporter of the arts, including the Princeton Public Library and McCarter Theatre. In light of her son’s developmental disabilities, she staunchly advocated for The Camphill School, serving as board secretary for many years.

She will be remembered for her laughter, her humor, and ability to love unconditionally. Lydia dedicated herself to her family, her children, her community, and especially her friends. She gave generously to numerous United Methodist Mission projects, as well as many Camphill initiatives.

Predeceased by her parents, she is survived by her husband, Carl; her son, Peter Hans Schulze; and her daughter and son-in-law, Anastasia and Eric Littlepage.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, N.J. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 10 a.m.

Flowers or a contribution to Four Winds Community, 32 Colburn Road, Temple, NH 03084 will be appreciated.

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Cynthia Magnum White Fisher

Cynthia Mangum White Fisher, 73, affectionately known as “Chip,” passed away on Thursday, September 20, surrounded by her loving family, at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, after a courageous battle with health issues. She was born on July 12, 1945 to the late Olivia Mangum White and Elisha James White Sr. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Beverly Ann White and Mahasin Rashada (Patricia Ann White).

Cynthia was born and raised in Princeton, where she graduated from Princeton High School. She retired from Princeton Hospital in 2002, after 32 years of dedicated service as the Office Manager of Human Resources. She was a fashion designer, seamstress, wedding coordinator, artist, and the founder of Concoctions Inc. Cynthia enjoyed shopping, and loved to do yard sales, where she provided quality and beautiful merchandise at affordable prices. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, where she served on the Ladies’ Guild. She was very active in the Princeton Senior Club. She provided many services to the community as a Notary. As the CEO/Founder of Concoctions Inc. she created beautiful unique gift items, specializing in sports teams’ memorabilia.

Cynthia’s memory will be cherished by her devoted husband of 50 years, Gilbert I. Fisher; and her son, Scotty G. Fisher (Catherine). She is also survived by her sisters, Shirlene Wells of Yardley, PA, and Gail Olivia Everett (Robin) of Princeton; and her brother, Elisha James White Jr. (Michele) of Stockbridge, GA. She had three godchildren: Silas Massey Jr., Cheyenne Mendez, and Robin Lee Everett Jr.; dear friends Karen J. Marrow and William and Suzie Johnson; and a special niece Kelly Wells-Hodges. She also leaves to mourn uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 1 at First Baptist Church of Princeton. Viewing at 9 until 11 a.m., funeral services starting at 11 a.m. Reverend Carlton Branscomb will be officiating. Services provided by Hughes Funeral Home.

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Memorial for Edythe Click

Mom, I miss you and think of you every day since you left us on February 7th, 2018. You were brilliant and compassionate. You achieved so much in your lifetime. From your early days as an exceptional working mom you taught me to always work hard and achieve my dreams. You are incredibly missed by your family and friends. I love you mom, today and every day. You give me strength to carry on. Happy peaceful birthday in heaven, September 22nd.

Your forever grateful daughter,
Rhonda Mace

September 18, 2018

Miriam Lipschutz Yevick

August 28,1924 — September 5, 2018

Miriam Yevick, 94, was born August 28, 1924 in Schereningen, The Netherlands. She arrived in New York in 1940 after escaping from Antwerp just ahead of invading Nazis along with her immediate family. Her father, Max Lipschutz, was a prominent diamond merchant in Europe and he continued his trade for the next 50 years in New York City.

Miriam went on to attend university and became one of the first women to obtain a Ph.D. at MIT in mathematics. She taught at Rutgers University and divided her time between teaching, research, and writing. Her books included Mathematics for the Billions, A Testament for Ariela, a memoir about her first grandchild, and Intonations: Feeling Tones and Relationships.

Miriam loved Princeton and rented summer accommodations for many years before moving to Princeton in 1990. She could often be found in the University library or bicycling around town well into her 80s. The local outdoor pool was also a favorite spot in the summer. In addition, Miriam was a frequent contributor to Town Topics, writing editorial pieces ranging from the Ebola crisis to zoning restrictions in the town.

Miriam is predeceased by her husband, Dr. George Yevick, a former professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. She is survived by her son, David, her daughter-in-law, Susan, three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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Angela Chang

Angela Chang, 80, of Princeton passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center of Plainsboro.

Born in Liuzhou, China, Angela was a resident of Princeton, New Jersey for over 35 years. Angela grew up in post-war Taiwan, struggling for higher education and facing many financial challenges. After winning a college prose contest, she was granted a scholarship to attend Providence College in Taiwan. Her academic achievements in college helped her to win another scholarship from Ball State University in Indiana, where she received an MA in English and Education.

After spending years teaching English and Chinese language, her love of food and entertaining inspired her to change her profession to the culinary field. She sought to promote awareness of Chinese food and culture in America through her writing. Angela authored four cookbooks: Delicious Tofu (English), The Intriguing World of Chinese Home Cooking (English), Chinese Home Entertaining (bi-lingual), and A World of Desserts (Chinese). Additionally, she wrote numerous food articles for a Taiwanese food magazine, a leading Chinese newspaper in the United States, and several local New Jersey newspapers. Angela became a sought-after personality in a multitude of food-related activities. She was the coordinator of several New York-based tofu festivals and a judge for numerous gourmet tofu contests in the Chinese community.

Angela grew up in a large close-knit family which cultivated an outgoing personality and a generous spirit. She donated her time and efforts to various local charities. One charity she was particularly fond of was the Crawford House, a rehabilitation center for women with emotional issues.

Daughter of the late Zhong Pei and Bing Yi Tan, she is survived by her husband Humphrey H.J. Chang, son and daughter-in-law Raymond and Carol Chang, and two grandchildren Madeline and Zachary.

The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home at 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ. The burial will be private. Friends may call on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Angela’s memory to Daytop New Jersey at Crawford House, 362 Sunset Road, Skillman, NJ 08558 and Princeton Friends of Opera, PO Box 2359, Princeton, NJ 08543.

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Annie Rost

Annie Rost passed September 12, 2018 at the age of 94 at Rose Hill Assisted Living, Robbinsville, NJ. Annie was born in Elberfelt Wuppertal Germany. At the age of 15, she came with her family to America in 1939. She met and married her husband of 52 years, Manfred, in New York. In 1957 they moved to Princeton, New Jersey to raise a family. Manfred died in 1997.

Annie is survived by her four children: Claudia Handwerker (Jacob) of Lexington, MA; Lillian Foster (Wallace-deceased) of East Windsor, NJ; Norman Rost of Clark, NJ; and Sonya Bradski (Gary) of Palo Alto, CA; 11 grandchildren: Susan Saporta (Alan), Jason Handwerker (Shelby), Ethan Handwerker, Robin Waters (George), Elizabeth Ferencevych (Andrew), Phillip Foster, Asher Rost, Peninah Gal (Nir), Moriah, Simcha, Haviva Bradski; and eight great-grandchildren: Toni, Carmen, and Michael Saporta; Jaden and Truman Handwerker; Amy Waters, Avery Ferencevych; and Bat Sheva Gal. Annie’s greatest joy was entertaining her family and friends. She spent her summers with her children in Toms River and the Jersey Shore. Annie took her family on camping trips and other vacations. She traveled to Europe and on cruises with Manfred. She will be greatly missed.

September 12, 2018

Lucy Harris Hall

June 1, 1932 – September 2, 2018

Lucy was born on June 1, 1932 in Princeton, New Jersey to Dorothy Harris Lacy, and grew up with her mother and her grandparents, Omega and Belle Harris. She passed away on September 2, 2018. Lucy attended Princeton public schools, graduating from Princeton High in 1950. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Lucy had a long career as a teacher in Kansas City, Kansas; Poitier, France; Vicenza, Italy; Lawrence Township, New Jersey; and Chicago. While in Tucson, she was a writer for a children’s television program, a director of secondary reading for Tucson’s largest school district, assistant principal at Santa Rita High School, and the principal of Townsend Junior High School. She always said that education was a wonderful career, but little did she know, the best was yet to come.

In 1982, Lucy joined the United States Foreign Service, and after several months of training in Washington, D.C., she began diplomatic assignments at U.S. embassies, primarily in French-speaking African countries, but also in the Caribbean. Her son, daughter, and friends visited her in those foreign countries, and stayed with her in her exciting, luxurious, and sometimes exotic homes. And during her vacations, she would travel with them to different corners of the globe.

Lucy is survived by the joys and prides of her life: her daughter Margo Hall and her granddaughters Kaci and Serenity, all of Tucson, Arizona, and her son Roger Hall and his wife Buff of Scottsdale, Arizona, and their daughters Heather and Kelli Emady of Tempe, Arizona, and Gainesville, Florida.

She is also survived by her former husband and forever friend Francis Roger “Skip” Hall of Tucson, Arizona, and her son-in-law Theo Webb of Dallas, Texas. She also had caring and loving cousins and friends who she counted as her sisters and brothers. Her cousin/sister Florence Broadway, nephew Owen Gaskins, and “niece” Dana Hughes Moorhead all unfailingly cared for her with love and tenderness during her final years. She also leaves behind beloved cousins Walter “Sonny” Taylor, Robert Taylor, Monetta Harris, and Lloyd Harrell. Sisters/friends since childhood Ann King and Arden Pollard shared and truly enriched her life. And her dear godchildren Andrea Briscoe and Walter Harris Taylor, and great-godchildren Laura-Sage Marshall and Cameron Broadway, who called her Grand Lucy, truly warmed her heart with love. All of her Princeton, Hampton, Tucson, and foreign service friends, too many to name, kept her company, traveled and worked with her, and made her life better in so many ways. She always remembered the precious friends and relatives who preceded her in death, and was grateful for their contributions to her happiness and success.

As with all of us, to God goes the glory. She always said God had chosen, protected, and forgiven her not only for her sins, but also for bad decisions and wrongful deeds. Each morning she began the day with a simple “Thank you, Lord.”   And although Her wonderful life has ended, we too say, “Thank you, Lord.”   

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Princeton, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. Visitation will from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the Funeral Service on Saturday. Interment at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton.

Services entrusted to Ledford Funeral Home, 929 S. Clinton Avenue, Trenton. For additional information or to send online condolence or flowers to the family visit www.ledfordfuneralhomeinc.com.

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Margaret Towers Talman

Margaret Towers Talman, 90, died Wednesday, September 5, 2018, after a brief illness at home at Westminster Canterbury in Richmond, Va. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Carter E. Talman, Jr.; and her brothers, A. Robert Towers, Jr. and Thomas R. Towers. She is survived by her two daughters, Helen “Nell” T. Haughton of Pennington, N.J. and Margaret T. Corwin of Richmond, and their husbands, Daniel J. Haughton and Scott O. Corwin. Known as Mimi to her grandchildren, she cherished Elizabeth, Carter, and Margaret Haughton, and George and Augustus “Gus” Corwin. Also surviving are her brother-in-law, Dr. E. Armistead Talman and his wife, Peggy; her sister-in-law, Patricia Towers of New York; and her extended family, who added much joy to her life.

Margaret was a graduate of St. Catherine’s School and Sweet Briar College. Immediately after college, she taught elementary school in Chesterfield County and discovered an abiding interest in children’s education. She pursued further study in special education at VCU, followed by several years tutoring reading at George Wythe High School. She was a dedicated member of St. James’s Episcopal Church where she taught Sunday school and volunteered with the St. James’s Children Center and served on the Board. She also dressed up as Mother Goose at school events, combining her love of children with her love of reading and rhymes. Margaret supported the Valentine Museum where she volunteered weekly in its historic Costume Department and served many years on the Valentine Board. She was a member of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a former member of the Junior Board of Sheltering Arms. The family would like to extend our special thanks and gratitude to the wonderful healthcare staff at Westminster Canterbury, including the compassionate nurses and aides, but also the smiling faces in dining and housekeeping.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, September 15, at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va. Burial in Hollywood Cemetery will be private. If desired, contributions may be made to St. James’s Children’s Center, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond, Va. 23220 or to the Westminster Canterbury Foundation, 1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227.

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Douglas F. Bauer

Douglas F. Bauer, 75, of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at home.

Born in Buffalo, NY, he remained a longtime NYC resident until moving to Lawrenceville seven years ago. Douglas was a graduate of Princeton University, Class of 1964 and Harvard Law School, Class of 1967. Douglas was a Corporate Law Attorney, having retired from Bowne & Co. after many years in practice.  He was a lover of “all things Princeton.”  Some of his hobbies included rare book collecting, especially the poet Pindar. He was a member of the Grolier Club, Friends of the Princeton University Library, and the Biographical Society of America. He and his husband Louis were the first same sex couple to be married in Lawrence Township.

Son of the late Edmund and Gloria Bauer; he is survived by his husband Louis Rossi.

Per Douglas’ wishes, services are being held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to EASEL Animal Rescue League, 4 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ 08648.

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

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

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Memorial Service

There will be a memorial service for longtime Princeton resident Judith P. Erdman (May 1926 – June 2018) on Saturday, September 22, 11 a.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. A reception immediately following the service will be held at the Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street, Princeton.

September 5, 2018

Jonas Byron Bingeman

February 21, 1925 — August 26, 2018

Jonas Byron Bingeman, age 93, passed away on August 26, 2018, at his home in Skillman, New Jersey. Jonas was born in South River, Ontario, Canada and raised on a dairy farm near Waterloo, Ontario. He graduated early from high school and went on to earn a BS in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (Dominion of Canada Scholar); an MS in Physical Chemistry from University of Detroit; an MS in Chemical Engineering from University of Minneapolis; and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University. He was the oldest of three children born to Gordon and Edna Bingeman and was the beloved husband of Kathleen Macdonald Bingeman for nearly 70 years. After meeting at Queen’s and marrying in 1948, Jonas and Kathleen enjoyed living in various cities throughout the U.S. while Jonas pursued his successful career in engineering, which included leadership positions at Ethyl Corporation, Rexall Drugs, Allied Chemical, and NL Industries, as well as being granted numerous patents. The couple retired in Princeton, where Jonas was an elder at Nassau Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Nassau Club, the Old Guard, and Springdale Golf Club.

Jonas was always active and enjoyed being outdoors, taking fishing trips, visiting family and friends, making wine, playing bridge and hearts, and pursuing his passion for golf at 104 courses throughout the world.

Jonas was a beloved father and devoted to his children, the late Grant Bingeman (Ruthann), Leslie Sillinger (Glenn), John Bingeman, and Claire Hatten (Jimmie). He will forever be remembered by his brother Gordon Bingeman; sister Beth Tousaw; treasured grandchildren Jeanette Ellefson (Eddie), Keith Bingeman, Jared Bingeman (Amanda), Michael Sillinger, Chris Sillinger, Angela Taylor, Michael Bingeman (Joyce), Courtney Weld (Thomas), James Hatten, and Ainsley Hatten; along with 24 great-grandchildren and countless other family and friends.

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Fleury Velie Mackie

Fleury Velie Mackie, a generous, humorous, and caring member of the Princeton community for over 65 years, died peacefully early in the morning of August 26.

She was a loving mother and stepmother to her four daughters and her four stepchildren. Fleury helped hundreds of people in the Princeton/Trenton area with her philanthropic involvement. At various times in her life, she committed her time and resources to the following organizations: HiTops, the New Jersey State Museum, HomeFront, Princeton University Art Museum, Morven, and others. Her legendary parties were often created to benefit local causes.

Besides her monetary contributions, she was always eager to give her time and talent to community causes, such as Family Born where she assisted births, and was both a volunteer and fundraiser for the Princeton Hospital.

She operated with a unique combination of humor, compassion, honesty, practicality, and discretion. She looked for and helped others to find laughter, even at the darkest moments. Always glamorous, she was nevertheless loaded with grit and fortitude.

Fleury was born in Moline, Illinois, in 1926, and spent most of her youth in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was a graduate of the Foxcroft School, and Ogontz Junior College. She was the great, great granddaughter of John Deere, and the granddaughter of Willard Velie, who founded the Velie Motor Company, which manufactured automobiles from 1909 to 1928, and the Velie Monocoupe from 1927 to 1929.

She met her first husband, Jack Valdes, on a blind date at a Princeton football game, and a few years after marriage, they moved to Princeton permanently.

In 2011, Fleury wrote an admired memoir, Born Not A Moment Too Soon.

Fleury was an accomplished horsewoman throughout much of her adulthood. Her equestrian skills were polished at the Foxcroft School, and, well into her 70s, she spent time riding horses each summer while out West.

She was predeceased by her first husband Jack Valdes, her second husband Donald Mackie, two of her daughters, Vicky O’Donoghue and Stacy Lorenceau, and by her stepdaughter, Diana Mackie.

Fleury is survived by her daughters Kelly Valdes and Midge Valdes, by Midge’s husband Stanley Kaplan; by her stepchildren Douglas Mackie, David Mackie and his wife Mary Rabbitt, and Cynthia Mackie and her husband Jim Tarrant; and by her grandchildren Margay Kaplan, Pierce and Nick McKellar, Antoine, Thomas and Olivier Lorenceau, and her step grandchildren Kevin and Melati Tarrant, and Ariane Belkadi.

Fleury, with her good cheer and positive attitude, will be dearly missed by them, by her cousins, her nieces and nephews, and her many, many friends.

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Dr. Alice Levite Brandinger

November 23, 1929 – August 18, 2018

Alice Levite Brandinger died on August 18, 2018 after a short illness at her home in Pennington, NJ, surrounded by family. She was born on November 23, 1929 in Manhattan, NY.

Alice attended Hunter College in New York City and it was there that she met her future husband Jay, whom she married on December 25, 1949. She had three children and lived with her family in Riverhead, NY, Lawrence, NJ, Indianapolis, IN, and Pennington. Alice earned a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, as well as master’s and doctor of education degrees from Rutgers University.

Alice’s interest in special education led her to teach at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, head the Trenton State Teacher’s College Department of Special Education, and assume the role of Director for the Indianapolis Public Schools Center for Autistic Children. Her husband Jay’s career with RCA and the New Jersey State Commission on Science and Technology gave them opportunities to travel worldwide, their destinations included: Japan, China, Europe, and Israel.

Alice read extensively, enjoyed gourmet cooking/entertaining, and excelled in competitive bridge achieving Life Master. Her skills with interior design were exemplified by a unique kitchen remodel and an extensive spa room. She and her husband regularly attended Chair Yoga and Healthy Bones classes in Pennington.

Alice shared and supported her husband’s interests and hobbies including: flying their plane, piloting their boat, as well as attending aircraft owner/yacht club outings and trips. Alice also edited Jay’s technical publications and his books on photography.

Alice’s marriage of 68 years with Jay left a lasting impression on all who knew them and demonstrated what a loving and high achieving team they were with family, friends, and professional acquaintances.

She is survived by children Paul, Donna Lee Mark, and Norman; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

The family requests that contributions in the name of Dr. Alice Brandinger be provided to The College of New Jersey Foundation.

August 29, 2018

Hans J. Breme

Hans J. Breme, 82, passed away at Penn Princeton Hospital on Wednesday, August 22. He suffered from long-term health issues including cardiovascular disease and lung cancer. He was born on May 18, 1936 in Erfurt, Germany and became a U.S. citizen in 1962. Hans worked at the Western Electric Corporate Education Center in Hopewell. Hans spent most of his career in research and consulting as an engineer with Western Electric, Lucent, and AT&T. His numerous contributions included the development and implementation of advanced communications systems.

Hans lived in Princeton for over 50 years where he enjoyed auditing courses at Princeton University and attending the University’s many public lectures and programs. He also enjoyed the cultural life of Princeton including performances by NJSO and programs at McCarter Theatre. He was a member of CWW House Four. His extensive travels took him to six of the seven continents. Those who had the privilege of knowing Hans will remember him for his love of discussion, penetrating intellect, and personal warmth. He is survived by his beloved partner Beverly Kestenis, dear relatives, and numerous friends from around the world. There is no memorial service at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

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William S. Clarke

William S. Clarke, 80, of Princeton, passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at Virtua Memorial Hospital of Burlington Township.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was a resident of the Princeton area for 50 years. He practiced Corporate Law for 50 years. Bill was the past commodore and trustee of the Barnegat Light Yacht Club and was the Founder of LBIYRA. He was an active member of the International Lightning Class Association, the Catboat Association, Steam Automobile Club of America, and the Nassau Club.

Bill took pride in being active with the Conservation of Land in Hopewell, and was a Philanthropist in land preservation, environmental issues, and animal protection.

Predeceased by his parents, Edwin E. and Kathryn Clarke; he is survived by his wife, Wendy (Wallach) Clarke; his son and daughter-in-law, William S. Clarke, IV and Rose Mary Garcia; his daughter, Marci Crowley; his grandchildren, Kathryn E. Clarke and Aidan and Carter Crowley; his brother and sister-in-law, Edwin E. “Ted” and Beth Clarke; and his niece and nephew, Lisa Geiger and Tom Clarke.

A Memorial gathering and service was held on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, N.J. 08008.

Cremation took place privately.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ. www.saulfuneralhomes.com.

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Bruce O’Neill

Bruce Andrew O’Neill, 53, of Lawrenceville, passed away August 25, 2018 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Bruce was born in Princeton to John (Jack) and Elizabeth (Betty) O’Neill on April 14, 1965. He went to St. Paul’s School in Princeton and graduated from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School in 1983 after his family moved to West Windsor. He continued his education at Mercer Community County College and graduated in 1985. In 1985 Bruce began working for his brother at Stephen J. O’Neill Painting and then in 1996 he went to work for the Borough of Princeton alongside his father, Jack. Bruce, Assistant Superintendent of Parking Operations, served the borough for 22 years, and combined with his father faithfully served the Princeton community for 66 years.

Bruce was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. Bruce loved to learn new things, and as a result he had many talents. He loved cooking, fly fishing (even making his own flies), wood working, caning, music (especially the Grateful Dead), and outdoor activities. Bruce was an avid cyclist for many years and was a former member of the Century Road Club of America. At one time he participated in the Anchor House Ride for Runaways, biking 500 miles for charity. His family and friends enjoyed going to see him race. He was a lifelong fan of Princeton University football, basketball, and hockey. Over the years he enjoyed going to games with his family. Bruce loved baseball, playing for Post 76 Little League in his youth and later playing for the O’Neill Painting softball team at Mercer Park. Of course, we will always fondly remember him with his Yankees hat on, as he was a true Yankees enthusiast and fan.

Bruce is preceded in death by his father and is survived by his mother Betty O’Neill; his brother Stephen J. O’Neill; his two nieces and their husbands, Devin Garcia and Joaquin Garcia and Morgan Barton and Michael Barton; and his grandnephew Tanner Barton.

The funeral will be held 9 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Anchor House Ride for Runaways (www.anchorhouseride.org) and the American Heart Association.

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Kirby Westheimer

Kirby Westheimer died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Princeton on July 17, 2018. Kirby was born on February 24, 1938, in St. Louis, the eldest child of Florence (Binswanger) and Louis Westheimer. Kirby lived in New York City, Germany, Mexico, and Hawaii, permanently residing in Princeton for over 40 years.

Kirby was a proud graduate of St. Louis Country Day School, Yale University’s Directed Studies Program, and the Harvard Business School, where he was asked to become a member of the faculty, teaching Sales Management. Always a diverse and creative thinker and consummate workaholic, Kirby sold magazines door to door in his pre-teen years, brought the Mexican Jumping Bean to the States when he was just 21, and by the time he was 23, penned a column on the elderly, under the pseudonym of Arthur Lord, which was syndicated in over 180 newspapers across the country. These are only a very small sample of his lifelong accomplishments. Kirby settled into the banking industry, founding The Westheimer Company, an investment banking firm, which he was President over three decades. Kirby was a member of The Harvard Club of NYC for more than 50 years, forever enjoying the city he could never get enough of.

Kirby was a world traveler, visiting almost every state in the USA and many countries over five continents. Kirby loved music, particularly classical and opera. History was another of his strong passions. He adored sculpture, amazed at the talents of the sculptor, particularly his dear friend Helaine. Kirby was a reader of every newspaper and book he could lay his eyes on, four or five at a time. His writing and vocabulary skills were no less incredible.

Although Kirby excelled in the banking world, his true calling was teaching. Not a child nor teenager escaped his inquisitive mind. Many an eye rolled (which he usually saw and completely ignored) when his questions started, but they were blessed to have had his insight and advice, and have been inspired by him to forge ahead with their passions.

Kirby was gifted with a remarkable brain. He was tirelessly curious about everything and everyone. Sometimes misunderstood by the impatient or judgmental, he was an innate teacher, a generous, soft spoken, caring, and good man. He was a mentor to many, an intense but gentle soul who challenged and encouraged everyone who crossed his path, especially the young, to be the best they could be, work hard and get the very best education available to them, embrace their strengths, and help them set and achieve their goals. To further his attempt to ensure everyone he cared for never stop learning, his gift to everyone for every occasion, and many times just because, was a book, usually a literary classic, which he could recite from memory, line by line and word by word, or the current SAT study guide.

Kirby was a voracious watcher and reader of current events. His understanding of our and most other countries’ political system was beyond admirable. But he was constantly bewildered and frustrated how such smart folks, knowing the importance of their positions, could behave so stupidly, with strong emphasis on the current administration.

Kirby loved reconnecting with lifelong and dear friends, attending his High School and College Reunions, most recently enjoying his 60th Reunion of St. Louis Country Day.

Arrangements were handled by Mather-Hodge, Princeton. At his request, a private celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of his family.

Kirby’s profound influence and guidance will live on and continue to inspire his family whom he showed so much love to, and who loved him unconditionally and with all their hearts. Kirby lived a full, adventurous, and accomplished life, and found such happiness over the past decade spending countless hours enjoying family meals, while learning from each other. We miss him and his gentle voice immensely, and are forever grateful for the lifelong lessons he instilled in us, which will be carried on for generations. Kirby so appreciated how Peggy Lee sang … if that’s all there is my friends … then let’s keep dancing …. Goodnight, Sweetheart.

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Charles Wilbur Ufford, Jr.

Charles W. Ufford, Jr., a 49-year resident of Princeton, died Friday, August 17 at Kendal at Hanover, NH at the age of 87. A former head of the Trusts and Estates Department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom, he was a leading squash player in the New York area.

The son of Beatrice Wistar Ufford and C. Wilbur Ufford, he was born in Princeton on July 8, 1931. He grew up in Meadville, PA, graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1949, and from Harvard College in 1953. While at college, he was twice Intercollegiate Squash Champion as well as captain of the tennis team, captain of the soccer team, and an All-American soccer player. At his graduation he was chosen to be the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Although a birthright Quaker, he relinquished his Conscientious Objector status to enlist in the U.S. Army, spending two years at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1959 and married Letitia Wheeler, daughter of Prof. John A. Wheeler of Princeton, in 1961. The Uffords have three daughters and spent summers at the Ufford Camp in Pocono Lake Preserve, PA and with the Wheeler family on High Island, South Bristol, ME.

Ufford served as Chairman of the NY State Bar Association Trusts Estates Law Section in 1984 and was a fellow of the American College of Trusts & Estates Counsel. He loved to play games, from chess to those he created for friends and family.

He served as Clerk of Princeton Friends Meeting and, after his retirement from Skadden, Arps, went on the board of the Friends Fiduciary Corporation and the Executive Committee of the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

He is survived by his wife; his daughters Eleanor (and Albert) Léger of Newport, VT and Exeter, NH; Catherine (and Richard) Ufford-Chase of Stony Point, NY; Alison (and Muhammad) Salem; eight grandchildren; and his sister, Beatrice Ufford Zenzie.

A memorial gathering will be held at Kendal at Hanover, NH and on October 13 at Princeton Friends Meeting.

August 22, 2018

Alfred R. Perna

Alfred R. Perna, 81, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Princeton Care Center, Princeton.

Born on October 12, 1936 in Pettoranello Di Molise, Italy, Alfred grew up in Italy during World War II. In 1951 Alfred immigrated to the United States to join his father and brother in Princeton, becoming a citizen in 1958. From 1954 to 1962 Alfred served in the Army National Guard as part of 53rd Armor. On October 29, 1960 Alfred married Irene L Mazur. He also began work at RCA Laboratories as a plumber in 1960 and would remain with RCA for over 15 years, developing many lifelong friendships.

In 1975, he became the co-owner of Mazur Nursery with his wife Irene. In 1976, Alfred and Irene opened Perna’s Plant and Flower Shop in West Windsor. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Mazur Nursery was one of the leading wholesale and retail bedding plant nursery establishments. In 1991, they decided to focus on their local retail customers, offering the broadest and largest and most unique selection of annuals, perennials, and vegetables in the area. Alfred continued to actively lead the nursery through 2016, taking great enjoyment and pride in growing the types and varieties of plants the customers came to appreciate. Alfred could be counted on to always be at the checkout counter providing gardening advice, guidance, and good conversation to their customers. Always willing to give anyone a chance to work, Alfred served as the first employer for many young men and women, teaching them the virtue of hard work and persistence. Many of these people would routinely come back to visit with Alfred over the years to catch up and share stories of their time working at the nursery. When not working at his business, Alfred enjoyed traveling with his wife, going to the horse races, visiting Atlantic City, dining out, and watching and attending NASCAR races. Alfred also belonged to M.S. Roma Eterna, Princeton Italian American Sportsman Club, Knights of Columbus, Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Department, and the NJ Nurseryman’s Association.

Predeceased by his parents, Nicola and Irena (née Rossi) Perna, his wife Irene M. Perna, two brothers Anthony R. Perna and Michael J Perna, his sister Olimpia T. Perna; he is survived by his son, Steven Perna and wife Maria; his daughter Sarah Conte and husband Scott; grandchildren, Nicole, Michael, and Christina Conte.

Funeral services for Alfred were held on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 9 a.m. at Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

Interment followed at St. Hedwig Cemetery, Ewing, NJ.

To send a condolence to the family please visit www.poulsonvanhise.com.

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

August 8, 2018

William Ashley Morrill

William Ashley Morrill, age 88, died on July 25, 2018 at his home in Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Bronxville, NY, to now deceased Katharine Anderson Morrill and Ashley Baker Morrill, M.D., (both offspring of Methodist Bishops), Bill attended the Bronxville School (K-12). He graduated in 1952 from Wesleyan University, majoring in government, and got his Masters in Public Administration in 1953 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

He is also pre-deceased by his brother, Richard Baker Morrill, and his former wife, Lois Birrell Morrill. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Porter Morrill, and four daughters: Margaret K. Morrill Gates of Madrid, NY (Cedric); Carolyn R. Cummins of Sabael, NY (Joseph); Elizabeth Darcie Corbin of Bloomington, MN (Roger); and Janet Robin Forsell of Clifton Park, NY (Jeffrey); seven grandchildren: Daniel Gates, Molly Baker (Justin), Kim Gates, Kate Cummins, Cody Cummins, Mindy Corbin, and Kurt Forsell; two great-grandchildren Callie Cummins and Cash Baker; and his sister-in-law JoAnn Morrill of Minneapolis and her son and daughters and their children.

In 1953 Mr. Morrill began his over 60 year career in public service in successive posts in the Directorate of Manpower and Organization, United States Air Force. From 1962-1971 he served in several roles ending as Deputy Director for the National Security Programs Division at what is now the Office of Management and Budget. He represented OMB on the Rostow Task Force on National Telecommunications Policy and led the effort to open the Highway Trust Fund for mass transit.

In 1972 Mr. Morrill’s objection to the Vietnam War led him to serve as Deputy County Executive of Fairfax County, VA. He then returned to the Federal government as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at what is now the Department of Health and Human Services from 1973-1977. In 1977 Mr. Morrill was recruited to join the team responsible for creating the new U.S. Department of Energy.

At the end of 1977, he began a 23 year relationship with the Mathematica Companies in Princeton, NJ, first as Senior Fellow, Sr. VP, and then President of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.; VP and General Manager, Consulting and Research at Martin Marietta Data Systems; and CEO, Chairman, and Sr. Fellow of Mathtech, Inc. In 2000 Mr. Morrill joined ICF International in Fairfax, VA as a Senior Fellow, retiring in 2013.

Over the years Mr. Morrill authored and co-authored several professional reports, chapters, and publications; he received many honors and awards throughout his career, including Lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2013 he published his memoir: A Journey through Governance — A Public Servant’s Experience under Six Presidents, edited by John C. Long.

Mr. Morrill served on many boards, committees, and councils including the National Academy of Public Administration; Council for Excellence in Government; the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management; Child Development Research and Public Policy Standing Committee, National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences; the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families. In Bucks County, PA, Mr. Morrill was active with Planned Parenthood, the Moyer Scholarship Foundation, Bucks County Food and Wine Festival, Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, and Pennswood Village.

Bill Morrill was a true Renaissance man: wine enthusiast, accomplished cook, self-taught guitar player, author of illustrated travel journals, splendid writer, aspiring tennis player, wise gardener, prolific artist in colored pencils, impressive poet, aficionado of folk and bluegrass music, singer of all Methodist hymns by number, consummate workaholic, and preserver of family treasures and stories.

For the full obituary and information concerning a memorial service, please contact Joseph A. Fluehr Funeral Home, Richboro, PA at (215) 968-8585 or www.fluehr.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a financial contribution to The Wesleyan Fund, 318 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459; The Maxwell School, 44 University Place, Syracuse, NY 13210; National Academy of Public Administration, 1600 K Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20006; Planned Parenthood Keystone, P. O. Box 813, Trexlertown, PA 18087; The Fellowship Fund, Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA 18940; or a progressive charity of your choice.

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Carolyn Hansen Jones

Carolyn Hansen Jones of Stonebridge at Montgomery, passed away on July 26, 2018, two weeks shy of her 93rd birthday.

Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Carolyn had a passion for nursing and travel. A few years after attending Seton Hall University and receiving her nursing degree from Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing, Carolyn traveled to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where she worked as a nurse for the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO). There she met and married George Jones, her husband of 52 years, until his death.

Together with their four children, they worked and traveled throughout the Middle East, before moving to England, then Singapore, finally returning to the States after 20 years overseas.

Carolyn is predeceased by her parents, her five siblings and husband, George. She is survived by a daughter, three sons, their spouses, and seven grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Mather-Hodge, Princeton. Memorial services are private.

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Gail Liebmann

Gail Liebmann died on August 4. She was born in Manhattan in 1923 to Sarah (Weinstein) and Raphael Liebman, joining four siblings, all of whom were unprepared for but thrilled with her arrival. Her birth name was Abigail, which she shortened to Gail well before entering Seward Park High School, from which she graduated early and with high honors. As a teenager in Brooklyn, she became an active member of the Labor Zionist Youth Movement’s Hashomer Hatzair, cultivating friendships which were to last a lifetime, and would work as a volunteer on a Hashomer Hatzair kibbutz in Israel many years later. When she was 16, she was introduced by a mutual friend to her future husband, Abe Liebmann, because, though spelled differently, they shared a last name. Their marriage would last until his death over 60 years later.

Mrs. Liebmann attended Hebrew Union College, from which she received her Hebrew Teacher’s license after completing classes at night while raising three children in West Orange, New Jersey, her home since 1952. She was a Hebrew teacher to thousands of children at The Jewish Center of West Orange B’nai Shalom, where she taught for over 42 years (a school record). In the mid-1980s, The Gail Liebmann Fund was established at B’nai Shalom by her family in her honor to recognize a Hebrew School student of distinction chosen by the school’s principal each year.

In 1989, Mrs. Liebmann earned the title “Master Teacher,” qualifying her to mentor colleagues in New Jersey’s Metro-west area. Upon her retirement in 1996, she was formally commended for her decades of service to the Jewish community at B’nai Shalom, with the Mayor of West Orange, Samuel Spina, proclaiming May 1, 1996 “Gail Liebmann Day,” and Rabbi Stanley Asekoff (now Rabbi Emeritus) stating that “what Gail has been able to do is convey to generations of youngsters the knowledge, excitement, and joy of the Jewish experience.”

Gail Liebmann was also on the faculty of Hebrew Union College, The Jewish Education Association’s Midrasha Institute of Jewish Studies, and B’nai Shalom’s Adult Education Program. For many years, she served as President of the Hebrew Teachers’ Association of Essex County.

Gail Liebmann was a past-president of B’nai Brith Women (now Jewish Women International), and was a life member of Hadassah. Her children, Robin Liebmann Wallack (Alan), Rory Liebmann (Kay), and Dr. Dana Liebmann, recognize their mother’s profound influence on their immediate and extended family, with all her children, her five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren continuing a legacy which values the importance of education, compassion for animals, singing, good literature, and, of course, the Jewish traditions passed on to her from her own parents so long ago.

Donations in Gail Liebmann’s memory may be made to The Matthew J. Ryan Hospital for Small Animals at The University of Pennsylvania.

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Stacy Beth Cramer

Stacy Beth Cramer, 44, of Princeton passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018.

Born in Cincinnati, OH and was a resident of Princeton. She was a teacher at Stuart Country Day School in Princeton. Stacy enjoyed spending time with her family as well as traveling and reading.

She is survived by her husband Christopher M. Cramer, son William S. Cramer, father Donald and mother Elizabeth Gay (Hull) Stevens, brother and sister-in-law Craig and Cheryl Stevens, and nephews Michael and Matthew Stevens.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Stuart Fund at www.stuartschool.org/giving/the-stuart-fund or Living Beyond Breast Cancer at www.lbbc.org.

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

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Memorial Service

A Memorial Service in celebration of the life of Rooney (Ann) Poole will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Noon in the Princeton University Chapel, Marquand Transept, Princeton, NJ 08544. Reception to follow. Please RSVP to
Katie Poole at Rooney.memorial.service@gmail.com.

August 1, 2018

Charles Rosenbury Erdman III

Charles Rosenbury Erdman III passed away peacefully surrounded by members of his family on July 20, 2018 at his residence at Eskaton Retirement Community in Sacramento, CA. He was 94 years old. He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Joyce West Erdman, and his brother Harold. He is survived by his five children: Cully, Dick, Lucy, Sarah Lowis, and Calvin Erdman, and his brothers Peter, David, and Michael.

Charlie, as he was known, was born on Sept. 7, 1923 in Princeton, NJ where his father was a professor at Princeton University and mayor of the same town. Charlie attended the university and graduated in 1946 after an interlude serving in WWII, where he saw combat in General Bradley’s 9th army in France, Holland, and Germany.

The family maintained a summer residence in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard in MA, where Charlie met and married Joyce Ann West in 1949, who was born and raised there. They soon thereafter started their family and moved to East Dorset, VT where they built and ran a motel for many years in the southern Green Mountains where Charlie imbued his passion for skiing and the idyllic country life he so loved to his whole family. Upon retirement, he and Joyce moved to Stowe, VT and began spending winters in Lake Tahoe, CA and summers back at their beloved Edgartown, and enjoyed many extended visits at both places with their children and grandchildren. Charlie also became part of the Eskaton Retirement community in his later years where he spent 18 years, making many new friends in this closing chapter of his life.

Family was always the center of Charlie’s life, as was a good party, and he maintained a large circle of friends throughout his long life. His good humor, generosity, boundless energy, and can-do attitude affected everyone around him and brought out the best in people. But above all his love of his family will always be remembered by those who knew him; he was a larger than life figure whom his children will always cherish and for whom he will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories.

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Richard K. Thompson

Richard K. Thompson, 74, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, after a prolonged battle with a rare cancer. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Kubacki Thompson, his son James E. Thompson, and his younger sister, Jeanne L. McNutt.

A native Californian, Richard had been a 40 plus year resident of the Princeton area. An Eagle Scout himself, he served as Scoutmaster of Troop 88, in Princeton, for many years.  Along with his wife Ellen, he co-chaired the Parish Life Committee at Trinity Episcopal Church, served as an usher, and was a member of the Vestry. He also served as a Board member of the Peddie Parents Association during the years his son attended.

Richard graduated from California State University at Fullerton and, in 1994, was made an honorary alumnus of Miami University, in Ohio, for his philanthropic work.

He worked in the metals industry for most of his career. He held patents for several metal fasteners.  He worked in sales and marketing for Alcoa; as a General Manager for National Steel, in Delanco, New Jersey; was a partner in I. Ganz Scrap Metal Inc., in Brooklyn, NY; and traveled the world doing countertrade work for Eastman Kodak Company and his own business, Princeton Global Trade, Inc.

He held a private pilot’s license and served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He was proud to have his son follow in his footsteps, also serving in the Air Force, after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy.

Richard was a voracious reader and avid golfer. He and his family were members of the Bedens Brook Country Club for many years.

In retirement, he served as a Managing Director of Grupo Pinhal USA, a Brazilian commodities company, and was a sales and marketing advisor for MIT International, a Vietnamese company. He also enjoyed time spent with students at Rutgers University.

He will be buried at the Princeton Abbey & Cemetery at a future date. At his request, there will not be a service. It was his wish that donations made in his memory be made to the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania or the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

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William Ashley Morrill

William Ashley Morrill, age 88, died on July 25, 2018 at his home in Pennswood Village, Newtown, PA, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Bronxville, NY, to now deceased Katharine Anderson Morrill and Ashley Baker Morrill, M.D., (both offspring of Methodist Bishops), Bill attended the Bronxville School (K-12). He graduated in 1952 from Wesleyan University, majoring in government, and got his Masters in Public Administration in 1953 from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

He is also pre-deceased by his brother, Richard Baker Morrill, and his former wife, Lois Birrell Morrill. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Porter Morrill, and four daughters: Margaret K. Morrill Gates of Madrid, NY (Cedric); Carolyn R. Cummins of Sabael, NY (Joseph); Elizabeth Darcie Corbin of Bloomington, MN (Roger); and Janet Robin Forsell of Clifton Park, NY (Jeffrey); seven grandchildren (Daniel Gates, Molly Baker (Justin), Kim Gates, Kate Cummins, Cody Cummins, Mindy Corbin, and Kurt Forsell); two great-grandchildren (Callie Cummins and Cash Baker); and his sister-in-law JoAnn Morrill of Minneapolis and her son and daughters and their children.

In 1953 Mr. Morrill began his over 60 year career in public service in successive posts in the Directorate of Manpower and Organization, United States Air Force. From 1962-1971 he served in several roles ending as Deputy Director for the National Security Programs Division at what is now the Office of Management and Budget. He represented OMB on the Rostow Task Force on National Telecommunications Policy and led the effort to open the Highway Trust Fund for mass transit.

In 1972 Mr. Morrill’s objection to the Vietnam War led him to serve as Deputy County Executive of Fairfax County, VA. He then returned to the Federal government as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at what is now the Department of Health and Human Services from 1973-1977. In 1977 Mr. Morrill was recruited to join the team responsible for creating the new U.S. Department of Energy.

At the end of 1977, he began a 23 year relationship with the Mathematica Companies in Princeton, NJ, first as Senior Fellow, Sr. VP, and then President of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.; VP and General Manager, Consulting and Research at Martin Marietta Data Systems; and CEO, Chairman, and Sr. Fellow of Mathtech, Inc. In 2000 Mr. Morrill joined ICF International in Fairfax, VA as a Senior Fellow, retiring in 2013.

Over the years Mr. Morrill authored and co-authored several professional reports, chapters and publications; he received many honors and awards throughout his career, including Lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2013 he published his memoir: “A Journey through Governance – A Public Servant’s Experience under Six Presidents”, edited by John C. Long.

Mr. Morrill served on many boards, committees and councils including the National Academy of Public Administration; Council for Excellence in Government; the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management; Child Development Research and Public Policy Standing Committee, National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences; the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families. In Bucks County, PA, Mr. Morrill was active with Planned Parenthood, the Moyer Scholarship Foundation, Bucks County Food and Wine Festival, Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, and Pennswood Village.

Bill Morrill was a true Renaissance man: wine enthusiast, accomplished cook, self-taught guitar player, author of illustrated travel journals, splendid writer, aspiring tennis player, wise gardener, prolific artist in colored pencils, impressive poet, aficionado of folk and bluegrass music, singer of all Methodist hymns by number, consummate workaholic, and preserver of family treasures and stories.

For the full obituary and information concerning a memorial service please contact Joseph A. Fluehr Funeral Home, Richboro, PA at 215-968-8585 or  www.fluehr.com

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a financial contribution to The Wesleyan Fund, 318 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459; The Maxwell School, 44 University Place, Syracuse, NY 13210; National Academy of Public Administration, 1600 K Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20006; Planned Parenthood Keystone, P. O. Box 813, Trexlertown, PA 18087; The Fellowship Fund, Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown, PA 18940; or a progressive charity of your choice.

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Mildred A. Weigel

Mildred A. Weigel, 78, of West Windsor, passed away at home on Monday, July 30, 2018.  Born and raised in Princeton, Milly spent virtually her entire life in the Princeton area.  After graduating from Princeton High School, she worked in the family business before embarking on a rewarding 42-year career as a tax preparer for H&R Block.

Milly loved animals and was a longtime supporter of Pet Rescue of Mercer County. She had a special place in her heart, compelling her to adopt several rescued dogs over the years.

Milly also loved Ireland and all things Irish, in homage to her dear departed mother, Helen (McHugh) Weigel, who immigrated to the United States from County Galway in the 1920s.  Milly often told stories of her experiences growing up on Witherspoon Street, where her father, the late Charles Weigel, owned and operated Rockwood Dairy.  Milly is also predeceased by her sister, Helen Leavitt.

Milly is survived by her cousins, Kathleen and William Kurtz of Lusby, Maryland; June and James Melvin, of Keymar, Maryland; Frederick (Fred) and Mariellen Otterbacher, of Crofton, Maryland; John and Leigh Otterbacher, of Edgewater, Maryland; and William and Carol Pascoe of Ocala, Florida; goddaughter, Charlotte Diane (Dee) Taylor Strauss, of King George, Virginia; and a group of very dear and cherished friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ, followed by burial at Princeton Cemetery.

Visiting hours at the funeral home will be immediately preceding the funeral service on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Contributions to Pet Rescue of Mercer, Nassau Presbyterian Church, or a charity of choice are appreciated.

July 25, 2018

James Robert McCredie

James Robert McCredie, renowned archaeologist, astute academic, beloved husband and father, died on July 15 at the Princeton Medical Center. He was 82.

He was born on New Year’s Eve, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois to William and Mareta (Black) McCredie. He traveled east to attend Phillips Exeter Academy, where he received a classical diploma. Throughout his life, people knew him as a Harvard man. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature (’58) and also received his PhD (’63) from Harvard with his dissertation, “Fortified Military Camps in Attica.”

He was one of those fortunate people whose talents, interests, and career aligned. In an interview, Mr. McCredie once shared the following interpretation of his path into archaeology: “the Greek historian [at Harvard, Sterling Dow] said, ‘Do something useful,’ so he sent me out to Gordian in Turkey to dig, and I thought that was fun ….” And, while his seriousness as a classical archaeologist, as a gifted teacher, and as a generous mentor was never in doubt, fun was always integral to, and perhaps a secret to, his success.

In 1962, Mr. McCredie began an association with the island of Samothrace in the northern Aegean that would last the rest of his life. He joined the small team of archaeologists excavating and researching the Sanctuary of the Great Gods there and assumed the role of director in 1966. The Samothracian Great Gods were the center of one of the most famous mystery cults of Greek antiquity, dating to the fourth century BC. Over the subsequent 50 years of excavation and research he transformed scholars’ understanding of Hellenistic architecture. His time as a field archaeologist was generously shared with hundreds of students who thrived under his patient direction and mentoring.

He was appointed director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 1969, just six years after finishing his dissertation. He guided the School through unsettling times under the Junta in Greece, putting it at the epicenter of classical studies in Greece. After returning to the United States in 1977, he then chaired the school’s managing committee from 1980-1990 and served as president of the board of trustees from 2001-2010.

His academic career was affiliated primarily with the Institute of Fine Arts in New York. Mr. McCredie came to the institute in 1961 as an instructor, rose to professor in 1978 and served as director from 1983-2002. In 1988, he was named Sherman Fairchild Professor of Fine Arts, becoming emeritus in 2002.

In addition to numerous other awards and distinctions received over his lifetime, Mr. McCredie was a member of the American Philosophical Society, a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies, an honorary citizen of Samothrace (Greece) and held an honorary degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece).

Beyond the particulars of his prodigious career in academia and classical archaeology, Mr. McCredie will be remembered for his self-effacing personality, his insistence on always giving credit to others, his wry and ready sense of humor, his consummate good judgment, and his patient attention to detail. He is survived by and will be profoundly missed by his wife of 58 years, Marian Lucille Miles McCredie; his son Miles William McCredie; his daughter Meredeth McCredie Winter; son-in-law Mark Jay Winter; grandchildren William Vanderhoek Winter and Eleanor Cornelia Winter; and by the countless students and colleagues whose lives he influenced.

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Robert Louis Slighton

Robert Louis (Bob) Slighton, age 85, of Princeton, New Jersey, died on Sunday, June 24, in Princeton after a short battle with cancer.

Bob was born in Missouri in 1932 to Phyllis (Turner) and Robert Henry Slighton and educated at Princeton University (’53, AB in International Relations) and Johns Hopkins (’58, PhD in Political Economics).

His distinguished career in international economic policy analysis took him from California (Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford University then Senior Research Economist at the RAND Corporation with part-time positions at CalTech and UCLA) to Washington DC (National Intelligence Officer for Economics and Energy under the Director of Central Intelligence and then Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Research and Planning in the Office of the Assistant Secretary at the Department of Treasury under the Ford Administration, finally leading him back to Princeton and almost 20 years as Chief International Economist at Chase Manhattan Bank, with considerable international travel along the way.

From the West Coast to the East Coast, his professional life was peppered with travels that took him across the globe, where he sought out opportunities to sample local cuisines —  even hiring a boat in Thailand to take him out on the water so he could sample his first durian, a notoriously smelly fruit forbidden in his hotel room. Along with considerable travels taken for pleasure with his wife Margaret (McLean), these experiences helped inform his pursuit of cooking, a life-long hobby he approached with the same thorough research he applied to his economic policy analyses.

After his retirement, he was able to concentrate on his love of cooking, and for ten years held a series of cooking classes for a small group of friends. An invitation to join Bob and Margaret for one of his elaborate meals always promised a truly memorable feast.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Margaret (McLean); daughter Catherine (John Brehm); son Eric (Audrey Tung); and seven grandchildren: Laurel, Robin, Joseph, Jefferson, Elisabeth, Neil, and Russell.

A Memorial for Family and Friends to celebrate Bob’s life and what would have been his 86th birthday will be held in Prospect House, Princeton University, 3:30 p.m. on September 10, 2018. Please RSVP to Catherine Slighton at cslighton@yahoo.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to Doctors Without Borders or the charity of your choice.

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Memorial Gathering

Emmi Spies

A Memorial Gathering in celebration of the life of Emmi Spies will be held on Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m., as a non-denominational service hosted by friends and family at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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Memorial Service

A Gathering of Remembrance for Jean Millis Gilpin and Robert George Gilpin Jr. will be held on Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Overlook of Jean’s Meadow, 475 Black Bear Hollow Road, Waterbury VT. For more information, please visit either www.facebook.com/Robert.G.Gilpin or www.perkinsparker.com.

July 18, 2018

Stuart M. Ellerstein

Stuart M. Ellerstein passed away Saturday June 30, 2018 at Princeton Penn Medicine Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ following a short illness. 

Stuart was born in Brooklyn, NY where he spent his early years before moving to the Belle Harbor section of Queens. He developed a love of science during this time, which landed him at Brooklyn Technical High School. 

Following his graduation in 1947 he attended Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University) in Potsdam, NY. He graduated in 1951 with a BS in Chemistry and minors in physics and mathematics. Within a few years he would attend Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now part of NYU) to pursue a PhD in Chemistry, but not before meeting his future wife, Elaine Sklan, in Rockaway, NY. Rumor has it she tripped him on the boardwalk. They would go on to marry on that same boardwalk in July 1957.

Stuart completed his PhD in 1961. His dissertation was on the Adsorption of Poly-Methylmethacrylate, an acrylic now used in everything from airplane windows to intraocular lens replacements. He conducted post-doctoral work at Brown University. 

Leaving the world of academics behind, Stuart took a job with Technical Research Institute (TRI) in 1963 which brought him to the Princeton area, before joining Trenton-based Thiokol Corporation where he rose to the level of director of the polymer division before retiring in 1993. During his time at Thiokol his specialty was coatings. Stuart worked on myriad projects throughout his career. One notable project in the age before digital cameras was creating the 3-D lenticular photo development process for Nimslo, a manufacturer which as a result became the number-one-selling 35mm camera for a brief time. 

Known for his dry humor and encyclopedic knowledge of everything, Stuart loved art, reading, photography, and listening to music as well as attending live performances — ballet, opera, symphony, and theater. In the early 1960s he and Elaine frequented Greenwich Village cafes where they happened to catch an up and coming Bob Dylan. Stuart was a world traveler who was also known for cranking out the Sunday NY Times crossword puzzle in 30 minutes (in pen) as well as for attempting to solve infamous mathematical problems such as Fermat’s Last Theorem and trisecting angles. Most importantly he was a ubiquitous and ever-present force for his family.

Except for a 10-year period from 1984-1993 when he relocated for work, Stuart resided in the Princeton area since 1963. He is predeceased by his wife, as well as by his parents Bernard and Beatrice. He is survived by three sons: Robert (Sarah) of Chanhassen, MN; David of Delray Beach, FL; and Bruce (Jackie) of New York City; as well as seven grandchildren: Jamie, Sydney, Ally, Alexandra, Ethan, Luke, and Emma.

A graveside service was held on Friday, July 6, 2018 in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, NJ.

Donations, in his memory, to the American Diabetes Association (www.ada.org) or the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH.org) are appreciated.

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David William Blair

David William Blair of Princeton, New Jersey, died on July 15, at the age of 88.

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, David was born in Santa Barbara, California, October 5, 1929, and grew up an only child on his parents’ angus cattle ranch in Wimer Rogue River Valley, Oregon. David was educated in a one room schoolhouse and persuaded to go to Oregon State University where he earned a BS, then on to Columbia University earning a Masters and PhD, all three degrees in Mechanical Engineering, accompanied by several academic honors. David taught at Columbia as a teaching assistant, instructor, and associate adjunct professor.

Fresh from Oregon, David met Rosemary Miles of Brooklyn, New York, where they were both studying at Columbia University. They were married in 1954, a union that lasted 61 years until Rosemary’s death in 2015. In 1958, they moved their growing family to Princeton where David was a research associate at Princeton University. In 1962, the still growing family moved to Norway for David’s postdoctoral fellowship at the Royal Norwegian Council for Industrial and Scientific Research. They left with four children, returned with five, and were joined by a sixth two years later.

David worked at Exxon Research and Engineering in their corporate research and government labs. Following a 14-year tenure in the Exxon Labs he founded the company Princeton Scientific Enterprises, an R&D organization specializing in high temperature technology with particular expertise in combustion, high temperature chemistry, combustion generated air pollution, high temperature energy transfer and energy conversion. He holds numerous patents in this area. His company, PSE, received one of the first U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory awards for Exceptional and Significant Work Performed on th BRL Mission. He was published widely on the subject of high temperature combustion processes.

David served on Princeton Township Committee for a decade, the Princeton Civil Rights Commission, and many other community groups. He supported and participated in his wife’s environmental activities and endeavors including the founding of the D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton, New Jersey. He pursued his lifelong passion to further just causes wherever the opportunity arose. Forever proud of his roots in the Oregon mountains, David embraced Princeton and the opportunities it gave his boisterous family. An enthusiastic conversationalist, he was always ready to impart hard-earned backcountry wisdom on animal care, tree felling, hunting, motorcycles, camping, and outdoor endeavors of all sorts to his friends, children, and associates.

In 1962 David and Rosemary took the family and dogs on a road trip/house swap to Nova Scotia, returning every summer thereafter and settling in Bayfield, a community they, their children, and now grandchildren, hold close in their hearts.

One of David’s favorite places was on the deck overlooking the bay in Nova Scotia with a Lamb’s rum in his hand. David is survived by his children: Karen (Tom) Horn, Barbara Blair, Maria (Eric) Belliveau, Amanda (Peter) Nichols, David (Bernice) Blair, and Rachel (Terry) McGregor. He delighted in his 16 far-flung grandchildren: Ben, Amos, Kate, Henry, Philip, Willie, Lucy, Blaire (Kenny), Zach, Becca, David, Edie, John, Norah, Sam, and Charlie.

David will rest at the Mather–Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, New Jersey. Visiting hours are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20. A funeral mass will be said on Saturday, July 21, at the Princeton University Chapel at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the D&R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton, New Jersey.

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W. James Walsh

W. James Walsh died on July 13, 2018 in Skillman, N.J., two months short of his 98th birthday. Mr. Walsh was born in Newark, N.J. on September 17, 1920. He was predeceased by his mother, Alice (Gibbs) Walsh and father, William J. Walsh. He graduated from Newark Academy and Princeton University, where he was a member of the basketball team and the Cannon Club. Mr. Walsh was a member of the Princeton Class of 1943, which was graduated on an accelerated basis in January of that year to allow class members to serve in World War II. On graduation, Mr. Walsh joined the Army and served in the 43rd Infantry Division as a first lieutenant. He saw fighting in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and the Philippines and was awarded the Bronze Star for his “coolness under fire” and was commended by his CO as “a brave and gallant soldier.”

On returning from the war, Mr. Walsh received his JD from Rutgers University Law School. He worked as a labor relations attorney for his entire career. After passing the New York bar Mr. Walsh met the love of his life, Mary Frances Hildebrand, in New York City. They were married in 1950 and have three daughters. Mr. Walsh and his family lived for many years in Upper Montclair, N.J. as well as in Saginaw, MI and in 1969 moved to Princeton. He was most recently a resident of the Stonebridge Montgomery retirement community in Skillman.

From his student days onward Princeton University was near to his heart. Mr. Walsh was the President of the Princeton Class of 1943 at his death, a position he held for over 20 years, and was tireless in working for the University’s Annual Giving campaigns. He was thrilled to have attended his 75th reunion in June of this year. Mr. Walsh was also a member and past President of the Old Guard, a member of the Nassau Club, and the Nassau Presbyterian Church for many years.

Mr. Walsh is survived by his wife, Mary H. Walsh; his three daughters and their husbands (Cynthia Walsh and Rene Milo, Diana and Paul Magnin, and Jennifer and Bernard Wharton); five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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

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John “Jack” Sweeney

1923 — 2018

Jack, 95, was born June 22, 1923 in Princeton and died in Gilbert, AZ on July 7th, 2018. He was married to Alice Elizabeth Kroll Sweeney (deceased) for 32 years and Helen Sweeney for 40 years. He is survived by Helen; his oldest son David and his wife, June, from Gilbert, AZ; and younger son, Robert residing in Colorado. His mother was Mary Sweeney, a school teacher from Glasgow, Scotland and his father was Michael Sweeney, a brick layer from Ireland. His siblings were Helen, James, Edward, Francis, and Mary. Jack went to St. Paul’s Grammar School, where he and Alice first met, and Princeton High School, where he played tailback on the varsity football team. Jack also played varsity baseball and basketball. During the Second World War, Jack entered the military and was inducted at Ft. Dix. He was transferred to the tank division at Ft. Hood Texas. In 1944 he received an honorable discharge. He returned from Texas to find Alice waiting for him. They would marry three months later. He worked as an engineer for the Penn Central Railroad for 42 years before retiring. Jack was an avid golfer and a member of the Springdale Golf Course from 1954 — 2018. He was a club champion and held the course record of 65 for 30 years from 1965 until 1995. He would eventually be made an honorary lifetime member for his dedication to the game and his love of the Springdale Golf Course. He coached his sons on the PBA’s Engine Company #3 little league baseball team from 1958 — 1964. Jack loved his family. He loved sports. And he loved Princeton. Jack will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers please send any donations to the American Cancer Society.

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Joseph W. Katz

Joseph W. Katz, 91, who left an indelible mark on New Jersey politics and advocacy from the newsroom, campaign bus, and State House corridors, died at his home in Skillman on Friday, July 13, 2018.

Before emerging as one of the state’s first and most influential lobbyists, Katz had crossed from reporting on government to working in it. For 10 years, he reported for the Newark Evening News, much of the time as a political reporter, before leaving to advise the 1961 gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Richard J. Hughes. Working for Hughes, widely considered an underdog, Katz developed policy positions and political strategy that contributed to Hughes’s nationally acclaimed 1961 upset victory, replicating on the state level what John F. Kennedy had accomplished nationally a year earlier. He served the Hughes administration as Special Assistant to the Governor, remaining through the governor’s landslide reelection before leaving in 1966 to form the Joseph W. Katz Company.

Katz’s expectations of running a public relations and political messaging shop were quickly up-ended, as his business and trade association clients importuned him to represent their interests before the executive and legislative branches, and as a result to pioneer the role of contract lobbyist. His daughters recall struggling to explain to their schoolmates — and the schoolmates’ parents — exactly what it was “a lobbyist” actually did.

Over 25 years, Katz built Trenton’s leading advocacy and public relations firm, earning a reputation for straight talk and the sobriquet “dean of Trenton lobbyists.” Katz’s firm represented businesses and trade associations “from cradle to grave,” as he put it in a 1995 oral history conducted by Rutgers University, noting, “We represented the Medical Society, which delivered babies, to the Cemetery Association.”

In a 1992 joint legislative resolution occasioned by Katz’s retirement from politics, the N.J. Senate and General Assembly commended his earning “the respect of members of both political parties in the Legislative and Executive branches of government … his knowledge of the most obscure nooks and crannies of the legislative process and the folklore of New Jersey politics, [and] his appreciation of the relationship between politics and farce.”

A son of Eastern European Jews, Katz grew up speaking Yiddish and English interchangeably at home, yet carved a career as wordsmith, analyst, and government advocate, exemplifying the ideal of early 20th century immigrant success. He was born in 1927 in Irvington, New Jersey, the first of two children of Anna (Rosenbaum) and Max Katz, owners of a candy store. The family moved to Freehold and, in 1938, Kearny, where they operated a delicatessen and liquor store catering primarily to workers in the nearby factories.

In high school, Katz worked in his parents’ store and wrote about high school sports as a stringer for The Star-Ledger and Sunday Call newspapers. He enrolled at Rutgers University for two semesters before enlisting in the Navy, where he served as a radio technician on ships ferrying World War II troops home from China and Japan.

Katz graduated Rutgers after the war and, with G.I. Bill funding, earned a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. He joined the Newark News in 1951 as a beat reporter. After marrying in 1956, Katz and the former Eileen Wolf, of New York City, raised a family of four daughters, moving from South Orange to Ewing Township to Princeton, where he resided for over 40 years. After their divorce, he remarried and again divorced. In later years, he and his first wife hosted annual family reunions for their children and grandchildren.

Katz is survived by his sister, Rosalyn Bendit, of New York City; his daughters and their husbands: Jane (Sam) Katz-Christy, of Cambridge, Mass.; Carol Katz (Mark) Connelly of Lawrenceville, N.J.; Mandy Katz (Jonathan Massey), of Bethesda, Md.; and Dr. Julia Katz (Mark) Schonfeld, of Scarsdale, N.Y.; and ten grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday, July 16 at Temple Micah, Lawrenceville. Burial followed at Lawrenceville Cemetery. The family suggests that those wishing to make a memorial contribution do so to Rutgers University or the American Civil Liberties Union. Funeral Arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.

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John Frederick Matthews Grassle

John Frederick Matthews Grassle of Princeton, and formerly of Woods Hole, MA died in his sleep on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing Center in Franklin Township, NJ. He was 78.

Fred, as he was known to everyone, was born on July 14, 1939 in Cleveland, OH. He was raised in Bay Village, OH, graduating from Bay Village High School in 1957. He received a degree in Zoology from Yale University in 1961. During his studies, he spent a summer as an intern at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), setting the course for the rest of his professional career as an oceanographer. Fred received his PhD from Duke University in 1967 and then completed a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Queensland in Australia studying succession on the reef crest at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Following his fellowship, Fred joined WHOI as a full-time Assistant Scientist in 1969. During his tenure at WHOI, Fred conducted research on deep-sea biodiversity, initially with Howard Sanders. His earliest work was focused on determining why the deep-sea benthic macrofauna were highly diverse. His theory was that the ocean floor was much like a rain forest where a patchwork of different micro-environments allows animal species to evolve independently. This interest led to Fred’s early involvement in the first biological expedition to survey the hydrothermal vents discovered at the Galapagos Rift in 1977. Fred conducted pioneering research contributing to the world’s understanding of the unique ecosystems near these volcanic vents at the sea floor, fueled by chemical energy from the Earth’s interior rather than sunlight. The first of a series of expeditions over the course of Fred’s career was documented in the National Geographic Society’s documentary Dive to the Edge of Creation.

In 1989, Fred joined the faculty at Rutgers University’s Cook College to establish the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. He helped to raise funds for a new building to house the Institute whilst expanding the research and teaching faculty and conducting his own research. This included an analysis of ocean dumping that led to the end of sludge disposal in U.S. waters. Later Fred helped to establish one of the first ocean observing stations off the coast of New Jersey and was one of the founders of the Census of Marine Life and Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Fred retired in 2012 with 23 years of service to Rutgers University. Among other honors, Fred was awarded the Japan Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal, the Grand Prix des Sciences de la Mer Albert de Monaco, and the ASLO Lifetime Achievement Award. He has had six species and one genus of polychaetes, three species of mollusks, and three species of crustacea named after him.

Son of the late John Kendall and Norah Iris (Fleck) Grassle, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judith Helen (Payne) Grassle, a son John Thomas Grassle, his sister Norah Jean (Grassle) Bunts, and brother-in-law Frank Bunts.

Arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton.

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Memorial Gathering

Emmi Spies

A Memorial Gathering in celebration of the life of Emmi Spies will be held on Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m., as a non-denominational service hosted by friends and family at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.

July 11, 2018

Verna Stewart Damon Matthews

Verna Stewart Damon Matthews died in Newport Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island, in a room with a beautiful view of the waterfront and harbor in the distance, in the early hours of July 6th, 2018, after a brief illness.

She was born on September 23, 1929 in Woburn, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Philip Arthur Damon and Anne Ruth Van Buren Damon. She grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where her father was president of the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, and attended Miss Hall’s School, graduating in 1947. She was an alumna of Wellesley College, Class of ‘51.

She married John P.C. Matthews of Princeton, New Jersey on March 31, 1951, in Pittsfield.

They lived in Munich, West Germany from March 1954 to March 1959 while John worked for the Free Europe Press, the print division of Radio Free Europe.

They moved back to Princeton in 1959, where she worked for Princeton University as a programming tutor at the Computer Center; then at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton as their parish administrator until she retired. She was a longtime member of Trinity Church and was on its vestry committee. She was formerly a member of the board of the Princeton Historical Society.

She leaves behind her two sons John, Jr. and Christopher; Christopher’s wife Jill Matthews; four granddaughters, Aurora, Pilar, Esmé, and Rhys Matthews; her daughter-in-law K’lyn Matthews; two brothers- and sisters-in-law, Paul and Lelia Matthews and Alexander and Shirlee Matthews; and numerous nephews and nieces. On the Damon side she leaves her sister-in-law Geneviève Damon, her two nieces Sumali Damon Piyavidyakarn and Lawan Damon Chumsai, and her nephew Bill Damon.

Preceding her in death were her husband John; her brother-in-law Thomas S. Matthews, Jr. and sister-in-law Ann Matthews; her brother Philip A. Damon, Jr.; and her sons Thomas Matthews and Philip Damon Matthews.

There will be a memorial service later this month at St. Columba’s Church in Middletown, Rhode Island. She will be buried at Trinity Church in Princeton in the family plot in early September, following a funeral service there. The dates and times of both services will be announced shortly.

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Vincenza C. Pirone

Vincenza C. Pirone, 97, of West Windsor died Saturday, July 7, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Pettoranello, Italy she was a resident of Princeton from 1946 until 2009 when she moved to Hamilton and later residing with her daughter in West Windsor. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church, the Altar Rosary Society, and the Princeton Italian American Sportsman Club Ladies Auxilliary.

Daughter of the late Nicola and Elvina (Palumbo) Tamasi; wife of the late Ginefrico P. Pirone; sister of the late Eliseo Tamasi; and late son-in-law, Malcolm Bell; she is survived by a son and two daughters and son-in-law, Cesina Bell with whom she resided, Mario Pirone, Margaret and Robert Cash, a brother and sister-in-law Domenico and Adele Tamasi, and sister-in-law Lina Tamasi of Isernia, Italy; five grandchildren Stephanie Wyers, Brian Cash and his wife Stephanie, Rachel Pirone, Christopher Pirone, Alexandra Pirone, a step-granddaughter Karen Smith and her family in Scotland; three great-grandchildren Adriana Wyers, Logan Cash, Savannah Cash; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins in the U.S. and Italy.

Our family would like to thank all the aides who took such good care of Mom over the years as well as representatives from Adaptive Care Management and recently Synergy Home Care.

The funeral will be 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton or Princeton-Pettoranello Sister City Foundation, 120 John Street, Princeton.

July 3, 2018

Robert George Gilpin Jr.

Robert (Bob) George Gilpin Jr., age 87, passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Waterbury, VT. His children Linda, Beth, and Rob were by his side. (Please note that a full obituary can be found on https://www.facebook.com/Robert.G.Gilpin or www.perkinsparker.com.)

Bob was considered one of the 20th century’s most distinguished scholars of international relations. He was described by one colleague as having “little interest in seeking fame and fortune as an academic superstar, [instead] he just wanted to understand.” To many, he was Professor Gilpin— though he far preferred the title “Bob.” A third-generation Vermonter, Bob was at least as proud of his Green Mountain heritage as of his academic accomplishments. A quick-witted storyteller with a mischievous spirit, Bob could be counted on to burst into song, recite poems, or dance whenever the spirit moved him.

Bob attended the University of Vermont, where he met Jean Ann Millis who would become his bride, life partner, co-author, cheerleader, social navigator, true love, and source of inspiration in all he did.

After graduation Bob served as an officer in the Navy. He continued on his academic path with masters and doctoral work at Cornell and UC-Berkeley before moving to Princeton in 1962 with Jean and their growing family. Bob joined the Princeton faculty and earned tenure just five years later. A professor of politics and the inaugural holder of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, he was the recipient of numerous fellowships including Guggenheim and Rockefeller,

Several of Bob’s books are considered seminal works in the field. Jean’s inquisitive mind, editorial skills, and master’s degree in international politics made her an ideal writing partner.

After Bob retired from Princeton in 1998, he and Jean moved to Greensboro, VT, where their greatest joy was in welcoming family and friends. More recently, they made their home in Shelburne, VT, where Bob continued to follow world affairs, even working on a new book on the Iraq War.

While his scholarship was immensely important to him, the roles that mattered most to Bob were those of teacher, mentor, colleague, friend, father, brother, son, and most important of all, husband. Even after 62 years of marriage, Bob still marveled that he had won the hand of Jean Millis, and was devastated by her death last October.

Bob is survived by his children Linda, Beth, and Rob Gilpin and their partners Rick Blake, Mark Powell, and Jan Gilpin, as well as grandchildren Jamie Benson, Hazen and Riley Powell, Everett, Jeremy, and Toby Gilpin, and Chase and Chelsea Benson (now Laukaitis). Bob was predeceased by his beloved sister Barbara Schell, but maintained loving relationships with nieces and nephews near and far.

Combined services for Jean and Bob will be held in Vermont later this summer and in Princeton, NJ this fall. To read the full obituary or leave condolences, please visit www.facebook.com/Robert.G.Gilpin or www.perkinsparker.com.  Condolences can also be sent c/o Beth Gilpin, 480 Black Bear Hollow, Waterbury, VT 05676.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the University of Vermont General Scholarship Fund.

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Robert Parker Seass

Robert Parker Seass of Naples, FL, formerly of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully June 21 after a lengthy Illness, his wife Michele at his side. Born in Chicago July 31, 1939, the son of the late Arthur Robert Seass and Helen Parker. Bob was raised in Two Rivers, WI. He attended Washington High School and Northwestern University. He graduated from University of Wisconsin and received his MBA at the University of Chicago. He served in the Air Force Reserves.

His professional career started with Arthur Anderson. In 1966 he joined The Harris Bank and Trust in Chicago. In 1978 he moved to Richmond, VA, as CFO of First and Merchants National Bank. He participated in the highly successful merger with VA National Bank forming VA’s largest banking firm – Sovran Financial Corporation. In 1985 he returned to Chicago as CFO of Dean Witter Financial Services of Sears Roebuck for the startup of the Discover Card. Shortly afterwards he was asked to move to NYC and became corporate controller of Dean Witter Discover.  The eventual merger of Dean Witter Discover and Morgan Stanley presented his last professional challenge before retiring to Naples only to be met with the challenge of golf.

Bob was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, the American Institute of CPAs, Financial Executives Institute, Sons of the Revolution, the Commonwealth Club, and Greater Naples Leadership. He was a past member of the Chicago Yacht Club and the Rappahannock River Yacht Club.

Bob appreciated fine food, wine, and travel, especially to Paris with Michele. Living close to NYC allowed him to explore the multitude of New York bistros. This hobby resulted in the moniker of “Bistro Bob” and the 1999 publication of Best Bistros and Brasseries of New York, a joint effort of his fellow office gourmands. In 2002 he published Favorite Paris Bistros, his guide to enjoying Paris, for he thought the real heart and soul of Paris could be found in their bistros.

Bob was a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humor who loved being with his family and friends. Some of his favorite family moments were spent sailing on Lake Michigan or the Chesapeake Bay and skiing in Europe and out West.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 43 years, Michele Johnson; stepson, J. Christopher Schoen (Melissa); grandchildren, Jessica, Jack, and Nathaniel Schoen; a niece, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his beloved daughters, Amy Kathryn and Jennifer Parker; his stepson, Andrew Schoen; and his sister, Jane Langert.

A memorial service will be held in Naples Saturday, August 4, 11 a.m. at Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church.  Contributions in his memory may be made to: the Parkinson’s Association of SW FL, 5926 Premier Way #114 Naples, FL 34109 or Avow Hospice,1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.

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Todd Tieger

Todd Tieger of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 10, 1949 to Jerome and Dorris Tieger. He was always an excellent student, and skilled athlete, participating on his high school gymnastics team. 

Todd attended Abington Junior and Senior High Schools. He was an honor roll student his entire time there. He went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Lehigh University, followed by his PhD in experimental psychology from Stanford University. He began his professional career at Bell Laboratories, later moving on to senior roles with Morgan Stanley and Deloitte.

Todd spent his spare time studying Taijiquan for over 40 years. Under the tutelage of master Alex Dong, he became a respected senior instructor. He taught two heavily attended Taijiquan courses at the West Windsor Plainsboro Library, which he offered free of charge. 

During his days at Lehigh, Todd became heavily involved in the student activist movement, a passion he would carry with him to his involvement as a founding member of the Robeson Group and Princeton School Board where he served as Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee. 

Todd is survived by his wife Dierdre, sons Eron Bucciarelli-Tieger and Robin Bucciarelli-Tieger, and loving grandchildren Bayla Bucciarelli and Pierson Tieger. He is predeceased by his mother and father, as well as his brother Mark Tieger and sister Kim Tieger. 

Beyond all his pursuits, family was the most important thing to Todd. He was a devoted father, husband, grandfather, uncle, and friend to everyone. He will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 8 from 1-5 p.m. at his home.

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Arthur J. Conley

Arthur J. Conley, 94, of Princeton died peacefully on June 24, 2018. The cause of death was from intestinal complications. He was a longtime resident of New Jersey, first in Chatham, then Madison, and finally for 29 ¾ years in Princeton.

He was born in Oconto, WI, the son of Walter and Marie Levasseur. He was raised in Green Bay, WI by his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Hattie Levasseur, who ran a small neighborhood grocery store.

At age 12 he joined his stepfather, Robert H. Conley, and mother in Chicago, IL. He attended Northwestern University where he was a member of the Naval R.O.T.C. In 1944 upon the completion of his junior year, at the age of 20, he was commissioned an ensign and assigned to the USS Anacapa AG49, a cargo ship operating in World War II in the Central Pacific and Aleutian Islands. He remained on board for two years, serving as navigator.

At the end of the war he returned to Northwestern where he completed his academic work under the GI Bill. He graduated in 1947 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. In the same year he married Patricia Thompson. While on their honeymoon he was interviewed by the Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co., now 3M. He was offered and accepted a job at their Akron, Ohio plant.

After three years in Akron he moved to New Jersey to take up a position with the Keuffel and Esser Co., the makers of the famous slide rules and surveying instruments. He remained with K&E for 17 years.

At age 42 he applied for and was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship at Columbia University’s Teachers College where he earned a Master’s Degree. He then began a 22 year career teaching secondary school mathematics and physics, first at the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton and then at the Kent Place School in Summit.

In 1979, after the death of his wife in 1977, he married Louise Connolly who was then Director of Guidance at Kent Place School, and upon his retirement he moved to Princeton.

He was an avid reader, a rabid Green Bay Packers fan, a consummate Anglophile, and enthusiastic photographer, a hobby that kept him occupied up to his death. He left behind thousands of digitized photos which he had scanned from his large collection of negatives and slides along with 24 hours of 8mm and 16mm movie film which he had edited and transferred to DVD discs. The bulk of this collection chronicled the activities of his children as they grew.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Louise M. Conley, along with all 11 of his children from his first marriage: Michael of Manchester, ME; Anne of Princeton, NJ; Elisabeth of New York City; William of Lewisburg, PA; Sarah of Sinking Spring, PA; Robert of Madison, NJ; Patricia of Milford, OH; Eileen of Bromeswell, Suffolk, England; Mary Kathleen of Tucson, AZ; A.J. of New Canaan, CT, and Stephen of Belmont, MA, also two stepchildren: Richard Connolly of Scottsdale, AZ and Diane Connolly of Boulder, CO. In addition, there are 30 grandchildren, one step grandchild and nine great grandchildren.

There will be a private family service.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 would be appreciated.

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Lowell Francis Curran, Jr.

Lowell Francis Curran, Jr., passed away on July 1, 2018 in his Princeton home of 45 years. He went peacefully on Sunday morning two days after his 88th birthday, surrounded by the love and support of his family throughout his final days.

He was born June 29, 1930 in New York City to the late Lowell Francis and Emily Lowry Curran and lived his formative years in Jersey City, NJ. He was a proud graduate of St. Benedicts Preparatory School, The College of The Holy Cross, and Columbia Law School. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving as a navigator on numerous vessels during the Korean War.

He had a private law practice in Princeton for more than 50 years, was the president of the NJ Association of Trial Lawyers, and served as a Public Defender in Princeton. A lover of history and law, he was known for his ability to engage and speak at length on a wide range of subjects. A devout Catholic and product of a Jesuit education, he was a weekly presence at St. Paul Church for more than 50 years. He also raised a mixed religion family at home and regularly led the family Passover Seder.

He loved skiing and was a regular sight running and later walking his route through the neighborhood every morning. Due to his extremely rare blood type, AB negative, he was a committed, consistent blood donor.

Frank was a scout, announcer, and honorary coach for the Princeton High School wrestling team. A devoted husband and father, nothing made him prouder than the lives and accomplishments of his three boys and their loved ones. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara; son and daughter-in-law James and Kristine Perle; son and daughter-in-law Rob Perle and Anjali Shah; three grandchildren Jaya, Dhiren, and Nirvan; and son Matthew Curran. Donations in his honor may be made to The College of the Holy Cross. Attn: Office of Advancement, “In Memory of, Lowell F Curran Jr. ‘52.” 1 College St., Wooster, MA, 01610 (508) 793-2423).

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 6, at 10:45 a.m. at St. Paul Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, followed by a burial at the church cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Kimble Funeral Home (609) 924-0018).

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Lucy Wilson Sly

Lucy Wilson Sly, 87, of Forked River, NJ died peacefully with her family by her side on July 1, 2018. Lucy was born in Charlottesville, West Virginia. She had a well-lived and well-traveled life. She loved her jobs as a teacher and a counselor. She touched many lives with her compassion and knowledge. Lucy is predeceased by her husband, John A. Sly (2004) and her son, John F. Sly (2016). She is survived by her daughters, Melissa and Abigail; her most treasured grandsons, Michael and Nathan Kuncevich; and her beloved son-from-another-mother, David Kuncevich. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org or at Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709-3498. Cremation was private.

To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.laytons.net.

June 27, 2018

Gustav L. Stewart, III

Gustav L. “Gus” Stewart, III, 92, of Fitchburg, died peacefully June 15, 2018 in his summer home at Lake Hewitt, N.Y.

Gus was born in New York City on February 23, 1926, a son of the Late Gustav L. Stewart, Jr. and Sarah (Sage) Stewart McAlpin.

He attended the Middlesex School in Concord, Mass., where he played many sports, including tennis and soccer. He later went on to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., where he was involved in numerous activities, such as the tennis team, yearbook board, and squash team. Gus proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the Philippines, as a radio operator and repairman.

In the 1950s Gus became the Director of Athletes for the Harvey School in Hawthorne, N.Y. He was in charge of scheduling games for over 20 teams each year for all the major sports. Later, Gus went on to work for the Applewild School in Fitchburg, not only as the Director of Athletes, but also as a 5th, 6th, and 7th grade teacher of History, Geography, and English.

He was a longtime member of the Board of Directors of Our Fathers House.

His other activities included volunteering at Burbank Hospital, working as a counselor of the Clear Pool Camp in N.Y., operating the ski lift at Mt. Wachusett, and working in his store, Gus Stewart’s Paintings, in Fitchburg.

Gus was a member of Christ Church in Fitchburg. He enjoyed spending his summers in his home on Lake Hewitt in N.Y., where he served as Past President of the Lake Club.

He is survived by his niece Leslie Stewart-Reinig of Ober-Ramstadt, Germany and his nephew John C. Stewart Jr. of Barcelona, Spain.

Gus was predeceased by his mother Sarah Sage McAlpin of Princeton; his father Gustav L Stewart Jr. of South Kortright, N.Y.; and his brother John C. Stewart (in 1991). He was also predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Gustav and Anna Stewart of Maryland and New York City, and his maternal grandparents, Dean and Anna Sage, of Bernardsville, N.J. and New York City.

Funeral service will be held on July 12th 2018 at 10 a.m. in Christ Church, Fitchburg. There are no calling hours. Burial will be held privately in the Sage family lot in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Christ Church 569 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420.

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Arthur J. Conley

Arthur J. Conley, 94, of Princeton died peacefully on June 24, 2018. The cause of death was from intestinal complications. He was a longtime resident of New Jersey, first in Chatham, then Madison, and finally for 29¾ years in Princeton.

He was born in Oconto, Wis., the son of Walter and Marie Levasseur. He was raised in Green Bay, Wis., by his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Hattie Levasseur who ran a small neighborhood grocery store.

At age 12 he joined his stepfather, Robert H. Conley, and mother in Chicago, Ill. He attended Northwestern University where he was a member of the Naval R.O.T.C. In 1944 upon the completion of his junior year, at the age of 20, he was commissioned an ensign and assigned to the USS Anacapa AG49, a cargo ship operating in World War II in the Central Pacific and Aleutian Islands. He remained on board for two years, serving as navigator.

At the end of the war he returned to Northwestern where he completed his academic work under the GI Bill. He graduated in 1947 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. In the same year he married Patricia Thompson. While on their honeymoon he was interviewed by the Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co., now 3M. He was offered and accepted a job at their Akron, Ohio plant.

After three years in Akron he moved to New Jersey to take up a position with the Keuffel and Esser Co., the makers of the famous slide rules and surveying instruments. He remained with K&E for 17 years.

At age 42 he applied for and was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship at Columbia University’s Teachers College where he earned a Master’s Degree. He then began a 22-year career teaching secondary school mathematics and physics, first at the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton and then at the Kent Place School in Summit.

In 1979, after the death of his wife in 1977, he married Louise Connolly who was then Director of Guidance at Kent Place School, and upon his retirement he moved to Princeton.

He was an avid reader, a rabid Green Bay Packers fan, a consummate Anglophile, and enthusiastic photographer, a hobby that kept him occupied up to his death. He left behind thousands of digitized photos which he had scanned from his large collection of negatives and slides along with 24 hours of 8mm and 16mm movie film which he had edited and transferred to DVD discs. The bulk of this collection chronicled the activities of his children as they grew.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Louise M. Conley, along with all 11 of his children from his first marriage: Michael of Manchester, Me.; Anne of Princeton; Elisabeth of New York City; William of Lewisburg, Pa.; Sarah of Sinking Spring, Pa.; Robert of Madison, N.J.; Patricia of Milford, Ohio; Eileen of Bromeswell, Suffolk, England; Mary Kathleen of Tucson, Ariz.; A.J. of New Canaan, Conn., and Stephen of Belmont, Mass.; also two stepchildren: Richard Connolly of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Diane Connolly of Boulder, Colo. In addition, there are 30 grandchildren, one step grandchild, and nine great-grandchildren.

There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 would be appreciated.

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“Good Night Sweet Prince”

Errol Cross McDowell

January 19, 2000 — June 13, 2018

On June 13th, our beloved son Errol Cross McDowell, 18, died in our arms at home in Pebble Beach, California, after a six year fight with brain cancer. Errol waged his battle courageously and with grace, wit, and selflessness, just as he lived his short glorious life. We loved him so and shall miss him forever.

Errol was unique, an emblem of all that is good; he sacrificed his own health while enduring one after another clinical trial to cure his cancer. Often he was the first person to submit to a specific therapy, knowing that while he might not survive, he would be advancing science that could lead to a cure for other children. Errol was a creative prodigy, playing Joplin on the piano at 10 years old, making his own short films, drawing constantly, and reading voraciously. He appeared in two off-Broadway plays and three movies (including the ribald Joe Dirt 2!) and co-wrote one book, Brain Frizzlers. His musical taste spanned the generations from Maroon Five to Dinah Washington and Chet Baker. His favorite books were The Great Gatsby and Noah Dietrich’s The Amazing Mr. Hughes. He loved his parents Tori and Rider, twin brothers Mac and Piers, his wonderful friends, his aunts and uncles, cousins, his grandparents Rita and Sam and Bill and Betty, Sam’s weekly drawing and scrimshaw lessons in his Carmel studio, bad horror movies, Pine Brothers, laughing, the New Jersey farm, pool hopping at La Quinta, crank calls, Mustique, his teachers at All Saints’ Day School and Carmel High School. He was proud of his family and their contribution to America, including surgeon Ephraim McDowell of Kentucky and Thomas Hart Benton, the artist, as well as the Knight, Cross, and Von der Brelie families. A private service will be held among family. In lieu of flowers, please visit Canceragogo.com, a charity created by Errol, seeking $1 from every American to cure cancer through immunotherapy.

June 20, 2018

James Arthur Floyd, Sr.

James Arthur Floyd, Sr. was born in Trenton on March 9, 1922 to John and Adeline Floyd. He died on May 14, 2018 at Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton at the age of 96. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Daisy Banks, and his beloved wife of 62 years, Fannie Floyd. A private funeral service was held on May 25th.

James attended the Trenton Public School System. He attended Trenton Central High School, graduating in 1939, cum laude. He also attended the Trenton School of Industrial Design. He went on to West Virginia State College and graduated in 1944, magna cum laude. He was president of his class. He was also president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity during his college years.

After graduation, James returned to Trenton and was hired by Stokes Molded Products. In 1946, he married Princeton native Fannie Reeves and moved to Princeton. In Princeton, Jim immediately involved himself in civic affairs and local politics. During those early years he, and others, founded the Trenton Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He was elected to the Princeton Township Committee in 1968 and was named Mayor in 1971.

In 1972, a promotion required Jim and his wife to move to Cleveland, Ohio. The move was part of his long career with the Electric Storage Battery (ESB) Company, during which he rose from a Jr. Draftsman to Vice President of Personnel, covering domestic and international factories. In 1977, Jim returned to Princeton. In 1982, he retired from ESB and became Vice President of Personnel at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). After implementing needed changes, Jim retired from ETS in 1987.

During his life, Jim was a civic activist, serving on many charitable boards and organizing and supporting many causes for the betterment of the community. He advocated tirelessly for education, civil rights, and open housing. He was also a long-serving lay leader of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in Princeton.

James Floyd, Sr. is survived by his two sons, James and Michael; his granddaughter, Isobel Allen-Floyd; his brother, Samuel; and extended family.

A memorial service honoring the life of James Floyd, Sr. will be held on Saturday June 23rd at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau St., Princeton, at 11 a.m. Floral arrangements are welcomed.

Charitable donations in the memory of James Floyd, Sr. may be made to the Mercer County Community College Foundation — Floyd Scholarship, Princeton Community Housing, The Paul Robeson House of Princeton, and the Corner House Foundation.

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Yefeng Pang

Yefeng Pang, 84, passed away peacefully at Rutgers University Hospital in Newark on June 15, 2018, after a courageous 13-month battle with esophageal-stomach cancer.

Born in Dalian, China, Yefeng graduated with a B.S. in history from ShanDong University, China and became a history professor of DeZhou University. He came to the U.S. to visit his daughter and granddaughters in 2008 and lived as a resident in the U.S. ever since. He was a bookworm and enjoyed painting, singing, playing piano and violin, and swimming.

He is survived by his wife Xuelan Xu of 52 years; daughter Jingjing of Princeton, New Jersey; son Didi of NanNing China; and three granddaughters, RanYiXiu, Megan, and Emma.

Private family services were held at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton followed by burial in Princeton Cemetery on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Robert Lathrop Bennett

Robert Lathrop Bennett, born April 21, 1945 in Princeton, died April 9, 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama, following a short sudden illness. He is survived by daughter, Jennifer (Edward); son, Joshua (Jerica); sisters Susan (Robert) and Katherine; and five grandchildren. His family was by his side during his illness. A burial and funeral service will be held June 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Rocky Hill Cemetery and Trinity Episcopal Church in Rocky Hill, N.J. 

Robert was the son of Ralph and Jane (Clayton) Bennett. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1963. Upon graduation he attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (B.S.) and Tufts University in Boston (Ph.D. in Molecular Biology). He completed his post-doctoral work at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, which led to a faculty appointment and a subsequent faculty appointment at the Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. He took a hiatus from academia in the early 1980s to pursue an interest in dairy farming. He returned to the scientific community working for NutraSweet, enjoying many roles in a fermentation plant. After Monsanto purchased NutraSweet, he was transferred to a new plant in Decatur, Alabama. A few years later he made another bold career move, transferring to a Virginia company programming computerized control systems. Following the completion of that job, Bob started contract work on projects all over the country, creating or improving various computer systems which run the process industries (chemical, pharmaceutical, and water purification, among others). He had recently returned to Alabama and continued to consult on projects from home.

An accomplished scientist, mathematician, and computer programmer, Bob’s greatest pride and joy were his children, and even more so, his grandchildren who called him “GrandBob” —  a name coined by the oldest grandchild. He passed his love of trains, tractors, and music down to his three grandchildren from Jennifer and Ed, all of whom he loved to spoil. Josh shared his passion for Michigan football, and they generally went to at least one game every year. He was thrilled to watch his grandsons play sports and to be GrandBob the Builder. He would have been over the moon with Josh and Jerica’s recent pregnancy announcement.

Bob has been a devoted member of the Episcopal Church throughout his lifetime and enjoyed serving as a deacon and lay-reader as well as participating in many of the churches outreach programs.

Bob’s travels around the country allowed him to pursue (and combine) his two favorite hobbies — trains and photography. An accomplished amateur photographer, he loved to hang out at train junctions and watch the trains and photograph them. He loved model railroads and was an avid collector — sadly he never achieved his goal of a whole house model train track! Given his interest in trains and layouts and his computer programming knowledge, it surely would have been amazing!

Bob’s cremated remains are to be interred in the Rocky Hill Cemetery, an area he loved and played in as a child. The service will follow in his childhood church. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 or the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, 521 20th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203.

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LouEtta Carroll Santucci

LouEtta Carroll Santucci, age 102, of Princeton passed away peacefully on Monday, June 11, 2018. She was born and lived in Hopewell, until her marriage to Royal James Carroll. She and he resided in Princeton for more than 32 years until Royal’s passing in 1973.

Prior to her marriage, LouEtta was a conscientious employee of N.J. Bell Telephone. During her time with the company she performed her operator’s duties during the infamous night of October 30, 1938. Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater production performed a radio adaption of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Some listeners mistook the program to be real, (convinced that Martians were invading Grovers Mill, N.J.). They made numerous calls to police, newspaper offices, and radio stations. The show caused nationwide hysteria. During that evening LouEtta worked through the entire night tirelessly reassuring callers that the show was not real.

In 1996, when LouEtta was 80 years old, her son and daughter-in-law arranged for her to appear in the PBS American Experience production, the Battle of Citizen Kane, (a documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles’ Citizen Kane and the Mercury Theater production of the radio show). LouEtta was fascinated by the filming process and enjoyed her role in the production.

Dedication to work and caring for others continued during LouEtta’s lifetime. She worked at the Princeton Medical Group for many years, managing the Records Department. She was a devoted wife, sister, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend sharing her cooking knowledge, gardening, crafting, and sewing talents with all who asked for assistance and she regularly made original creations which she gifted to many friends and relatives.

LouEtta remarried after her husband, Royal passed. She resided in Palm Beach County, Florida for several years with her second husband, John Santucci. She returned to New Jersey after his death to be near her family.

LouEtta is survived by her son, Royal James Carroll II, his wife Bonnie Lee Carroll and a daughter, Hope Sudlow; her husband, Richard B. Sudlow, and grandsons, Royal James Carroll III and his wife, Janice Carroll; Brooke T. Sudlow; granddaughter Jean Simpson and her husband Bob Simpson; sister, Adele Larason; and great-grandchildren, Royal James Carroll IV, Johanna Lee Carroll, Caroline Simpson, Willard Simpson, and Emma Simpson.

At LouEtta’s request there will be a private memorial. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

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John Stanley Brown Jr.

John Stanley Brown Jr. died in Coral Gables, Fla. on June 6, 2018 at the age of 88. Born in Jersey City, John graduated from Rutgers University in 1953, and subsequently enjoyed a 41-year career at Johnson & Johnson. At the time of his retirement, John was Vice President, Employee Relations Worldwide.

John married Aljean Del Rosso in 1956. Together, they lived a devoted family and community life in North Brunswick and Princeton with their three daughters. John was well-known for his many volunteer efforts; he served on the boards of Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, the Crawford House in Skillman, and the Parker Home in Highland Park. In New Jersey and beyond, John and Aljean were involved in multiple cultural organizations including the Nassau Club, Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Among his many other activities, John was an enthusiastic fisherman, a determined golf and tennis player at the Bedens Brook Country Club, and an avid ham radio hobbyist. John and Aljean were prolific travelers, frequenting both family trips to Puerto Rico and parts unknown. Their latest adventure was a relocation to Coral Gables, Fla.

John is survived by his wife Aljean; daughters, Deborah Murdock of Vero Beach, Fla. and husband Brian, Kathryn Wyrough of Miami, Fla. and husband Penn, and Elizabeth Brown of New York, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brother Arthur; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and celebration of John’s life will be held in Coral Gables in August. For those who wish to make a donation in honor of John S. Brown Jr., the family requests that you direct your gift to RWJ University Hospital Foundation, 10 Plum Street, Suite 910, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

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Laura K. Hill

Please join us for a celebration of Laura K. Hill on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Butterfly House Watershed Center, 31 Titus Mill Road in Pennington, NJ 08534.

Children are very much welcome and encouraged as this would have been my Mom’s wish. Let’s all share a delicious lunch, filled with Mom’s Favorite foods, while enjoying the Butterfly House, flower gardens, and discovery room after the ceremony.

If you would like to share any memories, please let us know prior to the celebration, as it will be included in the ceremony.

Please RSVP by June 24, 2018 to jmhill221@gmail.com or call (609) 613-6224.

June 13, 2018

Judith Peck Erdman

Judith Peck Erdman of Princeton and Edgartown, Mass., passed away peacefully on June 8th with her four children by her side. She was 92 years old.

Judy was born on May 11th, 1926, in New Rochelle, N.Y., to her parents Edna H. Peck and Frederic C. Peck. Her father was chairman of Peck & Peck, a prominent women’s clothing concern based in NYC. and founded by her grandfather in 1890. When she was seven years old her family moved to Rye, N.Y., where she attended Rye Country Day School and learned to play tennis at the Manursing Island Club, a sport that she would enjoy into her 80s. In 1940 she enrolled as a boarder at the Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn., from which she graduated in 1944. While at Farmington she was captain of the “Squirrels,” one of three intercampus sports teams, and established several lifelong friendships. Throughout her childhood she enjoyed summer trips with her family to the Adirondack League Club, situated on Little Moose Lake in Old Forge, N.Y.

Upon graduating from Miss Porter’s, Judy joined her parents in their NYC. apartment at 485 Park Avenue. After attending the Barmore Secretarial School she first worked at Vogue Magazine and then at Junior Bazaar Magazine, where she was secretary to the editor. She was on a blind date when she met the love of her life, Harold B. Erdman, whom she married on September 25, 1948. Judy and Hal lived in NYC, Greenwich, Conn., and Phoenix, Ariz. before settling in Hal’s hometown of Princeton. While bringing up four children in Princeton and summering with her family in Martha’s Vineyard, Judy brought joy to everyone she knew. She was warm and friendly, bright and shiny, graceful and poised, and had a wonderful ability to see the positive in everyone.

Judy had joyous times in Princeton with her family and many close friends. Between school, ice hockey, ballet, and playdates, she found time to take her four young children to see the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965, an experience none of them would ever forget. In Princeton, she was a member of the Nassau Presbyterian Church, the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, the Springdale Golf Club, the Contemporary Garden Club of Princeton, the Present Day Club, and the Nassau Club. In Martha’s Vineyard, she was a member of the Edgartown Yacht Club, the Chappaquiddick Beach Club, and Crackatuxet, where she swam in the surf with her grandchildren.

Judy was pre-deceased by her twin older sisters, Anne Cumpston and Jane Halsell, and her loving husband of 65 years, Harold B. Erdman. She is survived by her four children, Guy Erdman, Fred (and Cindy) Erdman, Jody Erdman, and Carl (and Debra) Erdman; nine grandchildren; two great-grandsons; four brothers-in-law; and 18 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Miss Porter’s School, 60 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032 and the Princeton Area Community Foundation, 15 Princess Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. A celebration of her life will be held on September 22nd at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.

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Brenda Mary Davies

On Saturday, December 2nd 2017, former Princeton resident Brenda Mary Davies celebrated her 100th birthday on November 26, 2017, with 20 friends and family at Pennswood Village retirement community in Newtown, Pa. Brenda, née Deakin, born in Birmingham, England, in 1917, received a centenarian congratulation letter from Buckingham Palace with a photograph and the signature of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. Brenda’s three children — Christine, Hugh, and Philip — accompanied by three of her grandchildren and two nieces who flew over from England for the occasion, led the toasts and birthday salutations.

Brenda Mary Davies passed away peacefully on May 10th. Her former husband, Horton Marlais Davies, had passed on May 11, 2005. The couple had emigrated from Oxford, England in January 1956, when Horton had accepted a professorship in the Department of Religion at Princeton University where he taught until his retirement in 1984. The couple divorced in 1972.

Brenda, a graduate of Froebel training in England, taught kindergarten for several years at the former Miss Mason’s School on Bayard Lane, Princeton. According to her wishes, her body was donated to Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. The family asked that any memorial gifts be sent to Pennswood Village, 1382 Newtown-Langhorn Road, Newtown, PA 18940.

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Richard Lee Landauer

September 30, 1962  —June 10, 2018

Richard Lee Landauer, age 55, passed away in Allentown on June 10, 2018.

Richard grew up in Prince-ton, and was the son of the late Harry Lee Landauer and Sallie Warren Landauer. He was also predeceased by brothers, Keith Landauer and Mark Landauer.

Richard graduated from Princeton High School, and was a talented carpenter. Richard had a very kind and generous heart, would help anyone in need, and was always a faithful friend.

Richard loved the beach, salt and fresh water fishing, and rock and roll. He especially loved his family, and relished family get-togethers and holiday dinners. He was most proud of his two sons, Evan Landauer, of West Virginia, and Keith Landauer, currently serving in the Air Force. Aside from his sons, Richard is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Joseph Cimerola, of Allentown; his brother, Allen Lee Smith, of Cherokee, N.C.; and several aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stephens Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown, Pa. Memories and condolences may be shared at (www.stephensfuneral.com). A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The Allentown Rescue Mission (www.allentownrescuemission.org).

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Ann Puffer McGoldrick

Ann Puffer McGoldrick, a resident of Princeton for 51 years, died suddenly on May 23rd at the age of 75.

Ann was born in Boston to Charlotte Chapman Puffer and Robert W. Puffer, Jr. She grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts where she attended the Dana Hall School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Vassar College in 1965, writing her senior thesis on the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

In 1966, at age 23, she married her beloved John L. McGoldrick. Together, they were a formidable team. They moved to Princeton, where they lived for the remainder of her life. Early on, she worked for the Educational Testing Service, where, among other things, she was instrumental in developing the GRE exam. Ann’s contributions to the Princeton community were deep and broad, and demonstrated her passion for social and political issues, and especially later in her life, to the arts.

Ann was elected to the Board of Education for the Princeton Public Schools for 12 years, and served as President for a number of years. She was deeply committed to the students of Princeton and cared particularly about issues of equity. She served on the Princeton Borough Zoning Board for 17 years, and was involved with The Crisis Ministry (now Arm In Arm), which helps secure basic needs of food and housing to residents of Mercer County. A Friend of the Institute for Advanced Study since 1999, she served on its Executive Committee from 2001 to 2006. More recently, she was a valued member of the Institutional Review Board of Princeton University. Her sharp mind, no-nonsense manner, and willingness to speak up on issues she cared about made her an invaluable asset to these organizations. Ann was, in all things, a “do-er”, a practical person who got things done, and who valued that quality in others.

Ann was a strong advocate for the arts, and had a special passion for choral music. She provided volunteer support to the choirs at Trinity Church, and served on the board of Young Audiences of New Jersey. One of the great joys of her life was The Princeton Singers, the extraordinary singing group, with whom she was involved for 35 years. As Chair of The Princeton Singers Board, she worked tirelessly to support and foster the group, whose music brought her tremendous happiness.

Above all else, Ann was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was steady, kind, and generous, and was humble beyond measure, always thinking about what she could do for others and wishing to keep herself out of the spotlight. Those who loved her always had a staunch and loving ally. She was an expert chef, a whiz at the New York Times crossword puzzle, a voracious consumer of political news, and a strong advocate who possessed a rare gentleness and grace. She was a supporter of Democratic causes, except when she saw special talent and wisdom on the other side. She was genuinely and fiercely egalitarian, with no exceptions.

She deeply loved the summers she spent with family and friends on Cape Cod since 1966, and was rejuvenated each year by the natural beauty and solace she found there. Her absence will be acutely felt on the beaches of Wellfleet this summer, and every summer to come.

Ann is survived by John, her husband of 51 years; son Scott McGoldrick and his wife Linda Noel, of Princeton; daughter Jennifer Solomon and her husband Josh Solomon, of Needham, Massachusetts; grandchildren Olivia and Julia McGoldrick, and Sam and Nathaniel Solomon, all the apples of her eye; brother Robert W. Puffer, III and his wife Jane Puffer of Acton, Massachusetts; and countless friends.

A memorial service in her honor will be held on Saturday, June 16 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, beginning at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Arm In Arm (www.arminarm.org, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton) or The Princeton Singers (www.princetonsingers.org, P.O. Box 344, Princeton).

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Ann Hochschild Poole

Ann “Rooney” Hochschild Poole, 93, died peacefully on June 5, 2018 in her home at Stonebridge, in Skillman, N.J.

She was born August 29, 1924 in New York City the eldest child of Walter Hochschild and Kathrin Samstag. She attended The Brearley School, New York, N.Y., was graduated cum laude from Vassar College in 1946, and earned a master’s degree in counseling from Rider University in 1983.

In 1947 she married Richard G. Poole Sr. of Lake Forest, Ill., with whom she raised four children in Clinton, N.Y. before moving abroad to France in 1964. They returned in 1966 to Princeton, N.J. After receiving her master’s degree she worked at several agencies in the Princeton area, including the Counseling Center at Rider University. Together with her daughter she created and led workshops on mother-daughter relationships, which she conducted at the Princeton YMCA/YWCA. She served on the board of Family and Children’s Services of Central New Jersey, volunteered at the Lewis School and the Princeton Hospital, and was active in the Home Friends Program of the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

A lover of music and the performing arts, she acted in a number of amateur musical theater performances in upstate New York and performed with PJ&B Productions in Princeton, N.J. She was a lifelong patron of New York’s theaters and regularly attended McCarter Theatre in Princeton until the time of her death.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard G. Poole Sr.; and her two sisters, Patricia Hochschild Labalme (George Labalme Jr.) and Lynn Hochschild Boillot (Claude E. Boillot). She is survived by her three sons and one daughter, Richard G. Poole Jr. (Kathryn Gately) of DeKalb, Ill., Peter W. Poole (Kathleen Eickman) of Rochester, N.H., Kathrin W. Poole (Howard Tomlinson) of Princeton, N.J., and Walter H. Poole (Suvarnala Yeluri) of Phnom Penh, Cambodia; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her cremated remains will be buried in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., in the Adirondack Park, where a private service will be held. A memorial service will be held in Princeton, N.J. at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (PO Box 205, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812; www.adirondackarts.org/product/8DDF932/donation); and the Indian Lake Theater (PO Box 517, Indian Lake, NY 12842; www.indianlaketheater.org/support-us/).

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Otto Marcolini

Otto Marcolini, Princeton native, passed silently into history on Friday, March 30, 2018. Otto was the only son of Lucia and Luigi of Princeton and had four sisters: Laura, Anna, Monica.

Otto Marcolini was a self-made man, interested in just about everything under the sun; a high school graduate who self-educated after entering the workforce. He worked in the trades and construction for 45 years and belonged to the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 5. He was a lifelong member in the AFL/CIO Bricklayers National Union, and worked on most of the major public and private buildings in Mercer County. They included many buildings at Princeton University, ETS, and BMS, Trenton State College, and the Princeton School projects.

He was a regular around all of the local golf courses and enjoyed challenging people to match wits with his fantastic memory! Otto loved golf, as a former caddie and student of the game toting bags around golf clubs in the Princeton area.  (For more informaton Google — L.A. Parker: Nobody knows Mercer County golf like Otto Marcolini.)

He was a friend at Lawrenceville’s local farms and shops and was loved and will be missed by all. The Saturday morning Maidenhead Bagel Breakfast Club is not the same without him!

His philosophies as he lived his life included bear no malice, be nice to his fellow man, do his share of the work, just give kindness, and forgiveness is less of a burden. The greatest advice he offered to those in other generations was to respect their elders’ advice and do not feel sorry for yourself and your situation, life can be cruel and any feeling of illness will pass, make the best effort you can every day. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and Otto chased it ‘til the end! 

Survived by his great nephew and his wife James and Kristen Steinmetz, Otto raised Jim as his own son and was instrumental in getting him through college. Otto was also stepfather to his former wife Angela’s son, Alfred.

It is the wish of his family that a memorial graveside burial and service be held at St. Paul’s Cemetery (216 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542), on June 29, his 94th birthday, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers please send donations to St Paul’s school athletics via mheucke@stpaulsofprinceton.org.

Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. (609) 924-0018.

June 6, 2018

Raymond R. Wadsworth

Raymond R. Wadsworth, 80, of Princeton died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Capital Health System at Hopewell.

Born in Johnstown, Pa., he was a resident of Princeton for 60 years. He also owned a shore home in South Seaside Park where he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was the owner of the Flower Market and Wadsworth Gourmet Bakery in Princeton. He was the founder of Spirit of Princeton. A Past Fire Chief, he served for 55 years as a member of Mercer Engine Company #3. He currently was chaplain for the fire company. A member of St. Paul’s Church, he served as head usher and Eucharistic Minister, was a member of the Pastoral Council and St. Vincent DePaul Society, and was a 4th Degree Knight with the Princeton Knights of Columbus Council #636. He also started the Blue Mass at St. Paul’s. He was a member and a Chaplain of the Red Knights. He was a member of the Princeton Borough Council. He started the Princeton High School Post Prom. He coached Little League Football and was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop #88. He started a flag burning ceremony to dispose of old flags. Ray loved people, he purchased a fire truck for a dollar and shipped it to Nicaragua so they can save lives.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jacqueline (Nebus) Wadsworth; one son and daughter-in-law R. Keith and Elizabeth Wadsworth; a daughter Kathleen Wadsworth; and three grandchildren Keith, Jesse, and Andrew Wadsworth.

The Funeral will be held 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery.

Calling hours were Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the funeral home. A Fireman’s Service was held at 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church (for the Prayer Garden), 214 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542.

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Jerry Freedman

Dr. Jerome Kenneth Freedman, 88, passed away peacefully in Princeton, on June 4, 2018. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Carol, who passed away in December, 2017. His funeral service will take place at Mather Hodge in Princeton on Thursday, June 7th at 11 a.m.

Known as Jerry, he will be missed by his large family that includes three daughters, Emily Stollar (and Lawrence) of Vienna, Va.; Elizabeth (“Tizzy”) Bannister of New York, N.Y.; and Eleanor (“Ellie”) Deardorff (and Craig) of Princeton.

Jerry also had eight grandchildren, Aaron Stollar (and Janna), Sam Stollar (and Lauren), Sarah Stollar Smith (and Michael), Peter Deardorff, Saren Deardorff, Madeleine Deardorff, Edmund Bannister, and Miranda Bannister.

Also, bringing much joy to Jerry were his great-grandchildren. His great-grandsons Oliver and Henry Smith and Nathan Stollar were recently joined by Caroline Stollar, Jerry’s first great-granddaughter, named after her great-grandmother and Jerry’s wife Carol.

Jerry was the son of Dr. Barnett and Lillian Freedman. He grew up in New Haven, Conn. and had the distinction of being the first baby born at Yale New Haven Hospital by Caesarian who lived.

Before Jerry and Carol moved to Princeton in 1997 for retirement, Jerry was an ophthalmologist in New Haven, Conn. He had his own practice since 1963 and had surgery privileges at the Hospital of St. Raphael and Yale New Haven Hospital.

After graduating from Phillips Academy Andover, Jerry earned his AB from Yale University in 1951, his MD from Tufts College Medical School in 1955, and went on to do an Internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital from 1955-56.

From 1956-58, Jerry served as a Captain and flight surgeon in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Texas, Alabama, and Wisconsin.

His completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Chicago in 1961, followed by serving as an Instructor from 1961-1963 and participating in an NIH Fellowship in Ophthalmology from 1958-1963. Jerry earned his MS (Surgical degree) from the University of Chicago in 1963.

Jerry was always very involved in the medical community beyond his practice. He served as President of the Medical Staff at the Hospital of St. Raphael in the 1990s and was a delegate to the AMA in the 1980s- ’90s, among his many appointments.

In New Haven, Jerry and Carol enjoyed belonging to the Quinnipiack Club and Mory’s Association. They also were longtime members of the Yale Club of New York.

When they moved to Princeton in 1997, they placed themselves closer to all three of their daughters but in town with one.They were an active part of their daughters’ and grand-childrens’ lives, seen at their plays, concerts, birthday parties, grandparent days at school, soccer matches, and swim meets.

In his early years in Princeton, Jerry devoted many hours a week being recorded at Recording for the Blind, now Learning Ally. His specialty was science related material.

Jerry and Carol made many wonderful new friends in Princeton, in many cases through their memberships at The Nassau Club and Carol’s at the Present Day Club.

Jerry was a big reader and was known to have strong opinions on a rather large range of topics. His personality which ranged from very quiet and introspective to quite animated, was appreciated by all who knew him. He will be missed greatly.

Friends and family are invited to the Nassau Club following the burial at Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center or Learning Ally in Princeton.

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Elizabeth Reilly Steele

Elizabeth Poole Reilly Steele (Betty), a 60-year resident of Princeton, beloved mother of six, and grandmother of eight, died May 30, 2018. Born February 28, 1928, in Boston, she was the cherished only child of Eugenia Poole Reilly and James Crowley Reilly of Lowell, Mass.

Betty’s delightful childhood was enriched by the Reilly clan of Lowell, especially her seven next door cousins. One, Grace Reilly Conway, became Betty’s lifelong best friend. They spent nearly every day of their young lives together, including more than 80 summers at Drakes Island, Maine. That tranquil space became Betty’s foundation, the getaway she later enjoyed for so many summers with her own children. There she instilled in each of them an appreciation for place and a devotion to family, as well as the beauty of storytelling as she recreated many wonderful experiences with her loving Daddy, devoted Auntie Bud, and many family and friends.

She attended Lowell schools and became lifelong friends with Libby Drury King of Falmouth, Me. (their mothers were also great friends). Betty graduated from Rogers Hall School for Girls, where she was editor-in-chief of the literary yearbook and valedictorian of her graduating class. She attended the College of St. Elizabeth with her cousin, Grace, before transferring to Manhattanville College. There she became an officer of the English Club, earned a degree in sociology, and was awarded a Child of Mary medal.

Betty began her working life as a reporter for the Lowell Sun, where she had a by-line for the column “And Have You Heard,” focusing on the social and cultural activities of the Lowell community. Interviewing First Lady Mamie Eisenhower was both an exceptional opportunity and a pinnacle of Betty’s career. She also had occasion to meet with actress Dorothy Lamour and director Alfred Hitchcock while they were in town on a movie promotion tour.

Betty married in 1953 and the couple moved to Charlottesville, Va., then Riverside and Merced, Calif. She loved the adventure of traveling the country and relished the challenges of independence. With the births of her first two children in California, Betty found her true calling: motherhood. The family returned east and lived briefly on Staten Island before choosing Princeton to settle with three, then six, young children. Betty chose to make this town her home for the rest of her life.

Her children were Betty’s greatest source of pride and joy. She had a talent for making each of her six feel special, carving out coveted time alone with one or another and creating lasting memories out of the smallest activities such as celebrating her late father’s birthday on Valentine’s Day. She brought joy to each day, somehow knew just what to say in hard times, and personified unconditional love.

Betty went on to raise the children alone, and faced down difficulties with the support of devoted friends such as Flora Hicks. Rarely faltering, Betty set a powerful example of grace under pressure. She became a woman perhaps not even she knew she could be: resilient, resourceful, self-reliant, and successful. She went back to work, joining Gallery 100 on Nassau Street, which was owned by her dear friend Fleurette Faus. When Betty moved into advertising and public relations, she found an interest that would last the rest of her career. The personal and professional converged in her role as director of public relations for Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, which all four of her daughters had attended and she had helped found in the 1960s.

Her physical beauty lasted through each stage of her life, but Betty was much more than her captivating smile. She had an equally lovely singing voice, a passion for reading, a great talent for writing, and a flair both for decorating and entertaining — interests many of her children have carried forth. She expanded her writing skills with poetry courses at Princeton University where the quality of her work was noted, and often delighted family and friends with poems and limericks. Betty was instrumental in the preservation of Princeton’s historic houses, having fully restored her Colonial Revival home at 250 Mercer Street. She enjoyed activities at the Present Day Club of Princeton, was a proud founder of the TWIN Awards (Tribute to Women & Industry) program at the YWCA, and chaired the Lane of Shops major fundraiser of the Princeton Hospital Fete.

Betty is survived by six loving children: James Reilly Steele and his wife Elizabeth of Sao Francisco Xavier, Brazil; Eugenie Steele Dieck and her husband David of Lafayette Hill, Pa.; Mary Ellen and her husband Joseph; Elizabeth Steele and her wife Margaret Drugovich of Oneonta, N.Y., and Castine, Me.; John Steele and his wife Julie Tippens of Arlington, Va.; and Margaret Steele and her husband Robert Rieth of Sherman Oaks, Calif. Betty’s love for life will also continue in her eight grandchildren: Andrew and Brendan Dieck, Elizabeth and William Kelly, Reilly and Molly Steele, and Jack and Alexandra Rieth.

Betty is also survived by her cousins Grace Reilly Conway and Ann Reilly Gervais, both of greater Lowell, Mass., and Drakes Island, Me. She was predeceased by her parents and her cousins Frances Reilly Mack, Peter W. Reilly, and Walter B. Reilly of Mass.; Lawrence K. Reilly of Me.; and Henry T. Reilly of Vt.

Services will be private and held at a later date. Gifts in memory of Elizabeth Reilly Steele may be made to Mary Jacobs Memorial Library (64 Washington St., Rocky Hill, NJ); the Present Day Club (72 Stockton St., Princeton, NJ 08540); or to support research at the Parkinson’s Foundation (200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131). Arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. https://matherhodge.com.

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Morris Marks

Morris Marks, whose boundless love for his family was returned in full, died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 94. He was a proud South Philadelphian and first-generation American, the son of Nathan and Tillie Marks, from Kishinev, Moldova. He had four older brothers — Harry, Abe, Dan, and Jack — and his passing marks the end of a generation.

After graduating from South Philadelphia High School for Boys, Morris enlisted in the Army and served in the Signal Corps, repairing code machines. Celebrating V-E Day, he watched Gen. Charles de Gaulle march through Paris from a perch near the Arc de Triomphe. His father died when Morris was serving in Europe, and when he returned to the United States, he became a watch repairman to help support his mother. He spent the next four decades working on Philadelphia’s Jewelers Row.

He had a fantastic stroke of luck when, after moving to a new home in 1952, he found that one of his neighbors was a young teacher named Connie Seidler. Two years later, they were married. They moved to Northeast Philadelphia, where they raised two children, Marilyn and Ted.

After retirement, Morris and Connie moved to a senior-living community in Tamarac, Fla. Morris quickly became active in the community, serving as secretary of the condo board and as a member of the neighborhood-watch program, preventing crime during the hours of 1 to 4 on Sundays. He was the man people called when they needed a ride or when something had to be fixed.

Morris and Connie moved to Princeton in 2005. They celebrated 64 years of marriage April 11 and shared many blessings during their time together: summer vacations in Atlantic City and later in America’s national parks, Alaska, and Hawaii; traveling to Israel, England, and China, where Morris walked on the Great Wall at the age of 83; and especially spending time with their grandchildren. Nothing made Morris happier than hearing about what his grandchildren were learning and experiencing.

Until his last days, Morris was interested in the world around him, reading The New York Times and watching the news on television even though his eyesight had begun to fail. He always loved history, and he showed his command of that subject late in life by shouting out the answers to Jeopardy! questions, often outpacing the contestants. He voted in every election.

Morris is survived by his wife, Connie Seidler Marks; his children, Marilyn Marks Tal and Reli Tal of Princeton, and Ted and Ilene Marks of San Jose, Calif.; his grandchildren, Rinat Tal, Eliana Marks, and Zachary Marks; his sister-in law, Lois Seidler; his cousins, Albert Appel and Carrie Schoenbach; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held June 4, with burial at Princeton Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Senior Care Services of N.J., P.O. Box 1517 Princeton, NJ, 08542-1517; the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements by Orland’s Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township.

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Janet Easly McGinn

Janet Easly McGinn passed away Sunday, June 3rd, at her home in Princeton Junction.

Born in Barnesboro, Pa. in 1935 to the late John and Kathryn Easly, sister to the late Mary Kay Easly and Joanne Raihall. Janet graduated from Pennsylvania State University and taught English and Religion for over 50 years in the Catholic school system. She was beloved by all the students she touched in her long career.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years Martin W. McGinn, her children Martin, Matthew, Michael, and Gretchen McGinn, her daughters-in-law Elizabeth and Jennifer McGinn, and her grandchildren Madeleine, Clare, Julia, Maeve, and John McGinn.

Viewing will be held at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton, NJ 08542 on Thursday, June 7 from 3-6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 216 Nassau St. Princeton, NJ 08542 on Friday, June 8 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s School, 218 Nassau St. Princeton, NJ 08542.

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Emmi Spies

Emmi Vera Tobias Spies, a longtime resident of Princeton and Kingston, passed away on May 22, 2018. She was 89, and lived a remarkable life.

Born in Stettin, Germany in 1929, to Dr. Walter Tobias and Margarete Freundlich Tobias, she was 10 years old when she fled Germany together with her family. They emigrated to Santiago, Chile, where she was raised and schooled, showing talent in competitive swimming and in creating original fashions. She married Claudio Spies in 1953 and they moved to the United States, where they lived in Cambridge, Mass., Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Swarthmore, Pa. before moving to Princeton in 1970 with their five children, Caterina, Michael, Tatiana, Leah, and Susanna. 

Shortly after arriving in Princeton, Emmi began to work supporting young dyslexic children and was one of the original teachers at the Lewis School, where she taught for many years. She took great pride in following the growth and success of so many of her former students. Even following retirement she continued to work with students from the Princeton area schools, and touched the lives of dozens of students and their families. Emmi was also an avid knitter of colorful hats, scarves and sweaters, which will continue to lend warmth and flair to many appreciative friends and family members.

Emmi spent many summers at the beautiful beach in Small Point, Maine, where she enjoyed long walks and many happy memories with family and friends. She was also very much at home in the loving family community of her beloved deceased brother Juan, of Vancouver, Canada.

She is survived by her children Caterina, and her husband Myron Reece, in Glen Ellen, California; Michael and wife Claudia, of New York City; Leah, and husband Alex Winck, of Los Angeles; and Susanna, of Los Angeles. Her beloved daughter Tatiana passed away in 2012. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Jake, Elijah, Ben, Olivia, and Julia, and by her former husband Claudio, who lives in Glen Ellen with Caterina and Myron.

She will be lovingly remembered by her many friends and former students.

Private family services are planned. A memorial service will be held in Princeton for friends and former students on a date to be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association; or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

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Memorial Service for James Floyd

A memorial service for James Floyd, Sr. will be held Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church. Floyd, a longtime public servant and former Princeton Township mayor, died May 14 at the age of 96.

Floyd was Princeton’s first African American mayor and was instrumental in getting the Witherspoon-
Jackson neighborhood designated a historic district. He was born in Trenton in 1922 and moved to Princeton in 1946.

The Floyd family welcomes all in the community to attend the service. Nassau Presbyterian Church is
located at 61 Nassau Street.

May 30, 2018

Joyce Whitehead Lathbury

Joyce Whitehead Lathbury of New Hope, Pennsylvania, died at her home on Saturday, May 26, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was 76.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Joyce was a longtime resident of Princeton, New Jersey, moving to New Hope, Pennsylvania in 2013. She was an accomplished psychiatric social worker specializing in couples and family therapy. Joyce graduated at the top of her class at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware and earned her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She finished her academic studies at the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a Masters in Social Work. During her career, Joyce was committed to her profession and clients deeply, working for a range of national psychiatric and mental health institutions and with patients in private practice later in her career. Joyce was a lifelong tennis player and accomplished gardener. She was a member of the Master Gardeners of New Jersey and Stony Brook Garden Club for over 20 years.

Joyce was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and doted on her
grandchildren. She enjoyed art, painting in watercolors, and drawing in pen and ink. She had a unique eye for understated elegance and beauty that was reflected in her home, her gardens, and her style. But most of all, Joyce is remembered for her kindness and care for others. She had a true sense of empathy, love, and commitment. She authentically felt the joy and pain of others and provided guidance and love without reservation.

The daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Duff Whitehead, Joyce is survived by her husband of 31 years Vincent “Bill” Lathbury; her children Brian T. O’Leary and his wife Angela Mikula of High Bridge, N.J. and Erin O’Leary and her husband Tom Dickey of Lambertville; her two grandchildren; and her brother and his wife Neil and Ruth Whitehead of Cape May, N.J.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather on Thursday, May 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, 21 York Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530 (vhmfh.com). There will be a prayer service at 5 p.m. that evening.

A memorial celebration to be held in the fall will be announced at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to Fisherman’s Mark, 37 S. Main Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530 (info@fishermansmark.org) or to Save, 1010 Route 601, Skillman, NJ 08558 (save@savehomelessanimals.org).

May 23, 2018

Eldred Pearce Erdman

Eldred Pearce Erdman passed away on her 83rd birthday May 4, 2018, with her three children by her side. She is survived by her sister, Phyllida Humphreys, and brother, Jonathan Montagu-Pollack, residing in England. She was predeceased by her parents, Harold Pearce and Delia Snowden Pearce, and sister, Mandy Trener-Michell.

Eldred is also survived by her three children and their spouses, Charlotte (Peter) Rizzo of Bronxville, N.Y., Jonathan (Nathalie) Erdman of Williston, Vt., and Jane (Charles Abrahams) Remillard of Boston and by her seven grandchildren, Meredith, Hilary, Matthew, and Alexander (Rizzo), and Hadley, Eryn, and Riley (Erdman).

Born in Surrey, England, in 1935, Eldred grew up during World War II and could vividly recount the London bombing raids and the war-torn upbringing that she experienced as a young child. Her late father was killed during The War while serving with the British Armed Forces.

Eldred later traveled extensively to South America and then the United States, where she met and married David Erdman of Princeton, in 1958. She remained in Princeton for nearly 40 years, where she raised her family and owned and operated Old Grange Graphics in Hopewell.

Following the birth of her twin grandsons in 2000, she retired and resided in the Village of Bronxville for fifteen years before moving to Wallingford, Conn., nearly three years ago.

Eldred was an accomplished bridge player, painter, and cook whose early childhood memories of wartime food rations created her lifetime guiding principle to waste nothing.

She also loved reading, knitting, and needlepoint. But her greatest love was for animals of all kinds great or small, her children, and her grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The National Audubon Society online at https://action.audubon.org/donate/make-tribute-gift or by calling (844) 428-3826, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. EST.

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Phyllis Riley Schmucki

Phyllis Riley Schmucki of Skillman, N.J.,died on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. She was 94. Phyllis was born in East Orange, N.J. on July 19, 1923. Her father was Charles J. Riley and her mother was Josephine Petrullo.

Phyllis graduated from the Clifford J. Scott High School in East Orange, where she met her close lifelong friend Janice Howland. After high school Phyllis attended the Traphagen School of Design in New York City.

During World War II Phyllis worked as an expediter at the Eastern Aircraft division of General Motors Company in Newark, N.J. After the war Phyllis worked for United Airlines as Supervisor of their New York City Ticket Office. She was named United Airlines Employee of the Year.

On April 15, 1950, Phyllis and Bud were married and honeymooned at ALTA ski resort. They made their first home in East Orange, N.J., then built their beautiful home in Morristown, N.J., where they raised their three children Lisa, Ross and Tina. They lived on Springbrook Road for 56 years. Life was filled with Springbrook neighbors and kids, The Kent Place School, The Peck School, and summers in Jaffrey, N.H., and Mantaloking, N.J.

Phyllis joined the Women’s Association of Morristown Memorial Hospital, and supervised 19 “TWIG” volunteer groups with over 300 volunteer members. She served on the Board of the Association, and managed hospital fundraisers such as the Diamond Jubilee Ball and the Third Family Festival. Her favorite projects were chairing the designer committee of “Upton Pyne – A Mansion in May” and serving as Chair of “Giralda – A Mansion in May.” These projects raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the hospital, received national recognition, and attracted high profile attendees such as First Lady Betty Ford. Phyllis also served on the Board of Morristown Memorial Hospital and The Peck School.

Bud Schmucki was the love of Phyllis’ life. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2010 before he died. They were tremendous homemakers and loving parents with a wide social network of friends. Phyllis was proud that her husband and all her children graduated from Princeton University and loved participating in Princeton events. Later in life Phyllis and Bud vacationed at favorite places in Europe. Phyllis dearly loved her sons and daughters-in-law, and adored her six grandkids, who were a constant joy to Phyllis.

After Bud died, Phyllis moved to Stonebridge in Skillman, to be near her daughter Lisa. She missed Bud and Morristown, but made great friends at Stonebridge, maintained her apartment perfectly, saw her children regularly, planned festive birthday and holiday gatherings at The Nassau Club, and enjoyed her grandchildren’s talents and busy lives. She never stopped being a friend to all.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Lisa Schmucki of Belle Mead, N.J., Ross and Kim Schmucki of Swarthmore, Pa., Tina Schmucki and Francois Mitelberg of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; and grandchildren, Eleanor Oakes of Detroit, Mich.; Alex Schmucki and Melanie Wender of Elkins Park, Pa.; Chris and Jane Schmucki of Swarthmore; and Georges-Louis and Timothy Mitelberg of Manhattan Beach.

Family and friends gathered on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Burroughs, Kohr and Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main Street, Madison. A Funeral Mass for Phyllis was held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Church of Christ the King, 16 Blue Mill Road, New Vernon. Entombment followed at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Basking Ridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center, P.O. Box 1956, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown, NJ 07962; or to The Auxillary to the Isabella
McCosh Infirmary, P.O. Box 81, Princeton, NJ 08542.

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Fraser Lewis, MD

Fraser Lewis, MD, 84, died April, 26, 2018, at his home in Skillman, N.J., with his loving wife, Maxine, by his side. Fraser was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on November 9, 1933 to Mahlon E. Lewis and Janet Fraser Lewis.

Fraser earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and was a proud member of The Great Class of ‘56.  He became a physician and earned his MD degree from Temple University’s School of Medicine (now Lewis Katz School of Medicine) in 1960. He specialized in obstetrics and gynecology and delivered many babies throughout his 25 year medical career based in Princeton, N.J.

Fraser is survived by his wife of 63 years, Maxine Allman Lewis. Maxine and Fraser have four sons, all of whom survive him; Jeffrey Lewis of Hallendale Beach, Fla., Stephen Fraser Lewis MD (Beth) of Jenkintown, Pa., David Allman Lewis, (Susan) of London, England, and Christopher Lewis (Pamela) of Dayton, Nev.  He was a loving Grandpa to Jarrett E., Thomas Fraser, and Philippa (Pippa) I. He is also survived by six nieces and two nephews.

Fraser is predeceased by his parents; his brother, Harlow Satterlee Lewis II, and his sister, Sally Lewis Horner.  He is also predeceased by his good friends Dana Fearon and Tom Evans.

Fraser enjoyed any and all Princeton University activities and enthusiastically planned and attended Class of ‘56 mini reunions.  Together with Maxine, Fraser travelled to more than 70 countries encompassing all continents.  A skilled and passionate golfer, Fraser won many tournaments and played at Springdale GC since his freshman year at Princeton. His outgoing and charming personality often made him the life of the party and he possessed the rare talent of never forgetting anybody’s name. He could always be counted on to tell a good (if often bawdy) joke and was delighted to be invited to be a member of the Buster Lewis Society. Maxine and Fraser enjoyed the Philadelphia Orchestra and NJ Opera and were enthusiastic subscribers. In addition to golf, travel, and Princeton, Fraser was an avid cook, gardener, musician, photographer, and wine connoisseur, and enjoyed creating objects from wine corks, many of which he would give as gifts.

A Memorial Service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton on Sunday, June 3 at 2 P.M.  A reception in celebration of Fraser’s life will be held at Springdale Golf Club, also in Princeton, immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Princeton Hospital, 25 Plainsboro Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540 or donations in Fraser’s name can be sent to “Princeton Class of 1956” with the MEMO marked: “1956 Scholarship Fund.” Checks should be sent to Malcolm Schwartz, 1956 Treasurer,1690 Pine Harrier Circle, Sarasota, FL 34231.

Arrangements by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Taiko Konno Lyding

Taiko Konno Lyding, a local artist and calligrapher and beloved wife and mother, recently passed away at the Princeton Medical Center at the age of 57, following a long illness. Born in Shiogama City in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Ms.
Lyding graduated from Tohoku Gakuin University in Sendai, Japan with a BA degree in law. Taiko possessed an unbridled passion and spirit for every task she pursued, whether it be as a model and television personality in Japan or as a practitioner and teacher of the traditional Japanese arts in the United States.

In 1982, Taiko met her future husband Chris while Chris was taking part in a student exchange program in Sendai, Japan. After marrying Chris in 1985, Taiko moved to the United States. While continuing to practice calligraphy, she served as a Japanese instructor at Princeton University, also lecturing on calligraphy in the East Asian Studies Department.

Taiko was proficient in many of the classic Japanese traditions, including flower arranging (ikebana) as well as in the intricacies of the Japanese tea ceremony. Perhaps her greatest achievement, however, was attaining the rank of Grand Master of Japanese calligraphy.

Taiko has lectured and has given numerous calligraphy demonstrations at local area schools while introducing countless students to Japanese culture. In 2013 and 2017, despite the debilitating effects of her illness, she exhibited her works at the Gallery at the Plainsboro Library. Her paintings often depicted famous Asian philosophies and some even included the philosophy itself written as a poem (haiku) in Japanese calligraphy.

Taiko was known for dressing impeccably in the latest Western fashions along with matching jewelry. However, she always wore a stylish, traditional Japanese kimono when performing activities involving Japanese culture. She loved entertaining friends and guests at her home in Plainsboro where she would personally prepare lavish Eastern and Western fare. She was admired and cherished by her friends and enjoyed an excellent reputation among all who knew her. Her boundless spirit, charm and humor will be missed.

Taiko is survived by her devoted husband, Christopher S. Lyding, a son, Charles T. Lyding, her father-in-law, Arthur R. Lyding of Princeton, her mother, Keiko Konno of Shiogama, Japan and her brother, Masao Konno.

A celebration of Taiko’s life will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 1 p.m. at The Unitarian Church, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Princeton Community Japanese Language School, 14 Moore Street, Princeton NJ 08542.

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David Southgate

David Southgate, a resident in the Princeton area for the past 52 years, passed away peacefully in his home on May 14, 2018 at the age of 89.

David was born in England in 1928. He earned his PhD in physics and mathematics from London University (Imperial College). From 1948 to 1959, David worked at Mullard Research Laboratories in the U.K., where he met his wife Gwen. They were married in 1952.

David came to the U.S. with his family in 1959 and lived in the Chicago area for seven years working for the IIT Research Institute, before settling in Princeton in 1965 where he worked at the RCA Laboratories until his retirement.

After retirement, David spent many summers at the family cottage in Maine, enjoying reading, sailing, hiking, local summer arts, and fixing whatever needed to be fixed.

David was an avid amateur violinist, performing in numerous chamber groups and local orchestras, including 25 years with Princeton’s Musical Amateurs. He was active in many local and global organizations and was a founding member of the Princeton Evergreen Forum. His lifelong concerns were the proliferation of nuclear weapons, human rights, and environmental conservation.

David Southgate leaves behind Gwen, his wife of 66 years, his brother Michael and sister Jenny, as well as his four children Diana, her husband Govind, Tim, his wife Deb, Jennie, her husband James, and Jill. He also leaves behind his ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A memorial gathering in celebration of David’s life will be held on Saturday, May 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Princeton Italian American Club (8 Founders Lane), with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with David’s lifelong interests and concerns, the family suggests a donation to either the Union of Concerned Scientists or Amnesty International.

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

May 16, 2018

Theodore A. Peck Jr.

Theodore A. Peck Jr., 93, (Ted) of West Windsor died May 5. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 23 at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.

Ted was an artist, writer, activist, and a programmer from the early days of computers.

He was born in 1924 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He grew up in Charlotte and in Alexandria, Virginia. He received a degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia in 1944, and was a member of the Raven Society and Phi Beta Kappa. After working with the U.S. Navy in Washington as a civilian, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Okinawa in 1946 and 1947, and later also at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aberdeen, Md., and in Toledo, Ohio.

From 1949 through 1953 he attended the Art Students League of New York. In 1953 he began work as a “computer” of geodesic calculations at the Army Map Service in Washington D.C. He met his future wife Mary Sill there where she was part of the calculators pool.

In 1956 he began his career as a computer systems analyst with a position as field technical representative for IBM, with assignments in the Pentagon and the Navy Annex. Subsequently he accepted positions with Honeywell, RCA, Applied Data Research, and Mainstem. From 1975 through 1995 he was employed by Sedgwick Publishing Services of Princeton.

Ted was active in the Unitarian Church of Princeton, where he served as chairman of the Social Concerns Committee from 1970 through 1972 and as secretary of the Board of Trustees from 1973 through 1975.

He was appointed to the West Windsor planning board in 1966 and won election to the West Windsor Township Committee in 1972.

He was a founding member of Thresholds of Central New Jersey, a group which taught decision making techniques to prison inmates. He was also active with the Conservation Coalition of Princeton which pioneered the recycling movement, and with the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and the anti-nuclear SEA alliance.

He lost his wife of 37 years, Mary Sill Peck, to cancer in 1990.

In 1998 he married Elizabeth Murray, now Elizabeth Peck, his wife of 20 years.

Ted shared with Elizabeth a passion for painting and the arts. Each January they jointly organized an art and poetry show at the Unitarian Church and for many years Mr. Peck would organize and lead a tour of galleries, often in SoHo, New York City.

In recent years Ted participated in the Unitarian play reading group, a ROMEO breakfast club (Retired Old Men Eating Out), and delighted in attending the creative writing program at the West Windsor Senior Center through April of this year. Along with his wife Elizabeth, he served on the West Windsor Democratic Committee and as a poll worker.

He is survived by his wife, four sons, and seven grandchildren. His sons are Theodore A Peck III (Trey), Frederick Sill Peck (Fred), Arthur Merriman Peck (Art), and Christopher Mount Peck (Chris). His grandchildren are Hannah Peck, Sam Peck, Godwin Peck, Matthew Peck, Nathen Peck, Alexandra Peck, and Forrest Peck.

Ted had made it known that he would like any memorial contributions to be made to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.

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Thomas L. Gray, Jr.

Thomas L. Gray, Jr., age 73 years, died Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at his home in Hopewell Township. 

Born January 16, 1945 in the Vailsburg Section of Newark, N.J., Tom was the son of the late Thomas L. and Nancy (Carucci) Gray, Sr. He attended high school at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, N.J. and later graduated from Seton Hall University in 1966 with a BS Degree in English and in 1973 with an MBA in Finance. 

Tom served in the United States Army Reserves during the Vietnam War as a Medic in the #322 General Hospital in Newark. 

Tom will be best remembered with his storied career in banking. In 1966, he joined the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in New York as a National Bank Examiner. At the age of 27, Tom became the President and CEO of Peoples National Bank of North Jersey in Denville, N.J., a position he held for more than ten years. In 1983, he was hired as the President and CEO of Lafayette Bank & Trust Company in Bridgeport, Conn., where he successfully turned around that once financially troubled institution. 

As the end of his tenure at Lafayette Bank approached, Tom began the process (with other local N.J. executives) to form a new bank in 1987, Carnegie Bank NA, headquartered in Princeton. As President and CEO, Carnegie Bank was one of the fastest growing banks in the U.S. and eventually was sold in 1998. Upon the sale of Carnegie Bank in 1998, Tom helped to form Grand Bank NA in Hamilton, N.J., where he served as Chairman of the Board, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer, positions he currently held. 

Tom was a member of the Board of Directors for other banks including, Admiralty Bank (Palm Beach, Fla.), First Bancap (Allentown, Pa.), Sunrise Bank (Cocoa Beach, Fla.), and Paradise Bank (Boca Raton, Fla.). He was also a member of the Board of Directors of VIIAD, Inc. (Newtown, Pa.).

Tom also served his professional community as a member of the Community Bank Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the American Bankers Association, New Jersey Bankers Association, South Jersey Bankers Association, Community Bankers Association, Bank Marketing Association, Confrèrie de la Chaine des Rôtisseurs, the Florida Brotherhood of the Knights of Columbus of the Vine, as well as the N.J. State and Regional Chambers of Commerce and the World Presidents’ Organization.

In 1997, Tom was a finalist for the N.J. Entrepreneur of Year, a Board member of the American Heart Association, the Greater Trenton Community Mental Health Center, Junior Achievement, the NJ EDA Entrepreneurial Training Institute, the Princeton Scholarship Fund, Rotary International, St. Clare’s Hospital Development Board, St. Vincent Hospital, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and the Young Presidents’ Association.

As a friend and colleague, Tom was unique. His passions included automobile restorations (especially those from the late ’50s and ’60s), playing a good game of golf, sailing the seas, or snow skiing with his many friends. He completed the New York City Marathon in 1985, something he was proud of accomplishing. However, his joys were truly spending time with his son, Mark, and the many treasured moments with his partner of more than 25 years, Karen Cinkay. Together, Tom and Karen travelled the world, loved a good dinner party with friends, or taking in a Broadway show.

In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by his sister, Kathy Wade. He is survived by his son, Mark Everton Gray, his partner, Karen Cinkay, as well as several cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

A Celebration of Life to honor Tom will be at noon, Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Trenton Country Club (TCC), 201 Sullivan Way, West Trenton, NJ 08628. Friends may gather beginning at 11 a.m. until the time of service at TCC. Please join with Mark and Karen immediately after the service for food and fellowship at TCC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tom’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the American Cancer Society, 7 Ridgedale Avenue, Suite 103, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, NJ. 

For further information or to leave on online condolence, please visit www.holcombefisher.com.

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Richard G. Williams

Richard G. Williams, “Dick”, 75, of Princeton Junction died Friday, May 11, 2018. Born in Westerly, R.I., he has been a resident of Princeton Junction for over 45 years. Dick was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a decorated major in the U.S. Army, serving in the 173rd Airborne Brigade during the Vietnam War. He retired in 2010 as Associate Dean of Princeton University with over 30 years of service. Dick was also a member of St. David the King Church, West Windsor.

Son of the late Palmer and Agnes Williams, father of the late Dennis Williams (wife Lisa), he is survived by his wife of 20 years Victoria J. Ridge; two daughters Karen Williams Newman (husband Jim); Elizabeth Williams Munns (husband Jeff); step daughter Laura Ridge; two brothers Robert Williams, Thomas Williams; and five grandchildren: Morgan, Dylan, Caroline, Michael, and Tommy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018, St. David the King Church, 1 New Village Road, West Windsor. Burial will be private.

Friends may call on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at St. David the King Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA, 22203; Nursing for All, 110 Reade Street #5 NY, NY 10013 or St. Joseph’s Indian School, PO Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57325.

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

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Margery Cornell Brearley Ward

Margery Cornell Brearley Ward died May 7, 2018. Born in Princeton, in 1920, she attended public school there until she enrolled in George School in Pennsylvania. Her childhood summers were spent in New Hampshire and Montana. She earned a Masters degree at Mount Holyoke College after graduating from Swarthmore College in 1941. After a summer course at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, she met and married Herman M. Ward. Margery then taught for one year in Bound Brook, N.J. public schools. She and her husband moved into their historic 18th century house in Belle Mead, N.J. in 1946 and continued to care for and restore it through their 65 years of living there together. They raised two girls and two boys before Margery again became a teacher, first at Stuart School and then at Princeton High School, where she taught biology from 1970-73. She also spent two summers as a nature counselor at Camp Becket, a YMCA camp in the Berkshires.

Margery, a devoted environmentalist, was active in local community affairs, attending meetings of the Montgomery Township committee and planning board during the period that 3M hoped to open up a quarry near their home and also when Johnson and Johnson (of Skillman) was operating a polluting manufacturing facility, which was finally forced to shut down.

Prior to becoming a member of the Princeton Society of Friends (Quakers), she taught in two other local church Sunday schools attended by her children. She also taught at the Children’s School of Science in Woods Hole, Mass. where she and her family owned a summer home. Throughout her life, she was an avid gardener and naturalist.

Margery was an officer for many years of the Van Harlingen Historical Society and active in their annual May in Montgomery fair. She, and her husband who died in 2006, frequently opened their doors to Scout troops, historians, and her husband’s colleagues, students, and foreign guests from Trenton State College (now The College of NJ), where he was an English professor for 30 years. She especially enjoyed accompanying him during three different years when he taught abroad in Greece, Germany, and Iceland. In her final years, Margery was a regular attendee at the Montgomery Senior Center where her always sunny presence will be much missed.

She is survived by her four children: David B. Ward and wife Alison of Falmouth, Mass.; Michael Whelan Ward of Belle Mead, N.J.; Gretchen Ward Warren of Saint Petersburg, Fla.; and Bonnie Ward Simon of New York City. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Basil and Sebastian Simon; Ray and Nicole Ward; and Jonathan Ward, his wife Sarah and her great grandchildren, Brearley and Lissie. 

A celebration of her life will be held later this year in Woods Hole, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oxfam or the Van Harlingen Historical Society.

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A Commemoration

Midge Quandt

A commemoration of the life of Midge Quandt will be held on Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m. in the large auditorium at Stonebridge at Montgomery, 100 Hollinshead Spring Road, Skillman, NJ 08558. The commemoration will include tributes and readings by family and friends. A reception will follow immediately afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alliance for Global Justice at https://afgj.org/.

Midge died peacefully at the University Medical Center of Princeton on March 14 at the age of 85. She was the author of From the Small Town to the Great Community (Rutgers University Press) and of Unbinding the Ties: The Popular Organizations and the FSLN in Nicaragua (Nicaragua Network Education Fund) and editor (with Margot Badran) of Sex, History and Culture (Trends in History).

May 9, 2018

John Keene Fitzpatrick

John Keene Fitzpatrick, 78, formerly of Clifton, passed away on May 2, 2018. John lived in Clifton for many years, having retired as a Phys Ed teacher in N.J. Catholic Schools, including St. Paul’s, St. Brendan’s. St. Philip’s, and St. Andrew’s. After retiring from teaching, John worked at the Harry M. Stevens food concession at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, and was a volunteer firefighter.

Born and raised in Princeton, he was an accomplished athlete and was the grandson of famed University and U.S. Olympic Team track coach, Keene Fitzpatrick. John graduated from Trenton State Teachers College with a BA. He was predeceased by his beloved son, John K. Fitzpatrick, Jr. Survivors include a sister, Mary Alice Luttmann; a daughter, Deborah DeSantis; and seven grandchildren.

The Funeral Service was Friday, May 4, 2018 11 a.m. at the Shook Funeral Home, 639 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton. Interment was Saturday, May 5, 2018, noon, in the family plot at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Natick, Mass. www.ShookFH.com.

May 2, 2018

Memorial Service

John Sauerman

The Lawrenceville School will celebrate the life and mourn the passing of long time History teacher John Sauerman on Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m. in the Edith Memorial Chapel at The Lawrenceville School, 2500 Main Street, Lawrenceville. All are invited to attend.

His mother, Irma H. Sauerman, brother, Eric W. Sauerman, and sister-in-law Peggy L. Sauerman, all of Long Beach, N.Y. as well as nephews Douglas E. Sauerman (Deer Park, N.Y.) and Ryan C. Sauerman (Washington, D.C.), survive John. His father (Jack E. Sauerman) and brother (Karl A. Sauerman) predeceased him. John was 65 years old.

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David Lewis Blackwell

David Lewis Blackwell, age 70, died on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at his home in Princeton. David was a passionate and engaged member of the Hopewell Valley community throughout his life, dedicated to studying and sharing local history, architecture, and genealogy. He was recently named Hopewell Township’s first official Town Historian in recognition of his life’s work, an honor which brought him great joy. He was a tireless advocate for historic preservation and local history education.

David was born and raised in Pennington by Harold Blackwell and Hazel Schneider Blackwell. At the age of ten, David discovered his love for family lore and historical research. He attended Hopewell Valley Central High School before training as an architect at the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell. Throughout the years, his true love remained exploring the connections that defined his ancestors and the community. He was appointed to the Hopewell Township Historic Sites Committee and later became a founding member of the Hopewell Township Historic Preservation Commission. David was integral in researching and nominating dozens of historically significant sites to the Township’s register of Historic Places, and used his architectural background in renovating historic homes for his own family.

David was a longtime trustee of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, having served as its President four times as well as its Secretary. Following his professional retirement in 2013, he continued his personal research, writing and assisting with numerous publications. In recent years, he held the position of archivist and curator for The Hopewell Museum. This position provided him with ongoing opportunities to interact with the public and schoolchildren. He loved to share his knowledge with others and freely gave of himself to many other researchers, authors, museum visitors, and descendants of Hopewell-area families. He contributed substantially to both Pennington Borough’s and Hopewell Borough’s recent 125th-anniversary celebrations.

David was loved and appreciated by all who knew him for his brilliant mind, remarkable memory, warmth, and wit. His impersonations of old British comedy sketches left his kids in stitches, while his vivid tales of yesteryear captivated history enthusiasts of all ages. He is irreplaceable to his colleagues, friends, and family. In devoting his life to preserving and celebrating our past, he wove himself into the fabric of our community and now holds an honored place in our local history among his ancestors.

David is survived by his five children, Rebecca of Mexico City; Morgan of Rye, N.Y.; Andrew of Southbury, Conn.; Jessica and Sarah of Denver, Colo.; their mother, Barbara of Princeton; his six grandchildren Haley, Benjamin, Jolie, Katherine, Victoria, and Maisie; and his brother Thomas of Kissimmee, Fla.

His family invited those who wanted to share remembrances of David to the viewing, which took place from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26th at Blackwell Memorial Home in Pennington. Burial at Harbourton Cemetery and a memorial gathering were held on Friday. For condolences, visit www.blackwellmh.com.

Gifts in David’s memory may be made to The Hopewell Museum or the Hopewell Valley Historical Society.

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Lorraine Tams

Having grown up in Trenton during the Great Depression, Lorraine had a life-long appreciation for the simple things in life: love of family, nature, music, and words. She graduated Trenton High School in 1940 and became a legal secretary at a local firm, where she met her future husband, Theodore T. Tams, Jr. A law school student at the time, “Bud” was immediately smitten by the young lady behind the front desk.

Married in 1948, Lorraine and Bud raised six children, enjoyed ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Lorraine immersed her children in beauty and nature, sitting us in her lap on the upstairs balcony to teach us constellations, always starting with the North Star to blaze paths through night skies.

Lorraine looked to nature to define beauty and heal illness, growing flowers for bouquets, harvesting berries for “Tams Jams,” and drying herbs for tonics. She collected cookbooks, read poems to us aloud, and wrote her own.

Lorraine earned her broker’s license and sold Princeton-area real estate for more than three decades. She held old friends close and charmed new ones at every pass. Her beautiful singing voice graced various choirs, including St. Paul Church and Rossmoor Chorus. Even as most other memories abandoned her, she always remembered how to be a hostess and the lyrics to favorite songs.

She loved her husband and children unconditionally, and nursed Bud through 25 years of a debilitating illness, later addressing her own degenerating health with pragmatism and grace. A loving wife, nurturing mother, adoring grandmother, and proud great-grandmother, Lorraine Tams died peacefully at her home, with her family there, at the age of 94.

Lorraine was predeceased by Theodore T. Tams, Jr. and daughter Ruth F. Tams. She is survived by her children, Simon (Daren) Tams, Georgia (Hugh) Tams, Colin (Deborah) Tams, Brian (Laurie) Tams, and Daphne (Kent) Ireland; grandchildren Ingrid, Lilia, Andria, Christian, Caroline, Leah, Sean, Claire, Larissa, and Gavin; and great-grandchildren Nicolas and Noah.

Lorraine was a champion blood donor for the American Red Cross, and a member of Springdale Golf Club, Nassau Club, Garden Club, Present Day Club, Coldwell Banker Schlott, St. Paul’s Church, Herb Society of America, and Rossmoor Chorus.

On Monday, May 21, 2018, visitation 9:30 — 10:30 a.m. at Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, followed by a memorial mass at St. Paul Church, Princeton at 11 a.m. and burial at Princeton Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.