September 25, 2019

Mary Osborne Witherbee

Mary Osborne Witherbee of Baltimore, MD, and Greensboro, VT, formerly of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully at her home in MD surrounded by her children on September 6, 2019 after a long illness.  Born in Bronxville, NY, on February 23, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Ide Osborne and Stanley de Jongh Osborne of New York.

During her long and colorful life she ran her own interior design business and was one of the first breeders of Shih Tzu dogs in the United States. She was involved in and volunteered at many charitable causes such as a children’s hospital in Baltimore, the tutoring of children in Trenton, NJ, and sat on the boards of Sterling College and the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in Vermont. She was active in her book and garden clubs in Princeton and a former member of Bedens Brook Club. She was married three times: to James Bedford Downing, Jr, of Hobe Sound, FL, from whom she was divorced; to the late Edmund Ruffin Beckwith of Princeton, NJ; and to the late John Hemenway Witherbee, of Nantucket, MA, from whom she was divorced.

All who knew Mary recognized her as a “life force” and a woman of passion, with a wicked sense of humor and strong opinions. Her energy and zest for life affected all those close to her. She had a great ability to befriend people of all ages and walks of life. Mary’s great loves were her extended family, her wide circle of friends, her many dogs, and her gardens. Mary was devoted to all things Vermont, especially her farm in Greensboro.

She is survived by her four children James Bedford Downing III (Liz) of London, England; Elizabeth “Lisa” Downing Sartorius of Baltimore, MD; John Osborne Downing (Francie) of Green Pond, SC; and Lily de Jongh Downing (David Yudain) of North Stamford, CT; as well as three Beckwith stepchildren (Ruffin, Jean, and David); eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Cynthia Osborne Hoskin of Cold Spring, KY, and her brother, Richard de Jongh Osborne of New York, NY.

The family would like to thank her devoted caregivers Yolanda Addison, Renee Tuck, Iris Rosa, and Nancy Githinji. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 26th, at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Western Run, Butler, Maryland. Donations in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Land Trust.


Robert Marius DeMartino

Robert Marius DeMartino died at his home in Princeton on March 3, 2019. The son of Mario and Emily DeMartino, Bob’s childhood years were spent in Jersey City. He attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, where he met Ellen Calhoun. They were the centers of each other’s lives until her death in December 2015 at age 66. They had lived in New Hope and South River before moving to Princeton in 1992. Ellen earned her Master’s of Library Science from Rutgers and made a lifelong career as a tenured librarian there.

After earning his PhD in Classical History from Rutgers in 1985, Bob turned to administration and worked in grants administration and sponsored research at Monmouth College, Rutgers-Camden, and Seton Hall before retiring to enjoy a quiet life in Princeton with his wife Ellen and their Pyrenees dogs. They enjoyed canoeing or kayaking on the lake, antiquing at the Lambertville Flea Market and at estate sales around the area, and gardening. Their house was notable for the number and variety of daffodils in their front yard each spring, to which they added new varieties every year.

Bob was an active member of Toastmasters and enjoyed teaching English conversation groups at the Princeton Public Library. He was a respected member of the Princeton community, a good friend and neighbor, and enjoyed meeting new people through social groups such as Meet Up. Princeton residents may remember him walking his Pyrenees and then his very large white Komondor puppy.

A private gathering of Bob’s friends and neighbors will be held Saturday, October 5 at his home in Princeton. Please RSVP to if you would like to come and remember our good friend. Donations in the DeMartino’s memory can be made to National Pyrenees Rescue


Hazel V. Rhodes

Hazel V. Rhodes, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by family members on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the age of 93.

Hazel was born on November 11, 1925 in Mt. Olive, NC, to Oscar and Katie Allen Winn. After completing her education in the Dudley and Mt. Olive, NC, Schools, she relocated to Allentown, NJ, in her early twenties. In January of 1947, Hazel moved to Princeton, NJ, where she met the love of her life, Emanuel Rhodes. On June 27, 1947, they were the first couple married by the late Rev. John W. Johnson in the Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church parsonage. Hazel and Emanuel were residents of Princeton, NJ, for over 70 years. Hazel was an active member of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church for over 69 years serving as a choir member, usher, and member of the Pastor’s Aide.

Hazel retired from the Princeton School District in 1996 after 25 years as a teacher’s assistant. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, playing cards, board games, and the casino, but most of all, time spent with her family members (five generations) was her greatest joy. Hazel was an avid basketball fan and followed the 76ers. She was also an active member of the Zeta Amicae of Princeton-Trenton Auxiliary, Epsilon Xi Zeta Chapter, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., for 50 years; and a longtime member of the Princeton Senior Citizens Club.

Hazel is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Katie Allen Winn; husband of 71 years, Emanuel Rhodes; brothers Oscar Pink, Orbell, and Edward; sisters Katherine, Gwendolyn, and Helen; brother-in-law, Oscar Rhodes (Juanita). Also, close friends Inez Crawford, Barbara Hill, Florence Sharples, and Lillian Trotman.

Hazel is survived by three daughters, H. Patricia Rhodes, Lynet Dugger, and Lisa D. Miles; one son, Emanuel Derrick Rhodes; and son-in-law, Paul Miles. Six grandchildren: Gina Jackson-Beale (Corey), Ralph Jackson III, Mia Johnson (Gary), Nina Dugger (Melvin), Emanuel J. Jackson, Sr. (Nicole), and Skyler Dugger. Seventeen great-grandchildren: Shana Jackson, Sharesse Jackson, Gary Johnson Jr. (Erika), Sheldon Jackson (Ramona), Canaan Johnson, Chanel Johnson, Shaan Johnson, Cameron Johnson, Makye Pegram, Amirah Jackson, Yoana Jackson, Kayla Jackson, Emanuel “Jay” Jackson Jr., Aaron Pegram, Antonio Jackson, Zamarrion Gantt, and Shada Jackson. Five great-great-grandchildren: Kayden Taylor, Jai Johnson, Gavin Johnson, Kailee Taylor, and Kamryn Taylor.

Hazel is also survived by special nieces, Bertha Logan-Smoot and Vanessa Davenport; special cousins, Dorothy and Ralph Stevens, and Samirah (Holly) Abdul-Fattah. She embraced as daughters, Penney Edwards-Carter and Joanne Parker. Special friends include: Pete Burford, John Clark, Minnie Craig, Mardean Epps, Charlotte Gipson, Melva and Willie Moore, Leighton Newlin, Carrie Roque-Tucker, and John Washington, as well as many other nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Hazel’s homegoing service will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 11 a.m., First Baptist Church of Princeton, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, NJ. Calling hours will be 9 a.m. until time of service at the church. Rev. Dr. Deborah Blanks, Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church, is the officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family of Hazel Rhodes requests donations be made to the Building Fund of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church, 170 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ. 08542. Interment will be private. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton, NJ.

September 18, 2019

Jermain Johnson Anderson

Jermain Johnson Anderson, 95, passed peacefully on September 11, 2019 in her home at Princeton Windrows with her beloved husband Ellis at her side. She was born Jermain Duncan Johnson in Boston on February 16, 1924 to Madeline (Snelling) and George Frederick Betts Johnson and raised by her father George and stepmother Isabelle (Kahle) of Lewiston, New York. She attended Rosemary Hall School, Greenwich, Connecticut, and graduated from Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education in 1945 with a degree in physical therapy. She returned to Buffalo and worked at Buffalo Children’s Hospital where she met John F. Mueller. They were married in 1946 and had two children, Jermain Johnson (Jamie) and John Freeman, Jr (Johnnie). While in Buffalo, Jermain served on boards of hospital organizations, was a member of Junior League and was involved with Planned Parenthood.

The family moved to the Philadelphia area and lived there for six years, relocating to Princeton in 1957. Divorced in 1966, Jermain married Jack F. Andrews on  April 22, 1967 and gained three adult daughters. She taught third grade at Miss Mason’s School in Princeton from 1963 to 1982. Her teaching career continued at Princeton Day School until 1986, followed by tutoring at the school and in the volunteer program at a Trenton inner city school.

After Jack passed away in 1991, Jermain continued living in the Princeton area. She was a longtime, active member of Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, and while serving on the Session of the church, she met Ellis B. Anderson, another Session member. They were married in 1993 and Jermain gained two more adult daughters. Jermain had an active life of sports, church, and community service. In Princeton, Jermain served on the boards of The American Boy Choir School and the Princeton Present Day Club and was a volunteer at Princeton Hospital. She enjoyed sailing, fishing, skiing, tennis, and golf. Jermain and Ellis loved to travel the world, a highlight being their journey along the Old Silk Road from China. During retirement at Princeton Windrows, she enjoyed bridge, gardening, reading, and the cultural events available in the Princeton area. Piecing together jigsaw puzzles was a favorite pastime.

Jermain is survived by her husband of 26 years, Ellis B. Anderson; sister Georgia Pooley of Buffalo, New York; daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Eric Steiner of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and son and daughter-in-law, John and Sally Mueller of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is also survived by stepdaughters Rebecca Smith and Katherine Nestor (Tom), Gwen Nacos (Tom), Gail Walraven, and Valerie Williams. Her beloved grandchildren include Hillary Aldassy, Emily Morey, Annabel Rangel, Taze Mueller, and step grandchildren Ben Smith, Allison Fontan, Tyler Fontan, and Harrison Fontan. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. The loss the family feels is eased by the special joy of knowing her love for others, which was returned by so many friends and family who will cherish lovely memories of Jermain.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to the charity of your choice in honor of Jermain. A memorial service will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey, on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11 a.m. Funeral arrangements are being made by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Nancy Carole Schaefer

Nancy Carole Schaefer, 74, passed away at her home in Princeton on September 1, 2019, after a period of illness, in the company of her loving family.

Nancy was born in Newark, NJ, on February 1, 1945, the only daughter of James and Margaret Schaefer. She grew up in Plainfield, NJ, attended the Hartridge High School, and graduated from Marymount University in Tarrytown, NY, with a BA in English in 1967.

She then attended the USC Film School to train as a sound recordist. She pursued a career in the film industry for several years, working on commercials, documentaries (including one in Nigeria and another in Zimbabwe), a feature film by an African American production company, and on Frank Zappa’s film 200 Motels.

She moved to Princeton in 1976 to be married, and followed her media interests with work in publishing before becoming a mother in 1983. Around 1990 she began teaching art to incarcerated teens, first in programs funded by NJ State grants, and later as a full-time teacher at the NJ Training School near Jamesburg. Her last, ongoing, project is a documentary on Princeton sculptor Bob Jenkins.

Nancy was a devout and lifelong Catholic, and for several decades attended services at the Aquinas Institute as well as St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

Nancy is survived by Kirk McDonald, her husband of 43 years; her two children, Alex McDonald and Owen Schaefer; and two grandchildren, Han and Rei Schaefer.

A Memorial Mass will be held at the Princeton University Chapel, 2 p.m., Friday, September 20, followed by a reception, 3:30-6 p.m., at Prospect House (University Faculty Club).

Her ashes will be interred at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 21, in the St. Anthony Mausoleum of the Holy Cross Burial Park, Jamesburg, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Nancy Carole Schaefer fund of the Arts Council of Princeton,

Joyce Beldon Turner

Joyce Turner, age 70, longtime resident of Princeton, NJ, passed away at the Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, due to complications following a surgery she had undergone two days previously.

Joyce is survived by Ed Turner, her husband of over 48 years, whom she met in 1969; by their sons Alex Turner and Danny Turner as well as the latter’s wife Jessica Turner, whom she loved like a daughter; her 2-year-old grandson Dylan Turner, who was the unrivaled joy of her life in her final years; her sister Debby Herritt; her brother Rob Beldon (Lori); and her brother-in-law Scott Turner (Erica). Throughout her childhood and adult years she was exceptionally close to her uncle and aunt, Ed and Laney Ellis. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, Mickey and Sidney Beldon of Newton, MA, as well as by both of her parents-in-law, George and Gladys Turner of Knoxville, TN. Joyce was quite family-centered and was a devoted and beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother (or “Mimi” as Dylan called her), daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and niece.

Joyce was born and raised in the Boston, MA, area and spent significant periods of her life residing in Pasadena, CA, and in South Brunswick, NJ. She moved to Princeton first in 1975 and then returned permanently in 1987 after a decade-long absence. Her early schooling was in Newton, MA, and after graduating from Newton South High School in 1967, she attended Lesley College in Cambridge, MA, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1971.

From shortly after her college graduation until the time of her death, she worked as an educator in many capacities, from school board member to teacher to volunteer aide in various school settings, and at every level from pre-school to high school, mostly in public schools but also for a few years at private schools in California. For the past 19 years, she worked as a special education teacher at Princeton High School, having been certified in that specialty in 2001 based on graduate studies at Rider College. Her engagement with students routinely extended far beyond the classroom, and she was a passionate advocate for all students and their well-being in every possible way she could. Many consider her to have had a deep and crucial positive influence on their lives.

In addition to her work as an educator, Joyce was an active, enthusiastic, and influential member of numerous civic groups and other local organizations wherever she lived. In Princeton these included the Minority Education Committee; Not In Our Town; the Princeton Community Housing Board; Springboard, Inc. (which she directed for several years) at the Princeton Library; the Co-op Nursery School Board; and the P’nai Or congregation; among others. In the 1980s she was twice elected to the South Brunswick Board of Education on which she served for five years. Beyond her efforts through such organized groups, Joyce frequently took a strong personal interest and role in the lives of both students and other young people with whom she came into contact, either professionally or socially. She was even given the affectionate nickname “Mama Turner” by a group of young Japanese astronomers who spent time in Princeton in the 1990s.

Outside of her work and family, Joyce was an avid traveler, visiting 46 U.S. states and five continents plus many island nations. The Boston Red Sox, casino gambling, mahjong, crocheting, and reading were among her numerous interests. She was exceptionally passionate politically with views solidly situated on the left wing of the Democratic Party for her whole adult life. Irrepressible laughter, a quick smile, enthusiasm, quiet determination to fight for social justice, unshakable conviction that she knew its nature, deep concern for the problems of others, and a sunny disposition were among her defining qualities as a person.

Through ten major surgeries in less than three years, she struggled fiercely against a persistent infection in her right hip that ultimately took her life. Her courage, determination, and positive attitude during her illness inspired all those around her. Her passing has left the Universe a far less bright, happy, kind, and loving place.

A public memorial service to celebrate Joyce’s life and accomplishments will be held on October 19, 2019 from 2-6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton worship center (50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540). Donations to a memorial fund being established in her honor and to support at-risk and special needs students in the Princeton Public Schools are requested in lieu of flowers or other material expressions of sympathy. Please make checks payable to “Memorial of Joyce Turner” and mail them to Alex Turner, PO Box 22302, Oakland, CA 94623.

September 11, 2019

Mary Virginia ‘Gina’ Everhard Tillett Wilson

Mary Virginia ‘Gina’ Everhard Tillett Wilson died peacefully at her Princeton home on September 1, 2019 with her children comforting and thanking her.

Born during a rare spring snowstorm April 2, 1924 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Gina was lovingly devoted to her family and friends. They were her greatest pleasure. She was raised to become a woman of boundless energy and good will, by her parents, Dr. Will D. and Helen (Lowry) Everhard with her brothers Bill and Bob. She graduated from John Harris High School and attended Penn State.

In June of 1945 she married Paul D. Tillett Jr., the brother of Bob’s best friend. They moved to Washington, DC, and then to Chicago, where Paul earned his law degree. In 1950 their friend, H.H. Wilson (Hube), brought Paul to the Politics Department at Princeton, where he earned a PhD. Paul and Gina were immediately active with schools, civil liberties, civil rights, and local politics. In 1957 Paul became associate director of the Eagleton Institute at Douglass College. They remained in Princeton and eventually bought their dream home on Ewing Street in 1961. The house was part of the 1958 Maplecrest integrated housing development.

In the ’50s and early ’60s Gina worked for George Gallup at Gallup & Robinson. After Paul died in 1966, she worked for Tony Cline, the Director of Research at ETS. She retired after 20 years. Well before retiring, she trained as volunteer for CONTACT, the Mercer County crisis and suicide hotline. She took overnight shifts, and enjoyed the intrinsic value of volunteering and making a difference in peoples’ lives. She became a volunteer trainer, helped write the training manual, and enthusiastically served on the board. Her 27 years with CONTACT also gave her the opportunity to make more lifelong friends and travel to conferences in South Africa and Australia.

In 1969, she married her good friend Hube Wilson and later moved to his home in Solebury, Pennsylvania. Gina was a gracious hostess, entertaining her husbands’ colleagues, guest speakers, graduate students, politicians, her book club friends, and extended family.

Among her guests were those who fought to oppose the House Un-American Activities Committee, the House Internal Security Committee, and the abuses of the FBI. They succeeded in closing those committees and brought about passage of the Freedom of Information Act. In the late ’70s and ’80s, Gina served on the board of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation (NCARL), which continued the effort to protect civil liberties and dissent.

A civil liberties and civil rights activist, she believed in individual and civil responsibilities. For Gina, it was not enough to talk, she had to show up. She lived it. Her moral compass was strong and true. She gave generously to civil rights, consumer rights, educational, environmental, and sane nuclear policy causes. She supported common decency. Gina attended the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, DC. She was active in the PTA, a room mother, a helpful neighbor, a poll watcher for 30 years, a volunteer driver, and a member of many civic groups.

Gina loved to travel. Most school vacations with the family involved swimming and camping in state and national parks in 46 states and Mexico. Later, she traveled with her children and grandchildren on special trips to Canada, the Caribbean, India, Nepal, and Europe. Her trips with friends included Japan, Thailand, Greece, and the second public tour of China in 1978. She especially enjoyed traveling with Paul’s sister Nancy, and with her cousin Helen Plone, who were like her sisters growing up.

She never complained for herself. She fought for the underdog and under-represented. Demanding her voice be heard, she had the most polite way of making her point. Eastern Airlines discovered that she could not be dismissed.

Through difficult times, Gina and Paul enjoyed life. She said, “What choice did we have?” They were role models to other parents raising children with disabilities. They made wonderful friends everywhere they lived. In Princeton the Allens, Darrows and Jacobs were the core of friends who enjoyed near weekly dinner parties and dancing into the wee hours to Armstrong, Basie, Ellington, and Sinatra. Children were always welcome at the table, in discussions, and at parties.

She is loved dearly by four grandchildren. She deeply influenced them growing up. They know a bathing suit goes into your suitcase first, to always find the best parking spot, to take a good swim, and to love ice cream and chocolate covered nuts.

The family is extremely grateful for the extraordinary care she received from her wonderful caregivers during this past year.

She is survived by her sister-in-law Nancy (Tillett) Albright; son Jeff Tillett; daughters Susan Tillett and Meg Tillett Trendler (Gary); grandchildren Jessie Tillett, Shelby Tillett Gallo (Matteo), Jody Trendler (Eli Lotz), Paul Trendler (Sarah); and great-grandchildren Amerie Tillett, Odin Trendler, Selah Trendler, and Micah Lotz, along with many nieces and nephews.

She lived through many tragedies and hardships with grace and humor, and she would tell you she lived a charmed life. A memorial service with ice cream will be held on October 12, at 11 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CONTACT of Mercer County ( or The Seeing Eye (


Ellen Viner Seiler

Ellen Viner Seiler, who lived most of her 94 years in Princeton, died on August 31 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman.

A career woman before the feminist movement made it common, Ellen was editor of publications at Princeton University’s International Economics Section (formerly the International Finance Section) from 1971 to 1990, and before that managing editor at Public Opinion Quarterly at Princeton from 1958 to 1968. She also worked at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York and The American Sociologist at Northwestern University, as well as at other publications.

“My father, Jacob Viner, was a longtime professor at the University of Chicago before he came to Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study,” Ellen recalled in 2004, “so I was born in Chicago and am mostly a product of the University of Chicago Lab Schools.” She also spent two years at the International School in Geneva, Switzerland, as a child.

Ellen’s years at Smith College exactly coincided with the American involvement in World War II. After graduation, she worked in Paris as a translator for the Organization for European Economic Cooperation before moving to New York City in the late ‘40s, where she worked as an editor at McGraw-Hill and enjoyed the city’s vibrant cultural and social life. She married Frederick E. Seiler III, a publisher and editor, in 1954, moving from New York to Princeton, where her father and his wife Frances Viner were living already. Of their early years in Princeton Ellen later recalled, “We made many friends and had a lot of fun.”

A politically active progressive Democrat, Ellen got involved in the civil rights movement by helping to write and edit a newsletter for the Princeton Association of Human Rights (PAHR). She was a member of the Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a lifelong member of the League of Women Voters. She co-wrote the short documentary film The Princeton Plan: Fifty Years Later, an oral history of how Princeton integrated its elementary schools in 1948 through busing, becoming the national model when many school administrators — most notably the New York City Board of Education — adopted it.

Ellen eventually found herself involved in so many causes that she kept a bumper sticker that said, “Stop me before I volunteer again!” She was a skilled raconteur and will be remembered for her terrifically funny anecdotes, her love of NPR and PBS, and her fondness for theater, classical music, and the American (and French) pop music of her youth. Even in her final weeks, and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, she could manage a chorus of Charles Trenet’s song Je Chante.

In addition to her family, Ellen maintained connections her entire life with a long list of friends in the United States as well as Great Britain and Europe​. Her friends were enormously important to her, as well as their spouses and children, and she kept up with all of them with great interest and enthusiasm.

Ellen was predeceased by her parents and husband, and by her brother, Arthur W. Viner and his wife, Ann Welch Viner, and sister-in-law Dorothy Compton. She is survived by daughter Margaret, of Northampton, Mass. (Leonard); son Andy of Washington, DC (Susan); two grandchildren, Julia Melnick and William Melnick; two step grandchildren, Emily Melnick and Alison Melnick Dyer; and two step great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a nephew and two nieces and their children.

The family would like to thank Anne Allen for her extraordinary companionship with and care of Ellen in her final years, as well as the staff at Springpoint at Home and Stonebridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ellen’s memory may be made to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the League of Women Voters, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 9 at 1 p.m. at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey.


Bernard Caras

Bernard Caras, 90, passed away on August 28, 2019 at Princeton Medical Center.

Bernie was born on July 18, 1929, in Lawrence, MA. He grew up in the larger Boston area, and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1951 with a degree in Physics. While studying at RPI, he met Phyllis Jackson, whom he married in 1953, shortly after getting his Masters in Physics.

Bernie worked for Sylvania Electric after graduation, and shortly after moving to the Glenn L Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland, he was one of three Americans invited to join Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace program (the International School of Nuclear Science and Engineering). His participation in the program required him to move his family 11 times in 16 months. As part of this program, Bernie received a post-doctoral degree. After the program ended, the Caras family moved to New York where he worked at Radiation Research in Manhattan for a few years. Bernie and his family then moved to Princeton in 1959, where he lived for the next 60 years.

Bernie was an active participant in his community. He was a member of the Jewish Center for over 60 years, and in his years at the Jewish Center, served as House Committee Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors along with being an active and participating member of the synagogue. He was Chairman of the Princeton chapter of the IEEE and a member of the American Vacuum Society, along with being a member of many other professional organizations.

While Bernie was trained as a physicist, he found his professional calling as an engineer. In the recent past, he worked for companies like Burroughs Corporation, Bell Labs, and Princeton Optronics. He often served in the role of “troubleshooting engineer,” helping advance and fix technology. Despite building such technology, he maintained his own ways of doing things, joking that he could build and fix a computer, but he couldn’t use one.

The funeral was held Friday, August 30, 2019 at the Jewish Center in Princeton, NJ. Contributions in his memory can be sent to the Jewish Center at 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

He is pre-deceased by his son Edward, and survived by his wife, Phyllis, his daughter Jana (Mark) Gelernt, his son Jay (Randi) Caras, and grandchildren Anya (Ezra) Gelernt-Dunkle, Eva Gelernt, Edward Gelernt, and Avi Caras. May his memory be for a blessing.


Andrew Spencer Bruno

Andrew Spencer Bruno, 87, died September 5, 2019, in Cranbury, NJ.

Spencer was born in New York City, the son of Andrew and Olive Bruno. He enjoyed his youth playing baseball in Central Park, going to Yankee games, and attending The McBurney School. He then matriculated at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, where he met his future wife, Elise Mueller. Upon graduation and marriage, the couple completed Spencer’s military obligation at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Returning home to New Jersey, Spencer was employed by Gallup and Robinson, where he learned the art of marketing. He then worked in New York at Compton Advertising for ten years. In 1970, he started his own business, Spencer Bruno Research Associates, which continues today as Bruno and Ridgway Research Associates.

In 1976, Spencer and his family were part of a group that founded Windsor Chapel. His other interests were golf, at Springdale and Peddie Golf Clubs, and opera. He was on the board of Boheme Opera NJ for many years.

He leaves to mourn him his wife of 64 years, Elise, and his family. Sons, Scott and wife, Karen, Peter and wife, Julie, and David and wife, Jennifer; his daughter, Kathryn and husband, Robert; his grandchildren, Amy and husband, Alex, Elizabeth, Jessie, Michael, Jack, Harry, Sarah, Luke, and Kate; and his great-grandchild, Anderson.

His was a life well lived.

Interment was held privately at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ.


Dr. Walter Henry Waskow

Dr. Walter Henry Waskow, longtime resident of Princeton and Long Beach Island, NJ, and Marco Island, FL, passed on September 3, 2019, 21 days shy of his 91st birthday. Walter served as Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, NJ, and later at the Medical Center of Princeton. He also served as a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant from 1946 through 1948 at the Panama Canal Zone.

Walter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Max and Julia Waskow and was the younger brother of Mary Maxin. After graduating high school, Walter attended the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 1952, and graduated from Hahnemann Hospital Medical College in 1956. While at Hahnemann he met his loving late wife, Geraldine.

Walter and Gerry were married on September 13, 1956 and together they had three children of whom he was very proud, Darryl Waskow married to Susan of Hopewell, NJ; Steven Waskow married to Valerie of Princeton, NJ; and Rosalind married to Michael Hansen of Princeton, NJ. His greatest joy was being a grandfather to Harry and Dorothy Waskow.

Walter was a devoted and loving son, husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed a full life that included extensive travel, sailing in the Virgin Islands and on the Chesapeake Bay, flying, rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies, and entertaining his friends and family with his quick wit and never-ending jokes.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. There will be a private ceremony for the family. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.

September 4, 2019

Virginia Ahl Kyte

Virginia Ahl Kyte, cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 28th after a brief illness, safe in the knowledge that she was loved almost as intensely as she had loved her family and dear friends. She was 92.

Ginny Kyte was a smiling, lovely, faithful, and genuine force of nature. She loved the sand pipers of the Jersey Shore, the lupine fields of early summer in Maine, and any good sporting event, especially college football. She will miss the endless matches of this year’s U.S. Open, where she was routing for a strong finish from Coco Gauff. She baked cookies for every holiday, delighted in her grandchildren’s accomplishments and many adventures, and in her later years knitted over 100 blankets for babies and toddlers along the southern border. Being a wife and mother and grandmother defined her and her last days were filled with a sense of contentment. She carried happy memories of being a newlywed racing sailboats on the Shinnecock Bay to joy-filled years as a young mother on Ross Lane.

Her strong will was born from a family lineage she rarely voiced but included Dr. John Peter Ahl, a surgeon in the Revolutionary War; Dr. John Alexander Ahl, a U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania; and five generations of graduates from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, dating back to 1875. One of those graduates was Jim Kyte, fresh off the GI Bill after WWII. He became the greatest love of her life when they married in the summer of 1949.

Preceded in death by her truly beloved husband, James Mathison Kyte, Jr., she is survived by her loving daughters Kimberly Kyte of Princeton and Jamie Kyte Sapoch and son-in-law John Sapoch of Hopewell, devoted grandchildren Emily and Jack Sapoch, brothers George W. Ahl, Jr. (Trumbull, CT) and Cary W. Ahl (Lancaster, PA),  along with a multitude of nieces and nephews.  Her family is grateful to the nursing staff and aides at Stonebridge who were a steady and constant lifeline of loving care in her final weeks.

A memorial service will be held Saturday September 28th at 11 a.m. at the Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington, NJ 08534.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks consideration of a gift in memory of Virginia Kyte be sent to Princeton University Chapel, Princeton University, Murray Dodge Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544. The Chapel, her place of worship for 20 years, has the great privilege to quickly respond to issues of pressing need, locally and across the country, in areas of social justice, disaster relief, refugee assistance and direct need. All gifts will honor her life.


David Howard Dingle

David Howard Dingle, formerly of Princeton, was born on September 25, 1928, the youngest of four children, to Howard and Edith Dingle of Cleveland, Ohio, and Naples, Florida. He learned to play the piano at age 7, encouraged by his father, a Trustee of the Cleveland Symphony, under the tutelage of acclaimed teachers Boris Goldovsky and Arthur Loesser.

After graduating from University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, David earned a B.A. in Economics at Cornell University in 1950. He was a member of the Freshman Lightweight Crew, Glee Club (accompanist for three years), Theta Delta Chi fraternity, Class Councils, and Sphinx Head Senior Honorary Society. 

He enjoyed tennis and squash, and in his lifetime was a member of the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, PA, the Union League Club of New York, the Amateur Ski Club of New York, and the Pretty Brook Tennis Club of Princeton.

His business career started in sales and marketing with Scott Paper Company, with 12 years in retail sales, sales training, and product management. During this time he lived in Haverford, PA, where he raised three children. In 1957, he was appointed Coordinator of Marketing for Scott Paper Company’s partnership with Bowater Paper Company, introducing soft paper products to the U.K. Market. He lived for three years with his family in London for this assignment.

In 1964 he moved to New York and opened a travel agency, Peter Paul and Dingle.  Later he became one of the first financial planners to achieve Certified Financial Planner status. During this time he in lived in Princeton, NJ, where he raised a second family. He developed Bridge Energy with Henry McDonald, and later became a Mortgage Broker when he returned to New York in the 1980s, where he lived until he retired in 2003 and moved to the North Fork of Long Island.

But perhaps more importantly, whatever his “day job,” he was rarely without a “night and weekend job” as a jazz piano player — continuing well into retirement. He also sat in with jazz masters such as George Shearing, Lee Evans, and Kirk Nurock.

David is predeceased by his parents, his brother John Dingle, and his sisters Janet Kent and Laura Dingle. He is survived by his wife Susan Grathwohl Dingle; his children Michael of San Francisco, Leslie (Kevin Reilly) of Ithaca, and Jeffrey (Susan Poor) of Marblehead, with his first wife Elizabeth Severinghaus Warner; Christopher (Constance) of Toronto and Mark (Jacquelyn) of New York, with his second wife Celia Drayson Ryan; and 11 grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his stepson Jake Koprowski (Natalie) and their six children.

A Memorial Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Southold on Saturday, September 14, at 12 noon, with a reception to follow. Interment will take place at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland in spring, 2020.


Henry Joel Powsner

Henry Joel Powsner, age 90, died August 12, 2019, peacefully and surrounded by family.

Henry was born to Solomon Powsner and Sarah (Sylvia) Rosenberg on March 30, 1929, and grew up in Hewlett, Long Island. He attended Woodmere High School, Princeton University, and MIT, earned an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, completed his residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and was certified by the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.

His high school years were punctuated by creative exploits, such as putting a homemade chemical paper into the classroom pencil sharpener, causing startlingly loud interior explosions when used, and running a thin tube under his mother’s tablecloth to drain wine from Elijah’s glass. At Princeton, he cleverly circumvented the prohibition against pet dogs, cats, or rodents by keeping a baby alligator in his bathtub and was finally asked to live off campus after proudly demonstrating to a proctor how he had set off a fire alarm without breaking the glass rod.

While living in Boston, he met Dana McPeak. He quickly determined she was the love of his life and they married three months later.

From 1960 to 1966, Henry served as an Air Force physician, first at Eglin in Florida and then at Burderop and South Ruislip in England. Henry’s move across the Atlantic with Dana and their three daughters was only the second time he had left the U.S. That began a lifetime of international travel that took them to six of the seven continents. 

In 1966, they returned to Princeton, where they spent the rest of their lives. He worked as a radiologist, in later years specializing in mammography, until his retirement in 1997. He was active in local and state government and in the community, including service on the boards of the Princeton Regional Schools, NJ Commission on Radiation Protection, Princeton Board of Health, Physicians for Social Responsibility of Central NJ, Princeton Community Democratic Organization, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, and Princeton Memorial Association.

Henry was generous with his knowledge on many subjects and especially appreciated for his ability to help people understand difficult medical choices. He spoke out and took action in support of right behavior in domains as varied as public safety, the environment, consumer protection, silly retail policies, and how to run a meeting, always with a sense of proportion and humor. He will be remembered fondly for his legendary knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order and grammar, being able to build and fix almost anything, visiting every friend in the hospital, and his love of gadgets, tools, and puns.

His last days were peaceful, with visits from close friends and relatives, cared for by the staff at Acorn Glen, Princeton Hospice, and his family. 

His wife, Dana, and his brother, Edward, predeceased Henry. He is survived by his daughters (Kim Corfman, Shelley Powsner, and Laurie Powsner), sons-in-law (Stanley Corfman, Steve Skrovan, and Jonathan Krejci), and grandchildren (Abigail and Daniel Corfman, Samuel and Julia Skrovan, and Benjamin and Jesse Krejci). 

A memorial service will be held on September 28, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.  Donations can be made in Henry’s name to: UUCP (address above), Star Island (30 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801), and the Princeton Hospice Program (5 Plainsboro Road, Suite 365, Plainsboro, NJ  08536).


Harvey Daniel Rothberg

Harvey Daniel Rothberg, 90, died August 18 at the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, Plainsboro.

Born November 17, 1928 in Plainfield, he was the son of the late Harvey and Helen (Rosenberg) Rothberg.

He grew up in Plainfield, graduating from Plainfield High School. Attending Princeton University, he graduated magna cum laude in 1949. He then entered Harvard Medical School, where he graduated cum laude in 1953.

Medical internship and residency followed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He later served as captain in the U.S. Medical Corps in the department of hematology at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rothberg later returned to Massachusetts General for a senior residency.

His distinguished medical career at the Princeton Medical Group began in 1960 as a doctor of internal medicine, specializing in hematology and oncology. He was among an early group of physicians to become board certified in the field of medical oncology. During his 40-year career in Princeton, he served as president of the medical staff at Princeton Hospital, and as president of the Oncology Society of New Jersey.

Dr. Rothberg also served on the hospital’s Biomedical Ethics Committee until June of this year, and helped write the hospital’s version of a Living Will. Motivated by his lifelong interest in education and sharing knowledge with others, he was Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and served as the first president of the Princeton Regional Board of Education after the Borough and Township merger.

Dr. Rothberg wrote successive books documenting the history of Princeton Hospital: The First Fifty Years: The History of Princeton Hospital, 1919-1969, and 25 years later, The First Seventy-Five Years: A History of the Medical Center at Princeton 1919-1994.

Upon his retirement in 2000, he was acknowledged with deep gratitude by the Princeton Hospital medical staff for his outstanding contributions to the medical community.

Dr. Rothberg was an ardent “Princeton Tiger,” proudly marching in the annual Princeton University P-rade, and most notably chairing his Class of ’49’s 70th reunion this past June. Football games, campus lectures, and cultural activities energized his life.  He was a longtime member of The Nassau Club, The Old Guard, and Springdale Golf Club.

He was also an avid gardener, botanical print collector, and deeply appreciated his books and library. His travel itineraries included visits to the architectural and cultural capitals of the world.

He was proud to serve as a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum for 19 years. In 1994, he curated an exhibit at the Princeton University Firestone Library, titled “Masters of Botanical Art” based on his own botanical print collection.

After his retirement as a physician, he continued to share valued medical advice with family and friends.

Dr. Rothberg is survived by his wife Nancy of 46 years (to the day), his youngest daughter, Nancy Barnes (David) of Chatham, NJ, and their daughters Charlotte and Madeleine, who brought great joy to his life. He is also survived by two older daughters from a previous marriage, Elizabeth Rothberg of New York, N.Y., and Marjorie Rothberg of Wilmington, Del., and his brother, John Charles Rothberg (Diane) of Madison, VA.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Anne Carolyn Reed, Nancy Lee Pierson, and Louis Nathan Rothberg.

Dr. Rothberg will be remembered for his sense of humor, empathy, dedication to his patients, profound work ethic, and great love of family. The recipient of many honors, he was awarded The National Conference of Christians and Jews Greater Princeton Area Humanitarian Award in 1996.

A private burial took place at the Princeton Cemetery. A public celebration of Dr. Rothberg’s life will be held at the Princeton University Chapel on Saturday, September 21, at 3 p.m.

Dr. Rothberg was a great believer in giving back. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following organizations: The Princeton Area Community Foundation, Doctors Without Borders USA, the American Cancer Society, or a cultural organization in the area of art or


Nancy Carole Schaefer

Nancy Carole Schaefer, 74, passed away at her home in Princeton on September 1, 2019, after a period of illness, in the company of her loving family.

Nancy was born in Newark, NJ, on February 1, 1945, the only daughter of James and Margaret Schaefer. She grew up in Plainfield, NJ, attended the Hartridge High School, and graduated from Marymount University in Tarrytown, NY, with a BA in English in 1967.

She then attended the USC Film School to train as a sound recordist. She pursued a career in the film industry for several years, working on commercials, documentaries (including one in Nigeria and another in Zimbabwe), a feature film by an African-American production company, and on Frank Zappa’s film 200 Motels.

She moved to Princeton in 1976 to be married, and followed her media interests with work in publishing before becoming a mother in 1983. Around 1990 she began teaching art to incarcerated teens, first in programs funded by NJ State grants, and later as a full-time teacher at the NJ Training School near Jamesburg. Her last, ongoing, project is a documentary on Princeton sculptor Bob Jenkins.

Nancy was a devout and lifelong Catholic, and for several decades attended services at the Aquinas Institute as well as St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

Nancy is survived by Kirk McDonald, her husband of 43 years; her two children, Alex McDonald and Owen Schaefer; and two grandchildren, Han and Rei Schaefer.

A gathering/wake will be held from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, September 4 at the Kimble Funeral Home in Princeton, where some of her art will be on display.

Arrangements for a Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

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August 28, 2019

Harriet Howard Nicol

February 22, 1932 –August 2, 2019

Harriet Howard Nicol (née Williams) passed away on August 2, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY, after an extended illness.

Born in Boston on February 22, 1932 to Moses and Anstiss Crowninshield (Boyden) Williams, Harriet graduated from The Madeira School and Bryn Mawr College, Class of 1953; as well as having attended the Chestnut Hill School and the Winsor School. In 1957, she married Harold Gilbert Nicol, growing their family with the subsequent adoption of two children, Harriet and James.

Harriet was predeceased by her husband Gil, her daughter Harriet (Hally) Nicol, her parents, her brother Moses Williams Jr., her stepfathers George Lee Haskins and James Aliferis, her stepmother Mary Bennett Holden Williams, her aunts Harriet Howard Ohl and Eleanor Williams Benziger, and her uncle Alexander Williams.

She is survived by her stepmothers Gertrude Lounder Haskins and Shirley Pethes Aliferis; her son James Williams Nicol; her cousins Anstiss Ohl Miller, Edwin Ohl, Hugh Benziger, John Benziger, and Janet Warren Rogers; as well as countless loyal friends.

Enjoying a very full life, Harriet worked for the Town Topics newspaper in Princeton and primarily for New York University in New York City. She enjoyed friendships, art, theater, reading, and the cultured life. She loved to travel and supported numerous civic charities.

Harriet will always be remembered by those blessed to know her for her thoughtful kindness, strengthened by her cheerful spirit, redeemed by her immutable goodness, and touched by her constant generosity.

A service will be held at Trinity Mausoleum chapel at 770 Riverside Drive, New York, on September 6, 2019 at 10 a.m. Requiescat in pace.

August 21, 2019

Robert John Levine

Robert John Levine, 97, died at his home in Princeton on July 7, 2019, after a year of declining health.  He had lived there since moving to Princeton in the 1964. Born in 1921 to Helen Langendorfer Levine and Sol Levine in Riverdale, New York, he graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, completed a B.S. in Engineering from Manhattan College, and went on to earn a Masters of Industrial Engineering from Columbia University. While studying at Columbia, he met Virginia (Ginny) White Arnold of Bethel, Vermont. They were married in 1948.  

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, where he created the first mobile radar unit. After the war, he developed a wide range of gauges and detectors, from a chocolate gauge for Hershey and Nestle to a hydrogen detector that is now leaving the solar system on the Voyager space probe. He combined his love of engineering and teaching as the vice president of the Center for Professional Advancement in East Brunswick, New Jersey, and the founder of Princeton Technical Publishers. He enjoyed children and teenagers and was an advisor to the R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S., one of the first high-school computer clubs. 

Always a defender of the rights of citizens, he helped prepare a case against property owners who closed a path that neighborhood children used to go to and from school and that residents used to walk to the Princeton Shopping Center. The pedestrians prevailed; the path now belongs to the town and remains in active use.

Bob was also a passionate wine enthusiast and a friend of winemakers all over the world. He taught wine appreciation courses both at his home and at the Princeton Adult School for many years. He went on to co-found the Society of Wine Educators to create professional standards for wine courses. He brought a similar energy to many other interests, from ballet and opera to skiing and sailing. He taught generations of youth to sail on a series of day-sailor boats in Barnegat Bay, and continued to sail his own boat there until he was 95. 

During the 1960s and 1970s he was active in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton,
including time on the Board of Directors and terms as treasurer. During that time he and his family started to attend family retreat conferences at Star Island in New Hampshire. Always sensitive to issues of inclusion and fairness, he and his wife Ginny made changes to guarantee the attendance of new families in the conferences, and created open and public social gatherings. Upon Ginny’s death in 1989, he established the Ginny Levine Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to those otherwise unable to attend the conferences.

Through the 1990s he was an active volunteer with various groups in the Princeton area, and ultimately did a number of projects under the auspices of the National Executive Service Corps. In later decades he assembled a fine collection of glass art, getting to know artists and gallery owners and traveling to sales and exhibitions. 

Bob was predeceased by his first wife, Virginia A. Levine, and his sister, Mary Levine Harnett. He is survived by his second wife, Diane Sherman Levine of Seattle, Washington; son John Robert Levine and daughter-in-law Antonia Saxon of Trumansburg, New York; daughter Margaret Levine Young and son-in-law Jordan M. Young II of Cornwall, Vermont; brother Richard Levine and sister-in-law Nancy Levine of Ringwood, New Jersey; grandchildren Margaret Virginia Young of Portland, Maine, Sarah Saxon of Trumansburg, New York, Christopher Isaac Young of Los Angeles, California; and 11 nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2019. 


Joan Hicks Mitchell

Joan Hicks Mitchell, of Princeton, NJ, passed away on August 12, 2019, just a few days after celebrating her 90t​h​ birthday. Born in Spring Lake, NJ, on August 7, 1929, she was the daughter of Mary L. Reeves and Thomas Edward Hicks. Joan attended Princeton Public Schools, Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA, Goucher College in Towson, MD, and Rider College in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Joan resided most of her life in Pennington, Lawrenceville, and Princeton. She was married to John R. Mitchell and moved to Brevard, NC, with their two children, Jody and David. After her divorce, Joan returned to the Princeton area where she lived for the remainder of her life.

Joan enjoyed the outdoors, playing tennis, horseback riding, and taking walks. She was an avid reader, card player, dog owner, and expert in American history and family genealogy. For most of her adult life, Joan followed the principles of Joel Goldsmith, the American spiritual author, teacher, mystic, and founder of the Infinite Way movement.

Joan was predeceased by her daughter Joan “Jody” R. Mitchell of Winston-Salem, NC; sister Patricia H. McNitt of Annapolis, MD; nephew Thomas Edward Hicks III of Elkton, MD; and her brother A.C. Reeves Hicks of Princeton, NJ. She is survived by her son David Mitchell, sister-in-law Joan S. Hicks of Princeton, NJ, and a dear friend, Preston Brady Evers, of Princeton, NJ.

“Aunt Joanie” has seven nieces, and a nephew, who, along with their families, will miss her gentle spirit, crystal blue eyes, quick wit, and sense of humor. She was the “go-to” source for Hicks family history.

There will be a family gathering to celebrate Joan’s life at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

August 14, 2019

Herbert Windsor Hobler

September 25, 1922 – August 10, 2019

Herbert Windsor Hobler, age 96, died August 10, 2019 at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, New Jersey.

Born in St. Louis in 1922, he was raised In Bronxville, NY, and Stamford, CT. His family moved to Princeton in 1941 when he was a student.

After graduating from the Hill School, he entered Princeton in the Class of 1944, where he was on the basketball and track teams. He thereafter served as class secretary for many years, and was President of the class for five years. A dedicated Tiger to the end, Herb showed his stripes when this year, he attended his 75th Princeton reunion; his 73rd reunion in a row. A trustee candidate of the University in 1969; he was honored in 2003 with the Princeton Alumni Service Award. He chaired many of the Class of 1944’s reunions. Herb likely also saw more Princeton basketball games (over 870) over 70 years than anyone else, in large part by being the color man on the WHWH radio broadcasts over a period of 18 years.

During World War II, he was an Army Air Corps (now the Air Force) navigator on a B-29 flying missions over Japan, and in 1986, was President of the 9th Bomb Group Association, and continued for 14 years.  

A commuter to New York for 18 years, Herb was first in programming at Mutual Broadcasting Company, then joined the NBC-TV network the day it started in December 1949, where he sold his first spot on the “Today” and “Show of Shows.” After two years with the CBS network, he joined the start-up company, Teleprompter, for five years, helping to pioneer their prompting system. For four years he was head of production at Videotape Productions in NYC, where he supervised thousands of TV commercials and shows. After founding the Nassau Broadcast Company, he put WHWH Radio on the air in 1963. The station provided extensive community programming. A year later he bought WTOA-FM from the Times of Trenton changing the call letters to WPST. As principal owner and Chairman of Nassau Broadcasting Company, he also started six cable companies. Nassau Broadcasting Company was sold in 1986.

In 1975, Herb was named National Broadcaster of the Year with the Abe Lincoln Award for editorializing about government broadcasting restrictions. As a result, he served four years on the National Association of Broadcasters Board where he chaired the First Amendment Committee. 

Locally, he served on the boards of the YMCA, the Hun School, the United Fund, Princeton Savings and Loan, the Nassau Club, and Tiger Inn. A member of the Springdale Golf Club, a past active elder in the Nassau Presbyterian Church, Paul Harris Rotary Fellow, and Chairman of Princeton Township’s 150th anniversary.  Herb was honored as Princeton’s Man of the Year both by the Chamber of Commerce and the United Fund’s Lambert Award. In Princeton he was also a co-founder of Concerned Citizens of Princeton, and in 1999 created the 20th Century Brick Walk in Palmer Square. He also helped create “the Spirit of Princeton,” a fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, of which he was a co-founder. Due to his fundraising, the fund was able to bring back the annual Princeton Memorial Day Parade. At the Nassau Club, over many years, as Chairman of the Speaker program, Herb was responsible for bringing over 1,000 speakers to the weekly luncheons.  

One of Herb’s great passions was the American Boychoir School.  After becoming a board member in 1974, he was responsible for suggesting a name change to the school, The American Boychoir, which was accepted by the Board. Serving as Chairman of the Board for 22 years, Herb worked tirelessly on behalf of the Boychoir, helping them achieve national recognition for their academic and vocal excellence.

Mr. Hobler is survived by his four children: Randolph of Norwalk, CT, Debbie of Santa Barbara, CA, Nancy of Germantown, MD, and Mary Hyson of Cheshire, CT. He leaves behind six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His wife of 73 years, Mary “Randy” Hobler, died in 2017. His parents were the late Atherton W. Hobler and Ruth W. Hobler of Princeton; and he was predeceased by his brothers, Edward and Wells, and sister, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Princeton Area Community Foundation or a local charity in his name. A memorial service is planned at a future date.  


Robert (Bob) Dalton Smart

Robert (Bob) Dalton Smart, 83, died on August 4, 2019.

Bob, son to the late Dalton and Gertrude Smart and oldest of five children, grew up in North Quincy, MA. He graduated from North Quincy High School where he ran track and was an Eagle Scout. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bob met the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Rodden of Salem, MA, on a blind date to the Boston Pops with Arthur Fiedler. They were married and he commissioned to the United States Navy, Civil Engineer Corps. During his 20-year Navy career he obtained two graduate degrees from MIT, was a Deep Sea Diver, served in Vietnam, and was an Ocean Engineering Instructor at the United States Naval Academy; he retired a Navy Commander.

Bob then moved to Princeton, NJ, in 1978 and began a 20-year career for Princeton University, working first at the Plasma Physics Laboratory and then the University Main Campus; he retired in 1998 as the Director of Facilities. During his time in Princeton he was active in the Aquinas Institute and the MIT Club of Princeton. He would often return to Princeton to visit friends and family and enjoy pizza at Conte’s.

Bob and Betty moved from Dodds Lane to Wolfeboro, NH, for their retirement; they built a house and lived on Lake Wentworth. His joy in life was having his grandchildren visit and spending time with them on the lake. Bob was the President of the Holden Shores Association for over ten years. Wolfeboro, Lake Wentworth, and his community of local friends held a special place in his heart.

Bob is survived by Betty, his loving wife of 61 years and his six children, 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren: Donald and Andrea Smart of West Windsor, NJ (Ryan, Tammy, Skylar, Gayle, Cathryn); Maureen and Brian McAloon of Agoura Hills, CA (Tim and Laura); Tom and Carolyn Smart of Naperville, IL (Britney, Isabella, Patrick); John and Jane Smart of Herndon, VA (William and Caroline); Jim and Joanne Smart of Hopewell, NJ (Michael and Kenneth); Barbara and Tom Linko of Princeton, NJ (Kevin, Colleen, John).

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church in Alton, NH. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. While in Princeton, Bob was inspired by Father Tom Hagan and his mission in Haiti; in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory are appreciated to Hands Together,


Thomas Harvey McNally

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Rev. Thomas Harvey McNally passed away at age 84.

Thomas was born on November 13, 1934 to Peter and Alice (Lukens) McNally. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1958 and received his MDiv. from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1961. While at Bucknell, he met the love of his life and future wife, Beverly Jane Griner. Prior to her death in 2010 they celebrated 50 years of marriage. They raised two daughters, Dawn and Heather. 

Tom, a lifelong NJ resident, served in American Baptist churches in Trenton and Holmdel. He also had a long career as a civil servant in New Jersey State Government, retiring as a manager in the Budget Bureau. 

He was an active member of Christ Congregation for the past 50 years serving on many boards and committees. In addition, he served on several state boards for ABC-NJ. Throughout his life he volunteered for different organizations including Holmdel Volunteer Fire Department, Coalition for Peace Action, and Centurion Ministries, along with mentoring seminarian students.

His passing leaves a hole in his family that will be impossible to fill. He was devoted to his family and fiercely loyal to his friends. He was a man with a strong moral compass. He enjoyed watercolor painting and in retirement became an avid golfer. He loved reading, especially historical biographies. His family will remember him for his quirky sense of humor and style which only made him more unique. No one could sport plaid and stripes together the way he did.  The proudest moment of his life was when he married Beverly. For the next 50 years they fell in love a little bit more each day, and he has been lost the last nine years without her. We are comforted that they are together again.

Thomas was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth and Leona, his brother Peter, and his wife, Beverly Jane Griner. He is survived by his daughters Dawn McNally Cobb (Randall) and Heather McNally; grandchildren Jacqueline, Juliet (Patrick), and Benjamin; his three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Christ Congregation on the corner of Walnut and Houghton in Princeton, NJ, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pennington First Aid Squad, 110 Broemel Place, Pennington, NJ 08534.


Thomas J. Moran

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Thomas J. Moran, passed away at the age of 73.

Tom was born on September 20, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY, to Tom and Dorothy (Weis) Moran. He received his engineering degree from Manhattan College in Bronx, NY, in 1967, after attending Regis H.S. in New York, NY, and he worked as a civil engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., for 33 years. 

Tom was dedicated to serving his country and helping people. He served in the U.S. Navy for many years, in addition to his work with the EPA. After his retirement in 2010, Tom received an MBA from George Washington University, and then put his time and energy towards helping foreign national college students make their way in the U.S., both during and after their graduation, including helping them find employment. In this way, he helped hundreds get acclimated to their new environs, and gave specialized help to a lucky few – all on a volunteer basis. Tom was a kind, gentle, and brilliant man.

Tom was preceded in death by his father, Thomas, his mother, Dorothy, and his brothers Bob and Bill. He is survived by his brother Tim; his sisters-in-law Leslie, Johan, and Lynda; his nephews Brian and Michael; and his nieces Casey, Leah, Shannon, and Megan.

A memorial for Tom will be held at a later date.


Ann Johnson

R. Ann Johnson, aged 81, passed away peacefully at her Princeton home on July 22, 2019. She was born on March 25, 1938 in Narberth, PA, to L. Sarle Brown Sr. and Doll Daisy Adams Brown. She is survived by her sons Richard and Lewis, her daughter-in-law Kim, and her longtime partner Joseph Pinelli.

The Brown family moved from Narberth to Fort Worth, TX, in 1954, when Sarle Brown accepted a faculty position at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ann graduated from Paschal High School in 1956 and married Larry Johnson that June. Then in 1958 the Johnson family left Texas for the Northeast, finally settling in Princeton in 1963. Ann finished her bachelor’s degree at Douglass College in 1964 and continued graduate work in biology at Rutgers.

Ann started raising Golden Retrievers in 1970 and established what came to be known as Gold-Rush Kennels, an internationally recognized breeder of show dogs. After Ann and Larry divorced in 1982, Ann continued to live in Princeton and operated Gold-Rush in Wrightstown, NJ.

Ann was an eclectic mix of matriarch, humanitarian, and scientist. While she held firm to her convictions, she never said “no” to anybody. Stay at the house? Glad to provide a roof over your head, for any amount of time. Take care of your dog for a day or month? No problem. Need to borrow some money? Just tell me you’ll eventually pay me back. Want to learn about breeding, whelping, showing, grooming, and caring for Golden Retrievers? Come to Princeton for an hour or a decade and I will assist. Need my time, money, scientific expertise, and abilities? This is what I live for.

She dedicated herself to her boys and the joy, art, and science of breeding exceptional Golden Retrievers and sharing them with the world — starting with Gold-Rush Charlie, who broke all Golden Retriever show records and held them for 20 years. With the help and support of many friends in the Golden-loving community Gold-Rush produced over 200 titled show dogs. As a longtime friend put it, “She was a friend, she was a mentor. She brought happiness to countless people.”

Over the past few years she faced the challenges of leukemia and its treatment, normal pressure hydrocephalus and subsequent surgery, and progressive dementia. She never once believed she was going to die, and lived her life to the final second knowing her legacy would continue.

There will be a gathering to celebrate her life and love of life at her Princeton home the afternoon of September 8th. Call, text, or message Kim at (310) 804-8227 or for details. 

It was Ann’s wish that, should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to the Golden Retriever Foundation Zeke Cancer Research Fund.


Kay Frances Pettit

Kay Frances Pettit of New Hope, PA, passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 with her beloved husband Karl D. Pettit, III at her side. She was 76. 

Kay was born and raised in Allentown, PA, by her parents Florence (McNabb) and Willard Seng. In her early twenties she married her first husband, Arlyn Lichthardt, and moved to Oahu, Hawaii, where he taught English at the Punahou School for six years. While enjoying the island paradise, Kay taught nursery school and became the devoted mother to her three children Leilani Souders (Mark), Heidi Feigles (Neal), and Kurt Lichthardt (Kanika). 

After spending brief periods living in Minneapolis, MN, New York, NY, and Abington, PA, Kay and her family settled back in Allentown. During this period and after her divorce, she ultimately followed her passion and took the position of Coordinator and Chief Food Stylist at Rodale Press of Emmaus, PA. Later in the early ’90s, Kay began a new chapter in her life when she worked as the Director of the Gift Shops and Volunteers at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Kay and Karl reacquainted in 2000 and rekindled a friendship that had begun in the 1960s. They settled in New Hope, PA, in 2003, and got married on Block Island in 2005. By that time, Kay had become the Director of Volunteer Services for the University Hospital at Princeton, NJ.  There, she was responsible for managing the services of over 1,000 volunteers as well as the very popular Hospital Gift Shop.  

Kay and Karl took many interesting trips together to places like the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, and Martha’s Vineyard. However, in 2015, she began to suffer from liver and neurological disease that soon caused limited movement and the inability to speak. During this difficult time in her life, she was embraced by a very special caregiver, Pat Simpkins, who became her best friend and supporter for the last two years of her life.  In spite of her failing health, Kay was able to maintain her friendships with very special friends, and find pleasures in life despite tremendous frustration. In the end, she displayed unexpected determination and overcame many obstacles to spend several of her last days with her husband, extended family, and friends on Block Island, the place she loved most. 

In addition to her husband and her children, she is survived by her five grandchildren Ty and Cory Souders, Ethan Feigles, Brock and Kadan Lichthardt; her two stepchildren Pauli Pettit (Craig) Rose, and Karl D. Pettit IV; and two step grandchildren Samuel and Bexley Rose. She will be greatly missed and always remembered by those whose lives she touched so deeply.

Cremation services were private. A memorial service will be held in Allentown on August 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Saucon Valley Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift to the Doylestown Hospice would be appreciated.

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Leslie Vought Kuenne

Leslie Vought Kuenne, 58, of Princeton, NJ, and Shelburne, VT, died at home surrounded by her loving family on August 12 after a fierce and courageous year-long battle with ovarian cancer.

Leslie was an engaged champion of the arts, most recently serving as president of McCarter Theatre Center’s Board of Trustees. She was a gifted painter, sketch artist, chef, and award-winning photographer and gardener. Leslie was the loving wife of Christopher B. Kuenne, founder of Rosetta and Rosemark Capital, author, and Princeton University lecturer in entrepreneurship. She was a devoted mother to three sons, Peter, William, and Matthew, and the late Olivia Michelle Kuenne. She was a beloved friend who made a tremendous impact on everyone she met.

Leslie was born in Aspen, Colorado, on December 29, 1960, daughter of Barbara Vought Harbach, former president of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (where Leslie was treated), and Peter Vought, a noted artist and son of aviation pioneer and member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, Chance Vought. Leslie grew up in Aspen and Santa Barbara, painting, skiing, playing soccer, and helping to raise her little sister, Tori. 

She received her B.A. in Biology from the University of California San Diego, Revelle College, and an M.S. in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College. She went on to work as a genetic counselor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, and Abington Hospital.

Leslie was deeply dedicated to her community. In addition to her board leadership of McCarter, she served on the boards of the Arts Council of Princeton, the Vestry of Trinity Church, and as an officer of the Stony Brook Garden Club. She volunteered with Trinity Counseling Service, Planned Parenthood, D&R Greenway, The Lawrenceville School, and Princeton Day School. Leslie was also an avid photographer and an active member of the Princeton Photography Club, where she won numerous awards for her nature photographs. Her favorite place to spend time as a family was in and around Shelburne, Vermont, where she and Chris own a house on Lake Champlain and spent summers over the past 30 years.

Leslie fought valiantly over the past 13 months against one of the most virulent forms of ovarian cancer. At each step along the way, she revealed a tenacity and grace that inspired all who knew her. She imbued her life with love, purpose, and impact. Leslie was an extraordinary and loving mother and wife who cared for and inspired the couple’s three sons and their daughter, Olivia, who died in 1997. She was devoted to her friends and applied her empathic listening and quiet leadership skills to her board work. Leslie achieved a life of impact through her compassion and kindness.

In addition to her husband and sons, Leslie is survived by her sisters Victoria Vought of Southport, CT; Annie Vought of Oakland, CA; Pam Harley of Rochester, New Hampshire; and Lisa Setos of Los Angeles, CA; her mother-in-law Janet Kuenne of Princeton; sister-in-law Carolyn Kuenne Jeppsen and husband David and daughters, Charlotte, Isabelle, and Mia of Washington, DC; as well as many beloved friends, cousins, and colleagues.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Church, Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial gift to the Olivia and Leslie Rainbow Foundation, which is dedicated to providing young children with both instruction and access to the performing and visual arts. Please direct your gift to the foundation c/o Brown Brothers Harriman, PWM-5th Floor, 140 Broadway, NY, NY, 10005.

August 7, 2019

Emma Lee (Costello) Forehand

September 8, 1932 – June 1, 2019

Prior to retiring Emma had been a yoga teacher at Johnson & Johnson and the YWCA of Princeton; and an administrative assistant. She was an avid lover of travel and opera, Emma Lee (Costello) Forehand, recently of North Andover, MA, passed away on June 1, 2019.

Born in Richmond, VA, in 1932, she was the daughter of Thomas Joseph Costello and Clara Estelle (Tally) Costello and grew up in Richmond, VA. As a young girl, she studied dance with Miss Elinor Fry and performed in recitals of Miss Fry’s “little Tots.” She played cello avidly and performed with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

She met her husband Garlie Forehand while he was at the University of Richmond for his undergraduate studies. After marriage Emma and Garlie moved to Chicago, where she continued to play cello with local orchestras, while raising two young boys, Tom and Mike, and typing Garlie’s PhD dissertation. In 1962, Joe was born and the family moved to Pittsburgh where Karen was born. Emma and her family moved from Pittsburgh to Princeton in 1973. Emma received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1992 from Thomas Edison State College.

Emma was politically active and was a supporter of the League of Women Voters.

She will be remembered for trips the Tanglewood Music Center, love of the cello, trying different foods with her dining club, and her joyous laugh.

Mother of the late Thomas A. Forehand, she is survived by two sons Michael W. and Joseph L. Forehand; daughter Karen E. Michael; daughters-in-law Lydia A. Harris and Elizabeth Connor; son-in-law Jeff Michael; brother-in-law John B. Forehand; niece Cathy McNutt; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Forehand and Miranda Bermejo.

Garlie and his wife Emma supported many local organizations such as the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Princeton, The Princeton Festival, and Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts. They also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and as such, in lieu of flowers, donations in Emma’s memory may be made to any of the above volunteer organizations.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 1 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Jacinto “Jack” Marrero

Jacinto “Jack” Marrero, 86, of Princeton, died on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

A Korean War veteran, he was born in 1932 in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, and lived a long life of active citizenship, community service, and dedication to his work, family, and friends, and to the arts, culture, music, and baseball.

Mr. Marrero was a graduate of Hartwick College and a proud member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was a teacher of many, beginning in Puerto Rico, and then in New York City and New Jersey in the 1960s and 1970s. During those years, he also worked as an accountant and as a part-time Director of Admissions at Lutheran Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. Early in his career, Mr. Marrero was hired by the New York City Board of Education to support and integrate Hispanic students into the community. He completed graduate work at New York University before beginning a long and meaningful career of almost 30 years with the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ). Jack held multiple leadership positions in the NCCJ over many years and was integral in fundraising, developing relationships with community and government leaders, resolving conflicts between different religious, ethnic, and racial communities, running workshops, and mentoring youth. Later in his life, Mr. Marrero remained committed to nonprofit and development work in creating Princeton Associates, LLC and the American Interfaith Council.

Mr. Marrero served on over a dozen professional and civic commissions and boards over the course of his life, including the founding groups of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and the Puerto Rican Institute at Seton Hall University, the Princeton Task Force on Ethics, the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Medical Center, the Board of Trustees of Kean University, of which he was Chair, and the Princeton Regional School Board, of which he was President.

Jack was gregarious, kind, caring, funny, and well read, especially in politics and history. He enjoyed many recreational interests, including reading, swimming, cross-country skiing, tennis, culture, the arts, and travel. He had an encyclopedic memory for baseball and was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Jack was also deeply passionate about music and singing. He played trumpet in the Army, as well as during and after college. In 2012, Jack released a studio album of vocal music. He had also planned to record a second CD.

Beloved by many, Jack is survived and dearly missed by his wife, daughter, son-in-law, grandson, a sister, and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, and extended family, friends, and members of the community.

Funeral services were held at The Jewish Center of Princeton on June 2nd, followed by burial at Washington Cemetery. Shiva was observed at the Marrero residence in Princeton.

Donations in Jack’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel.

July 31, 2019

Anthony (Tony) J. Persichilli

Anthony (Tony) J. Persichilli, 76, of Pennington, NJ, died on July 24 of complications from a fall.

Born in Trenton on January 10, 1943 to the late Giovanni and Angelina (Bel Forte) Persichilli, he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judith M. Persichilli; his sister and brother-in-law, Salma and Frank Popovich; his brother and sister-in-law, Dominick and Joan Persichilli; sisters-in-law, Leanne Mella and Toni M. Tracy; brother- and sister-in-law James and Tara Mella; and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his brother, August Persichilli.

Tony graduated from Ewing High School Class of 1961 where he served as Class President. He continued his education at Rider University receiving both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees. Tony worked at AT&T for 31 years in various Human Resources positions and was Vice President of Human Resources for Prudential Financial in Newark for five years prior to his retirement.

Tony was a dedicated public servant having been elected to the Pennington Borough Council in 2004 and for three consecutive terms as Mayor from 2006 until December 2018 when he retired as the longest serving Mayor in the history of Pennington.

Tony volunteered his time generously and was a member of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Conference of Mayors, and the American Heart Association, and served on the Board of St. Francis Medical Center Foundation and the Development Committee of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton. In recognition of his service and generosity, Tony was the recipient of the 2013 Mercer County Light of Hope award from Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, and the 2014 Spirit of St. Francis Award from St. Francis Medical Center. Tony was also a member of the Trenton Country Club.

Tony will be remembered and missed by a wide and wonderful circle of friends, and he was a faithful attendee of the Friday Lunch Group, a highlight of his week. Tony’s family would like to especially acknowledge the friendship, support and assistance of Judy and Bob Rottkamp, Juliana and Wendell Pribila, and Skip and Janet Hutchinson.

A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Tony’s life was held on Monday, July 29, 2019 at St. James Church, Pennington, NJ.

Private entombment was at St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Hamilton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Tony’s memory be made to St. Francis Medical Center Foundation, 601 Hamilton Ave., Trenton, NJ 08629 or to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, 383 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08607.

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


Mercedes Woods

Mercedes Woods, a lifelong resident of Princeton, NJ, peacefully passed away on her birthday, July 19th at the Princeton Care Center. Her beloved family, hospice service, and care staff were with her.

Mercedes will dearly be missed by her sisters: Gwendolyn Woods East of Utica, NY, and Johnetta Woods of Princeton, NJ. All of her loved ones, family, and friends will truly miss her gracious spirit and vibrant smile.

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


Gregory L. Staats

eeGregory L. Staats, 71, of Princeton Junction, NJ, passed away unexpectedly on July 23rd at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ. Born in Somerville, NJ, on August 1, 1948, he grew up in Princeton, going to Valley Road School and Princeton High. He did a one year tour in Vietnam while in the Army. He attended Mercer County Community College, and graduated from Stockton College with a degree in Special Education.

Son of the late Vincent and Audrey Staats; predeceased by his oldest brother Vincent; survived by his youngest brother James Staats and his wife Josephine Ferraro residing at 938 Terrace Blvd, Ewing, NJ 08618; sister-in-law Sarah Staats; his life partner Elaine Staats and her two nieces, Vanessa Campbell and Jennifer Gregg; three nephews, Adam Staats and his wife Jessica Trombetta of NJ, Jonathan Staats of SC, Stephen Staats of WV; and a niece, Jessica Muller of NC.

He liked playing cards, bicycle riding, motorcycles, playing Frisbee, and bird watching. Some of his favorite places were the Jersey Shore and Block Island. Greg was a true dog lover. Nothing made him happier than having a canine companion by his side.

He was always helpful and generous. He was a kind, great, and wonderful man, a faithful friend, a loving brother, and an upstanding human being.

A short service with be held graveside at Princeton Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 2 for close family and friends.

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

In lieu of flowers, people may donate to either the Disabled Veterans at or the or to a charity of their choice.

July 24, 2019

Martha E. Peck

Martha Ehlkes Peck, widow of John G. Peck, Jr., died on July 17, 2019. She was born in Morristown, New Jersey, but spent most of her life in the Griggstown, Kingston, and Princeton areas.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Jersey City University, and a Master of Education from Rutgers University, School of Education. She served 43 years as an elementary teacher in Metuchen, teaching grades three and four.

She served on the board of Church Women United and was an active member of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Princeton.

Martha is survived by her brother-in-law, Wm. Robert Peck; godchildren, Deborah Krocheski of PA, and William R. Taylor of VA; and many relatives in Germany.

There will be a memorial service at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 407 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 on August 19, 2019 at 11 a.m., followed by graveside committal in Princeton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah; Christ Congregation, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540; or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.


Louise Grafton


Louise Grafton died peacefully at home in Princeton on July 20, 2019. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

Born in Philadelphia on December 12, 1941, Louise studied English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she took her BA with highest honors, in 1962, and at Indiana University, where she received her MA in 1964. She then joined the founding faculty at Jefferson County Community College, now Jefferson College, in Hillsboro, Missouri. In 1967 she moved to De Paul University in Chicago, where she was awarded tenure in the Department of English and taught until 1975.

In Chicago Louise started on what became her real career in technical theater. Since her childhood, she had practiced crafts of many kinds. Beginning as a volunteer maker of props at Court Theater, then the summer Shakespeare theater of the University of Chicago, she taught herself to make just about anything needed for a play that was not part of a set or a costume: furniture, armor, weapons, food, statuary. Her summers at Court and a season at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where she worked with James Bakkom, equipped her with formidable skills.

In 1975, Louise moved to New Jersey with her husband Tony and found a position as a prop maker at the New York Shakespeare Festival. In the decades to come she worked on several Broadway shows and for the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, the Prospect Theatre Company at the Old Vic in London, the Big Apple and Royal Hanneford circuses, the Westminster Choir College’s Opera Theatre, and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival.

For many years she taught prop making at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. From 2014 to 2019 she made props for the Musical Theatre program at Rider University, for which she had a special affection. She also built historical reconstructions for the New York Public Library, the Princeton University History Department, and PBS, and worked on the Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind.

Louise kept many of her favorite creations. Visitors to her house encountered marvel after marvel: a red dragon, a she-devil, a giant pickle, and a statue of the Madonna and child (which appeared in a number of productions of Tosca). A devoted and beloved teacher, Louise gladly shared everything she knew with colleagues and students. In 1973-74 she studied upholstery in London with a gentleman she knew only as Mr. Marshall, the retired upholsterer to King George VI. He taught her the traditional craft, starting with bare wood and horsehair. For decades afterwards she initiated Rutgers students into what she called “the way of Mr. Marshall.”

Making and hearing music were central to Louise’s life. As a student she was the first woman to march with the Penn band, in which she played the clarinet. In later life she sang with many choral groups, most recently The Masterwork Chorus, with which she several times performed Handel’s Messiah in Carnegie Hall. Music and prop-making came together for her in the Westminster Opera Theatre: working closely with gifted young singers gave her great joy.

Louise spent long periods in London, Oxford, Pasadena, Berlin, Hamburg, and Vienna with her husband and family, and traveled to Australia, the Galapagos, Alaska, and Russia with her sister Nancy.

She is survived by her husband, Tony; her sister, Nancy; her son, Sam, of Washington, DC, his wife Amanda and their daughter Catie; her daughter, Anna, of Brooklyn, NY, her husband David and their daughter Alice.

A celebration of her life will take place in the fall. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Partners in Health or the Rescue Mission of Trenton.


Nancy Davis

Nancy Davis of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away on July 17th, 2019 at home surrounded by her family after battling ovarian cancer for over 2 ½ years. Nancy was born in 1943 in Phillipsburg, NJ, and is predeceased by her mother, Katheryn Eisenhauer and father, Harold Eisenhauer. She is survived by her husband of 55 years A. Douglas Davis, two sons Douglas and Devin, daughters-in-law Alejandra and Neelam, and four grandchildren who she could not see enough of, Samantha, Cameron, Carina, and Andrew.

Nancy graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1961 and later continued her education at Churchman’s Business College in Easton, Pennsylvania. In 1963, she met A. Douglas Davis of Belvidere, NJ, and the two were married in 1964. In 1969, Nancy moved to Princeton with her husband and young son Douglas, where she worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses and managed Polly’s Fine Candy on Palmer Square. She served as a supportive baseball mom and assistant coach to her son’s teams for seven years and was a loved member of her community with her involvement in the Princeton Fire Department and the Princeton School District. Her favorite pastimes were sitting on a pile of dirt planting her flowers, baking cakes for her grandchildren, and caring for her dog Mindy.

Nancy was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and an adored grandmother. She will be honored on Thursday, July 25th from 5-8 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to cancer research.


Harriet Smith Stuart

Harriet Smith Stuart, 80, died after a sudden but brief battle with cancer on July 14, 2019 at her home in Princeton. She had been able to enjoy the weekend surrounded by family and friends.

She is survived by her son Doug Stuart (Lisa) of Lake Oswego, OR, her daughter Betsy Antonellis (Mike) of Franklin, MA, and four grandchildren, Taylor and Wyatt Stuart, and Mickey and Lilly Antonellis.

Harriet was born in South Bend, Indiana, the daughter of Wayne Smith and Harriet Bury. Her family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, then to Anderson, Indiana, before settling in Cazenovia, New York, in 1946 where she lived through high school. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was active in drama and sports. She was especially proud of a trophy she won for “Best All Around Senior Girl Athlete.”

Harriet graduated from the University of Michigan in 1961 then worked at Procter and Gamble in market research before moving to Chicago where she worked at the Harris Bank. She married in 1964 and moved to New York and worked at the 1964 World’s Fair. The next year she got a job with Sperry Univac as a systems analyst then left that job to raise a family. The family lived in Illinois, Missouri, New York, and Texas before moving to Princeton Junction in 1974. She has lived in the Princeton area ever since.

After divorcing in 1976 she held several jobs before settling into the religion department at Princeton University. She admired both the students and faculty and retired in 1999. She has always enjoyed volunteering, travel, the theatre, playing bridge, and crafts, especially basket weaving for the last several years.

Harriet was member of Trinity Church in Princeton for 45 years where she volunteered through her final months. A memorial service will be held there at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 33 Mercer Street, followed by a reception in Pierce Hall.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the 24 Club of Princeton:

July 17, 2019

Stephen Marc Williams

On Friday, July 12, 2019, Stephen Marc Williams, loving husband and father of two daughters, passed away at his home in Princeton, NJ, after a year of declining health, at the age of 60.

A transplanted southerner, Steve was born in Montgomery, AL, on February 25, 1959 to H. Glenn and Barbara (Hanke) Williams. Steve graduated from Jefferson Davis High School as Class President in 1977, and as a first generation college student received a Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in History from Princeton University in 1981. After graduation, Steve launched an illustrious 38-year long career in the global banking industry, most recently as a Product Designer for Bloomberg’s evaluating pricing service.

Prior to that, Steve worked for Fannie Mae, in Washington, D.C.; CF Global Trading, in NYC; Mummert & Co, of Munich, Germany; Barclay’s Capital, LLC, of NYC; Deutsche Bank Securities, of NYC; Lazard Freres, LLC, of NYC; The First Boston Corporation, of NYC and London; and Bankers Trust Corporation, in NYC. Throughout his career, Steve was particularly passionate about mentoring university students and early career professionals.

Steve and Charlotte Treby McLaughlin met at Princeton University in 1980, and they married in September 1988. Together, they raised two daughters, Charlotte and Anna.

Steve was a board member of Isles, Inc., a community development and environmental organization based in Trenton, New Jersey; a Board Member of the Historical Society of Princeton; and served as Treasurer of the Board of Governors of the University Cottage Club at Princeton. He was also a member of various social and athletic clubs. In New York City, Steve was a member of the Racquet and Tennis Club and the The Leash Club, as well as the Amwell Valley Conservancy, the Bedens Brook Club, and the Pretty Brook Tennis Club in Princeton.

Steve was a lifelong enthusiast of ideas, sports, movies, and music. He was an avid traveler and history lover. After completing a college internship in Freiburg, Germany, Steve became fluent in German and cultivated an appetite for travel. He lived in London for five years, where he grew lifelong relationships and went on innumerable adventures, from rafting in the former Yugoslavia to a safari in Kenya. Steve was a true Renaissance man and never stopped acquiring new interests and hobbies. He voraciously read works of history (particularly regarding the U.S. Civil War), economics, literature, and poetry. Over his life he played golf, court tennis, squash, and wrestled. He was an avid fan of the Princeton Tigers and the University of Alabama football team. He also loved bird hunting with his beloved Brittany Spaniel “Monty.”

Steve was a highly ranked high-school chess player and would amaze his fellow students by playing against them “blindfolded,” with his back to the board. He co-produced a movie about the early days of the Beatles, Backbeat, starring Stephen Dorff, in 1994, and also supported the launch of Final Touch, a London-based music production company. Particular eclectic musical favorites included Steely Dan, Warren Zevon, and Yes. Throughout his life, Steve was known for his restless intellectual enthusiasm and acuity, his explosive humor, and his kindness and generosity to friends and strangers.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, H. Glenn Williams, of Montgomery, AL. He is survived by his wife, Treby, his two daughters, Charlotte and Anna, his mother, Barbara Williams, his sister Shannon Norwood, Andrew Norwood, and their two sons, Rob and Patrick.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Princeton University Chapel at 5 o’clock p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Isles, and the Historical Society of Princeton

July 10, 2019

Herman Louis Brav

“July 4, 1949 was the greatest day of my life,” the quiet wonderful man would often proclaim during his last years. That was the Monday 70 years ago that Herman Brav met Adele, the love of his life, at the old New Yorker Hotel on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. She was a tall and beautiful young woman who had lost much of her family in the Holocaust but herself survived in a Siberian forced labor camp, arriving in America three years earlier and working at nearby Macy’s Herald Square. He too had come from Europe in 1946, returning with the Fighting 69th Infantry after 16 months of heavy combat from Normandy through France and Germany and the Elbe River meeting with the Russians that signified the end of the war in Europe, earning a Bronze Star and French Legion of Honor for the Liberation of France.

Having lost his father at 4 years old and his identical twin brother Seymour to a car accident and sister Nanette to illness by the time he turned 13, Herman was forced to grow up early in Depression Era Brooklyn. These tragedies, and the wartime deaths of his Army brothers, would always haunt but never stop him from building a life out of struggle. After marrying Adele in 1950, they bought a house, raised two children on Long Island, and embraced the relative normalcy and tranquility of their postwar years. Herman became well known for his almost 60 years as a hollow metal door salesperson in the New York area large construction trade, employed full-time until he was 85 years old. He was an active member of Temple Hillel in North Woodmere, New York, and a casual weekend biker on his old Schwinn three-speed.

Forced in 2011 by his wife’s illness to move closer to his longtime Princeton resident son Peter, he was beloved at Stein Assisted Living in Somerset, New Jersey, where he spent his final years, visited often by his son and his daughter Miriam. He no longer had his head for numbers or any memory of what had been said or eaten five minutes earlier. Yet he never lost his love of family and always expressed appreciation for the daily efforts of the nurses and aides, something marveled at for its genuine affection. His smile would always widen when one would mention his wife of 65 years or ask about his military service. “I don’t play Bingo, son,” he would say when his son would arrive every Wednesday evening to call the games at his facility. “Just come sit with me,” his son would reply always. He would come along, he would play and win more than his share, place the few quarters in his son’s hand, and all was good. After years of worries and an instinct to protect that never faded even as his body wound down, in his last years he found for the first time a relaxed peace and an awesome appreciation for the simplest of things, be they kind words, a half hour in the courtyard sun, one scoop of butter pecan on a sugar cone, or a visit by one of his son’s dogs looking for a lap to sit on.

Over his 96 years, he had said goodbye to so many loved ones, including Adele who passed four years ago. Now his two children, beloved daughter-in-law Janet, five grandchildren Zarah, Julia, Nathaniel, Gregory, and Seth, and three great-grandchildren Orianna, Josephine, and Luna Adele, say goodbye to him with the greatest of love and admiration for this humble man who always thought of everyone but himself.

His family requests that any donations in his honor be made to UJA-Federation of New York and/or the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


The Rev. Dr. A. Orley Swartzentruber

Orley Swartzentruber passed away peacefully on June 28, surrounded by his family. He was 93.

Born in Argentina, he was the son of the Rev. Amos and Mrs. Edna Swartzentruber, Mennonite Missionaries from Canada. After completing primary and secondary school, he came to the United States for College and Biblical Seminary in Goshen, Indiana. After graduation, he was sent to Brussels, Belgium, then to Paris, France, where he spent the post-war decade of the 1950s in work for the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, founding a congregation in the Parisian suburb of Châtenay-Malabry.

Upon returning to America, Orley settled in Princeton, NJ, where he studied the Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary (1960-62 MA), then, under Dr. R.B.Y. Scott, earned a PhD in Religion from Princeton University (1970). In 1963, while serving as chaplain of Saint Agnes School in upstate New York, he was ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church by the Rt. Rev. A. W. Brown, Bishop of Albany.

Orley returned to and remained in Princeton, where he served in the ministry of the Episcopal Church, first as Vicar of All Saints’ Chapel of Trinity Parish, then as its first Rector, as it became the newly self-supporting All Saints’ Church. He enjoyed serving as Chairman of the Committee on Rules of Order and Dispatch of Business in the NJ Diocesan Convention and was twice elected Deputy to the General Convention.

Orley retired to Sarasota, FL, in 1994, where he was grateful to find a vibrant appreciation of the arts and the Church of the Redeemer. He joyfully made his home there until 2016, when he moved to The Evergreens in Moorestown, NJ, nearer to his children.

Orley is survived by Jane, his wife of 68 years, three daughters and sons-in-law, Anne and Jay Lewis, Emily and Peter Urquhart, Francine and Jonathan Storck, one son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Johanna Swartzentruber, and seven grandchildren.

A Requiem Eucharist will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 3 at All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road in Princeton, followed by interment in Trinity-All Saints’ Cemetery.


Diana Christine Fredericks (Didi) Waltman

Diana Christine Fredericks (Didi) Waltman, 91, passed away on Sunday, June 30 with all four of her children gathered closely around her at the Stonebridge Senior Living Community in Skillman, N.J. She fiercely loved life. She lived life to the very fullest.

Didi was born in Buffalo, N.Y., to James Torrey Fredericks and Alice Sibyl Lachmann Fredericks. As was her habit, Didi arrived early. Her parents were visiting Buffalo to attend the theater and rushed to the hospital mid-performance. The maternity ward at Buffalo Hospital was still under construction. With no available newborn incubator, Didi spent her first days in an instrument sterilizer.

Influenced by her father’s love for hiking, canoeing, and camping, Didi spent childhood summers bushwhacking and portaging through the Canadian wilds with her dad and brother Jim.  She was also influenced by her European mother’s love for the arts, starting piano training at age 3 and maintaining a lifelong passion for classical music. Her father insisted she and her brother attend the “farm” school, just outside of Bradford, PA, and they were called “the Agricola” by other students upon transferring to Bradford High School. Didi excelled in academics and attended Smith College, majoring in Math and Art History, and graduating in 1949.

Didi saw the positive beauty in every person and situation. She was a generous friend and a dedicated member of every community in which she participated. She was a doer, with abundant energy, and she applauded this trait in others. Didi was proud to work for the Princeton University Music Department for 14 years, and in that time attended every orchestral concert and student rehearsal.

Upon retirement, Didi became a volunteer docent and then co-chair of the docent committee at the Princeton University Art Museum. She also became an avid post-retirement student, taking two to three university classes each year, focusing on Art and History. She traveled to the Yucatan Peninsula with Princeton’s Gillett Griffin to study the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza.

Didi loved to travel and organized numerous adventures through Europe, Canada, and the American West. Preferring to travel off the beaten path, she steered her husband, children, and friends onto French canal barges, Greek fishing boats, and Norwegian mail boats. She hiked Canadian glaciers, Norwegian fjords, and the Samaria Gorge on the island of Crete.

In their final years, Didi and her husband Bob moved to Stonebridge, proud members of the “pioneer” cohort of first residents. Didi was deeply grateful for all the dear friends and activities at Stonebridge. She quickly became involved with the Executive Committee, Program Committee, Stonebridge Singers, and numerous cultural and political groups. A passionate political progressive and strong women’s advocate, Didi engaged in political discourse with zeal.

Family was the center of Didi’s world, and Didi was the heart and soul of her family. She was the voice on the phone that could right the world. She believed the world was inherently good. She made the world a better place.

Didi is predeceased by her husband, John Robert (Bob) Waltman. She is survived by her daughters Susan Waltman, Sally (Bay) Waltman, and Martha O’Connor (and spouse Michael), and by her son James Robert (Jim) Waltman (and spouse Alicia) as well as by her eight adoring grandchildren Jack, Diana (Annie) and Matthew Simpson, Kelly, Duncan and John Patrick O’Connor, and Emma and James Torrey (Jimmy) Waltman.

Interment will be held privately. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Stonebridge at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Emily’s List.


Claudia Guenther

My Mom, Claudia Guenther, passed away in her sleep the morning of July 1, 2019 while on vacation in Vermont. If there is a better way to go than peacefully in a place you love, Vermont, next to the man that you love, her husband Jim, I can’t come up with it.

Claudia was born in New York City on April 17, 1948. Her family (mother Maria, brother Eric, and sister Sharon) moved around during her early childhood years before settling in East Millstone, New Jersey, when her college professor father, Smith Palmer Bovie, was granted tenure at Rutgers University. She studied music in Boston as a freshman in college before returning to New Jersey to complete her education at Rider College (now University) with a degree in teaching.

Soon after she married her high school sweetheart George Sayler. She taught ninth grade until 1977 when she has her first daughter, Marie, I followed in 1979. When Marie and I were in middle school she rejoined the work force as a personal aide for disabled adults, first working with a wheelchair-bound young woman named Jenny as she completed high school and college and then with Archie, a young(ish) man with cerebral palsy. In the early ’90s Claudia met and married Jim Guenther, who turned out to be her “forever lover.”

They shared many interests and were (are) longtime members of the Lawrenceville Swimming Association, The Pennington Players, and the Hopewell Presbyterian Church. Claudia was a member of Hopewell Valley Chorus for decades and never missed an opportunity to sing “Happy Birthday.” She volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels and organized and performed holiday sing-alongs at various senior centers in central New Jersey.

Jim and Claudia were true partners. They traveled regularly, attended cultural festivals and free concerts, embracing every style and genre of music.

In 2013 Claudia suffered a massive brain aneurysm. The recovery process stretched well over a year and a half and encompassed stays in the ICU at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, the Brain Trauma Unit at Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, and six months at Merwick Rehabilitation in Plainsboro. Jim visited her every day after work during this time. Jim provided full time caregiving for Claudia when she came home in August 2014. She continued to recover with his help and support, occasionally forgoing use of a wheelchair.

Claudia loved Vermont, a place she spent every summer during her childhood with her family. She and Jim were on vacation there when he called me to say she had died overnight, in her sleep.

Funeral services will be held a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider the spouse or the loved one who is a full-time caregiver and offer him or her a hand or a break of any duration. Living at home the last five years of her life would not have been possible without Jim’s unending support and care.

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

July 3, 2019

Elinor “Ellie” Rosenthal Kraut

Elinor “Ellie” Rosenthal Kraut, 91, died Sunday at her home in Aventura, Florida.

Born in Princeton, NJ, she grew up in Princeton and lived in the Trenton area for most of her adult life.

Elinor graduated from Princeton High School in 1946, where she captained the basketball and baseball teams.

She graduated with a degree in psychology from Smith College in 1950, where she was captain of the baseball team and president of its Hillel Chapter. After graduation, she worked as a social worker for the State of New Jersey.

In 1954 she married Dr. Irving Kraut, a successful orthodontist in Trenton. The couple lived above his office on West State Street for several years, then moved to Lawrence in 1957 shortly before the birth of their third child. There, the family grew to eight children, and in 1969 they moved to Ewing, where the family was completed with the birth of a ninth child. The family were members of Adath Israel Congregation.

She learned tennis from her father, the late Samuel Rosenthal, while in her teens and the sport would become a lifelong passion. She played and coached tennis until the age of 90. She won numerous tournaments in Trenton, Princeton, and Mercer County throughout in the 1950s and 1960s in both singles and doubles, including in partnership with her sister Marilyn Rosenthal.

In 1962 she began teaching tennis at the Trenton YWCA and also taught at the Ewing Adult School and on her own court in Ewing. She instilled a love for the game in all of her children and in the hundreds of players she coached through the years. In 1968 the family was featured in World Tennis Magazine. In 2016 the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) of Trenton honored her at their annual gala as one of a group of “Women who Rock.” In 2018 her children and tennis friends presented her with an award commemorating 56 years of coaching tennis.

After the death of her husband in 2001 she increasingly spent time in her winter home in Aventura, FL, eventually making it her permanent residence while returning to Ewing each summer.

Daughter of the late Samuel and Ida Rosenthal, she is predeceased by her husband Dr. Irving Kraut, her eldest son Dr. Jon Kraut, and by her brother Donald Rosenthal.

She is survived by four daughters Robin Kraut Zell of Tekoa, Israel, Carin Kraut Cohen of Voorhees, NJ, Lesley Kraut Schwarzman of Princeton, NJ, and Wendy Kraut of Aventura, FL; four sons Dr. Bruce Kraut of Lawrenceville, NJ, Gary Kraut of Paris, France, Dr. Eric Kraut of Pikesville, MD, and Dr. Robert Kraut of Orlando, FL; 25 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and counting; and a sister, Marilyn Rosenthal.

Funeral services are Wednesday, July 3, 12:30 p.m. at Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Road, Ewing Township. Burial to follow at Fountain Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton, (, and to Greenwood House, (, a network of senior living, care, and service based in Ewing.


Geraldine Nazzaro

Geraldine Nazzaro, of Princeton, NJ, peacefully passed away on June 30, 2019, surrounded by her devoted family and friends. Geraldine was born on November 21, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, and was raised in the town of Chiusano di San Domenico, province of Avellino, Campania, Italy. She was predeceased by her mother, Antoinetta Cataldo Caccaviello, her father, Franco Caccaviello, and her brother, Pasquale Caccaviello. Geraldine is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dr. Genuino Nazzaro; her children, Emma Nazzaro Syka, Sandra Nazzaro Sturla, Carl Nazzaro, Lillian Nazzaro, Silvana Nazzaro Clark; her sister, Luisa Fiore of Bethlehem, PA; and their families.

Although her childhood to adolescent years were marked by the harrowing experience of living in war torn Italy during WWII; it was then when she met the love of her life, a charming young medical student in town, Genuino. After her return to the States and long courtship across the Atlantic, Geraldine and Genuino were reunited and married on March 19th, 1953 in Chuisano, Italy. Together they voyaged to the U.S. on the Andrea Dorea, arriving on Ellis Island and eventually moved to Princeton in 1964.

A longtime resident of Princeton, “Dina” acted upon her strong spiritual life and family values in the Catholic faith. She was a loving mother and wife, a talented artist and opera singer, always opening her home with her bright smile, loving heart, and unforgettable meal. She had a passion for the arts, Italian cuisine, and being in the lively company of her family and friends. She especially loved singing Italian lullabies to her grandchildren in their early years and teaching them her cooking techniques and recipes in their later years. Her unconditional love, creativity, and passion inspired her children and grandchildren to develop and pursue their own passion and steadfast commitment to family.

In addition, Geraldine was one of the founding members of the Italian Club of Princeton, a group of Italian and American women and Italophiles who have continued their fellowship, sharing an appreciation of Italy, its people, its ideals, and cultural traditions.  Known as “Nonna” to her 12 grandchildren, Blaze, Luke, Matteo, Dylan, Alex, Andrew, Francesca, Madeleine, Gianluca, Nicholas, Russell, and Anabella, she has left a rich legacy to the Nazzaro family and local community.

For those who wish to say their farewell, the Viewing is Wednesday, July 3, from 8-10 a.m. at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 216 Nassau Street,  Princeton, followed by interment at the Princeton Abbey and Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Geraldine Nazzaro Scholarship Fund” at Princeton Junior School.


Judith Ann Foley

Judith Ann Foley was born in South Bend, Indiana, on November 12, 1940 to Catherine J. Foley and Edward J. Foley Jr. The family moved to Princeton, New Jersey, in 1943 where Judith attended St. Paul’s of Princeton Catholic School. She graduated from Cathedral High School in Trenton, New Jersey, and went on to earn a Medical Technician Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Judith worked as a Medical Technician and Office Secretary in Philadelphia from 1963 to 1984; after which she returned to Princeton and became School Secretary for St. Paul’s of Princeton Catholic School until 2011. After retiring, Judith relocated to Herndon, Virginia, to be close to family.

Judith passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at her residence. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Gregory and Andrea Foley; a nephew, Palmer Foley; and her brother, David Foley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, followed by burial, in the family plot, in St. Paul Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made in Judith’s memory to The Angels Ministry of St. Paul’s School of Princeton that provides a quality Catholic education to economically challenged families.

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June 21, 2019

William Bryce Thompson, IV

William Bryce Thompson, IV of Princeton, NJ, peacefully passed away on Friday, June 21, surrounded by the tremendous love of family and friends. Bryce was born on August 18, 1931 in his father’s home in Valley Head, Alabama, but Bryce is well known as a longtime Princetonian, having grown up at 195 Nassau Street in the house his grandfather built, where Bryce later had his office.

Bryce is predeceased by his father William Bryce Thompson, III, his mother Felicita Doris Golden, and his brother John Golden Thompson. Bryce is survived by his wife Grace White Thompson; his children Lise Thompson and William Bryce Thompson, V from his first wife Siri Willits; his son-in-law Robert Brander, his daughter-in-law Kristen Thompson; his children Barton Thompson and Hannah Thompson from his second wife Frances Lippincott; his grandchildren Nina Brander, William Bryce Thompson, VI, and Finley Thompson; and his stepchildren Wilson Weed, Mary Grace Hodgkins, and Morgan Weed.

As Bryce grew up, his family faced significant challenges, so that Bryce clearly understood from early age that, except for their love, he was on his own. Bryce was a man of big ideas, fierce ambition, hard drive, risk-taking, and strong work ethic. Bryce rocketed to success largely through his own wits and determination. Bryce graduated from Princeton High School and then attended seven different colleges for one semester each — as he often recounted. “Seven colleges and no degree!” — his college career having been more to do with tourism than education, and also because Bryce had to pay for college himself, by teaching tennis (he was a self-taught player) in summer and selling Christmas trees out of his front yard in the fall — and sometimes through his poker winnings. As he said, “One semester was all I could afford!”

Bryce volunteered to be drafted and was sent by the Army to occupied Germany, during the last year of Germany’s occupation. He was initially assigned as a typist — but his superiors soon realized Bryce’s skills did not lie there, and Bryce was reassigned to head up the tennis program the Army established to rebuild relationships among the formerly warring nations. In winter, Bryce was assigned to ski for the Army.

Known to many as “the Land Man,” Bryce started his company Thompson Land in 1958, and he quickly became one of the largest landowners in New Jersey. Since the mid-1980s Bryce has been committed to land preservation, and in the living room of his longtime East Amwell home in Ringoes, New Jersey, Bryce held one of the first — if not the first — meetings in the state to launch land preservation. Thanks to Bryce and all the many people who have committed themselves to the hard work and contribution of land preservation, East Amwell is now at least 45% preserved. Bryce himself is regarded as the major individual land preservationist in central New Jersey, if not the entire state — and some sources say beyond.

Bryce has long been known as a singularly savvy, sharp businessman — a “wheeler dealer” — always quick to pass on his lifelong adage of “Buy low, sell high.” Full of life and passion throughout his life, Bryce’s predilection for adventure and risk-taking led him to distinguish himself not only in real estate, but also in sports. Bryce loved tennis and was not only a fine teaching pro, but an award-winning competitive player. Bryce was also an excellent horseman. He took up riding in his 40s and won the Fall Hills Steeplechase, was an award-winning polo player though his mid-70s, and served as Master of Hounds of the Amwell Valley Hounds fox hunting club. He was a member of the St. Moritz Tobogganing Club, in Switzerland, where he raced the skeleton toboggan on the famous Cresta Run and won the World Seniors race. His endeavors included hang gliding, skydiving, scuba diving, fast cars, fast motorcycles — he loved his Triumph motorcycle — and beautiful women.

Bryce will be remembered by his family, friends, and community as someone the likes of which will not likely come again. He was of a time and world that is largely gone. He will always be remembered at his permanent spot at the head of our family table where he prevailed with sharp wit, gentlemanly charm, and always with a twinkle in his eye.

Bryce loved his family dearly. His unique style of tough love, perseverance, and strength will all be truly and sorely missed. The words to describe him are impossible to write but he will forever live on in the countless stories and memories of all those whose lives he touched.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at St. Paul Church, Princeton, with burial at Princeton Cemetery.

We ask that those who wish to honor the legendary life of this extraordinary man and his land preservation legacy to consider a donation to New Jersey Conservation Foundation, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931 (908) 234-1225; or D & R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 924-4646.

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William Carnachan Slack

William Carnachan Slack passed away on Sunday, June 16th, at Kimball Farms Nursing Home, Lenox, MA. He was 84.

Bill was born on March 15, 1935 in New York City to Catherine and Beekman Slack. His parents’ bold first encounter on a New York trolley foreshadowed Bill as an adventurous romantic. After attending the Kent School and Columbia, he took an abrupt turn, making his way through the ranks of the auto industry, specializing in British cars. At the height of his career, Bill managed much of the American market for Jaguar.

Bill was renowned for never missing a day of work, but his personal life offers a truer reflection of his joie de vivre. He was a great lover of animals, regularly rescuing strays who became his devoted companions. He celebrated life by attending concerts and theater, enjoying good food, traveling, and spending time with loved ones and friends. It seemed nothing could stop him from attending choice iterations of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle. He was a talented photographer and artist, and we are grateful that much of his passion remains with us, reflected in his works.

Bill finally found the lifelong partner he’d yearned for in Meg, his third wife. He is survived by two previous wives, Francine and Susan; his children Babiche, Katya, and Nicholas; their spouses; and four grandchildren. His family remembers him as warm, non-judgmental, fun, and inclusive. We are lucky that he helped shape the course of our lives.

There will be a private celebration of Bill’s life on July 7th in Lenox, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Berkshire Humane Society.


Jyothi Thomas

Jyothi Thomas, 32, died on June 15, 2019 at her home in Skillman, NJ, located near the Montgomery schools her daughter attends. The cause of death was complications from Stage 4 breast cancer. Her funeral service was held on June 24, 2019 at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

Jyothi was born on November 29, 1986 in Kerala, India. Her precise birthplace was Kattappana, a small village near Kumili where her parents and brother currently reside. In these beautiful and temperate mountains, Jyothi had a warm and supportive childhood. Her early life was closely tied to her family, including her brother, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Jyothi received her early education at St. Anne’s Higher Secondary School in Kottayam and St. Thomas High School in Kumili. In high school, she achieved the Mar Ivanios Memorial Award and Scholarship for higher studies. She also achieved first rank in a Sunday School exam in Thiruvalla Dioceses, in Kerala. She was a talented singer and participated in dramas and other school functions. Additionally, she was a leader in Malankara Catholic Youth Movement (MCYM). She did well in all levels of school, engaging in some friendly rivalry with her cousins of similar age.

Jyothi studied nursing at St. Joseph College of Nursing, Dharmagiri, Kothamangalam. She chose the specialty Labor & Delivery because of her love of baby children and her desire to focus on mothers. After moving to the U.S., Jyothi worked in nursing education and subsequently as a labor nurse for Trinitas Hospital (Elizabeth, NJ), Hunterdon Hospital (Flemington, NJ), and Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center (Princeton, NJ). She considered nursing, especially L&D, as her calling. She was beloved by her fellow nursing students and professional co-workers.

Jyothi is survived by her husband, Jose Thomas, and her daughter, Elina Thomas. Over the years, Jyothi made many sacrifices for her family, including supporting Jose’s graduate studies and spending sleepless days caring for her daughter. Her family salutes her memory and spirit.

If you would like to make a donation in Jyothi’s name, Elina and Jose suggest the Nature Conservancy at


Heinz Kahlbrock

Heinz Kahlbrock, 92, of Skillman died Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Stonebridge at Montgomery Health Care Center. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, he resided in Holmdel before moving to Princeton. He retired after many years of service as an Electrical Engineer with Bell Labs.

Son of the late Heinrich and Charlotte (Kramaroff) Kahlbrock, he is survived by his wife Joanna (Baran) Kahlbrock, his sister Margaret Edelson, and sister-in-law Irene Alexander.

The Funeral Service will be held 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.


Memorial Service

Kam Williams

A Memorial Service for Kam Williams, prolific film and literary critic, longtime Town Topics contributor, will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 11 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.) at the Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street. A party will follow at Chancellor Green Hall, Princeton University, from 1 to 3 p.m.

June 19, 2019

Nathaniel “Nate” Wilbank Lee

Nathaniel “Nate” Wilbank Lee, age 19, of Montgomery Township, NJ, passed away on June 9, 2019 after years of struggle with depression. Nate was born in New York City on the first day of the year of the Dragon. At the time of his birth, his great-grandparents remarked that he was the “Golden Dragon” baby. Nate’s curiosity about the world began at a young age with trucks and dinosaurs, and grew to include philosophy, math, and writing while he was a student at Skidmore College.

He loved his brothers, Noah and Caleb, and his six younger cousins in CT and FL. As the oldest of nine grandchildren, he took good care of his younger brothers and cousins with kindness and affection. He was genuine, smart, caring, and attentive to anyone who needed his help, be it family or friend. He enjoyed so many aspects of life when his depression did not get in the way, especially spending time with his family, eating good food, working out, traveling, skiing, writing fiction, and playing video games. He loved his family so much and was much loved by his entire extended family.

He is survived by his loving parents, Dr. Richard and Mrs. Helen Lee, and his beloved brothers Noah and Caleb. He leaves behind his loving grandparents, Wilbank, Jean, Soo Hyun, and Young Ja; his aunt Jennifer and her husband Titus; his aunt Jo; his uncle Douglas and his wife Min; his uncle Hwan Ho; and his cousins Jacob, Lukas, Madeleine, Kieran, Alexandria, and Sebastian.

There will be a memorial service for Nate on Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at Stone Hill Church, located at 1025 Bunn Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to (Princeton area support services to families who’ve lost a family member).

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


Clara Sferra

Clara Sferra, 89, of Princeton died Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Brandywine Senior Living at Princeton surrounded by her loving family. Born in Pettoranello di Molise, Italy, she immigrated to Princeton in 1945. Clara was a member of St. Paul’s Church and The Italian American Sportsman Club Ladies Auxiliary.

Daughter of the late Michael and Maria Teresa (Rossi) Lise, wife of the late Antonio Sferra, twin sister of the late Angelina Mattera, she is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law Angelina M. and Joseph Foldes, Patricia M. and Darren Alizio; a son and daughter-in-law Dominick A. and Kim Sferra; six grandchildren Keri Louick and her husband Brian, Ashley Sferra, William, Joseph and Jennifer Foldes, Lauren Alizio; and two great-grandchildren Piper and Kane.

The Funeral will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. from the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in the Princeton Cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.


Gerald Malcom Graesser

Sadly, Gerald Malcom Graesser, 76, passed away after a hard-fought battle, passing on Saturday, June 15 in Princeton. Born in Huntington, Long Island, he moved to the Princeton area in the late ’70s, where he established himself in the Commercial Real Estate appraising field, after working in Long Island as an architect with his father.

Son of the late Albert Graesser and Elizabeth Graesser, he is survived by his wife Shevawn (McManimon) Graesser, son Sean P. Graesser, and cousin in Long Island Harry Henderson III.

There will be no funeral, but a small gathering celebration of life at 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ 08534 from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday June 23rd.

Memorial contributions can be made to Save the Chocó at

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

June 12, 2019

Lucienne Pucciarelli Tullo

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

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

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

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


Keith R. Koleno

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

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

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

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

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

A private cremation was held.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Dorothy Ruth McCusker

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dr. Thomas Allen Buzard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Capital Health System ( and/or Arm in Arm, who help feed, shelter, and employ people of Trenton, NJ (

June 5, 2019

Kam Williams

Prolific Film and Literary Critic Dies

Over the past two decades, film and literary critic Kam Williams published nearly ten thousand articles and reviews.
Throughout his nearly 22-year career as a writer, he was most known for his film reviews and celebrity interviews for websites such as and over 100 publications around the world, ranging from local papers like Princeton, NJ’s Town Topics to international news chain Metro.

A prolific journalist, he also wrote countless book reviews, editorials, and a novel that will be published posthumously later this year.

Mr. Williams, who was a resident of Princeton, NJ, died Thursday, May 30 from prostate cancer. He was 66 years old.
Born Lloyd Joseph Williams in New York City and raised in St. Albans, Queens, Mr. Williams was commonly referred to as “Kam,” a nickname short for “Kamau,” a name given to him while he was a student at Brown University, by famed Jazz musician Sun Ra.

Mr. Williams’ path to a career in writing was circuitous. He was a graduate of Brooklyn Tech High School in New York City and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Black Literature in 1974. While receiving his Master’s in English from Brown University in 1975, he first attempted a career in screenwriting at Chicago’s WTTW, a PBS affiliate TV station.

However, Mr. Williams had a diverse set of interests and diverted his attention from writing for business and entertainment law, receiving his J.D. from Boston University in 1978 (along with Bar membership in MA, PA, CT, NY, and NJ) followed by an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.

Mr. Williams’ first wife, the late Kristina Barbara Johnson (who had previously been married to sculptor J. Seward Johnson II, the grandson of Johnson & Johnson Co-Founder Robert Wood Johnson I), introduced him to art dealing and the antique business in which he subsequently deployed his corporate and legal knowledge for over a decade.

Mr. Williams had a colorful personality and a commanding presence, according to friends and family. He was a tall African American man with freckles and wore his bright-red hair in a large Afro hairstyle that was immediately noticeable in a crowd.

His diverse life experiences and base of knowledge (he was a polymath who read a book a week) made him a compelling conversationalist and led to a brief but recurring guest appearance on the radio show, The Howard Stern Show.

It was that experience that later sparked his career in journalism when a family friend and writer at the Princeton Packet, a local newspaper in his hometown Princeton, NJ, recommended that Mr. Williams write a film review of Howard Stern’s 1997 biographical film Private Parts.

Mr. Williams’ intense work ethic and glowing journalistic reputation led to extensive work interviewing celebrities associated with upcoming film and book releases, including Quentin Tarantino, Denzel Washington, Mel Brooks, Russell Simmons, LeBron James, and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, among many others.

Mr. Williams was also a staunch supporter of civil rights-related causes, publishing countless Op-Eds on the topic and later joined the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee.

Outside of his writing career, he had a deep passion for music and boasted a large collection of albums. He enjoyed long daily walks in nature, was an avid sports fan, and a passionate Little League baseball coach. He was also an enthusiastic participant in weekly trivia nights with a large group of friends at a local bar in Princeton, NJ.

He is survived by many friends, four siblings (Lawrence, Daryl, Teresa, and Rod), and his second wife of 25 years, Susan, and stepson, Nicholas.

A memorial service will be held at the Princeton Garden Theatre on June 29.


Thomas B. Hagadorn Sr.

Thomas B. Hagadorn Sr., 60, of Princeton passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at his home in Seaside Park.

Thomas was born and raised in Princeton. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1977. He served with Princeton Engine Company No. 1 for many years, serving as their Chief In 1985. After joining on with Clean Harbors Environmental Services in 1988, he moved his family to Maine where they lived for 12 years. Clean Harbors brought him back to New Jersey where he became Director of Health and Safety and eventually Vice President of Health and Safety. He and his team took part in the clean-up of some major disasters including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Deepwater Horizon, just to mention a few.

Preceded in death by his parents James Randall and Florence (Swinnerton) Hagadorn, and his brothers Richard and Christopher Hagadorn; he is survived by his son Thomas B. Hagadorn Jr; his daughter Melissa Hagadorn and her husband Devin Feder; his grandchildren Trenton and Hudson Feder; his former wife of 28 years Nancy Hagadorn; his partner of the past seven years Holly Byrne; his brothers Randall and Jeffrey Hagadorn; his sister Suzan Sanders; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Friday, June 7, 2019 from 1-3 and 6-8:30 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 8:30 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ 08542.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at

May 29, 2019

Mac Glenn Morris

Mac Glenn Morris, 97, passed away peacefully on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019 in Princeton, NJ. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of nearly 73 years, Janelle Connevey Morris; his son Robert Steven Morris of Cleveland, OH; his daughter Janelle Morris Thibau and son-in-law Eric Thibau of Potomac, MD; his son-in-law Edward Michael Harris of Perkasie, PA; and his son John Logan Morris and daughter-in-law Susan Teare Morris of Princeton, NJ.  He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, along with many loving nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Patricia Morris Harris of Perkasie, PA, who passed away May 17, 2019. 

Mac was born January 24, 1922 in Bessemer City, NC, to Erin C. Morris and Manley T. Morris, a station agent for the Southern Railway. He grew up in Gastonia, NC. At age 16 he went to Davidson College in Davidson, NC, where his two older brothers had also attended. Upon graduation in 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served throughout World War II as a bomber pilot in the Pacific, providing close air support to allied troops in the Philippines. He earned the rank of First Lieutenant and was decorated for his service with seven Air Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.

Mac met his wife Janelle while assigned to Chase Field Naval Air Station in Beeville, TX, after the war ended. Their wedding on July 27, 1946 marked the beginning of a love story that grew to encompass not only family but a community of friends and colleagues that spanned the country and the globe. Mac enjoyed the partnership of Janelle throughout his career, often crediting her with all of his success, starting in advertising sales in Birmingham, AL, with Progressive Farmer, moving to This Week Magazine in New York, NY, then as head of Newspaper One, and finally as Vice President and national sales leader at Newspaper Advertising Bureau for the top brands in the U.S. During his long career, Mac developed close friendships with editors and publishers of the major U.S. city newspapers and newspaper chains, and had an unique foresight in recognizing industry changes for the future.

Mac and Janelle moved to Princeton, NJ, in 1947, to the Stanworth Apartments on Bayard Lane, which were welcoming veterans.  Mac commuted to New York by train and made many friends on the daily commute. Mac and Janelle purchased Clearbrook Farm on Herrontown Road, Princeton in April 1962. It became the hub of activity for the Morris family and their friends, hosting the Annuals, Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings, church picnics, weddings, and many musical evenings. Countless family members and friends remember gatherings at the “farm,” with Texas barbecues, spotlight tag, sing-alongs around the piano, and ball games.

Throughout his life, Mac was the family station wagon “pilot” for annual drives out West with Janelle, developing a community of treasured friends within the Navajo, Zuni, Santo Domingo, Hopi, and other Native American communities whose beautiful jewelry they so admired and loved to share. The family has wonderful memories of many road trips around the country seeing friends and singing and laughing all the way.

Mac will be remembered by all those who loved him as a kind, generous, and loving soul, a loyal friend, an inspiration and mentor, a patriot and a faithful servant. He served many years as an active elder of the First Presbyterian Church, then of its successor the Nassau Presbyterian Church, in Princeton, NJ.  He was on the board of the Princeton Bank, and a longtime member of the Nassau Club, Springdale Golf Club, and the Princeton Investor Group.

Services will be held Monday, June 10th, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in his name to Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, or Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.

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


Stephen L. McDonald

Stephen L. McDonald, 56, of Lawrenceville, NJ, passed away suddenly on May 13, 2019. He was born July 21, 1962 in Princeton, NJ.

He grew up in Princeton, attended St. Paul’s School, and graduated from Princeton High School where he developed many lifelong friendships. He excelled on the lacrosse field for the Little Tigers and loved the camaraderie that the sport provided on and off the field. Stephen attended Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH, and settled in the Boston area. He lived in Marblehead, MA, for many years, fishing and lobstering the waters and working in construction. He returned home to the Princeton area in 1996 to be closer to his family and to spend more time with his nieces and nephews.

Affectionately known as Mackey, Stephen brightened every room he entered. He always had a smile on his face and “never had a bad day.” His generous spirit, loving nature, fierce loyalty, and wicked sense of humor truly defined his character. Above all, he cherished his family. Anyone who knew Stephen was well aware that his days living in the Boston area cultivated one of the most loyal Boston sports fans. He loved the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and especially his New England Patriots.

Stephen worked for Airgroup-Philadelphia in Allentown, NJ, in logistics for the last 25 years. Every weekend and many mornings before work he could be found on the golf course at The Lawrenceville School trying to perfect his game. He took great pride in his Irish heritage and was a long-standing member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Hamilton, NJ. He spent his summer holidays in Carlow, Ireland, where most of his extended family lives. He thoroughly enjoyed those summers playing golf on most days and reveled in the craic and banter that was sure to follow at the nearby pub. The locals anticipated his annual visit and affectionately nicknamed him “The Yank.” Stephen’s love of his nieces and nephews was clear and undeniable. He devoted his time to teaching, nurturing, and loving them like his own children. He was always on the sidelines cheering them on and was so proud of all of their accomplishments. His presence in their lives will be sorely missed but will endure for years to come.

Son of the late Christopher McDonald, he is survived by his mother Julia McDonald of Lawrenceville, brother Christopher McDonald and his wife Kari of North Brunswick, sister Sheila Brush and her husband Jonathan of Lawrenceville, nephew Michael McDonald (Rachel) of Washington DC, niece Hayley McDonald of North Brunswick, nephews Patrick and Keelan Brush and niece Teagan Brush all of Lawrenceville. Stephen leaves behind countless special friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, and his entire extended family in Ireland. He loved each and every one of them dearly.

The service will be held on June 1, 2019 at St. Ann’s Church, 1253 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ. Friends will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church with the Memorial Mass immediately following at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Stephen’s name to ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Robert Burchill Stewart

Robert Burchill Stewart, age 86, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 17th, after nine months fighting brain cancer. He was an artist, outdoorsman, and a proud father of four girls but above all a gentleman with a sense of humor and dogged work ethic.

Born in Sewickley, PA, in 1932, Bob grew up with mother, Eileen Burchill and father, John Alexander Stewart and his two siblings: his older brother, John and his younger sister Eileen. When he was 12 years old his family moved to Terhune Road in Princeton, NJ, where Bob managed Robeson’s livery stable renting out horses and wagons for recreation. He went to Princeton High School and met his wife, Carol Theresa Scasserra of Kingston, NJ, and afterward attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art where he learned graphic design and taught painting and drawing.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy for eight years and piloted a landing craft for troops in the Korean War.

Once Bob and Carol got married they moved to New York City where he worked in various advertising agencies, J. Walter Thompson, BBD&O, and Warren Pfaff Inc. where he was creative art director and senior vice president for prestigious clients such as Pan American Airlines, Rolls Royce, the Metropolitan Opera, and Macanudo Cigars.

When Bob and Carol started a family, they settled back in New Jersey in Kendall Park, then Princeton, then the small town of Hopewell. The historic John Hart Farm on Hart Avenue was home for the growing Stewart family for 35 years. It was a labor of love for Bob and he took great pride in restoring the homestead.

Bob and Carol retired to Kennett Square, PA.

He was an avid sportsman and belonged to both Black Rock Gun Club and Nassau Gun Club. He traveled all over the world to hunt and fish from the boundary waters of Minnesota to the grasslands of Africa. The best fishing of course was at dusk off the dock on the north end of Kezar Lake in Lovell, ME.

He is survived by his wife Carol; his daughters Karen, Celia, Alison, and Emily; his grandchildren Ben, Bobby, Sam, Jackson, Henry, Maggie, Sophie, Emily, Miles, and Margot; and great-grandchildren Birchal and Bethani.

Burial was on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Highland Cemetery, 95 Hopewell-Wertsville Road, Hopewell, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Robert Burchill Stewart’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

May 22, 2019

Richard Erskine Downs
Julie Marie Amelie Henriette Downs

Richard and Julie Downs of Durham, NH, and more recently of Skillman, NJ, each passed away peacefully within 48 hours of one another after extraordinary lives and 70 years of marriage together. Richard, born on December 2, 1920, died at age 98 on May 14, 2019, at the Princeton Medical Center and Julie, born on December 1, 1926, died at age 92 on May 16, 2019, at the Stonebridge at Montgomery retirement community in Skillman.

Richard was born in Cambridge, MA, and grew up in North Andover, MA, attending Phillips Academy (grad. 1938) and Harvard (grad. 1942). He witnessed the Great Depression as a child and following graduation from Harvard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II (learning Japanese to assist in the interception of military intelligence), rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He went on to study in Geneva and Paris and ultimately earn a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) following the war.

Julie van Oldenborgh was born in Semarang, on the Indonesian island of Java, growing up there until moving back to her family’s native Netherlands as a young teenager in 1939 just in time to suffer through the German occupation of that country during WWII.  She was attending the University of Amsterdam with the plan of following her father into the practice of law when she met Richard, fell in love, and eventually married in April 1949.

Following the birth of their first child in the Netherlands and post-doctoral field work in Malaya, the couple moved across the globe to make their lives in the United States in 1960 and eventually settled in Durham, NH, in 1962. It was there that Richard went on to be a Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire and Chair of that institution’s Sociology and Anthropology department and, later, the newly formed Department of Anthropology, for many years.  Julie and Richard raised their family (their second child was born in 1964) in Durham before his retirement at age 70 from UNH in 1991. During this time, Richard completed numerous consulting missions, under contract to the U.S. Agency for International Development, in Senegal, Mauritania, Rwanda, Swaziland, and the Republic of the Congo. The couple also took advantage of Richard’s sabbaticals to live in England, The Hague, and the south of France. In 2004, they moved from Durham to Stonebridge, entering in the original group of residents.

Richard was known for his intellectual curiosity, his mastery of several languages, and his dry wit. He had an abiding love of classical music. Julie was warm, vivacious, and full of good humor. She took great pride in being the matriarch of a close-knit Dutch-English-American family that spans four generations and five countries.

Julie is survived by a sister, Marian Plantenga of Rotterdam, Netherlands.  They both are survived by their sons David E. Downs of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, and Stephen J. Downs of Princeton, NJ; their daughters-in-law Alexis Chapin-Downs and Janet Estes; their grandchildren Ashley and Taylor and Olivia and Theo; and their great-grandchildren Anna and Emory.


Donald Henry Luecke

Donald Henry Luecke, 85, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, May 11, 2019 at home in Burleson, TX. He had been a resident of Princeton Junction, NJ, for 45 years until his move to Texas in August 2018. He coped courageously with Alzheimer’s disease for the last five years of his life.

Don was born on August 5, 1933 in St. Louis, MO, to Erwin and Helen (Doswald) Luecke. He spent his early years in Forest Hills Gardens, New York. He graduated from Xavier High School in New York City. He received a BA degree cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He felt honored to serve in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and remained in the reserves until 1961.

After spending the early years of his business career in Product Management and Advertising at major corporations, he decided to take a different path and started his own business, Princeton Security Systems, Inc. In his own business he exemplified his vision and belief: “People before Profits” and managed it until he was in his late 70s.

He was a very active member of St. Paul’s Parish in Princeton, NJ, serving as Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and Sunday Collection Counter. He coordinated and taught the Bible Study program at St. Paul’s for 20 years. He lived his life as a devout Catholic in thought and deed and was a beautiful example for all.

Don was a kind and gentle person. He had a quick wit and was quite the punster. He enjoyed collecting stamps, coins, military memorabilia, and building ship models. He had an appreciation of ancient Green and Roman classics and learned to read and translate koine Greek, enabling him to read the Books of the New Testament in their original Greek.

While his education provided a foundation, his pursuit of knowledge was evident throughout his life as he was never more than arm’s length from a book or two or three. His love of animals and compassion for all helpless creatures was evident to those who witnessed his careful removal of spiders or once a bat from the house to the outdoors.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Joan (Meister) Luecke; daughters, Charlotte Luecke, of Lumberton, NJ, and Susan Luecke-Schnuck (Perry) of Burleson, TX; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Erwin Robert (Bob) Luecke; and niece, Jean Ann Kaminsky.

There will be a funeral mass at St. Ann’s Chapel in Burleson, TX, on May 24, 2019 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, TX at 2 p.m.

There will be a memorial mass at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton, NJ, on June 14 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in memory of Don to: Community Hospice of Texas, 6100 Western Place, Suite 105, Fort Worth, TX, 76107; Senior Care Services, P.O. Box 1517, Princeton, NJ 08542-1517; Xavier High School, 30 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011-6302; or St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542.


Patricia Lane Snyder

Patricia Lane Snyder passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on May 6, 2019 at the age of 78.

Patricia is survived by her brother, John Lane and his wife, Elizabeth Lane, of Staunton, VA; her sons, Steven J. Toto and his wife, Nina Rariden Toto, of Newtown, PA and Daniel T. Toto and his wife, Christine Toto, of Pennington, NJ; and her daughter, Cheryl Toto Beal and her husband, David Beal, of Hamilton Square, NJ.

She is predeceased by her parents, Howard R. and Doris A. Lane; her husband, Miles E. Snyder; her sister, Cynthia Avery; and her nephew, Andrew Lane.

Patricia was born in Upper Darby, PA and resided in Princeton, NJ for many years before moving to Hamilton Square. She attended Princeton High School and worked for the State of New Jersey.

She was a loving and devoted grandmother to her seven grandchildren, Christian and Emily Toto, Erica, Amanda and Claudia Toto, and Matthew and Danielle Beal. She was an adoring aunt to Edward Lane, Mary Lane Jackmin, and Brandon and Garrett Avery and shared a special relationship with her niece, Jocelyn Avery Dorgan, her husband, Guy Dorgan, and their children, Avery and Tara Dorgan.

A memorial mass was held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ, with interment immediately following at Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue.

Memorial contributions may be made in Patricia’s name to the American Diabetes Association.


Tze-Ning Chen

Tze-Ning Chen departed us on May 14, 2019 at home with his family, in Stamford, Connecticut. Tze-Ning was born November 18, 1929, in Zhejiang, China, the second son of Li-Fu Chen and Lu-Ching Sun. He graduated from National Taiwan University, and was the first of a long pipeline from NTU to conduct his doctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he specialized in combustion engineering. He later joined Ingersoll Rand’s research division in Princeton, NJ, where he enjoyed many years working with a large team of researchers to develop many of the cutting-edge technologies behind small and large industrial machinery, and then later completed his career at Thermo-Electron.

He was a quintessential engineer, constantly pushing the limits of human invention, while also bringing the best out from his colleagues. His accomplishment and ingenuity as an engineer were matched by his commitment to family and home, where he continually fixed, modified, and improved every corner of their house with his handiness and know-how, and demonstrated to his children the importance of creativity, integrity, and patience.

Tze-Ning is survived by his wonderful, loving wife, Joan of 59 years; his children, Bernie and his wife Lisa Ruderman, Chris and his wife Melinda Shockley, and Jeff and his wife Karen Ho; his grandchildren, Jason, Michael, Adam, Mira, Jacob, Ella, and August; his brother John and sister Jenny and her husband Arthur Yu; and countless nieces and nephews who all admired and adored him. Tze-Ning was preceded in death by his brother Jimmy.

Widely appreciated for his wisdom and for his ability to bring people together, he enjoyed a tight-knit, warm, and loving extended family. Tze-Ning was an unbeatable chess strategist, ping pong player, and puzzlebreaker; a passionate gardener; and loved playing tennis with his longtime friends. He traveled the world extensively with his family and friends, and experienced the evolution of nations, cultures, and the American dream many times over. Tze-Ning will be deeply missed by all who knew him and cherished his love and his friendship.


Patricia Ann Morris Harris

Patricia Ann Morris Harris, 64, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Edward M. Harris of Perkasie, PA; her daughter Patty Harris Dawson and son-in-law David Dawson of Quakertown, PA; and her son Mac William Harris of New York City, NY. She is also survived by her parents Mac Glenn and Janelle Connevey Morris of Princeton, NJ; her brother Robert Steven Morris of Cleveland, OH; her sister Janelle Morris Thibau and brother-in-law Eric Thibau of Potomac, MD; and her brother John Logan Morris and sister-in-law Susan Teare Morris of Princeton, NJ; along with many loving nieces and nephews.

Patricia, known to her family and friends as Pat, grew up on Clearbrook Farm in Princeton, NJ, and attended the Princeton public schools. She graduated in 1973 from Princeton High School and attended Davidson College in Davidson, NC, matriculating in the first co-ed class. She founded the Davidson Women’s Chorale Group and was lead singer in several campus musicals. She graduated in 1977 with a B.A. in Music.

Patricia was an advertising sales associate at the Norfolk Ledger Star newspaper and worked in a nursing home in Norfolk, VA, before joining the team responsible for the opening of the Princeton Campus of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith, Inc. on Scudders Mill Road. She enjoyed a long career at Merrill Lynch, and later Bank of America, in Human Resources where she focused on Manager Training. She later joined the staff of Thompson Toyota in Doylestown, PA, where she made many wonderful friends and colleagues on that exceptional team.

Countless family members, friends, and the community have heard Pat playing piano and guitar and singing over the years with her family. Aside from her career, she was a dedicated wife to Ed and a wonderful mother to Patty and Mackey. A highlight of her life was the recent wedding of her daughter Patty to David Dawson outdoors at a beautiful farm. At that wedding, her son Mackey, a songwriter in his spare time, assembled his friends and launched the “Silo Boys” as a band unmatched in its talent. Pat was proud to be anointed their Number One fan. In addition to her love of family and music, Pat was famous for her baking and canning, and her homemade chocolate chip cookies and coffee cake were relished by all. She loved her collies, musicals, horseback rides, and singing duets with her sister Janie. She loved to drive out West with a car full of cousins on annual family trips. Pat is known to be the fountain of kindness that has fed a very large extended family, and will continue to serve as an inspiration of giving to family, her church, and the community at large. Pat will always be remembered for the music that brought joy to everyone around her, and which will forever be celebrated by those who knew and loved her.

Pat grew up in the Nassau Presbyterian Church of Princeton, NJ, and was a member of the congregation of Deep Run Presbyterian Church of Perkasie, PA. The family wishes to thank the kind and loving staff at The Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and her doctors and nurses who cared for Pat as if she was one of their own.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her name to Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

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

May 15, 2019

Antoinette “Toni” Caruso McGuire

Antoinette “Toni” Caruso McGuire, 97, passed away peacefully at home in Ft. Collins, CO, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Toni was born in Princeton, NJ, in 1921 to Jennie K. and Daniel M. Caruso. Her father emigrated from Italy and became a fine custom tailor in Princeton and was one of the first tenants on Palmer Square. Her mother continued the business after he died in 1951 until her retirement in 1982, at age 91. Not surprisingly, Toni was always smartly dressed.

Together, her parents were leaders in the Italian-American community in Princeton and at St. Paul’s Church. She learned from them the values of faith, family, hard work, civic responsibility, and the importance of a good education.

Toni attended St. Paul’s School, graduated from Princeton High School in 1939, and was the first in her family to earn a college degree, graduating from the New Jersey College for Women (Douglass College), Class of 1943. She was selected for a National Science Foundation graduate summer program at Kent State University in 1966. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Education/Counseling from Trenton State College. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional association for educators.

Toni worked for the Gallup Poll conducting interviews. She was the director of one of the first community based correctional programs for young girls in the late 1960s. As a counselor at Mercer County Community College she was instrumental in shaping and guiding young college students’ lives, many of whom were the first in their family to attend college. She later worked as a school social worker in Dunellen, Dutch Neck, and Bordentown, NJ, and in Neshaminy, PA.

Toni lived in Pennington, NJ, for 45 years where she and her husband Gene raised their family. She was an active member of Saint James Church where she was a member of the Guild, helped establish a parish library, served on the scholarship committee, and chaired and/or worked on countless church dinners and events. Living across the street from the Little Church, their home was often a social gathering place after Sunday Mass.

Toni volunteered at the local schools, served on the PTA, and was active in the efforts to regionalize the Hopewell Valley School System. When her son went to join Cub Scouts and there was no more room, she became a Den Mother, providing an opportunity for a half dozen more boys to join Cub Scouts. She was an active supporter and volunteer throughout her sons’ scout experiences and saw them both achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

Toni and Gene were among the founding members of Penn Brook Swim Club in 1957. She helped her sons become good swimmers and cheered them on as members of the Penn Brook Swim team. She later watched her granddaughters learn to swim there as well. Her family maintained its membership continuously for more than 50 years.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Eugene “Gene” F. McGuire, in 1982. 

Toni met her second husband, Gordon T. Godly, at a church prayer group in Pennington. She delighted in saying… “What do you think I was praying for?” Toni and Gordon were married in 2004 and since then have lived in Fort Collins, CO, where her son Dan and his family live. She and Gordon spent nearly 20 wonderful years together. He was the tall, distinguished British gentleman and she the zesty Italian. Together they made a wonderful pair.

Her husband Gordon, her two sons, James and his wife Elizabeth, Pennington, NJ, Daniel, Ft. Collins, CO, four granddaughters: Meredith (Forrest), San Francisco; Laurel (David), Littleton, CO; Abbey, Lambertville, NJ; Michelle, Medford, OR; and a great-grandson Charlie, San Francisco survive her. Her husband’s children: Gerda, Titusville, NJ; Martin, Sarasota, FL; Christopher, Rochester, NY; and their respective spouses, children, and grandchildren also survive her.

Toni McGuire lived a long, full, and loving life and set an example for the generations that followed and was the “wind beneath their wings.”

Friends may call at the Blackwell Memorial Home, 21 N. Main St., Pennington on Tuesday, May 21 from 5 to 7 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on May 22, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the St. James Little Church, Eglantine Ave., Pennington, NJ 08534. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests consideration of a contribution to: Dorothea’s House, 120 John Street, Princeton, NJ 08540, which was formed in the early 1900s to serve Princeton’s growing Italian Community; or Womanspace, Inc., 1530 Brunswick Ave., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648,, where her granddaughter works as a counselor.

Arrangements are under the direction of Blackwell’s Funeral Home, Pennington. For condolences, visit our website at


Patricia Lane Snyder

Patricia Lane Snyder passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on May 6, 2019 at the age of 78.

Patricia is survived by her brother, John Lane, and his wife, Elizabeth Lane, of Staunton, VA; her sons, Steven J. Toto and his wife, Nina Rariden Toto, of Newtown, PA, and Daniel T. Toto and his wife, Christine Toto, of Pennington, NJ; and her daughter, Cheryl Toto Beal and her husband, David Beal, of Hamilton Square, NJ.

She is predeceased by her parents, Howard R. and Doris A. Lane; her husband, Miles E. Snyder; her sister, Cynthia Avery; and her nephew, Andrew Lane.

Patricia was born in Upper Darby, PA, and resided in Princeton, NJ, for many years before moving to Hamilton Square. She attended Princeton High School and worked for the State of New Jersey.

She was a loving and devoted grandmother to her seven grandchildren, Christian and Emily Toto, Erica, Amanda and Claudia Toto, and Matthew and Danielle Beal. She was an adoring aunt to Edward Lane, Mary Lane Jackmin, and Brandon and Garrett Avery and shared a special relationship with her niece, Jocelyn Avery Dorgan, her husband, Guy Dorgan, and their children, Avery and Tara Dorgan.

A memorial mass was held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ, with interment immediately following at Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue.

Memorial contributions may be made in Patricia’s name to the American Diabetes Association.


J. Edward (Ed) Penick, Jr.

J. Edward (Ed) Penick, Jr. of West Chester, Pennsylvania (formerly of Princeton, New Jersey) passed away May 11 at Penn Presbyterian Hospital. Ed was born April 11, 1949, in Woodbury, New Jersey. During his childhood his family lived in New Jersey (twice), Rhode Island, Kansas (twice), and California. Ed graduated from UCLA in l971 majoring in Economics and Music. He earned his MBA from the Cornell Graduate School of Business and his Juris Doctorate from the Cornell Law School in l975.

Following law school, Ed was an Associate and Partner at the Los Angeles Law Firm of Lawler, Felix and Hall before joining Bristol-Myers Squibb. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ed held various positions including Counsel to Unitek Corporation (Monrovia, California), Senior Counsel to Genetic Systems and Oncogene (Seattle, Washington) Senior Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute (Princeton, New Jersey), and Senior Counsel to ConvaTec (Skillman, New Jersey).

Ed served as an elder at Harlingen Reformed Church (Belle Mead, New Jersey) and at Calvary Lutheran Church (West Chester, Pennsylvania). He and Marsha attended Christ Church (formerly The Journey Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania) and Ed attended Community Bible Study for several years.

Ed is survived by his wife, Marsha; two daughters, Katherine Taylor (Pete) of Glen Allen, Virginia and Emily Penick of New York; and three grandchildren, Ellianna Taylor, Verity Taylor, and Joshua Taylor.  Ed is also survived by his brother, David Penick (Mary) of New York and Princeton, New Jersey and sisters-in-law, Trisha Merchant of North Canton, Ohio and Lisa Snider (Bill) of Denver, Colorado. He was predeceased by his parents, Joe E. Penick and Norma Gene Penick.

Ed is remembered as a loving husband of 36 years, a devoted father, and an adoring grandfather and is dearly missed. He took great delight in his family and especially enjoyed traveling across the country to wherever his daughter Emily had shows in production. In recent years, he found great joy in his young grandchildren.

Services for Ed will be held at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., 410 N. Church St., West Chester, PA 19380, (610) 696-1181,, on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. with services at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at Birmingham Lafayette Cemetery.


Norman Glickman

Norman Glickman, a retired University Professor at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, passed away on Wednesday, May 8. He was 76. Professor Glickman was known for connecting theory and practice as a way to improve the lives of urban residents.  According to his colleagues, his contributions to the field of urban planning benefited everyone he knew and millions he never knew. His legacy is that of an institution builder, an intellectual leader, mentor, friend, and mensch.

During his tenure at Rutgers University (1989-2015), he conducted research and teaching in urban planning and public policy and studied the work of nonprofit organizations. Stuart Shapiro, Associate Dean of Faculty at the Bloustein School said, “Norm was a treasured part of the Bloustein community. He was a great teacher, a dedicated mentor to junior faculty, and a good friend to many of us.”

From 1989 to 2000, Dr. Glickman directed the Rutgers University Center for Urban Policy Research, which later became part of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in 1992. During that time, he and CUPR won awards for research and service from the United Nations, the Fannie Mae Foundation, the APA, and other organizations. In 2003, Dr. Glickman was part of a team at Rutgers that received a five-year, $10-million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a Center for Learning and Teaching. The thrust of the CLT was “Mathematics and America’s Cities” and Professor Glickman’s role was to research and teach about the connection between teaching math in inner-city schools to institutions and families in poor neighborhoods.

An economist by training, Glickman served as the co-director for the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON) at the Bloustein School from 1991-2003, which continues to provide forecasting and other economic analyses for businesses and governments.

Prior to coming to Rutgers, Dr. Glickman was the Mike Hogg Professor of Urban Policy and Professor of Economics at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin (1983-1989), where he taught courses in political economy, urban and regional economics, and urban poverty.

He was named a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, where he founded and directed the Urban Studies Program (1970-74). At Penn he was awarded the Lindback Prize for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania and holds HUD’s Certificate of Special Achievement. Norm put in place the guiding principles that shaped Urban Studies at Penn in the late 1960s/early 1970s when, as an assistant professor in City Planning, he took on a group of idealistic and committed undergraduates interested in studying cities. The stars were aligned because the new Penn President, Martin Meyerson, was a city planner, which allowed Norm to navigate the institutional waters and make the major official. The essence of the program — its commitment to connecting theory and practice — was there at the beginning.

Dr. Glickman became a legend early in his career thanks to his renowned PhD work. He created the first regional econometric model out of the work of his advisor, Nobel Prize winner Lawrence Klein. While Klein is known for having produced the first national macroeconomic forecasting models, Norman Glickman’s dissertation presents the first of all regional (subnational) macroeconomic systems forecasting and simulation models.

“Norm’s academic record speaks for itself. At the University of Pennsylvania, Texas, and at Rutgers, he was a major player in developing and analyzing social and economic policies for cities and metropolitan regions. CUPR and Norman individually won many awards and grants for path-breaking policy-related research,” said Michael R. Greenberg, a longtime colleague, University Professor, and former dean of the Bloustein School.

Throughout his career Dr. Glickman also served as an advisor to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on national urban policy, was a member of Governor James J. Florio’s Council on Job Opportunities  (1992-1993), was a member of the City of Austin, Texas Economic Development Task Force for the Austin Comprehensive Plan and served as chair of the Economic Development Commission for the City of Austin (1985-1989), and served on the Vice President’s Task Force on Youth Employment as a principal analyst for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

He was the recipient of the President’s Award, the highest honor of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association, given to CUPR for its contribution to urban planning in the state of New Jersey and was awarded a Certificate of Special Achievement by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Dr. Glickman also worked with community development organizations throughout the country on issues of economic development and poverty and was a certified mediator of public policy disputes.

Dr. Glickman was the author of numerous books, monographs, and reports, including The New Competitors: How Foreign Investors Are Changing the U.S. Economy (New York: Basic Books, 1989) with Douglas P. Woodward, which was translated into Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish; Choices for American Industry (Washington, D.C.: Labor Policy Institute, 1987) with Ray Marshall; Econometric Analysis of Regional Systems: Explorations in Model Building and Policy Analysis (New York: Academic Press, Inc., 1977); and Economy in Crisis: The State of Working New Jersey, 2009 (New Jersey Policy Perspective, 2009). After his retirement in 2015, he edited and contributed to LBJ’s Neglected Legacy: How Lyndon Johnson Reshaped Domestic Policy and Government (University of Texas Press, 2018).  He served on the editorial boards of several journals including Journal of Planning and Markets, Regional Studies, Planning and Markets, Journal of Planning Literature, International Regional Science Review, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Journal of Regional Science, and Regional Science and Urban Economics, among others.

Dr. Glickman earned his Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Economics as well as a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Son of Beatrice and step-father Harry Glickman and father Abraham Pesso, he is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elyse M. Pivnick and two daughters, Katy Rose Glickman and her husband Joshua Ellis and daughter Madeline Claire Glickman and partner Shomik Sarkar.

Memorial contributions may be made to Norman Glickman Fund for Urban Studies,, or The Pennsylvania Innocence Project,

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, 2688 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Star of David Memorial Chapel, Princeton.

May 8, 2019

Katharine Welsh Huston

Dec. 13, 1922 — April 2, 2019

Katharine W. Huston died on April 2, 2019 at her residence at Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, N.J. She was 96.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Emily Welsh Myers and W. Heyward Myers Jr. The family moved to St. David’s, Pa., where Katharine and her brothers and sisters were raised.

She attended The Shipley School and graduated from The Knox School, then located in Cooperstown, N.Y., where she excelled in athletic and artistic interests.

After doing secretarial and volunteer work during World War II she married Aubrey Huston Jr. in February 1949. They began their family while living in Reading, Pa., and moved to Princeton, N.J., in 1957.

Katharine devoted herself to raising her three children, supporting their passions for figure skating, ballet, and hockey, and to volunteer work in the community. She spent many years working for the Altar Guild of Trinity Church, Princeton, especially on the Flowers and Linen committees. Also, she was a longtime volunteer at Princeton Hospital, as well as a volunteer for Princeton Day School’s The Outgrown Shop, now known as the Nearly New Shop. In addition she served on the board of the Princeton Ballet Society.

She was a member of the Contemporary Garden Club and Pretty Brook Tennis Club. She loved playing tennis and bridge with friends and family, as well as knitting and sewing creations for her children and grandchildren.

Also, she loved to spend time at her family’s summer home on the shores of Lake Champlain near Essex, N.Y., a legacy the rest of her family deeply appreciates.

Katharine was “reserved but warm; a sort of quietly extraordinary woman,” in the words of her granddaughter Isabel. “I’m sure she’s somewhere right now clutching her pearls, demurring at all the fuss, and wishing someone would do one more polite pass around the room with the mixed nuts before dinner.”

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; and her brothers, W. Heyward Myers 3rd and John T. Myers II. She is survived by her sisters, Anne Churchman of Newtown Square, Pa., and Polly White (Peter) of Toledo, Ohio; her children, Aubrey Huston III (Alice) of Hopewell, N.J., Natalie W. Wiles (Ellis) of Springfield, Va., and Marion H. Lisko (John) of West Seattle, Wa.; her grandchildren, Geoffrey Wiles (Kathryn) of Vienna, Va., Nathaniel Wiles (Maureen) of Pittsburgh, Pa., Peter Hunter of Santa Monica, Ca., Isabel Huston of Washington, D.C., Jocelyn Huston of Virginia Beach, Va., Barbara French (Alex) of West Seattle, Wa., and Fred Lisko (Abi) of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, from Trinity Church, 33 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J. A reception will follow at the Nassau Club. An additional service will be held this summer in Essex, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to the Altar Guild, Trinity Church, 33 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J. 08540. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.


David Comstock Hazen

David Comstock Hazen, 91, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Talbot Hospice House in Easton, MD. Born on July 3, 1927 in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, he was the son of William Gardner Hazen and Anna Ewing Hoover Hazen.

David moved with his family from Rye, NY, to Easton, MD, in 1937. He was a member of the first graduating class from the Country School (then known as The Calvert School). After graduating from the Choate School in 1944, he attended Princeton University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1948 and his Master’s Degree in 1949. Joining the faculty of the Princeton Aeronautical Engineering Department as an instructor, he was appointed to Professor in 1963. David retired as Professor Emeritus in 1982 after 33 years of teaching. Pursuing a second career, he served as the Executive Director of the Commission on Engineering and Technology at the National Research Council from 1980-1985. In 1992, he came out of retirement to teach at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, serving as Chairman of the Aerospace Department and Dean of Graduate Studies. In 1995, he retired for the third, and final time.

During his tenure at Princeton, he served as the University’s representative to the Kanpur Indo-American Program (1963-1972) and helped establish the Aeronautical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology/Kanpur (1964). As a result of his successful efforts in India, he chaired Princeton’s interests in Asia and was actively engaged in similar programs in the Middle East. He assisted in the development of the Engineering School at the University of Jordan. He served on the Boards of Trustees of Robert College of Istanbul, Turkey; the College of Petroleum and Minerals of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and the Sterling School in Vermont.

In 1977, David was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award by the Navy for contributions made as Chairman of the Naval Research Advisory Committee and a Certificate of Commendation by the Marine Corps. He served the U.S. Navy in research and consultant capacities for over 40 years.

He married his neighbor and fellow Country School classmate, Mary Ann Shipherd in 1948, and moved to Princeton, NJ, where they raised their three children (George, Thomas, and Anne). They lived there until 1982, when they moved to the Washington, DC, area for his position with the National Research Council. While still in DC, they built their retirement home, Doshaih (Dickerson’s Old Sailor’s Home and Ice House), on Trippe Creek across from their respective childhood homes. David and Mary Ann moved to Doshaih in Oxford when he retired from the National Research Council. In 2014, David and Mary Ann moved to Londonderry.

David was an avid reader and history buff, preferring biographies and histories over novels. As an amateur historian, he delighted in researching and writing three local histories: The Holy Trinity Church, The First 150 Years (1851-2001), A Talbot Treasure, The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club (1885-2010) and The Londonderry Air (1989- 2015). A member of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, he served as their Historian and Archivist for seven years.  He served on the vestries of both Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Oxford and St. Paul’s in Trappe. For many years, he enjoyed serving as a volunteer in both the Oxford Museum and the Oxford Library. He served on the Board of the Maritime Museum for 15 years.

David and Mary Ann were enthusiastic sailors, having spent their youths on the local creeks and Chesapeake Bay. With the purchase of a Dickerson 35’ in 1969 they resumed their passion for sailing and spent many long weekends on the bay with family and friends. They were members of the Dickerson Association, and he had the honor of serving as Commodore five times.

David traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure, including whirlwind tours of Europe and Asia while going to and coming from their year of residence in India (1963-1964). Other destinations included Bermuda, Alaska, Panama Canal, French Canal Barge trips, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, the intercoastal waterway, and Nova Scotia. When not traveling or sailing, he was an avid gardener, raising a large variety of fruits and vegetables.

David is survived by his wife of 70 years Mary Ann Hazen, his son, George Hazen (Susan) of Annapolis, MD, and daughter Anne Brendel (Gary) of Murrysville, PA; grandchildren, Jennifer Driggs (Peter), Christian Hazen (Meghan), Joshua Hazen (Stephanie), Rebecca Brendel, and Peter Brendel; great-grandchildren, Emma Driggs, Grace Driggs, Luke Hazen, and Allison Hazen. He was preceded in death by son Thomas Hazen, who died in 2014.

A memorial service will be held at The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, MD, on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions in Mr. Hazen’s honor to the Naval Airship Association or Delmarva Public Radio, P.O. Box 2596, Salisbury, MD 21802.

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Joseph A. Vales

Joseph A. Vales, of Princeton, NJ, died peacefully on May 3, 2019 surrounded by his family and many friends, from complications related to a stroke.

Joseph (“Joe”) was 60 years old and is survived by his loving wife of 16 years Dori A. Vales and their children, daughter, Keaton L. Vales, and son, Joseph C. Vales. He is also survived by his sister, Maria (Tina) V. Dugan, and her husband Mark P. Dugan, of Cranford, New Jersey, and brother, Anthony C. Vales, and his wife, Lauren J. Vales of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a loving uncle to six nieces and four nephews.

Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Gloria Vales (nee Galves) and Joseph Vales, of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, both of whom predeceased him. The family moved to Green Lawn, New York, and then to Holmdel, New Jersey. Based on employment commitments, his parents relocated to Florida and then settled in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, where they resided until their passing. Joe remained in Homdel to complete his senior year in high school living with the Sourlis family, which he loved second only to his own. Elaine and Ted Sourlis along with their children, George, Virginia, Jim, and Dorothy became and continued to be a loving and important part of Joe’s life.

Joe was actively recruited by numerous basketball programs at some of the best colleges in the country and selected Johns Hopkins University from which he graduated with a B.A. degree in 1981. He remained a loyal and devoted alumnus until his death. In 1984, he graduated from the University of Maryland Law School with a Juris Doctorate degree.

Joe moved to Princeton, New Jersey, in 1984 where he lived for 35 years and became an active part of the community for the remainder of his life. He joined the Princeton based law firm of Hill Wallack, LLP in 1985 and became an equity partner in 1990 serving on the firm’s management committee for 25 years. He was the Chairman of the Firm’s Banking and Financial Services Practice group as well as the Chairman of the Commercial Real Estate practice group. He was admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the United States District Court. He was a member of the Mercer County, New Jersey State, and American Bar Associations. He was devoted and trusted advisor to his clients with whom he typically developed long lasting personal relationships.

He served on numerous boards and civic organizations, the State Chamber of Commerce Board, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Trenton State College Corporation, Princeton Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club and many other entities. He was a member of the Bay Head Yacht Club, The Bedens Brook Club, Jasna Polana, The Nassau Club, Princeton Investors Club, and other organizations.

He married Dori Ann Klug in August of 2003 at the Princeton University Chapel. They had two children, Keaton (11) and Joseph (8), and as a family became an active part of the daily fabric of Princeton life with a wide circle of friends and deep relationships. The children attend the Princeton Charter School and the family attends St. Paul’s Church in Princeton. In 2015, the family acquired a summer home in Bay Head, New Jersey, where they spent wonderful summers hosting and entertaining family and friends, enjoying the beach and socializing at the Bay Head Yacht Club.

Joe was an avid sports fan dedicated to the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Steelers, Johns Hopkins basketball and lacrosse, and the University of Maryland basketball. He was a connoisseur and collector of fine wines, art, and antiques. He loved opera, music, and all forms of entertainment.

Joe lived an inspirational life full of friendships and joy. Always happy and positive he endeared himself to every individual he came in contact with, building an extensive collection of cherished lifelong friendships which he cultivated as an important accomplishment in his life. Each one of these friends reciprocated the sentiments and as a result, Joe was blessed with a circle of friends he called brothers. His love for others and his contribution to all of their lives stands as a testimonial to the greatness of his character. He will always be remembered for his larger-than-life personality and how much he brightened the lives of everyone who was fortunate to have known him.

Viewing will take place at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ, on Wednesday May 8, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at the Princeton University Chapel on Thursday May 9, 2019 at 9 a.m. Interment will be at the Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue, Princeton, immediately following the mass. A repast will be held at The Nassau Club, 6 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ at 12 noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joe’s name may be made to the Johns Hopkins Men’s Basketball program, Johns Hopkins University, Blue Jays Unlimited, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 (


Naomi B. McClendon

Mrs. Naomi B. McClendon, 99.

On April 20, 2019, in the quiet of the morning, Naomi’s prayers were answered and she joined the Lord Savior Jesus Christ and Dave, her beloved husband of 62 years.

Naomi was born on November 14th, to Lucille and Charles Brooks in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was the youngest of 10 children. Naomi is pre-deceased by her nine siblings and parents. She is survived by her three sons, David Jr. McClendon (Patricia), of Brick, NJ, Dennis McClendon (Bettie), Evans, GA, and Dale McClendon (Terri) of Plainsboro, NJ. In addition, Naomi is survived by nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Naomi lived in Princeton since 1972, where she was an active and devoted member of Nassau Presbyterian Church. In the last years of her life Naomi lived in the Augusta, GA, area near her son Dennis. The family is grateful to the staff at Morningside of Evans and Stevens Park Health and Rehabilitation for the care they gave our mother during her stay.

A celebration of Naomi’s life will be held at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ, at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019, followed by internment at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.


Ernst de Haas

Ernst de Haas, 96, of Kingston died Friday, May 3, 2019 at Salana Doylestown, PA.

Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, he resided in Princeton and Franklin before moving to Kingston. He worked for many years as a Professional Engineer with Princeton University. He was a member of the Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church, Fellow Academy of Medicine of New Jersey. He served as Fire Commissioner of Franklin Township, Chairman of the Board of County Mental Health, and Past Trustee of Hagadorn Hospital.

Son of the late Emanuel and Jeannette (Heijmans) de Haas, he is survived by his wife Claudia (Lisco) de Haas; two sons, Sven Erik de Haas and Kenneth Frank de Haas; four daughters, Inger Piranian, Pamela Farrell, Patricia Barry, and Penelope Shershen; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at the Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church 235 Bunker Hill Road, Griggstown. Friends may call on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be on Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Griggstown Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bunker Hill Lutheran Brethren Church 235 Bunker Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.


Günter Michael Krauthamer

Günter Michael Krauthamer, more commonly known as George, died peacefully in his home on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019. George was born in Berlin on September 14th, 1926. At 11 years old, he escaped Nazi occupied Germany with his family and returned years later as a U.S. soldier. He had a long successful career as a neuroscientist and professor at Rutgers Medical School and was a longtime Princeton resident.

George was blessed with six children and 10 grandchildren. He was a great thinker with a sharp wit and warm soul. He cared greatly for his family, and we will miss him dearly. He is survived by his wife, Barbara K. Brandt; his children, Michele, Peter, Barbara, Stephanie, Christina, and Michael; his sister Charlotte and nephew Alan; and his grandchildren. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to either The Southern Poverty Law Center or the NAACP.

May 1, 2019

Priscilla Snow Algava

Priscilla Snow Algava lived a fuller-than-full life glowing with love, art, color, people, light, boundless possibility, and generous spirit from July 21, 1940 to April 23, 2019. She recently described her explorations in art and living as “communicating the grief and difficulties of living a passionate life and always gleaning the kernel of joy, of sunshine, of magic in the moment that is Now.” Priscilla died peacefully in her Princeton, NJ, home surrounded by a circle of loving family and friends, mirroring her vibrant paintings and drawings of dancing women. Throughout the past three very difficult years since a stage 4 cancer diagnosis, Priscilla exuded grace, determination, courage, and passion, supported by her devoted daughters, husband, and caregivers, along with her Sloan Kettering family. She continued seeing — and creating — beauty everywhere. In the midst of this uphill journey, she taught us how living and dying are truly about the same thing. Love.

The first in her family to attend college, Priscilla graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in English and education and earned a master’s degree in studio art and art education from DePauw University. A brilliant artist and lifelong learner and teacher, Priscilla’s limitless faith in each and every human being gifted her students, friends, family, and every soul she met the ability to see beauty, create beauty, and love the beauty in our lives.

From Marist College to South Brunswick Schools to the Princeton YWCA and the West Windsor Arts Council, Priscilla created artistic spaces of imagination, safety, possibility, and love. She was active in local and regional art groups such as Art+10, the Art Station, Trenton Artists Workshop Association, the 3rd Street Gallery in Philadelphia, and so many more. “Wondrous on Witherspoon,” the pop-up gallery Priscilla launched celebrated, in her words, “the kaleidoscope of our joint commitment to art-making, creativity, community, teaching, and learning.” Priscilla had been generously offered the space to use for displaying her own artwork, but that was inconceivable to her. She immediately invited over 40 professional and emerging artists from the Princeton and Trenton areas to create and share a community gallery.

Priscilla embodied unconditional love and filled everyone who knew her with purple light. Born in the Bronx, NY, she was the devoted eldest daughter of Irving and Rachel Snow. Priscilla leaves a cosmic hole in the lives and hearts of countless friends and relatives, including her three sisters, Bobbi Snow, Sheila Snow, and Madeline Hayden; two daughters and a son-in-law, Alisa and Carin Algava and Michael Gow; grandchildren, Drew and Sabria Algava, whom she deeply adored; husband, Martin Silverman; and wuzband, Andy Algava.

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Instead of a graveside burial, Priscilla’s ashes will ultimately be let go in places she loved like Santorini, Cape Cod, and the Adirondacks. Instead of flowers, please consider a donation to the Priscilla Snow Algava Scholarship Fund at the West Windsor Arts Council.

We must now surround each other and our world with Priscilla’s see-beauty-everywhere light and love.

Arrangements are under the direction of Star of David Memorial Chapel of Princeton.


Bruce Adin LaBar

Bruce Adin LaBar, age 86, died peacefully on April 18th at Morris Hall in Lawrenceville, NJ. Bruce is survived by son Phil LaBar of Plainsboro and daughter, Jeanette MacCallum of Brentwood, TN, and three grandchildren, Christina Jezioro of Brentwood, TN, Jacob Jezioro of Boston, MA, and Bruce Adrian LaBar of Manville. He is predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Marion Moll LaBar.

Bruce was raised in Minerva, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains where his parents operated Morningside Camps and Cottages, a seasonal retreat for its guests, offering 80 private acres on Minerva Lake. Along with his brother, Frank, Bruce aided his father in constructing and maintaining the cabins and grounds. During the off-season, the LaBar family cultivated a Christmas tree grove and operated a maple syrup farm. Morningside remains in the LaBar family and is now owned and managed by Bruce’s nephew, David LaBar. The extended family and many friends have enjoyed countless visits and reunions in this idyllic setting to this day.

Bruce attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, where he met his eventual wife, Marion while singing in the chapel choir. Upon graduation with a degree in Commerce and Finance in 1954, Bruce served as a radio operator in the US Army in Fairbanks, AK. His army tenure ended in June 1956, the same month of his marriage to Marion. After completing an MBA at The Wharton School, Bruce enjoyed a successful career in accounting, finance, and investment analysis working for Arthur Andersen, Waddell & Reed, Lionel Edie & Co., and the Division of Investment for the State of New Jersey from which he retired in 1992.

Bruce enjoyed a wide variety of hobbies including woodworking, forestry, canoeing, hiking, skiing, photography, genealogical research, square dancing, bridge, tennis, and antique glass collecting. He was a voracious reader with a particular interest in world history. Bruce and Marion especially enjoyed traveling together, often with friends. They attended many classical music concerts and regularly enjoyed opera productions. Their greatest passion was choral singing and they sang in a choir together every year of their married lives. They sang in the Nassau Presbyterian Church Choir in Princeton for over 45 years.

In more recent years, Bruce and Marion resided at Princeton Windrows where they maintained an active social life and served on numerous committees. They also established the Moll-LaBar Family Scholarship at Bucknell University for students with demonstrated financial need and took pleasure in getting to know student recipients. Bruce and Marion nurtured relationships with many, but nothing gave them more pleasure than spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Bruce’s health declined after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2015. After Marion’s death, the light went out of his eyes as he simultaneously struggled with memory loss, but his sweet, steady spirit never departed. A memorial service will take place at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton on Friday, May 3rd at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Fund at Nassau Presbyterian Church or the Moll-LaBar Family Scholarship at Bucknell University. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.


Helen Dane Schwartz

June 14, 1935 — April 26, 2019

Helen Dane Schwartz died Friday, April 26, after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 83. Helen was known for her work in the community as an artist, a basket weaver, and board member at the Princeton Adult School. She is survived by her son Eric Schwartz (Patty), of Wilmington, daughter Lisa of New York City, and three grandchildren, Will, Maddie, and Drue. Services are pending.


Memorial Service

Katharine Salter Pinneo

April 16, 1930 — March 16, 2019

A memorial service to celebrate Kay’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton. All are welcome at a reception in Pierce-Bishop Hall following the service.

April 24, 2019

Charles Barnwell “Barney” Straut, Jr.

Charles Barnwell “Barney” Straut, Jr. passed away on Saturday afternoon, April 13th, 2019, at his home in Princeton, NJ, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was 93.  With boundless love of family and endless kindness to all, he made this world a better place. He was a joy to all who knew him.

Born August 29th, 1925 in Suffern, NY, Barney was the first child of Maida Roe Straut and Charles Barnwell Straut, Sr. Along with his younger sister, Maida “Tinker” Straut Moore of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, Barney grew up first in Hillburn, NY, and then Mahwah, NJ, where he attended Ramapo Valley Day School and Ridgewood Junior High School. During his school days, he spent several formative summers at Camp Dudley on Lake Champlain in Westport, NY.  He then attended St. Andrews School in Middletown, DE, graduating in 1943. That summer, he entered Princeton University, age 17, and was drafted shortly thereafter on his 18th birthday into the Army Specialized Training Corps.  He landed in Normandy in the fall of 1944 as part of the Army’s 100th Infantry Division and over time his 155 MM Howitzer Artillery unit moved across France, through the Siegfried Line and along the Moselle River. He participated in liberating forced labor camps along the Rhine River. After the war in the European Theater ended, he and his unit trained near Frankfurt in the summer of 1945 for the planned invasion of Japan. After the Pacific war ended, Barney returned to Princeton on the GI Bill in the fall of 1946 and in 1949 graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology.

Barney started his banking career in 1951 with the NY Trust Company, first in Patterson, NJ, and then in New York City.  By 1976, he was Chairman, President and co-founder of Horizon Bancorp after serving as President of Princeton Bank and Trust, where he had worked from 1965 to 1976. Along the way, he earned a Masters in Economics and taught Economics at Princeton University.  He also worked for two years in economic development for the World Bank in Washington, DC, focusing on Venezuela.  From 1976 to 1980, Barney was a Managing Director of the investment bank William Sword & Co. in Princeton, and then became Chairman of Hillside Capital, a New York City private equity firm he co-founded, from 1980 until his retirement in 1997.  He was Chairman of Buffalo Color Corporation as well as Teepak Corporation.

Barney loved his schools and those of his wife, children, and grandchildren, and was generous to each of them. He was grateful to be able to endow the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Chair in English at Princeton University in honor of his father, and the Roe/Straut Chair in the Humanities at Smith College in honor of his mother, aunt, wife, and sister, alumnae all. Barney served as a trustee of Smith College, Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area, Princeton Day School, and Princeton Medical Center. He served on the board of Nassau Nursery School in Princeton as well as on the Board of National Schools Committee for Economic Education.  Later in life, Barney loved reading to elementary school children through the Grandpal program at the Princeton Senior Resource Center and enjoyed serving meals with Meals on Wheels with his son, Derek.  He was a devoted member of the Trinity Church congregation in Princeton and a Rotary member.

Barney met Barbara Sheldon Barry of Washington, DC at Smith College, when she was an undergraduate. They married January 31st, 1953 at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. This past January, they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. In 1955, they moved to Princeton, where they raised their four children and have lived ever since. Barney loved sports—particularly baseball, football, tennis, skiing, hiking, and fishing.  He ran track and played football at Princeton.  He was proud to have represented Princeton as a sprinter at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Barney also loved the mountains.  With Barbara, in 1969 he led his family to Sun Valley, ID, where they continue to gather. Barney loved animals, music, theater, Shakespeare, and spy stories. He and Barbara have been patrons of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and other community organizations for many years.

Barney is survived by his wife Barbara, their four children and their spouses (David Barnwell Straut and Maureen McMunigal Straut of Washington, DC, Derek Woodhull Straut of Princeton, Leslie Roe Straut Ward and Grant Murray Ward of Princeton, and Barbara Sheldon “Shelley” Straut Goldsmith and Graham Campbell Goldsmith of Darien CT), nine grandchildren (Charles Barnwell Straut II, Catherine Roe Straut, Rosemary Casey Straut, Walker Barnwell Ward, Mason Murray Ward, Sophie Roe Ward, Campbell Youngs Goldsmith, Lily Oliver Goldsmith, and Marguerite “Margot” Graham Goldsmith), and Barney’s sister Maida Moore.

The entire Straut family wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to Nancy and Tony Cifelli and the many caregivers who supported Barney in his later years, especially Majorie Chisholm and Monica Parsons.  A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in Princeton on Thursday, May 2nd at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at the Nassau Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a gift to Trinity Church, Planned Parenthood, or Nassau Nursery School. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Princeton, NJ.


Dorothy Turnage Diehl

Dorothy Turnage Diehl, 74, of Princeton died Sunday, April 14, 2019 at home. Born in Los Angeles, CA, she graduated with a degree in English from San Jose State University. She lived in Washington, DC, Tucson, AZ and Hana, HI before settling in Princeton in 1995. She taught high school chemistry and physics and worked as a bookkeeper and as comptroller on several political campaigns. In later years she worked as a nanny and helped to raise several beloved Princeton-area children. She was fiercely proud of her tiny, historic 18th century house in the heart of Princeton’s John-Witherspoon neighborhood, which she worked to restore with her own hands. She appreciated fine dining, and was a regular at several local restaurants where she counted the staff among her friends. She loved dogs and horses, and visited Cheyenne, “her” horse, at Hasty Acres weekly even after she was no longer able to ride. She loved the music of Keith Jarrett and was a student of the piano up through the last weeks of her life.

Daughter of the late Henry Charles and Helen Frances (Turnage) Diehl, Jr., she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Alison Lake and Brian Cameron of Colorado Springs, CO, and by her two sisters, Karen Merris of Hayward, CA and Diana Imig of Tucson, AZ. She will be deeply missed.

Memorial donations may be made to WQXR.


Laura Anne Steinmetz

Laura Anne Steinmetz passed away peacefully on April 5th, 2019 at the age of 80, leaving behind her son James and his wife Kirsten.

Laura was born May 21st, 1938 in Princeton, New Jersey to Giovanni and Anna Lazzari. She attended Princeton Public Schools and was a lifelong Princeton resident. Her passions included but were not limited to horses, bike riding, sewing, church and her sobriety.

There will be a graveside funeral service and burial at St. Paul Church Cemetery Princeton, New Jersey on Friday, May 3rd at 11 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations, in her memory, to the 24 Club of Princeton, PO Box 208, Rocky Hill NJ 08553 located at 208 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman NJ are appreciated.

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Maureen Stevens

Maureen Stevens (Cahill) passed away at her home in Princeton, New Jersey on Sunday, February 24, 2019. 

She was a lifelong Princeton resident and an active St. Paul’s Catholic Church parishioner. Maureen had a varied career as she was a real estate agent, an interior designer, and most of her working career was spent at Telequest as an office manager — a job she loved.  She considered her co-workers at Telequest as family. Maureen was proud to have a large family and numerous loyal friends.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Michael Stevens, beloved friend David Dilts, and older brother, Daniel Cahill. She is survived by her sister, Ann Caton, and seven brothers: Thomas Cahill, Jr., Peter Lappan (wife Glenda), Richard Lappan, Charles Lappan (wife Corrie), William Lappan (wife Kelly), Robert Lappan, and Gerald Lappan (wife Lorraine); as well as several nephews and nieces that she loved dearly. Maureen was known for her contagious sense of humor and love of having a wonderful time.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated this Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St. Princeton, NJ 08542. Interment to follow in Princeton Cemetery. Immediately following Maureen’s burial a reception will at St. Paul’s Spiritual Center in the lower level of the Church.

Donations may be made to St. Paul’s Church in her memory.

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

April 17, 2019

Stuart Carothers

Former Executive Director of Recording for the Blind and Founder of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

Stuart Carothers passed away peacefully February 2, 2019 in Lawrenceville, NJ, at Morris Hall Meadows, where he and his wife, Dodie, were together after 60 years in Princeton Borough and Princeton Windrows in Plainsboro.

Born in Bethlehem, PA, in 1923, he attended Blair Academy in New Jersey and graduated with a degree in economics from Princeton University, Class of 1945, after U.S. Army service in the Aleutian Islands in the final years of WWII. He earned his law degree from St. Louis University Law School while working in labor relations at McDonnell Aircraft.

Subsequent local administrative roles included Associate Director of the Princeton University Office of Research Administration, Secretary and Counsel of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and 15 years as Executive Director of Recording for the Blind, where he presided over the relocation of the national headquarters to Princeton and modernization of the master library production operation.

Post-retirement from RFB, Mr. Carothers founded the Princeton Area Community Foundation in 1991. To date, total PACF grant funding to not-for-profit service and educational organizations is now approaching $150,000,000.

An avid sports enthusiast, Stuart spent much of his life on the tennis court and was an energetic supporter and advocate for the Princeton University varsity wrestling program, serving for over a decade as editor of the Princeton Wrestling News.

He is survived by his wife, Helen (Dodie) Conant Carothers; three children, Stuart Jr., Eileen, and Elizabeth; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial gathering will be Friday afternoon, May 31st 2 p.m. at Princeton Cemetery, reception to follow until 4 p.m. at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home with words of remembrance at 3 p.m. Contact: (609) 924-0242,

Please direct memorial tribute donations to Princeton Area Community Foundation, Stuart Carothers Memorial Fund. Contact: Donor Services (609) 219-1800,


Kaye Laura Carnevale

Kaye Laura Carnevale, 82, of Princeton passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Sunrise at Reston Town Center, Reston, VA.

Kaye was born to Jean and Homer Pritchard in Ohio and was a resident of Kingston and Princeton. She was active in her church, was an avid quilter, and loved taking her dog Dusty on a daily walk.

Kaye is preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Olindo. She is survived by her daughter, Tina Louise Carnevale; her son, Michael Homer Carnevale and wife Corrine; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

Visitation will be on Monday, April 22, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Kingston Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

April 10, 2019

Vicktoria Heath Tallmadge

Vicktoria Heath Tallmadge (nee Jones) was born on October 16, 1950, to Mary Jane and Vicktor Jones, in Princeton, New Jersey. When she was not on adventures with her friends on and around the Millstone River, she was in New York City or Philadelphia modeling for various child and teen fashion magazines and catalogues; the seeds of art, her lifelong love, were planted.

Vicktoria graduated from Princeton High School in 1968, and enrolled in Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA, in order to sound her artistic depths. Upon receiving her BA in Textiles and Design, she returned to Princeton, working in an art gallery and frame shop. Clotho, the spinner, would soon weave a unique and fitting tapestry for Vicktoria, melding art, education, and love.

Vicktoria fell in love with Henry “Tad” Hobart Tallmadge V and they married in 1981. Skye Weatherly Tallmadge, Henry’s beautiful 9-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, was soon joined by her brother Brigham Heath Tallmadge in 1982.

In 1985, Vicktoria began what would be a 30+ year career as a teacher in a wonderfully unique school at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton — Crossroads Nursery School. Here, with her teaching partners, whom she loved and cherished as family, she found distinct pleasure in stimulating the creative process in children. She was truly able to combine her loves; developing programs and activities integrating art, science, nature, and play.

The loving and kind presence she offered to countless Princeton-area families, as their journey of structured education was developing its foundation, was for her, a rewarding and most distinguished vocation.

Art covered the canvas of Vicktoria’s life, regardless of the medium with which she chose to practice. Whether a cook, a weaver, a painter, a mother, a partner, a friend, or a grandmother, all were more beautiful in her hands.

Vicktoria was preceded in death by her adoring husband of 31 years, Henry, and is survived by her daughter Skye, her son-in-law Jacob Rashkind, her son Brigham, her daughter-in-law, Alison (nee Goeke), her grandchildren Nathan and Lily Rashkind, and Mary Eleanor Tallmadge.

Most people believed Vicktoria to be shy because of her indefatigable emotional reserve and convivial temperament. Those of us who knew her well, understood her comportment to be an aspect of her depth and strength. She did not hide her flaws, nor did she hide behind her many singularly exceptional traits; her stoic reserve nobly continued as she battled an unexpected illness. The time and memories that were afforded by Vicktoria’s strength are a gift, and will not be forgotten by all who love her.

A celebration of Vicktoria’s life will be held later this spring. Details will be made available to family and friends. Donations in Vicktoria’s name may be made to Crossroads Nursery School and/or your local arts program.


Dorothy M. Johnson

Dorothy M. Johnson, 100, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Rose Hill Assisted Living of Robbinsville, NJ, her home since 2003.

Dorothy was born on January 16, 1919 in Kingston, NJ. She married Henry B. Johnson on June 15, 1940 in Kingston, NJ. She was a homemaker and was dedicated to her family. She was the oldest member of the Princeton United Methodist Church.

Predeceased by her husband Henry B. Johnson; she is survived by her daughter Sandra R. Johnson (Hightstown, NJ); her son Henry B. Johnson, Jr. and wife Anna (Roosevelt, NJ); her grandchildren Michael S. Johnson and wife Susan and their children Ethan and Karissa (Bowie, MD); and David B. Johnson and wife Heather and their children Rachel and Ashley (Baldwin, MD); her one niece; and two cousins.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 10-11 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Burial will follow in Colonial Memorial Park, Hamilton, NJ.

Memorial donations may be made to Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.